Monday, 15 August 2011

Trip Advisor, Woolworth's, Bethlehem and sleeping in Cary Grants bed!!

Trip Advisor is my "Bible" for travelling!
It rarely lets me down and right now it has certainly come up trumps!!

The irony of travelling to Bethlehem today had not escaped me.

It became more and more ironic for a "Devonshire maid" to leave Falmouth (in the USA) and on our journey pass Plymouth, Barnstaple, Truro, Lincoln, Weymouth,Braintree Londonderry,Derry and Lebanon.
We arrived in Bethlehem in the pouring rain and found ourselves at the Mulburn Inn on Main Street .

We had booked for four nights at the Inn hoping to do lots of walking in the White Mountains.
We soon realised we were in a rather marvellous time warp!

At the turn of the century Bethlehem was one of America's premier resort destinations.
It boasted sixty grand hotels and three stations with ten trains a day arriving from New York and Boston.
Now it is no bigger than a sleepy mountain village.
The wealthy and famous flocked to the White Mountains to enjoy the crisp mountain air.
The Mulburn Inn was built at the turn of the century as the summer estate for the F.W.Woolworth family.

Social gatherings often occurred here for the rich and famous.
The Woolworth Estate was a popular social gathering spot for members of high society.
The Rockefellers and other social elites frequently visited.
We are staying in the Adams Room where Cary Grant and Barbara Hutton spent their romantic honeymoon!

The details are amazing!

And I am sure Cary Grant will have used this very Art Deco bathroom!

So tonight we shall sleep,maybe dreaming of Cray Grant and
 in the morning, after a breakfast, which is no longer cooked on the gift to the family from Thomas Edison in 1924.

We will sit on the porch and think of an era past and plan our day.
Hopefully the sun will have returned to show the White Mountains around Bethlehem off to their best!

What a treat!

1 comment:

  1. Linda, that look the most amazing Inn to stay, and I cannot believe you were lucjy enough to have the room where Cary Grant slept - how brilliant, he is just my all time favourite male actor I think - watched To Catch a Thief only a few days ago!
    What a journey you must be having, it all looks and sounds wonderful. I have never been to the States and when I do I shall be sure to try and stay there.
    Love those white rockers on the porch!
    Look forward to seeing and hearing more about your hols.
    Gill xx


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