Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Night Out

I was able to get out, away from my dolls, apartment, and town and go to the Governor's Mansion in Raleigh, North Carolina. Invitation only, the First Gentleman Robert W. Eaves arranged a reception for his project of celebrating NC Craft.
The mansion itself is wonderful and so is a part of the gardens that I did see. It was my first time in Raleigh and loved the architecture of the large Victorian houses. I have to go back just to look at the architecture and go to the museums. Can't forget the restaurants.

I went with my travel buds Gary and Meredith.

Two crazy gals outside the mansion gates. Yes, we had to go through security and show I.D. to prove who we were. I was waiting for Gary to set off the alarm, seeing he just had a hip replaced. Don't tell him that.

Me and Governor Beverly Purdue. She is a tiny thing and very pretty. A lovely lady.

Here I am in the sun room. A reason why I don't like taking pictures.

Me and Meredith in the Gentleman's Room.

The Dining Room with a very long table. Meredith said that she would text me for the ketchup.

The three of us in the Green Room. When you look through the window to my right, there's a beautiful porch. Great place to have morning coffee.

A beautiful silver set in the Dining Room.

A fireplace and elegant screens, also in the Dining Room.

The Gentleman's Room. I love fireplaces.

Another section of the Green Room.

The staircase leading up to the private quarters of the First Family of North Carolina.

Carolina pulled pork sandwiches, mushrooms stuffed with Parmesan and spinach, grilled chicken, Eastern Carolina style cole slaw, cheesecake, wonderful brownies and other desserts, cheese and fruit spread, along with sweet tea rounded off a nice light meal. I had a very good time.

We went to Natty Greene's to top things off and got lost on the way home. Which was hilarious. There was road construction (at night) and we had to get off the highway with everyone else. Of course, they didn't have any signs to tell you which way to go and ended up going to Durham (out of our way) and had to turn around. Gary belted out tunes for us and we just laughed. It's great when you have good people to travel with. We are planning another road trip.

But for now, back to work.


Lainie's Little Things said...

What a wonderful adventure! Glad you had such a good time! Plus you got your picture taken with the Governor! How awesome is that??!!!

Kim said...

What gorgeous pictures!! You are so pretty Wendy:) Sounds like you had a great time--fun with friends is such a good re-charge :) The mansion is such a beautiful building- I'm glad you brought your camera along so we could visit too ♥ Have a fabulous and productive weekend :)

CocoaChick said...

Hey Wendy! Your visit sounds like it was awesome! Give me a call next time you come to town..Courtney

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