Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hidden Gem in Washington, DC


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Living in the Washington, DC area? Or Traveling to DC?

There is no shortage on wonderful places and museums to visit, but one hidden gem I really encourage everyone interested in outstanding art, beautiful gardens and fine decor to explore, is the Hillwood Estates. Nestled in the hills of northwest Washington, D.C., only five miles from downtown. Hillwood welcomes visitors from around the world to escape the big city hussle, see the Mansion, dine at the Café, and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the formal gardens.
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Why You Should Visit?

Marjorie Merriweather Post bought Hillwood in 1955 and soon decided her home would be a museum that would inspire and educate the public. Her northwest Washington, D.C. estate endowed the country with the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia, a distinguished 18th-century French decorative art collection, twenty-five acres of serene landscaped gardens, and natural woodlands for all to enjoy. Opened to the public in 1977, today Hillwood's allure stems from the equally fascinating parts that make up the whole esemble. 
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The Gardens
Hillwood’s spectacular gardens were designed by landscape architects Umberto Innocenti and Richard Webel who expanded the existing gardens. Thirteen acres of formal gardens extend from the house’s terraces and porches in a progression of "outdoor rooms" through subtle transitional features, from the French Parterre to the Rose Garden and onto the Friendship Walk.

Hillwood employs experts in the areas of Russian and French decorative arts and culture; gardens, gardening, and horticulture or the history of the American country estate, who give talks and tours throughout the year. Check out the calendar of events and enjoy your visit.


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