The Berkshires have turned out to be the perfect little city-reset complete with lush foliage, winding roads, and cutely colored cottages. Fourth of July weekend meant less time in the office and more time exploring so I took a 45-minute drive to Lenox, MA to enjoy some lunch and a tour of The Mount!
The Mount is, essentially, the architectural autobiography of American novelist, Edith Wharton, and is tucked away on 113 acres of sprawling green land. I didn’t know
much anything about Edith Wharton prior to my visit here, but after exploring her estate I feel that I have a better sense of this amazing woman’s creative spirit and impeccable taste for design.
Fun Facts About Edith Wharton
- Author of The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, and The House of Mirth, which are among her most popular pieces of work.
- She wrote over 40 books in 40 years, including works on architecture, gardens, interior design, and travel.
- First woman awarded the PULITZER PRIZE for Fiction #trailblazer
- She was an avid traveler having crossed the Atlantic 60 times in her lifetime, visiting various countries such as Italy, France, England, and Morocco.
- At 23 years old, she married Teddy Wharton who was 12 years her senior (GIT IT GURL), but the couple divorced after 28 years of marriage and she peace’d out to live in France for the rest of her life.
- The “love of her life” was actually a man named Walter Berry, who she wanted to propose to her but he never did because he thought he wasn’t wealthy enough for her…might be a load of crap, but who knows. The two remained best friends throughout their lives and are buried next to each other in the Cimetière des Gonards in Versailles.
It was an absolutely perfect sunny day for a visit to The Mount and I am so happy I had a little bit of free time to adventure! I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday weekend!
Cheers to a four-day work week!