The hubby celebrated his birthday earlier this week and since it is so close to Christmas it always gets lost in all of the celebrations. Every year I think about doing something special for him mid year and it just does not happen. This year I decided that I would try to do as much as I could to make it extra special starting with tickets to a UNC basketball game in January. The weekend was filled with a fabulous dinner out, a great concert by Una Vocis and then Monday night I surprised him with a night at our local historical inn—the Historic Park Inn in Mason City—the last remaining designed and built hotel by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is our claim to fame these days and they have done an amazing job of renovating it and restoring it to the fabulous icon that it is today. Check out their website here.
I tried to make it a total surprise but since he had meetings and events he was in charge of I had to tell him the day before and I think he was surprised and happy about it. We had a great night there and I would recommend that anyone who is coming this way at least get a tour of it if you are in the area. The staff was friendly and gracious, the 1910 Grille was delightful and the room we had was comfy and beautiful.
Enjoy the pictures—most of the outside pictures were taken during the summer when the weather was a tad bit nicer. We have a huge winter storm moving in tonight and the weather is getting increasingly nasty. I am not excited.
The front of the hotel—hard to get pictures without people in it!
Fabulous lines and angles
Beautifully restored in every detail
Our room for the night!
13 sets of blinds to close at night takes awhile!
Interesting lights on the nightstands!
Display of some of the artifacts and current things related to the hotel.
Love the details in this lamp in the lobby area.
Photograph of the condition before restoration—apologies for the flash reflection!
Sign from the law offices that were part of the historical part of the hotel.
This is a view of the business center in the hotel—love the desk!
Looking down from the upstairs into the extended lobby area.
Wright inspired chairs
Everywhere is the geometric design repeated that represents Wright’s style.
Hallway to the ballroom
Fabulous stained glass ceiling that was restored and moved back to the hotel
Don’t you just want to sit down for a spell?
Downstairs in the bar and billiards area
The details of the pool cue holder amazed me!
Outside at night
A view of the 1910 Grille that is in the hotel
Our room for the night!
Some treats for the birthday boy!
Linens with the logo!