Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Field Trip: Winterthur

My sister, brother-in-law, husband, and I took a trip to Winterthur this weekend.  It's the estate of one of the DuPont's, a well-known wealthy American family.  The DuPont's also started Longwood Gardens which is nearby.  Winterthur has an extensive garden and a mansion that you can tour.  The gardens are much more casual than Longwood, but still impressive.  Here are a few highlights from the trip.

Winterthur has a children's garden that we had a lot of fun playing in.  Below you'll see my sister, Larissa, peeking her head out of an enormous bird nest.

The fish pond looked beautiful in the sunlight.  We even had a few koi come up to say "hi."  I think they were hoping for some food.

The peonies were in full bloom, and they were gorgeous.  My peonies are young.  I can't wait until they bloom.  Maybe next year.


After we toured the garden, we went on a tour of the mansion.  Mr. DuPont was a collector of American antiques.  This was one of my favorite rooms.

He had this staircase moved from another house and put into his.

There were many beautiful chandeliers.  This is just one.

This mirror belonged to George Washington.  It's a beautiful piece.

This stein was made by Paul Revere.

After we were finished at Winterthur, we made a quick stop at Terrain just to check it out.  It was very cute, in true Anthropologie style, but it was way too expensive.  It's a nice place to go to get some inspiration.

It was a great day!  I hope you have a chance to check it out sometime!

1 comment:

  1. It was a great day. I recommend a trip to Winterthur to anyone. The best time to see flowers is April/May. You can make a weekend out of it and get a discount if you buy tickets for Longwood Gardens and Winterthur at the same time.