My husband and I celebrated our 17th anniversary yesterday. He surprised me with an overnight stay at the Greystone Inn in Wilmington, NC. Wilmington is a quick 45 min. drive from our beach house, so perfect for an overnight stay. It’s also where we got married, so perfect for a return anniversary trip. It was nice to have a night away without kids before returning to reality on Tuesday. Take a look at this beautiful inn originally named “The Bridgers Mansion and built in 1905-1906 by Elizabeth Haywood Bridgers, Widow of Preston Bridgers, son of Robert Rufus Bridgers, Past President of the Atlantic Coast Line Railway and founder of the Wilmington/Weldon Railway and two times representative of the Confederate Congress. The current owners who were our gracious host and hostess are Richard and Marcia Moore.
The piano room which once was a Japanese tea room. The arched windows go all the way to the floor and originally opened entirely to create wall ways to the terrace. Unfortunately, today they are painted shut. Still lovely. The lattice is also original.
Not sure if you can tell, but the gardens are terraced into three different levels. There are beautiful trees, flowers and shrubs planted on each level.
Did you know that a lot of movies and tv shows are filmed in Wilmington? There was a movie filmed in the garden the week before our wedding so the movie company planted the garden with beautiful flowers, which we were able to have for our wedding. Lucky!
Here is a close up of the porch. We stood at the base of the steps and said our vows. The guest sat on each level of the garden. We had a string quartet play. After the minister pronounced us husband and wife, the champagne corks popped and champagne was served to all the guests before departing to the reception which was a short walk down the block.
Tomorrow, back to reality for a few days!