Inspector Teddy on the prowl
Beautiful limestone cartouche for back entrance
|Teddy snooping around to make sure everything is where it should be!|
Unwrapping it to check it out!
I am still in awe of the amazing framing our talented crew did.... a work of art indeed!
One of the original birdbaths which has been since wrapped and put away for the winter....
The beautiful limestone work on the breakfast room bay
Our pretty cupola
Limestone water table
The roof is Vermont slate, they did an outstanding job
The palettes of stone await the masonry guys first thing Monday morning
Now onto the homes away from home.......
The beautiful traditional lodge
Sleigh riding is a must!
All the interiors are down to cozy lodge perfection
A typical guest room done in rich woods
Another guest room
BLACKBERRY FARM, TENNESSEE
Think Currier and Ives meets world class dining all set at the foot of the Great Smoky mountains. Nothing is spared at this amazingly upscale and beautiful resort which has 51 rooms, both situated in the main house as well as several cottages. This is set on almost 4500 acres and is the epitome of fine country living. The cuisine is world class and award winning and is modeled after the farm to table movement so its the best of the best. The rooms are luxuriously outfitted in all the finest linens and furnishings including country antiques and overstuffed feather beds.Everything from gourmet cooking classes, fly fishing, spa treatments to being given a tour in a horse drawn carriage are offered. A famous 60,000 bottle wine cellar completes this idyllic home away from home. I plan on finally going there this summer!
|This pretty understated sign welcomes you|
One of the rooms..pure luxury
Eating lunch outside by the lake
One of the picture perfect cabins
Beautifully outfitted guest room
The main dining room
Gorgeous setting to dine on incredible food
The dining table in the wine cellar
Picture perfect.....just waiting for some takers
Another sumptious guest room
A picture perfect picnic
THE MAYFLOWER INN AND SPA, CONNECTICUT
One of the dreamiest places I have ever been to. A very good friend and I went for the ultimate girls getaway and we both agreed this was perfection and one of if not the nicest spas we have ever been to. The rooms are decorated with antiques, the finest linens, and I think all have woodburning fireplace, no detail was overlooked at The Mayflower. Absolute luxury in the most relaxing atmosphere imaginable. The spa is world class and is always very private feeling. The food was spectacular in the formal dining room. This is a dream getaway weekend destination.
The stunning all white "relaxation room" where you wait until you start your spa treatments, I could stay in this room all day, and practically did!
This was my favorite spot in the entire place, the relaxation room...it has this plush overstuffed chaise lounges looking out onto the lake...it was dreamy
Another award winning room
Part of the library, open to all guests
Exterior of the main building
THE BARDESSONO, NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIAWe were here last year and it was one of the best getaways my husband and I have had in a long long time. Napa Valley really pulled at my heart strings and appealed to my every sense, I could easily have left it all and moved there, it is THAT amazing. Beyond the wine tastings, which to me can get tiresome day in and day out, the sheer beauty of this laid back region is just breathtaking, then you couple in the fact that it has some of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in..and you have a winning combination. (Sorry to who this might offend, but after our long anticipated visit to the French Laundry we were very disappointed) however many others there were downright incredible and warrant a return visit. What makes this hotel so interesting is it is a building built of green materials, has its own food production garden so you get farm fresh ingredients in every meal, the building materials are from salvaged trees and they use organic linens in addition to cooling and heating the entire facility with an underground geothermal system! It is quite fascinating and worth reading about...click here.
The exterior of the "green hotel'
Loved our fireplace
The rooms are THIS beautiful
Outside jacuzzi and outside shower
The elegant dining room
Dining room....you can also dine al fresco by the pool
An overview of the property
A living room shot
One of the cabins with a gorgeous stone fireplace
Another charming and cozy cabin
A pretty living room, they all have fireplaces
Yet another setting...love the cow print chairs!
So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags.....I don't know about you but I am ready to go! The only difficult part would be deciding which one to go to.....these could easily be a home away from home for me! Have a wonderful day!