There’s no place like Hillwood Estate! There’s no place like Hillwood Estate! There’s no place like Hillwood Estate! Ah, drats. I’m still in my house. Oh, well.
Post Cereal and Thai
Only six miles from downtown D.C., you’ll think you’ve escaped to some remote countryside from another world. Hillwood Estate is so, so lovely and loverly and quaint. It was the home of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and let’s just say that cereal did that family good! With all those millions, Ms. Post traveled the world and purchased a plethora of artwork, fine dishware, home decor, and jewels to adorn her home.
Her estate also includes gardens, such well-manicured gardens. A Japanese garden that winds down a little hill, with a small waterfall leading the way. Another garden
mixes French technique with a proper English garden feel; I felt totally transported to a Jane Austen novel whilst there with ivy-laced walls and shaped shrubbery. The rose garden was in full bloom and honestly, I’ve smelled a lot of roses in my life, but some of those delightful fragrances took me by surprise! Even orchids galore–in pots and hanging from intricately-woven plantscapes–were on display in the greenhouse.
I called a few days prior to make reservations for our visit. The cost was $15/person, but that included a guided-tour of the mansion, a guided-tour of the gardens and estate, access to a special exhibition housing all of the wedding dresses worn by the Post ladies, and parking. There is also a cafe on the premise if you’re interested in tea. I
cannot stress enough how truly special this adventure was!
In the mood for something substantial and filling, we bid adieu to Ms. Post’s Estate and made our way to Chinatown in D.C. There we found a little Thai gem called Kanlaya. Cool, recessed lighting was the perfect pairing with the vibrant tastes on the menu. I ordered a delightful cashew chicken dish. The duck eggroll appettizer was also delish!
This was definitely a full-day trip and worth every penny (and it really wasn’t expensive at all)! For a ticket price of $15 and a filling meal for $12, an experience like this for under $30 is hard to find.
On the road again,