Monday, December 19, 2011

A lovely night at Longwood

On Saturday night, we celebrated my friend Kristen’s birthday at Longwood Gardens and finished the evening with dinner at the historic Dilworthtown Inn. The night was all about Kristen, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that it brought back memories of the night Geof proposed almost 5 years ago.

Geof and I at Longwood Gardens

Beautiful Christmas Tree

Pretty display inside the conservatory

Longwood Gardens is truly a magical place during the holiday season and photos don’t come close to doing it justice. I remember driving through the area as a child and seeing all of the beautiful lights begging my dad to take me there. As an adult, I enjoy it even more and truly appreciate all the work that goes into making it so special.

Kristen and I

We walked around the outdoor gardens to take in the pretty lights and finally made it to the conservatory to see all of the exhibits. The hybrid tea roses were a real standout and I also really loved the Bonsai display. Most of the trees were over 100 years old or close to it. To end the evening, we caught the fountain show and then headed off to dinner at Dilworthtown.

We went and found the bench where Geof proposed

Tea roses

Fountain Show

Dilworthtown Inn is my favorite place to dine. The history, ambiance, service and food set it apart from any other place I’ve been. The restaurant dates back to the late 1700’s and it’s located off the beaten path. You really feel like you’re away from the rest of the world when you go there. The restaurant has a total of three floors and fifteen different rooms. Every visit is a different experience and I’ve never been in the same room twice. We enjoyed a fabulous meal and it was great to share a new memory with Kristen and Sean.

Dilworthtown Inn

Us at the Inn with Santa (we all thought Santa was playing air guitar)

Happy Birthday, Kristen! I hope you had as much fun as we did.


Anonymous said...

Aw you two are so cute! Looks like an amazing time.

MCW said...

I love that little inn! I want to go :)

And you look so great!

Melissa said...

That looks like an amazing place!

I love your dress!

Jodie said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time!! Cute dress!!

Mel said...

How lovely. And super cute dress!

Anonymous said...

Your dress is awesome and you look wonderful girl! The gardens seem pretty spectacular. It must take forever for them to put the lights and decorations up each year. So fun!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Aw how magical! What a beautiful place to propose, for Christmas, and to celebrate a birthday! I LOVE historic places so I know I'd love the Inn - so cool!

Glad you had a good time. You look great!

Jessica Renee said...

Wow that place is GORGEOUS! And that's where you got proposed to? Amazing! :) and your outfit is so pretty, you look great!

Miss Sweet Tea said...

What a beautiful place! You look stunning - I love the dress! Happy Birthday to Kristen!

Anonymous said...

It has been YEARS since I've been to Longwood Gardens! Looked like you had a great time!

dina vanessa mercado said...

great pics and awesome event!!! lovely outfits too... love the christmas tree!!! happy birthday to your friend, its nice that you had fun at that event... great blog, following you now..

Gwen said...

I love your dress!!! I'm always so jealous of all your fun events. I in the Midwest people are too boring. :)

Have a very Merry Christmas my friend!!!

Carly said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that leopard dress on you! Simply beautiful:)
All the photos are great..but if I didn't mention it..I love that DRESS!!! lol.
Hope you have the happiest of holidays.

Christina said...

So pretty! And how fun reliving those memories. Very sweet! What a cool place to eat too!

Sabrina said...

coud this place look anymore charming and amazing?!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Beautiful pictures and I love your dress! xo