Fashionable Romance at the Biltmore

Wedding Gowns in Film

Costumes worn by actors Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant in "Sense and Sensibility"

Costumes worn by actors Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant in “Sense and Sensibility”

In celebration of Biltmore’s long history as a location for weddings and romantic getaways, the estate is hosting a new costume exhibition highlighting love stories from iconic films. Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film will showcase wedding dresses and attire from major motion pictures spanning centuries of design.

The costumes come to Biltmore from Cosprop Ltd., the same London-based company that designed and furnished the costumes for Biltmore’s 2015 “Dressing Downton” exhibition of clothing from the PBS Masterpiece series “Downton Abbey.” I personally had the privilege of attending the Dressing Downton exhibit which was spectacular, and I expect nothing less of this upcoming new exhibit.

More than 40 award-winning costumes from 19 classic films will be displayed throughout the grand rooms of Biltmore House. Costumes illustrate changing styles in wedding fashions from the 1700s through the 1940s and the exquisite attention to detail that Cosprop Ltd., London, brings to its film costume projects. Accenting the costume displays will be elaborate floral arrangements complementing each film’s era, created by Biltmore’s Floral design team.

Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil in her wedding gown, photographed in Biltmore House, 1924.

Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil in her wedding gown, photographed in Biltmore House, 1924.

The exhibition will continue in Antler Hill Village & Winery with stories and heirlooms from 60 years of Vanderbilt family weddings, including a re-creation of Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil’s beautiful wedding gown and veil, and the family veil worn by both Jacqueline Kennedy and her cousin, Mary Lee Ryan Cecil, at their weddings.

(The exhibit will run from February 12 – July 4, 2016. Entry to this exhibition is included in Biltmore admission. Save $10 per admission ticket when you buy 7 or more days in advance.)

(Info courtesy of the Biltmore Estate Media)

Happy Meals: Upscale Dining at Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World may be a kid’s paradise, but the dining options extend far beyond chicken fingers and fries. Grown-ups looking for a little culinary indulgence can choose from a variety of upscale restaurants. Here are a handful of our favorites.

Article appears in West Jet Air’s in-flight magazine. Read full article here: Disney Eats-up-Oct copy

 

Beer City, USA

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Hidden in the mountains of western North Carolina, Asheville is famous for its scenic views, local artists and culinary creations. Its newest claim to fame is being named “Beer City, USA” by Examiner.com four years running. With more breweries per capita than any other city in the country, Asheville has become the craft-brewing center of the Southeast.

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My Favorite Luxury Spas

Spa at Travaasa Hana, Maui, HI

Spa at Travaasa Hana, Maui, HI

As a freelance travel writer, I’ve had the opportunity to experience quite a few luxury spas during my travels. In this article that appears in the January 2016 issue of Blend Radio & TV Magazine, I highlight my three all-time favorite luxury spas.  Read the story at: My Favorite Luxury Spas and listen to the radio interview at Big Blend Radio. (Scroll down to third interview of the day.)

 

 

 

 

 

Seasonal Splendor at The Omni Grove Park Inn

The Omni Grove Park Inn is wrapped in luxury for the holidays.

The Omni Grove Park Inn is wrapped in luxury for the holidays.

Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains, this 100+ year- old, AAA Four-Diamond resort hotel is known for its elegance and southern charm. While every season is spectacular at the Omni Grove Park Inn, the winter holidays kick it up a notch with special events such as the National Gingerbread House Competition, delicious holiday dining, live music and festive decorations. Read entire article originally published in the November 2015 issue of Luxe Beat Magazine.

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Luxury and History at Quebec’s Auberge Saint-Antonine Hotel

Quebec’s Auberge Saint- Antonine Hotel

Quebec’s Auberge Saint- Antonine Hotel

Located on one of Quebec City’s richest archeological sites, the Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel literally sits atop centuries of history. This luxury hotel seeks to preserve history, provide luxurious accommodations and provide outstanding cuisine at its famous Panache Restaurant.

Check our full story from the November issue of Luxebeatmag.com.

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Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia

“Southern-Traveller Heads North” chronicles my recent trip to Maine, Nova Scotia, Quebec & Montreal. Today’s post continues with my third adventure in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia. Because of high seas and winds we were not able to dock in Sydney the previous day.)

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There’s so much to see on this tiny island of Nova Scotia that I had to make some difficult decisions since our time ashore was limited. Since I am a photographer, the ship’s shore excursions usually frustrate me because they only make one or two stops for photos. For that reason I arranged a tour with Tours by Locals, which I discovered is a worldwide network of independent local guides. (I highly recommend checking them out before your next trip–very reasonable prices also.) Continue reading