For those looking for a peaceful day away from city life, a visit to Winterthur in Delaware's Brandywine Valley may prove to be the perfect destination. Located halfway between New York City and Washington D.C., just southwest of Philadelphia, it is easily reachable for visitors all along the northeast. This sprawling estate features 60 acres of beautiful gardens surrounded by a landscape of woodlands, waterways and meadows, as well as museum filled with American antiques and artwork.
Winterthur is a great choice for a one-day getaway for both families with young childen, and couples looking to spend a romantic afternoon together in a beautiful setting. While Winterthur does not get as much attention and publicity as nearby Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, its more natural, less regimented garden designs make it uniquely worth visiting as well.