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You’re Gonna Love Longwood Gardens over the Holidays

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Have you been to Longwood Gardens yet?

Located less than 30 miles from Carriage Corner, Longwood Gardens and Kennett Square offer three opportunities to enjoy a festive Saturday spent shopping, dining and strolling.  On these Saturdays:   November 24th, December 1st and December 8th, there will be a shuttle between Kennett Square and Longwood Gardens.  Head on down to Kennett Square and wander around the streets of this charming town.  Maybe grab a bite to eat before catching a shuttle to Longwood Gardens.  You will need a ticket and we’re happy to help you purchase them.  Just give us a call at 717-768-3059 and let us know you are interested when you make your room reservation.

Holiday trees at Longwood GardensLongwood Gardens is a botanical garden. It consists of over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania in Brandywine Valley.

Longwood’s story is one of legacy, innovation, and stewardship.  The gardens are a living expression of all that the founder, Pierre S. du Pont, found inspiring, meaningful, and beautiful. From the intricate fountain systems to the meticulous gardens to the architectural grandeur, awe-inspiring discoveries await at every turn.  
 
A Christmas fantasy awaits guests to Longwood Gardens from late November through early January each year. This holiday season, Longwood Gardens pays homage to the Christmas tree with an imaginative display featuring traditional favorites and inspiring new twists.  Dazzling floral displays, festive firs suspensed from above, towering tannenbaums created from books, stained glass and other unexpected materials, holiday music, 500,000 outdoor lights, dancing fountains and ice skating under the stars are just a few of the highlights of the popular Longwood Gardens Christmas.

Experience the Magic

Christmas Lights at Longwood Gardens

The 4.5-acre heated Conservatory is filled with thousands of poinsettias accented with amaryllis, narcissus, begonias, cyclamen, and tulips flourish. Elegantly decorated trees shimmer elegantly decorated trees shimmer and sparkle with festive flair. In Longwood’s Exhibition Hall, dazzling icicles fashioned from lights hang from the vaulted glass ceiling, creating a frosty ambiance for the stunning poinsettia tree gracing the Exhibition Hall Stage.

Explore the Outdoors

Outdoors you will find gloriously illuminated trees that will lead you on an enchanting holiday journey through the Gardens. Sip cocoa and warm up by three strategically placed and welcoming firepits, listen to carolers sharing the melodic sounds of the season, and relish in the beauty and wonder of A Longwood Christmas.

As you stroll through the grounds, you can marvel at the more than 500,000 outdoor lights which illuminate trees in classical and free form styles.  The fountains dance day and night to holiday music beneath glimmering starry snowflakes.  The wildlife trees are decorated with edible ornaments for Longwood’s feathered and furry friends.  

Dine at Longwood

Once you have wandered all around Longwood Gardens, you have several options of where to enjoy a meal:  1906 which offers a fine dining experience (reservations required), the Cafe which serves fresh and seasonal cuisine or the Beer Garden where you can enjoy tasty pub fare and Victory Brewing Company beers on tap.

Return to Relax at Carriage Corner

After an enjoyable day of shopping in Kennett Square and taking in all the holiday sights and sounds at Longwood Gardens, return to the comfort of Carriage Corner.  We’re happy to light the fire in the guest lounge, slip off your shoes and relax with a freshly baked cookie or two and a cup of cocoa.   Check out Lancaster Rose and make your reservation soon!  There’s only a few holiday weekends.