'Hotels & Resorts'

The Little Foxes On Broadway and Sanctuary Hotel

April 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

A few more items I want to share with you from my recent NYC trip. Before when we’ve gone to New York we always end up shopping and eating out and seeing friends and this time I wanted to make it a priority to see some plays and or musicals while we were in town and boy did we ever. I’ve already shared some with you about seeing Glenn Close in the stage version of Sunset Boulevard and on Tuesday I told you about War Paint, today I want to tell you about the play we saw, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. TLF is a play written by Lillian Hellman in 1939 and the first production on Broadway starred Tallulah Bankhead in the lead role of Regina Giddens, the play is set in a small town in Alabama in 1900 and takes a look at the machinations and relationships of a family who are all trying to get ahead in life and how they step on each other in trying to attain their goals. I had only ever seen the movie version of The Little Foxes that stars Bette Davis as Regina, so when I read that a new stage version was being planned for Broadway I really wanted to see it. This new production is starring actresses, Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, the two women are trading off playing the role of Regina and another female character, Aunt Birdie. The current production is wonderful and I strongly suggest seeing it, the play takes place entirely in the Giddens home and the scenery for the play is beautiful, a beautiful green covers the wall of the home set and it’s filled with antiques from the early 20th century. The costumes are beautiful and needless to say the acting is extraordinary, in addition to the two actresses I mentioned the play also stars Richard Thomas (The Waltons) as Horace Giddens and Michael McKeon as Uncle Ben Hubbard. I want to share some images from the 1941 movie version of the play plus there’s some pics and a review of our NYC hotel below, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Dorothy Draper

March 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

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Designer Dorothy Draper is our focus today we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month by looking at the lives and careers of women who’ve made history in the world of design. Dorothy Draper is known for her use of color especially in her work renovating and redecorating hotels across America. One of Dorothy Draper’s greatest achievements is the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. You can still purchase materials created in the Draper aesthetic from Carleton Varney, you can learn more about Dorothy Draper here in an in-depth post I did on her life in 2014. Enjoy!!!

We’re Going To Disneyland!!!

March 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

So you’re on vacation in California, you’ve done everything you have planned, it’s Friday morning and you’re sitting in a nice little café having breakfast trying to decide what you want to do, your partner looks at you and says “Let’s go to Disneyland” and of course I said OK!!!! I had never been to Disneyland, it’s always been on the list of things to do and Michael hadn’t been since 1975 so it might have changed a little (not much). I’ve been to Disney World and everything that Florida has to offer in the Orlando area so I was excited. Let me say that I’m so glad we went and in the same breath I don’t have to go back for a while, first off Disneyland is SO much smaller than I ever thought it would be, not that being a smaller amusement park is a bad thing but there were a whole lot of people jammed into a small space.

We had an awesome time, we arrived around 2:30 in the afternoon and decided to stay until the park closed at midnight (we made it to 10:30) and that was a great plan. Being there in early March was a good thing, I was told the crowds were much smaller than starting in later March with Spring Break through the rest of Spring and Summer. We rode all the big rides: Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, Runaway Mine Train, The Jungle Cruise and loved them all. One of the great things going on right now at Disneyland and Disney World is they are bringing Star Wars into the amusement parks, Space Mountain has already been changed over to a Star Wars themed ride and much of what is Tomorrow Land has been changed over to Star Wars. We ate supper, enjoyed the Main Street Electric Light Parade and saw about half of the fireworks show before they shut it down because of wind. It was a wonderful afternoon and evening in the Magic Kingdom and I know we’ll be back.

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Oscar Winning Homes ~ Bette Davis

February 22, 2016

By Tab Byrum

It’s almost the end of February so that means the Academy Awards are this coming weekend on Sunday evening. I LOVE the Academy Awards and while I don’t always see all the movies before the awards are handed out it’s still fun to watch the ceremony and see the set decoration, musical numbers as well as the jewels and clothes worn by the actors for their big night. I thought we would take a look this week at the homes of some of the great Oscar winning actors and actresses over the years and today we are going to start with one of the greats from the grand and glorious days of Hollywood, two-time Oscar winner, Bette Davis.

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Bette Davis built Butternut Lodge in 1940 outside of Franconia, New Hampshire, it sits on 22 private acres. Butternut Lodge showed Davis’ affinity for American antiques and her “Yankee” heritage. Today you can rent Butternut Lodge and experience the life of a Hollywood legend at one of her favorite getaway spots. Let’s take a tour of Butternut Lodge, Enjoy!!!

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New Disney Designs

August 18, 2015

By Tab Byrum

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This past weekend was the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. D23 is the official Disney Fan Club and is named D23 in honor of D for Disney and 23 for the year 1923, that’s when Walt Disney left Kansas City and headed west to California and Hollywood where he founded what is today an entertainment empire. Disney made several big announcements concerning the future of their theme parks with the biggest announcements having to do with them now being the owners of the Star Wars franchise. Disney will be adding 14 acre Star Wars themed areas to the theme parks in Anaheim, California, and Orlando Florida, of course, this comes right before the seventh Star Wars movie will be released this fall. This will be Disney’s largest land expansion ever in the history of the theme parks. Here’s a look at some of the photos released in conjunction with the announcement about the new theme parks, I CAN’T wait!!!! Enjoy

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Greenbriar Hotel & Resort

August 12, 2015

By Tab Byrum

This time of year my thoughts turn to traveling, we don’t really do much in the summer since that’s when the prices are highest on travel and lodging, the crowds are larger and we aren’t big hot weather fans. One of the places on my list to visit is the Greenbriar Hotel & Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia in the Allegheny mountains.

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The Greenbriar Hotel today is the original site of a spring of sulphur water that the locals began drinking, following the lead of local Native Americans, a prominent Baltimore family named the Calwells took over the property in the late 1700’s and eventually built cottages which they sold. In 1858,  a hotel was built and the rest is history.

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