Monday, April 4, 2011

Things to Do: Tudor Place (Georgetown)

Last week, during the Cherry Blossom festival a friend of mine told me about an event, Bubbly and Blossoms, being held at a historic home called Tudor Place. I did a little research to see what this place was all about and decided to go see for myself.

We arrived at Tudor Place on a Thursday evening for the event and were warmly greeted by some of the home's volunteers. The admission price was $10 for nonmembers and included unlimited cherry mimosas, in honor of Cherry Blossom season, several different types of beer and wines, and heavy hors d'oeuvres. We were only expecting the cherry mimosas so the snacks were a welcomed surprise.

Shortly after, we took our bubbly and ventured outside through the home's gardens to make our way to the main house. The gardens were beautiful and they even had a few Cherry Blossom trees in bloom. I couldn't help but imagine it to be the perfect setting for a spring wedding.

Once inside the main house, everyone was incredibly friendly and each of the volunteers knew the ins and outs about the history of the house, the furnishings, and the former owners. I learned some intriguing facts about the house namely that it was built for the granddaughter of Martha Washington (as in the wife of the 1st President of the United States) and several notable from the history books had been guests there. Another interesting thing is the furnishings inside of the house were all actual pieces acquired by the homes' past owners, not replicas like many of the other historic homes you visit these days. For more on the history, click here.

Tudor Place hosts events frequently which are open to the general public along with house tours. You can also rent it out for meetings, children's birthday parties, picnics, private teas and of course weddings. The pricing is incredibly reasonable. Some of their upcoming events include Yoga in the Gardens (Fridays at 10AM May-September), Mother's Day Tea, Fourth of July Ice Cream Social, plus many more, to see a listing of upcoming events click here.

I'm definitely planning on going back in June for their next Tudor Night event, see below for more information.

Tudor Nights: Bellinis in the Garden Thursday, June 2 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Enjoy the abundance of nature in the Tudor Place gardens! Nestled through the formal north gardens are lemon, fig, and pear trees. Wander through the grounds while sipping the featured cocktail, fruit Bellinis.

Tudor Place Historic Home and Gardens 1644 31st Street NW Washington, DC 20007 202.965.0400

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