Christmas at the Gillette Castle

Decorations on one of the Christmas trees inside Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Connecticut Photos by Cheryl Landes In November and December, volunteers decorate the Gillette Castle inside and out for the holidays. The 24-room mansion overlooking the Connecticut River Valley resembles a medieval-style castle. It's the former home of William Gillette (1853-1937), an actor … Continue reading Christmas at the Gillette Castle

Armchair photo tours: A fall day trip in the Connecticut River Valley with a stop at Gillette Castle

A view of the early fall colors in the Connecticut River Valley near East Haddam Photos by Cheryl Landes The Connecticut River Valley is a beautiful mix of scenery, history, and wildlife. In the fall, the changing colors enhance the experience. I joined some local friends on a day trip through the valley one day … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A fall day trip in the Connecticut River Valley with a stop at Gillette Castle

Winterlights extended through January 17

Photo by Cheryl Landes The Trustees has extended Winterlights, its annual holiday light displays at two properties in Massachusetts until January 17, 2021: Naunkeag in Stockbridge and the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton. Stroll the pathways and admire thousands of colorful lights beautifully arranged. Food and refreshments are available. Capacities are limited each night … Continue reading Winterlights extended through January 17

Get Christmas Tea To-Go at the Pomeroy Farm December 18-19

The Pomeroy Farm cancelled its annual Christmastime at the Farm this year because of safety concerns from COVID-19. Instead, they're hosting Christmas Tea To-Go on Friday and Saturday, December 18 and 19. This themed lunch features sandwiches, scones, and desserts similar to those you'd find in a traditional tea service. And there's tea, of course. … Continue reading Get Christmas Tea To-Go at the Pomeroy Farm December 18-19

Take a self-guided architectural driving tour in Pasadena

Photo by Cheryl Landes Pasadena is best known for the Rose Bowl, but most people aren't aware that the city has some of the best preserved architecture in California. Los Angeles Times contributor Sharon Boorstin created a guide to 16 sites, ranging from public buildings to mansions, with brief descriptions and directions. She plotted the … Continue reading Take a self-guided architectural driving tour in Pasadena

Armchair photo tours: Deepwood House & Museum in Salem, Oregon

  Photos by Cheryl Landes The Deepwood House & Museum consists of a Queen Anne Victorian home, carriage house, greenhouse, formal beaux-arts gardens, and nature trail on five acres near the Oregon State Capitol Building and Bush's Pasture Park in Salem. Architect William Knighton designed the home and carriage house for Dr. Luke A. Port … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Deepwood House & Museum in Salem, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Bush’s Pasture Park and Bush House Museum in Salem, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes Bush's Pasture Park is a 100-acre public park and botanical garden near downtown Salem, Oregon. It's the site of the Bush House Museum, the home of Asahel Bush's family from 1878 until 1953. The Italianate house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The City of Salem … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Bush’s Pasture Park and Bush House Museum in Salem, Oregon