Welcome to Brandywine Valley
Running north from the Pennsylvania−Delaware border southwest of Philadelphia, the Brandywine Valley is a patchwork of rolling, wooded countryside, historic villages, gardens, mansions and museums. It's an odd place – on the one hand, this has traditionally been a rural escape and tony bedroom suburb for the citizens of Philadelphia, and to this day it has the air of an ivy-cloaked, aristocratic enclave. On the other hand, the traffic in the region can be horrendous, which quickly dispels some of the more bucolic charms. Get here on a lazy day outside of rush hour and you'll begin to appreciate the Arcadian aesthetics that attracted such artists as Andrew Wyeth.