May 01, 2015
One of my favorite hobbies is touring historic homes. There is something special about hearing the history and seeing it come to life through the furnishings and sometimes the clothing that are on display. In fact, after moving from the West Coast to the East Coast, I was delighted to find so many mansions and estates open for tours.
When I discovered Oheka Castle, which is roughly an hour outside of New York City by train, I knew I had to go visit.
You may have seen Oheka before, as it has been used in USA's "Royal Pains," Lifetime's "Project Runway," the 1941 "Citizen Kane" and even Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" music video.
Yet, what makes this estate so unique is surprisingly not all of that glitz or glamour, as it has seen some exceptional weddings too, but the fact that it's not your ordinary historic home.
You can tour Oheka, but you can also dine, stay or have an event there. In fact, the current owner even calls Oheka his home and often greets the guests at Oheka's restaurant.
Yes, the experience is that personal.
You can sit on the furniture and even take pictures! For anyone that tours historic homes, these are general two golden rules that rarely can be broken.
With a rich history that began in 1914, would later become nearly destroyed and to now being a must-visit site, it is one of those places that you have to experience first-hand to truly appreciate all it has to offer.
There is a Gatsby vibe still within Oheka's walls, but it also feels like a home, which to me, is one of the best aspects of the estate.
Be sure to check out Oheka Castle for more information and be ready to be inspired.
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October 22, 2020
I just read an article that sounded – to me at least – like “a canary in a coal mine” or an early warning of danger. This piece, written by Joe Pompeo, appeared in the May 2020 issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the title “The British Tabloid Invasion” and a subtitle that read, “How the Daily Mail is conquering American gossip.”
The paparazzi horde, La Dolce Vita, 1960 – photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
October 14, 2020
Apparently the good old U.S. is a nation of “not great” sleepers. Really? And I thought I was the only one! According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it was revealed that one out of three Americans are chronically sleep-deprived. Yikes!
October 06, 2020
I think we’re all taken by the incredible mystique of the famous French fashion house, Hermès that has been with us for two centuries and is still owned and operated by the same family. From its beginnings in fine equestrian leather goods, they are – in the tumultuous year 2020 – best known for their handbags and many other items.
My image of Hermès has always been rarified products at equally rarified prices so imagine my surprise when I recently received a very stylish publication of theirs in the mail.