City Spot: Tea At The Biltmore

BlondiBeachwear_biltmore2BThere are few hotels that have the style and charm of the Biltmore in Coral Gables. A National Historic Landmark built in 1926 and situated on 150 tropical acres in Coral Gables, Florida; this grand hotel with all it’s interesting corners and romantic sweeping terraces leaves you feeling like you’ve stepped into a movie set from days long past. I had an incredible day touring the property and relaxing with my Mom for tea. Enjoy the photo’s from my day. Xoxo, Blondi

IMG_3100This gorgeous view of the Golf Coarse sits at the rear of the hotel just above the pool deck. It’s almost as if the hotel is carved into the side of a hill because this is actually on the second floor.

BiltmoreA stroll around the Grand ball room was a little haunting. There was actually a really eerie feeling in that room especially when you look into the mirrors. They said that this room was once used as a hospital for surgeries during the war and the ghosts of past souls who died here still walk the halls. History has an incredible way of leaving it’s mark on us one way or another.

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BlondiBeachwear_biltmore-5An enormous fireplace sits directly in the center of the ball room. I would imagine that they used this for warmth many years ago to keep the patience from freezing at night or perhaps to boil the water during the surgeries.

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One of my favorite spots was overlooking the lush courtyard. I wish I had a book to just sit here and relax for a while. Work seems so far away from this place. Like a faded memory.. it’s not often that I experience those moments of complete mind rest but it really leaves you feeling refreshed. IMG_3128IMG_3135IMG_3081 2High tea was next on my list for the day after a long stroll around the hotel. It’s one of my favorite things to do at any resort. Every Hotel does tea in it’s own unique way making it a memorable experience for your vacation. The Biltmore served their tea to a live harp player surrounded by guilt candelabras and fresh fragrant orchids.  She was wonderful and made the hour a slice of heaven. I wanted to stay there all day.
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IMG_3161After tea, a final exploration of the vast property found us at this beautiful fountain that filled the air with cool water sheltering us from the hot day. It was a refreshing courtyard made of coral stone. I wondered how many people had been there before me and if this portion of the hotel existed in the 20’s. That’s something that I have yet to discover.

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Print Sundress by www.BlondiBeachwear.com
Shoes: Espadrille Wedge from Nine West

If you want to see more photo’s from the day, check out this post: jaxcouture.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/style-diary-a-day-at-the-biltmore

Biltmore Hotel: The AAA Four Diamond Awarded hotel features 275 guest rooms including 130 spacious Mediterranean styled suites and two famed Presidential Suites, a Donald Ross 18 hole golf course, 10 lighted tennis courts, the country’s largest hotel pool and private cabanas, the signature Palme d’Or restaurant, Biltmore Spa, The Culinary Academy . Visit website: www.biltmorehotel.com

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