It’s Hot Now, but Fall is Just Around the Corner!

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I admit, I’m thinking of Fall. Yes, it’s still warm in Atlanta and we still get our summer showers in the afternoons. I’m still serving Georgia peaches in a variety of ways, still baking Lemon Bars because anything citrus is cooling. I haven’t succumbed to Pumpkin Spice ANYTHING, but wheFallPorch3Webn I hear the leaves rustle and see the Back-to-School displays, I get hopeful.

There’s so much to do in the Atlanta area the Fall, and rooms book quickly at Stonehurst. Might I suggest sitting down with a cool glass of sweet tea and investigating a Fall trip to Atlanta, including a reservation for a beautiful room at Stonehurst ?

There is certainly a Fall Festival to suit most everyone! For those who love cosoplay, science fiction, gaming, and film there’s Dragon Con, held on Labor Day Weekend. For those that like to rock, Music Midtown has been an Atlanta classic since 1994. Celebrate all things southern at the Fall Folklife Festival, including traditional foods, music, crafts, and local brews. The foodie in you can choose Taste of Atlanta or perhaps the Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp. There’s plenty of pumpkin patches nearby, as well.

Check out the Atlanta Falcons schedule, and pick a game! And don’t forget, this is the last season for the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Whatever your interest, just remember – we’d love to see you at Stonehurst Place!

 

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“Best B and B ever”

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Ok, you’re paying for a luxurious b&b, and it is a beautiful house, but what I loved about Stonehurst Place was the extras and the outstanding service. I flew in from the UK and I knew I’d be arriving at about 9pm. I was delayed going through customs and was over an hour late. Paul’s welcome was nonetheless delightful. Even though it was late, he gave me a full tour of the house, the various sitting rooms and, the lovely cookies, coffee, tea and wine all on tap. Breakfasting was brilliant. Unlike the UK where everyone has their own table and no-one talks to each other, we all sat down together and Paul made sure we were all introduced to each other. I find the US fascinating and my trip was part of my 40th anniversary tour marking my very first visit as a student, so I loved hearing about where the other US guests came form. Lori’s breakfasts were outstanding, I’m sorry I ended up leaving some! And wonderful to be greeted late afternoon on my return from sightseeing around the city with a complimentary glass of wine. Utterly fab!

Posted on TripAdvisor by henmammurray, Birmingham, United Kingdom on August 8, 2016

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“wonderful!!”

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My sister and I had a lovely stay in the Master’s Suite at the end of July. Paul and Lori are very gracious and extremely attentive, even so far as Lori making special gluten-free brownies for an afternoon treat and baked goods for our morning breakfasts. May I say that they were of exceptional quality – truly delicious. We’d love those recipes, Lori!
The entire inn is charming, relaxing and filled with amazing artwork. We stayed in the Master’s Suite which is lovely and has an incredible bathroom/shower/tub! We will definitely be back and hope to have more time to just relax at the inn. Thank you for a wonderful stay, Paul and Lori.

Posted on TripAdvisor by sbsbsims, Huntersville, North Carolina on August 7th, 2016

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Garden Thoughts

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A garden grows with us over time – or do we grow with our garden?

acanthus at Stonehurst PlaceThis year at Stonehurst Place our gardens have flourished – 8 years on, they are really coming into their own.  I graduated in 2007 from a garden design school in London, fresh with ideas which I implemented at Stonehurst Place both inside and outside the inn.  For me, there is nothing like continuity and flow between the two spaces to truly create something comfortable and special.  Gardens continue to develop; it is our tendency to stuff them full of plants at the beginning so that they look ‘perfect’ from the get go, but to my eye the best gardens are ones that grow with us.  Our ideas change, our understanding of what we need and what the garden needs changes, and as we live together somehow it just seems to get better and better.
I’ve filled our gardens with special plants, like Acanthus mollis, which should never survive in our Zone 8 but does (and blooms!).  I was researching the plant in a garden design studio and
found the for sale website for the old Stonehurst B&B.  The house is filled with acanthus in various areas, from the carved lions heads on the dining room fireplace and the Music Room inglenook bench arms, to fabric I chose for the Music Room sheers and the large acanthus leaf in green concrete at our large front steps landing.
The BluffThere are special spots in our gardens, including The Bluff that overlooks Piedmont Avenue with a lovely bench to take in the sunset, have wedding photos taken, or just perch and look down
on street life passing by.  It is this area I will turn my focus and efforts to next – it has a beautiful backdrop of developing Hydrangeas, and stands of Hellebores or Lenten Roses around it, but I am working with Barry Glick of Sunshine Farms to fill the area with more and more stands of his lush and colorful Hellebores hybrids he creates using a paintbrush!  He’s an incredible plantsman, and you’ll find this Southern Living article about Barry and his Hellebores work fascinating.
Of course Barry has hundreds of other plant varieties, and I can’t wait to work with him and David Dempseyof Atlanta’s Viridis Garden Design to weave more unique plant materials in the area. When you stroll the gardens of Stonehurst Place, you will find small signs that let you know what beauties you’re looking at – a mini garden tour if you will.  Give it a twirl on your next visit – and be sure to notice our mulch made of crushed Georgia pecan shells!
Shadomy, Stonehurst Place
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Travel Your Way To a New, Smart You!

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According to a new study, travel makes you smarter!

This is great news for someone as travel-hardened as me. I found a fun internet piece identifying 9 reasons why traveling makes you smarter. Travel, it reads, activates the mind, slows you down, develops skills. All of these are crucial for people who want to age well and continue to develop. I don’t need another motivator to travel; for me travel is the perfect excuse to change my outlook, rethink habits and explore new corners of the world. But hey, I love a good study as much as the next person!

The thing is, traveling isn’t just about going to far flung places across the world, or on amazing safaris.  It’s about connecting with new people.  It’s about promoting understanding, grappling with empathy, and understanding new points of view.  As I read this 9 reasons article, I was struck by something – that’s what we offer at Stonehurst Place!  An amazing number of people come to Stonehurst Place for staycations, or small gatherings, and they do it because we offer access to a community.  One of our reviewers described us as a “b&b without the weirdness of a b&b,” and I loved that!  Bed and Breakfasts are amazing places to meet people, and thanks to Stonehurst Place’s reputation for service and the highest quality experience, we attract a fascinatingly diverse group of guests.  Many who stay at our inn are interested in art, literature and travel.  They often share and exchange wonderful stories about their own travels and culture with other guests.

Christmas in Rome makes you smarterWho am I, today?

Another reason travel is so vital is it helps you keep rediscovering yourself.  The article explains that living away from your routine life allows you to experience the moment more vividly, to once again prioritize your own health and well being.  Often we are so bound to schedules and routines that we lose touch with ourself.  Using time away to remember what you like, how you like it, when you like it, can be crucial for staving off burn out.

I’m planning my next vacation, Christmas in Rome.  I feel smarter already.

Shadomy, Stonehurst Place

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“Impeccable experience!”

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We visited Stonehurst for our 15 year wedding anniversary last weekend. I have to say that the property and staff were beyond (way beyond) our wildest expectations-even after reading all of the rave reviews! The quality of the former homes furnishings and art collection were truly stunning. The breakfast was exquisite, and we genuinely enjoyed getting to know the staff. Paul is quite the host, and our conversation with him was one of the highlights of our visit. Don’t delay! Book now!!!

Posted on TripAdvisor by A TripAdvisor Member on July 12, 2016

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Guests Rave about Chihuly in the Garden

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Chihuly in the Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is always beautiful, but Dale Chihuly’s exhibit transforms the gardens into something truly breathtaking. The exhibit “Chihuly in the Garden” runs through October 30, and Stonehurst Place guests have been coming from all over the world to view it, and returning with wonderful reviews.  Dale Chihuly, an American artist, is globally renowned for site-specific exhibitions. Working with the Garden’s horticulture team, he created roughly a third of the exhibit specifically for Atlanta. The works are on view amid plantings, floating in pools and suspended in air. Spectacular during the day, the exhibit becomes even more impressive after dark. We encourage our guests to experience the artwork stunningly lit during “Chihuly Nights,” which runs Wednesday through Sunday, until 10:00 PM.

Chihuly and Stonehurst PlaceThis Second Chihuly Exhibit is Just as Exciting!

Chihuly made his debut at the Gardens in 2004, during what was a first-time effort to market the botanical attraction as an open-air museum. Garden visitation more than doubled and memberships rose. According to a Garden spokesperson, members and guests never stopped asking for an encore, and this year’s exhibit helps mark the 40th anniversary of the Gardens.  The exhibit was shipped in six 53-foot containers containing thousands of elements. The installation took over two weeks.

See our Chihuly piece up close and in person!
Stonehurst Place has its own piece of Chihuly on display for guests – a portion of the Crystal Cascade piece at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

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“Need to create a six-star category for this”

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Location- awesome home- awesome rooms- awesome (Hinnman room shower- wow wow wow- that alone is worth the trip) innkeepers- Paul and Lori (and Mardin) are about the best folks you can meet, and breakfasts and snacks are fantastic. wouldn’t want to stay anywhere else in Atlanta.

Posted on TripAdvisor by 49212Rudiger_r, High Point, North Carolina on June 24, 2016

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