Welcome to the #AtoZ Blog Challenge and a Tour of Hotels & Inns
It was a special occasion when some of my lady friends made our first reservation for lunch at the Umstead Hotel. It had been widely publicized that a significant collection of paintings, sculptures, and pottery had been installed throughout the hotel and grounds. We were especially interested in the hotel’s large collection of pottery. Ben Owen III, a third-generation artist from North Carolina’s distinguished Owen family of potters, is widely represented, as is Mark Hewitt, a potter from England who lives and works in Pittsboro, NC. The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary blends art and nature at every juncture to make this 2010 AAA Five Diamond Award-winning hotel its own North Carolina masterpiece. There is art from other parts of the world including accent tables designed in Italy. You will enjoy this visual delight.
The Umstead has an in-house art gallery open to the public, where new exhibitions are featured every four to five months. The hotel supports North Carolina artists to a large extent. Floral designer Steven K. Taras has on-going arrangements at the hotel. I have attended his lecture/demonstrations at the NC Museum of Art whenever possible. He creates a new arrangement every Thursday for the hotel lobby.
“I do not think that when in a hotel you have to feel “at home”, on the contrary, you have to get the feeling that you are definitely elsewhere…”
― Aurelio Vazquez Duran