Brandywine Babymoon

Horseshoe

During my first pregnancy, we took a trip to San Francisco to celebrate our last days together as a family of two.  While this seemed like a good idea while planning it, hauling my pregnant body up and down the hills of San Francisco and battling morning sickness on planes and cable cars was not exactly the vacation of my dreams.  So when planning a getaway during my second pregnancy I kept this all in mind, as well as now having a toddler who had never spent a night without either of his parents.  We decided it best to take a short trip to someplace close to home and luckily there are lots of options in the Philadelphia area and a grandmother willing to babysit.  A coworker recommended our ultimate destination, a farm and winery with a bed and breakfast in the Brandywine valley.

Sweetwater_Bed_and_Breakfast

A short drive from the city and we found ourselves at the Sweetwater Farm Bed and Breakfast, where a friendly innkeeper and her dog, Julep, guided us to our room in the original master bedchamber of an 1815 Georgian manor house.  Our room was beautiful, clean, and comfortable with all of the amenities that one needs while away from home.

Master_bedroom

Master_bathroom

The hot summer temperatures meant that the fireplace was for decorative purposes only, but the pool visible from our window was the perfect way to cool off.  We enjoyed swimming in it, sunbathing next to it, and watching the horses gallop in the pasture behind it.

Pool

We spent our morning before checking in at nearby Longwood Gardens (more about that in an upcoming post), so shortly after arriving, we rested and ate lunch on a porch overlooking the beautiful vineyards on the property.  Later on, we found a healthy, farm fresh dinner at a nearby restaurant called Harvest, recommended by our innkeeper.  The pinnacle though was dining in the Grace Winery barn for breakfast the next morning.  We were able to enjoy a meal without rushing through it before the inevitable toddler meltdown that usually accompanies our dining experiences.  And the most difficult decision we made all morning was: Quiche or French toast?

Grace_Winery

French_toast

One of the best parts was simply relaxing, surrounded by the beauty of an old farm with gorgeous trees and flowers, a family of horses and goats, and a warm breeze blowing over us.  There were no interruptions from emails, cell phones, or a screaming toddler.  Every direction had another stunning view and an opportunity for hiking, croquet, horseshoes, golfing, or swimming.

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It was hard to leave for home so soon and we are already fantasizing about where we want to stay when we return.  And since they do allow children at Sweetwater, we may even return with the kids in the future to share this hidden treasure with them.

Horse_pasture

{Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own.}

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5 Comments

  1. This place looks perfect , a beautiful field stone home, quaint barn, and lush greenery of rolling pasture. So peaceful. I could live there.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous location…………..glad you were able to enjoy some quiet time. Getting away from computers, phones, work etc is exacty why your Dad & I love cruising, it is the ONLY time we have peace and quiet.

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