The drive up to this spot is amazing, with slopping giant trees making an arch to greet you. This mansion and garden attraction opened early this year, due to nice weather, and even though not everything is in bloom yet, the grounds of this charming estate are spectacular. There are ponds and gardens and lawns and trails. It's a most romantic spot to truly get away from the noise and pollution of our fair city.
Lots of cranky old ladies will yell at you if a camera gets within a few feet of the interior of the mansion, but the outdoors are not off limits. Jim took full advantage and photographed me a ton. It takes an hour or so to walk the grounds, but there are plenty of benches and secret spots to stop, sit and just enjoy the beauty of nature that surrounds you.
There are ducks and turtles to spy on and plenty of trees to find shade under. If any place could be accurately described as idyllic, this is it.