Tudor Architecture and Romance
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David called early Saturday afternoon for us to figure out our plans for the rest of the day. He had found a movie on the baseball field at the minor league stadium in Akron and suggested that we go see that with some possible shopping first. Somehow we got on the topic of castles which led to me mentioning Stan Hywet Hall. He had never been so we decided to forgo the shopping and take a tour of the not-quite-a-castle-but-still-large estate in Akron.
After parking we went to the Carriage House for tickets. (Score for the AAA card getting us a $1 dollar discount per ticket, I know it's not much but it's something!). We had a little under a half hour to the tour start so we wandered over to the Butterfly House.
We hung around the outside of the house for a few minutes before our guide came out onto the entranceway to introduce herself. Just before going inside, two older vehicles pulled up the drive; they will be part of the Community Day tomorrow but were a nice surprise (especially for David).
Inside we went to the left first. I was immediately struck by the details especially in the woodwork. The wife had wanted the house to be Tudor in style, the husband wanted modern conveniences, and Stan Hywet marries them well. I loved the windows that let light from the outer rooms into the inner hallway. We saw a very large portion of the first floor. I adored the rooms with fountains (one of which is still working). The music room where they had concerts was magnificent and it's great that they are able to decorate it very very close to when the Sieberlings (spelling) actually lived there. The West Porch is a room that I definitely would've enjoyed curling up with a book if I had grown up in the home :) I was surprised by the polar bear rug in the Hall that rose three stories high with its elegant tapestries.
Our tour ended upstairs and we exited out of a smaller door back down on the first floor.
The grounds were closing soon so we headed out in search of somewhere to have dinner. The first place we tried was closed (Tripadvisor failed to give us that detail). However, a random decision to pull into another restaurant gave us a great burger meal.
After dinner we drove over to the ballpark but not for a baseball game. David had discovered that they were showing Frozen and The Princess Bride for only $5 a person.
For not having a set plan in the morning, this Saturday turned out to be a very nice one :)