Treasure Trail Passport
Weekend Itinerary 

To get the most out of your Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport plan to arrive early in the evening on a Thursday, this will allow two and a half days in the beautiful Brandywine Valley – plus an extra evening to enjoy a fantastic locally-sourced dinner. Of course, you are most welcome to extend your stay to get the most out of your Passport as it is difficult to visit all 11 attractions over the course of a weekend. We recommend visiting the attractions that speak the most to you and reserve others for a potential return visit. 

Let’s get started.

Thursday

5:00 PM – Start your Wilmington getaway with dinner in the downtown area. La Fia, Domaine Hudson, and Chelsea Tavern are always among the top choices. But if you prefer to dine on Wilmington’s Riverfront Big Fish Grill, Iron Hill Brewery and Del Pez make fine selections as do any number of the restaurants throughout Greater Wilmington.

The Grand Opera House8:00 PM – If you’ve planned ahead, it’s time to take in a show at one of Wilmington’s live performance venues. Check the schedules for The Grand, Playhouse on Rodney Square, or Delaware Theatre Company.

Friday

9:00 AM – Start your day with a visit to the Versallies inspired Nemours Estate where you can explore this grand mansion as well as the exquisite formal French Gardens.

Hagley Museum1:00 PM – Learn how the du Pont family got its start here in America as well as visit the family’s ancestral home high above the banks of the Brandywine River at Hagley Museum. Hagley is also a great place to grab a bite for lunch. Their Belin House Organic Café is run by local chef and restaurateur Dan Butler.

7:00 PM – After dinner it’s time to walk off some of those calories from dessert and there is no better place to do that then Longwood Gardens. With acres and acres of flowers, trees, meadows and fountains you can easily get lost in the beauty. We recommend calling ahead and adding on a fountain show to your Passport if available.

Saturday

9:00 AM – Jump start your morning with coffee and an amazing French pastry from De La Coeur et Patisserie, you won’t be sorry.

Delaware Art Museum10:00 AM – The Delaware Art Museum and time to learn about Howard Pyle, the father of modern illustration as well as see the largest Pre-Raphaelite collection outside the British Isles. 

12:30 PM – Make your way to Henry Francis du Pont’s Winterthur. Here you can enjoy lunch in the café before taking on the 175-room mansion, the premier collection of American decorative arts, and 60-acre naturalistic garden.

National Monument - NCC Court House5:00 PM – Tonight is an open evening - explore the Wilmington Riverfront, do some tax-free shopping, take in a Wilmington Blue Rocks game, or walk and dine in Historic New Castle or find a live performance.

Sunday

10:00 AM – Catch the first garden tour of the morning at Mt. Cuba Center, which includes wildflowers, ponds, a scenic meadow, formal gardens and the Brandywine Valley’s signature rolling hills.

Brandywine River Museum of Art Gallery1:00 PM – Explore works of art by three generations of the Wyeth family – N.C., Andrew and Jamie – at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Also, a great place for lunch as the museum’s Millstone Café is run by celebrated chef MacGregor Mann. 

3:00 PM – Time to head home and start planning your next visit the Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley.

A party of two, visiting just the attractions listed above with a Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport would save nearly $150 in admission fees.