Any more travels this summer? Post ’em here! (Our old travel-postings are getting long so I’m starting a new post here!)
I had a little mini-vacation this past Saturday. A good friend was up from North Carolina, visiting her uncle in Ohio, so she and I and her uncle & aunt decided to make a day of it on Saturday. We visited a place I’d never heard of before: the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.
What a breathtaking place! The home’s design and decor is strongly influenced by old English country estates (etchings of which decorate the interior walls) and in some ways the place is more “English” than the English are. Built in the 1910’s by the family that founded the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, the house has 65 rooms including 18 bedrooms and 23 bathrooms. The place is now totally open to the public but at one time when the family lived there, the household employed a domestic staff of 22-24 people.
My girlfriend Snee snuck a photo of the fireplace in the mansion’s library:
A person could stand to live here, no?
After touring the house and taking a slow stroll across the grounds, we traveled on to Blossom Music Festival for dinner and a concert by the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. I just love Blossom as a venue — good food (if a bit expensive), great atmosphere, gorgeous natural surroundings, and a wonderful outdoor concert hall. The orchestra played Debussy and Mahler — perfect for a summer’s evening!
After the concert I had to hightail it home — music to play at church in the morning — and made it home shortly before 1AM. All in all a wonderful day out!