Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Historic Hotels

Photo above:  Historic Boone Tavern Hotel at Berea College

Readers of this blog know, in addition to Afternoon Tea,
another of my passions / hobbies is Travel and Trip Planning. 
One of our favorite things to do when traveling in the U.S.A. 
is to stay in Historic Hotels.   
We enjoy the history, decor, and the ambiance of historic hotels. 
There are always interesting stories about who has stayed and dined
in these special hotels through the years. 
And, as an added bonus, several historic hotels serve Afternoon Tea. 
My "go-to" website for searching historic places to stay is 
Historic Hotels of America

Below:  Austin and Kaitlyn at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston (2008)

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (2010)

 The Phoenix Park (above) The Mayflower (below) in Washington, D.C.
The Seelbach Hotel in Louisville (below)
The Peabody Hotel in Memphis (below)
I wish my photos were better organized because we have
stayed at many more historic hotels around the country.

Staying in a Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel train car was very memorable for the kids.
When he was younger, Austin loved the Hotel Roanoke with the adjacent train museum.
We traveled several places for train adventures including the St. James Hotel in Redwing, MN,
and the Strater Hotel in Durango, CO.   Another favorite of his is The
Martha Washington Hotel in Abingdon, VA next to the Barter Theater, and I can't leave
the Grove Park Inn or the Hotel Hershey off his list.
Oh m, why didn't I journal all these special adventures.

We typically don't choose to stay in "chain motels."
Yes, some historic places have been a bit disappointing, especially
for the cost, but that's just part of the historic adventure.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Tea and Fishing at the Farm

Melissa's family met us in Lexington for lunch on Sunday.
 I just have to share the card Peyton made for our 46th Anniversary.

The inside shows Peyton and Grandpa fishing at the farm pond.
The turtle in the drawing lives at the pond.
The teacup is for me (Grandma) sitting on the porch having tea watching them
at the pond in the front field.  
Sounds to me like a great way to spend my time at the farm.  

Saturday, August 27, 2016

46th Anniversary

 Celebrating our 46th Anniversary



Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Afternoon at the Farm

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon with temperatures in the mid 70's 
at the farm.  Austin and Alexa enjoyed exploring on the Gator.  

Friday, August 12, 2016

Tea Time - "Sipping Tea in Kentucky"

 It is always a pleasure to find an article about my home state
in one of my favorite magazines.  
"Sipping Tea In The Bluegrass State" is featured in the fall issue of
Tea Time Magazine. 
And, let me be the first to tell you, fall is a fantastic time of the year to visit
our beautiful state of Kentucky,  
Among the tea rooms featured in the article is 
Greentree Tearoom in historic downtown Lexington, 
known for their luncheon teas. It is a favorite, and I have 
frequently blogged  about my visits with friends for 
birthday and other celebrations. 
 Bruce, Shelley, and Ben Richardson at Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
in Danville are longtime tea friends.  My first-ever afternoon tea was at
their tea room in Perryville, KY in February, 1993. 
I have watched Ben grow up surrounded by tea. 
Melissa (#1 daughter) and I attended TEA 101 in April 2001.
Our family celebrated Glenn's birthday several years ago
at Sisters Tea Parlour and Boutique, located near Louisville.
At the time, I blogged about that fun experience.  
Austin and Kaitlyn enjoyed the d├ęcor and the menu.
 I haven't visited the Louisville Tea Company, yet. 
Actually, there are a number of similar tea shops
in various locations in Kentucky.  Perhaps, I'll have
an opportunity to visit this one soon. 
 2 Sisters Tea Room in Vine Grove is on my 
list to visit.  It is located 2 1/2 hours from me in
a location I rarely visit.  I will call to ask if 
a gluten free menu is available.  Sounds like a good
road trip for October.
Three of the colleges and universities Austin
has visited are near several of the tea rooms featured
in the article. 
We'll see if he chooses to attend a school near a Kentucky tea room. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

First Day of Senior Year

Wednesday, August 10th was the first day of Austin's senior year.
We attended a parent meeting on Monday night, and learned
among many things, Caps and Gowns will be ordered in September.
There are around 85 seniors at  Austin's high school.
Many of those have attended K - 12 together at the same school building,
just like Melissa, Laurel and I did. 
"Once a Pirate, Always a Pirate"
~ Johnny Depp ~

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Congratulations to Marilyn Miller,  the winner of the "A Spot of Tea" Coloring Book.
 I have your address, Marilyn.
The winner was chosen by Random Generator.
Your fun book will arrive via USPS in a few days.
I bet D will enjoy a little coloring time, too.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Tea Coloring Book Giveaway

Are you into the recent hobby of coloring for relaxation? 
I am giving away "A Spot of Tea" a book of 
 "playful designs to infuse with color and creativity"
There are 62 designs to color for stress-free fun, according to the
front cover. 
This drawing is for readers in the USA or Canada.
Please leave your name and a way to contact you in a comment.
before 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, August 10th.  

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Nashville Visit

 We traveled to Nashville last week with Glenn for a meeting.
Our hotel was just a few short blocks from Honkytonk Row (Broadway Street),
with tons of restaurants, bars, shopping, and country music!
Below: Austin and I enjoying gluten free cheeseburgers at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville.
 The next day we visited the Country Music Hall of Fame,
featuring a special Blake Shelton display.
Austin found "cousin Waylon's" induction plaque.
Not really a cousin , but a fun family joke.

 The guys went boot shopping.
 Below:  Gluten Free Biscuits at the Nashville
What a treat!
In my previous post, I mentioned our college visit
to Belmont University. Yes, he loved it! 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Three College Visits

We visited three colleges with Austin last week.
Belmont University in Nashville, TN.
 Below, Maryville College in Maryville, TN.
 And the amazing 27,000 acre campus of Berry College
in Mt. Berry, GA, just outside Rome, GA.

Deer were everywhere on the campus of Berry College.
He fell in love with two of the three, but
then eliminated two of the three.
Today Austin attended "Senior Day" at BCHS
for scheduling of dual credit college classes.
Yikes!  My little boy is not so little.


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