Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens D.C.
If you guys have not yet explored the beauty, history and art that Hillwood has to offer, I HIGHLY recommend booking a visit! They are now (re)open for timed visits (to comply with social-distancing). Book here.
The mansion, formerly owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post, is now a museum of lavish rooms, such as the French Drawing Room, Post Bedroom Suite and Russian Porcelain Room, along with rotating exhibitions. The current exhibit is “Natural Beauties: Exquisite Works of Minerals and Gems”.
Marjorie wanted young Americans to see how someone lived in the twentieth century and to share her art collections with the rest of the world (thanks, girl!).
I spent a peaceful afternoon at Hillwood this past Saturday, exploring the exquisite grounds set on twenty-five acres. My favorite garden on the property is easily the French Parterre (designed in 1957), with its ivy covered walls and soothing fountains. Here, I was able to sit alone, transported to Europe in my mind (eat it, travel-ban).
The stunning Japanese-Style Garden, which is a “non-traditional Japanese garden offers action and intrigue instead of opportunities for contemplative meditation found in other Japanese gardens”, is equally a must-see.
Your D.C. fun to-do list should now include spending part of a day picnicking on the lush Hillwood lawns and getting lost among the greenery.