Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Keswick Hall

Eric swept me away for a romantic weekend at Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia in celebration of my 40th birthday. My wonderful family gave me a new camera and I truly spent the weekend shooting all over God's green earth! It was the best gift, being with E and capturing the moments for always. I am as giddy as if I had just received my Barbie dream apartment when I was 9. I admit I love birthday's and enjoy celebrations of any kind. E. surprised me finding this special place to stay. I only requested we stay somewhere in Charlottesville. Little did he know I have been dreaming of coming here for a very long time. My grandfather went to UVA as well as my uncle. When I spoke to Francie she said, "You know I have very fond memories of Virginia." Yes, as do I! My favorite story however is that E. turned UVA down to go to UNC.

We walked around the grounds and loved seeing the steam rise off of the heated 84 degree pool.

There are only 45 rooms in the whole resort.

Champagne was waiting in the room upon check-in. I'm really digging my new camera and being able to play with the depths of field.

Our room had a private balcony.

The golf course was empty aside from some noisy geese.

The grounds were beautiful and lettuce was blooming. It is February right? What an odd, warm winter we've had. 

Thomas Jefferson's signature herringbone pattern is everywhere in Charlottesville and the surrounding areas. We took a side trip to Monticello just down the road.

I fell in love with two art pieces one of our two powder rooms.

The dog show ribbons and....

...this shell arrangement. It was to die for adorable. The Girls Gun Club MUST have this mounted in our club room, don't you think EAS and Ali?

The soaking tub was a dream and each room was outfitted with bath salts at turn down with thick robes and slippers.

Next time I must bring my suit.

Eric, thank you for such a special weekend. I love you, love you, love you especially for helping me stream Downton Abbey during the Super Bowl and saying, "we can do whatever you's your birthday." 


Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

It sounds and LOOKS like a lovely birthday celebration! The framed shotgun shells are very cool. How much fun is it to play around with a new camera? xx

Ps: I am still loving that you bumped into A!

eas said...

Your pictures are just lovely. Happy belated birthday. So sweet that he let you stream Downton Abbey during superbowl-now that is a wonderful man!

Bethany said...

Love it! What a wonderful way to celebrate. You're doing a fantastic job with your new camera. xoxo

Pigtown*Design said...

Love it! What kind of camera did you get?

Nelle Somerville said...

Thanks friends! Meg, I received a Canon Rebel (can't remember the model but think it is Ti)

Maggie said...

A friend of mine was JUST telling me about Keswick - I've GOT to go! This looks so beautiful, and your photos are fabulous. Happy belated birthday!

Anonymous said...

It looks like you had a fabulous time! Can you do a post on your new camera? I need one and your camera takes gorgeous photos!