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GETTING THERE: The Inn at Montchanin Village is five miles northwest of Wilmington, Del., and about 110 miles from Washington, about a two-hour drive, mostly along Interstate 95 (exit at Wilmington, Exit 7, Route 52, Delaware Avenue; then follow Route 52 north for three miles, turning right on Route 1200 north for one mile). Amtrak trains run between Washington and Wilmington starting at $101 round trip. Buker Limousine (302-234-7600) offers town-car service from the Wilmington station to the inn for $70 plus gratuity; taxis are also available.

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STAYING THERE: The inn offers 28 rooms and suites. Rooms range from $185 to $235 per night, based on size and location on the property; suites run from $279 to $399. Rates do not include an 8 percent state lodging tax. A number of packages include admissions to area museums and attractions. Check-in time is 3 p.m., although earlier arrivals can sometimes be accommodated. Parking on the inn grounds is free.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Winterthur (800-448-3883, http://www.winterthur.org), the former country estate of Henry Francis du Pont, is a mile away, with its collections of antiques and Americana and its fields, farmland and 60 acres of gardens. Longwood Gardens (610-388-1000, http://www.longwoodgardens.org), another former du Pont property, is six miles away, in Kennett Square, Pa. Also six miles away, in Chadds Ford, Pa., is the Brandywine River Museum (610-388-2700, http://www.brandywinemuseum.org), home to the studio of N.C. Wyeth and works by three generations of Wyeths, including Andrew and James. Other nearby museums include the Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site (610-459-3342).

INFORMATION: The Inn at Montchanin Village, 302-888-2133, http://www.montchanin.com. For more-general area information, go to http://www.thebrandywine.com.


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