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.
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.