This year, DL and I decided to take a vacation!
(I realize that this is what normal people do. They go somewhere every year to just get away from their normal lives. Unfortunately, DL's normal life involves traveling, and his idea of 'vacation' is to spend a week at home. Things get tense around here when I talk about actually leaving the house for a few days. This is honestly the only thing we ever consistently argue about. Now that I have a new job, I am going to learn to go on vacation without him.)
I made an executive decision and told him we were going to the Brandywine River Valley in order to get inspiration for our gardens, which are only about a third of the way complete. (This is the area where Pennsylvania and Delaware meet.) He was to find a place to stay, and I would take care of the activities.
The first place we visited was Winterthur, which was home to part of the DuPont family.
(First, I want to say that DL has done a lot of work with DuPont in the past, so he knew some places to stay. We stayed in the Duling-Kurtz house in Exton, PA. The room was nice--it reminded me of an issue from Country Living from it's year of inception, 1978. I know this because my mother was a charter subscriber. The restaurant? Ah-Maze-Ing.)
(The room in their banner is our actual room, The Lincoln. the entire time I kept thinking that it was right up my mother's alley!)
So our first full day we began with Winterthur, where we took a tour of the house and property. It was an overcast day, which was nice because it wasn't too hot.
The area I was most interested in was The Enchanted Garden, which they have built to entertain small children. Many of the plants in this area are plants we already have at our Brandywine, and it gave me some ideas about structure. I also loved the small buildings...a stone cottage, a witch hut, and a huge nest that kids can sit and play in.
(I totally need one of these.)
(This is fun, too. Like a hammock, but bigger. And you don't have to worry about getting tangled in it.)
If you love period furniture, I encourage you to go to Winterthur's webpage and check it out. If you have a fitbit, it's a great place to get your steps in. And if you're a gardener? Well, enough said.
Next week's walkabout: Longwood Gardens!