There is so much to celebrate today! This marks my 50th…post. You thought I was going to say birthday, didn’t you? Also, my 500th comment published here on the blog last night! (Thank you, Carol.) AND Martha and I both have birthdays to celebrate today. Guess that practically makes us twins. Actually, Martha turns 71 today, and I am….well… I am not telling. I will say that I am not quite two decades from her age.
To celebrate our birthdays today, we are touring Skylands, her favorite home located on 63 acres on Mount Desert Island in Maine. She purchased it in 1997, and it overlooks Seal Harbor. The foggy photo above shows the front entrance, and the one below is of the circular driveway by this entrance.
The house was built by car designer, Edsel Ford in 1925 and has 35,000 square feet. In looking at all the photos, I think it would make a great inn! What do you think? This is the rear entrance to Skylands (again in the fog.)
One of my favorite places in the house is the outside terraces (I guess they are not exactly in the house, are they?) The views from there are amazing!
The to-die-for view on a sunny day:themarthablog.com
Now let’s go inside this home. This is called the great hall.marthastewart.com
There is a giant guest book that she had made for Skylands, and it sits on two tables designed especially for holding it.
And this is called the living hall…not sure what that means.marthastewart.com
Here are a few pictures of the very well used kitchen (full staff included.) For some reason this reminds me of the downstairs of Downton Abbey. Does it you? By the way, I can’t wait for the next season of DA in January!! Any other fans out there? Sorry… what we talking about? Oh.. yes, Martha’s kitchen.
Next up is the back porch. In warm weather, that would be such a fantastic place to relax.themarthablog.com
I believe all of the bedrooms have four poster beds.marthastewart.com
And here is one of the bathrooms in Skylands.marthastewart.com
Going back outside now, here is THE car to get around in during your stay here in Maine.
Of course Skylands comes complete with a guest house. I think I like it better than the main house (no pun intended) because it seems less formal with all of the wicker in it. This is the living room. (I believe the interior of the guest house is all in pink.)
Here is the bedroom with its beautiful gray painted wicker….
and a closer look at the linens and that bed.
This gorgeous piece is the writing desk in Skylands’ guest house. I think this is my favorite piece of furniture in all of her many houses.
And finally, here is the bathroom in the guest house.marthastewart.com
You might ask, “What does Martha do while she is way up there in Maine?” Well, she really loves to hike and does so on a regular basis, and she takes her guests hiking too. Of course, she also likes to entertain. Since it is our birthdays, let’s visit her birthday party at Skylands. Here is the terrace set for the dinner party with 64 guests for the weekend.
I know you want a closer look at the tables.
Besides hiking, Martha and her guests spend some time just relaxing and shooting pool over the birthday party weekend.
Finally, here is her beautiful birthday cake served at the dinner party.
I told you that there was much to celebrate today…my 50th post, the 500th comment here, Martha’s birthday, my birthday. There’s one more biggie. It is also the 27th anniversary of the day I married the man who stole my heart the very first day I met him. Yes, we married on my birthday. Best birthday present ever. (even though it took me ten years to convince him he wanted to marry me. ) It is celebration time here for sure.
When I was growing up, a local radio station sponsored a birthday cake giveaway every day of the year in partnership with the bakery that made the cakes. All you had to do was mail in your name and birthday to the radio station. They would have a drawing, announce all the people with birthdays that day, and then they would announce the winner of the cake. I cannot tell you how many times I won that cake! That bakery is still in business, and they still make their birthday cakes just like they always have for 60 years. I am surrounded by fabulous bakers – friends and relatives (including my husband!) who could whip me up a delicious cake, but this year, I want one of those winning chocolate sheet cakes with the white icing and the frosting flowers that I had for so many years as a little girl. I want that taste of childhood, and isn’t that what we all wish for on our birthday…. just a small taste of childhood?
Thank you for being part of my celebration here today sweet readers.