Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Grasshopper Dreams of the Wright House

Remember the fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper? Well, this weekend I was the grasshopper! We've just returned from a weekend away; it was one of those spur-of-the-moment trips that was really fun, but because we had not planned ahead there are now lots of things to do to prepare for the week ahead. Meanwhile, those of you who didn't play all weekend are ready for Monday and will start the week rested, with an empty laundry basket and a full larder. Oh well . . . spontaneity often has a price and tomorrow I'll tell you if this weekend was worth the price!

The next time you decide to take a mini-holiday you might consider getting away to an architectural masterpiece. The May issue of Town & Country has an article about the Frank Lloyd Wright homes that are now open for overnight guests. Here are some highlights:

The Seth Peterson Cottage (above) is a dreamy Wright creation that overlooks Mirror Lake in Wisconsin. For around $300 per night, the whole 880 sq. ft. house can be yours. The house is also open for tours and special events. The Palmer House in Ann Arbor (below) is much larger and sleeps six. It can be rented from $400 per night or by the week (this includes the separate Tea House!).

Imagine spending a cozy Saturday with friends in the room above. And, you're not limited to these two, check out these Frank Lloyd Wright rentals as well:

The Bernard Schwartz House in Two Rivers, WI
The Penfield House in Willoughby Hills, OH

I'm off to unpack and dream of the Seth Peterson Cottage on Mirror Lake - I just hope my dream doesn't include pesky, hard-working ants . . .


  1. I studied Frank Lloyd Wright in design school. What a treat for you! I too have visited a few of his houses. I even visited one of his very own homes in Chicago. I think you made the right decision for sure to take your spur of the moment trip! Good for you!!

  2. You've given me a great idea for a birthday surprise for the architect who steals my covers. What I really wanted was to buy him one of the many FLW houses that are available for sale, but I just can't spend that much. Not even close to that much, although I will say that many of them are not outrageously priced. The overnight stay is a better option for my pocketbook.
    What's really tragic is that we were invited to a special cocktail party at Falling Water next month, but we can't go.

  3. When I was a child, my family would vacation in Wisconsin every summer, and I loved swimming in Mirror Lake all day long. I never knew there was a Frank Lloyd Wright house there! Then again, it was probably privately owned and more secluded back then. Thanks for pointing out these great getaway spots!


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