Hillwood is one of the most beautifully restored private estates in the country, with a decorative arts museum featuring 18th and 19th century French art and Romanov treasures. The heiress, socialite, and avid collector, Marjorie Merriweather Post, always intended that her 25-acre estate and 36-room mansion in Washington, D.C, become a museum, but back in the 1950s her parties at the property were considered the ne plus ultra of D.C. invitations.
I could spend hours exploring the Georgian-style mansion’s extensive gardens. My favorite detail is the Cutting Garden, where the flowers are designated solely for use in the mansion’s daily fresh bouquets. And now there’s another reason to visit, Igenue to Icon, an exhibition of Post’s amazing wardrobe featuring pivotal fashion from over seven decades, opened this month (through December 31).
Style tip: Don’t forget comfortable slip-on sneakers, a wide-brimmed fedora, and sunscreen for touring the gardens this summer.