Monday, May 10, 2010

We recently jetted 0ff [drove] to our action-packed [relaxed] anniversary weekend in Paris [Seven Springs, PA]. On our itinerary? Eat, drink, sleep, Kentucky Derby, repeat [except for that part about the Derby, that only happened once].

Near Seven Springs Mountain Resort, you see a lot of this:

Trees, winding mountain roads and scenic vistas. Since it's still pretty early in the summer [late in the spring?], most of the trees were just getting their bright-green first leaves. The earth has come alive again! [This winter, I wasn't sure it would!]

Byron did the driving. He is very serious about driving.

See? More trees and winding roads.

One of our day trips was to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. Built in the 1930s by Wright for the Kaufmann family of Pittsburgh [of department store fame], Fallingwater is arguably Wright's most famous piece of architecture. It was even on the cover of Time Magazine in 1938!

It's a quick daytrip from the city, and really close to Seven Springs. If you haven't been, you should go! The tour is interesting, the house is amazing, and the grounds are beautiful!

If I could only raise the ceilings of the whole house (they're really low) and scrounge up many millions of dollars, I could live there! Living right above the falls on Bear Run makes the whole house like nature's best white noise machine!

The rest of our anniversary trip consisted of multiple buffets at the resort, watching the Derby, and trips to CW Klay Winery and Glade's Pike Winery [I'm in love with Glade's Pike's Seyval Blanc!].

All in all, it was a wonderful, relaxing weekend and I can't wait to do it again!



  1. Great pictures of Fallingwater. Do they let you take pictures inside? I hadn't heard the ceilings were so low--do they tell you why?

    Byron's seriousness about driving is matched only by his seriousness about outdoor cooking. He intimidates me.


  2. Hi Dan!! The tour guide said the ceilings are low because Wright didn't want the inhabitants to focus on the indoors but rather the scenic views outdoors. Similarly, the bedrooms are very small because Wright wanted people to spend time in the common areas rather than isolated in their rooms. The main living area is surprisingly 'open-concept' considering it was built in the '30s.

    And, no, no photos are allowed inside, unfortunately.

  3. Perhaps only an architect with the stature of somebody like Wright could dictate not only the design, but the actual use of the structure. On the one hand, this feels heavy-handed. But on the other hand, your house becomes an iconic structure. Interesting.