Boho Brides

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The perfect boho bride, designed by Anna, a designer and dress maker in Brighton. Click on image for her full Etsy shop.

Boho Brides: Weddings and Elopements at Stonehurst Place

I’m on the Etsy listserv, so every week or so they send me the editor’s pick of the month. This month’s pick was about brides and “Boho-chic weddings,” and as I scrolled through the pictures I was immediately struck by how they fit with the Stonehurst Place aesthetic. The pictures of beautiful brides in stunning original dresses from the 1960s with neat custom jewelry reminds me of some of the weddings we’ve had at Stonehurst Place. For those of you who are not experts on fashion trends (like me!), Boho is a style that came into fashion in the early 2000s that combines Bohemian and hippie styles. To me, it always looks like the 70s, and reminds me of my childhood. I was just growing up in the 70s, so a lot of 70s fashion is associated with my childhood dreams.  My first memories of weddings are with brides dressed just like this!  It’s amazing how quick fashion cycles run … I honestly never thought I would see this look again.

brides and weddings at Stonehurst Place

Boho Brides Mason Jar Décor at a Stonehurst Place Wedding (thanks for sharing your wedding photos, Cindy & Ross!)

So, what does this have to do with Stonehurst Place?  Boho aesthetic combines the old and the new; the hippie movement that was iconic in the 60s is contrasted with the hipster movement that is big now. Many elements of Boho-chic became popular in the late 1960s and some date back much further, being associated, for example, with pre-Raphaelite women of the mid-to-late 19th century. Mason jars, a hipster object, are decorated in a hippie style.  Backdrops like beaded curtains are back in style, but now they adorn older doors; the aesthetic specifically aims to contrast the old and the new, and highlight our ever-changing lifestyles while still emphasizing the permanence of art and decorative creativity.  Just like at Stonehurst Place, where I’ve created a design aesthetic our guests enjoy – the new and the old, mixed together. It’s eclectic, and I love it for its quirky timelessness.

Another reason this editors’ pick caught my eye is its focus specifically on weddings. As many of our blog readers know, intimate elopements and weddings at Stonehurst Place are so popular with engaged couples, some who come from states away just to be married in our special atmosphere.  When I see Boho-chic wedding images like these on the Etsy pages, I am struck by how perfect Stonehurst Place is for this wedding style.

Stonehurst Place is such an adaptable location, one in which you can have such a variety of wedding types. Boho-chic weddings remind me of the 1970s and my favorite pair of faded denim, low cut, dusty-pink flared bell-bottom jeans, but it also reminds me of the hopefulness of youth and the excitement for the future.

Stonehurst Place encompasses those two feelings beautifully.

Shadomy, Stonehurst Place

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“Visiting our daughter”

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My husband and I stayed in the Master Suite which was lovely. Very spacious. the bathroom was elegant -the towel warmer was a delight! Loved the auto shades on the windows. the breakfast was served in a beautifully decorated dining room – offered lots of food!

Posted on Tripadvisor by John G on February 2nd, 2016

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Atlanta, #1 City for Romance

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Stonehurst Place is Atlanta’s perfect backdrop for romance.

Atlanta, #1 City for Romance

February is the Month of Romance and, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, many people are considering what their Most Romantic Destination could be. You might think romance needs Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background, a Michelin starred restaurant, or maybe a bouquet of red roses is your style. No matter what, you’ve started thinking about how to make your Valentines Day getaway something special and that’s what’s important – Valentine’s Day takes planning to properly pull it off! Consider Atlanta and a stay at TripAdvisor® 2016 Travelers’ Choice Stonehurst Place choosing our Candlelight Romance Package during your booking.  Atlanta was recently named the #1 City for Romance in the USA.  A personal finance resource, WalletHub, ranked 150 US cities for romance, and Atlanta came first!  Although WalletHub is not my go-to source, the survey seems reputable; data sources included federal agencies such as the Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Gallup Healthways and more.

Stonehurst Place and Atlanta together are Romance HQ!

beautiful bride poses in STonehurst Place Dining Room

Beautiful bride poses in the DiningRoom at  Stonehurst Place.

Honestly, I was not that surprised Atlanta ranked first in romance. You just need to look at the variety of events Atlanta going on around Valentine’s Day to see Atlanta has so much romance to offer. Walking distance from Stonehurst Place is the Atlanta Botanical Garden, a draw for many who enjoy romance while being surrounded by lush gardens and flowers.  During Valentine’s Day weekend the Atlanta Botanical Garden celebrates with an elegant evening of music, dancing and cocktails. Tickets to this event sell out fast, so book here now.  Other romantic activities include the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which is offering an evening of Romantic Jazz Music on Saturday the 13th (tickets here), or the Atlanta Ballet, performing Moulin Rouge through Saturday the 13th.

Stonehurst Place itself is a wonderful spot for romance.  Recently awarded TripAdvisor’s highest designation, the 2016 Travelers’ Choice Award (one of only two such highly-ranked hotels in all of Georgia) you can’t do better than choosing a stay at Stonehurst Place! With repeat anniversary deals and offers, as well as honeymoon and wedding packages, Stonehurst Place was built with romance in mind. Our innkeepers attentively host couples both old and new, allowing you to have the most relaxing getaway possible.

So, if you’re looking for the #1 Romantic Hotel in the #1 City for Love in America, Stonehurst is the Place for you.

Barb

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“Impeccable”

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What a find, Lori and Paul are gracious hosts and I will be back.

Posted on Expedia.com by Montreal traveler from Canada on February 1st, 2016

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“The facility was excellent!”

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We stayed In the “Eaves” and loved it! I would recommend the Stonehurst Place to everyone. The breakfast was fantastic and the staff was great!

Posted on Expedia.com by Pat from Savannah, GA on January 31st, 2016

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Georgia’s 2016 Best Food Festivals

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Georgia is such a wonderful state, sometimes I feel like I don’t represent it enough in my writings. Last month I wrote about Horseback Vacations in England, but let’s talk about something closer to home: Food Festivals in Georgia. I’ve complied a list of my Top Five Favorites for you; if you’re driving a measurable distance to any of them consider using RoadTrippers to plan some fun side stops along the way!  I love this travel app; how else would I have found the Lunchbox Museum on a road trip with my best friend?  For fun, I’ve noted for you some off-the-beaten-path places near each festival that I found using the RoadTrippers app.

Georgia’s Best Food Festivals

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Practically in our backyard, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is top of my list. It’s close to Stonehurst Place, obviously a plus if you stay with us because you can just stroll over, but also at the top because it’s world famous and for serious foodies. The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival celebrates Georgia’s culinary successes between June 2–5, 2016.  The festival weekend is full of fun, with a variety of different experiences and something for everyone. The 2015 festival boasted 243 award winning chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, distillers and microbreweries, more than 100 different food-based classes and nearly 10,000 guests. Definitely worth a visit! RoadTrippers find: the Telephone Museum.

Shrimp and Grits Festival
Nothing sounds quite as amazing to me as a weekend celebrating Georgia’s two most beloved foods – shrimp and grits. Like any good Southern girl, I would go to this festival in a heartbeat. I love shrimp and grits! Moreover, the Georgia Shrimp and Grits Festival features many fun activities: cook-offs, shrimp boat tours, cooking demonstrations and so much more.  I’m getting a craving for shrimp ‘m grits as I write!  RoadTrippers find: The Tree Spirits of St Simon’s Island.

Taste of Atlanta
Taste of Atlanta is another food festival right in our neck of the woods. Stay at Stonehurst Place while you enjoy Taste of Atlanta’s premier food, wine, beer and cocktails, all showcased in the festival. The diversity of Atlanta’s restaurants and the wealth of its culinary spirit have attracted thousands to Atlanta for the last 14 years. Taking place in the heart of Midtown at Tech Square, and spreading as far as Spring Street and 5th Street, patrons of the festival will be spoiled with the rich variety of foods.  RoadTrippers find: The Tree That Owns Itself

Decatur Craft Beer Festival
Located about 15 minutes outside of Atlanta, the Decatur Craft Beer Festival is an easily accessible, fun, autumnal event for all beer connoisseurs. Showcasing more than 100 local and American Craft beers, as well as offering festivities in the form of live music and food from local restaurants, this festival is a treat!  RoadTrippers find: Scream 2 Film Location

Savannah Food & Wine Festival
The famous Savannah Food and Wine Festival takes place in November. Celebrated for its attraction of celebrity chefs as well as blending together local and national culinary talent, the festival has gained a lot of traction in the last decade. It draws international winemakers, top wineries and experts to its ranks, earning its reputation as one of the best food festivals in the South. Road Trippers find: Stoney-Baynard Plantation

It was not a shameless ploy to get you to book; the festivals in Midtown Atlanta are so much fun but parking is not.  Neither is having to scale back on wine drinking at a food and wine festival because you’re driving home!  Do consider a stay at Stonehurst Place if you attend the festival, you will be so happy you did!

Barb

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“Plan to be pamperd and well taken care of here!”

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If you are interested in luxurious and comfortable surroundings, want to enjoy easy access to many places in Atlanta, while having caretakers of this B and B taking care of your needs, while affording you privacy, this is the place for you. The breakfasts were gourmet breakfasts which were expertly prepared and presented by Lori while Paul was attentive to any request you may have. Artwork was beautiful with a grand piano in the sitting room. Can’t say enough good about this place!! Will definitely stay there again.

Posted on Hotels.com by Santo, US on January 20, 2016

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“Ideal!”

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This property is exactly what I enjoy most for time away – a historic property beautifully restored that also has the best of modern amenities. Rooms are well appointed, and the common areas are lovely and inviting. No detail is missed, right down to the well curated selection of books and movies available to borrow. The innkeepers, Paul and Lori, are extremely helpful and down-to-earth, and breakfast was always very good. The property is a quick walk to Piedmont Park, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, and several tasty looking local restaurants. Downtown is a $5-$6 Uber ride, and there is convenient parking onsite. We hope to be back!

Posted on TripAdvisor by FarmerGrrl, Indianapolis, IN on January 13th, 2016

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