WORLD-CLASS PRESENTATIONS and CURATED BUCKET-LIST ADVENTURES.
WORLD-CLASS PRESENTATIONS and CURATED BUCKET-LIST ADVENTURES.
Taliesin has a UNESCO designation. (Click link to see more.)
June 20-23, 2022 (Monday - Thursday)
This four day trip to Wright's Wisconsin home takes us first to the city of Milwaukee. There, we'll enjoy a dinner and talk with a well-respected Wright speaker, Kim Bixler, author of "Growing Up In a Frank Lloyd Wright House". Tuesday finds us traveling to a block of "American Systems Built" homes designed by the great architect. With both a tour of the fully-restored 1-story unit and a tour of the in-process 2-story duplex, we'll explore Wright's vision for pre-fabricated homes in the 19-teens and the business tensions that sidelined the project. Swinging to decades later in his career, we'll explore the unusual Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and hear the fantastic story of its creation and the way the congregation still uses the massive structure today. Wednesday finds us in Spring Green to visit a non-Wright project, which still has to be seen to be believed. "House on the Rock" is one of those American roadside attractions that boggles the mind. While the original structure created by Alex Jordan perches on an enormous rock outcropping, it's his subsequent collections that make for a 1/2 day of very unusual browsing and amazement. We will also visit the Wyoming Valley School for a tour by Dave Zaleski, the executive director, meet folks from Taliesin, and enjoy a mid-day meal, returning to the Spring Valley Inn for the night. Our final day is the home of Frank Lloyd Wright. His Wisconsin base, which he used each spring and summer until his death, features a school, windmill, barns, small houses, and the main house which make up the 700+ acre estate. We'll enjoy a 4-hour tour of the property, with stops at iconic locations like the main drafting room, Wright's living room, the blue loggia, and the master's bedroom.
April 22-24, 2022 (Friday through Sunday)
* Fallingwater has a UNESCO designation.
[This was another fantastic adventure with fantastic folks that joined us! We will go back again next April!]
Join us for this quick three day trip to Southwestern Pennsylvania. We'll meet up in Pittsburgh for a wonderful dinner and informative talk by a Frank Lloyd Wright expert before traveling by motorcoach to our hotel near Fallingwater. On Saturday, we'll travel to Polymath Park to visit two amazing Frank Lloyd Wright homes that were saved and moved to the property. After a gourmet lunch at the Treetops restaurant, we'll take an in-depth tour of Kentuck Knob, a magnificent Grand Usonian home designed by the famous architect. Sunday will find us at that bucket list location: Fallingwater. We'll spend several hours getting first an up close look at the house (both interior and exterior), followed by time on the grounds, a wonderful boxed lunch created by their in-house chefs, and photos at the iconic overlook of the majestic home. A leisurely coach ride back to the Pittsburgh Airport gives time to reflect on a whirlwind weekend and the memories made along the way.
Our Adventure included: Taliesin, Burnham Block, Wyoming Valley School, and more!
Photo by adventure guest Art Swanton.
Your Adventure Includes:
You get yourself to the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh Airport Hotel between 1:00 and 5:00 pm on Friday, September 3rd. We provide all meals, tour fees, hotel stays, and your transportation by motor coach. We will be on a 56 passenger motor coach and we will have no more than 15 guests. You also get yourself home (or wherever) once our adventure is complete on September 5th. Friday, September 3rd: Join us beginning at 3:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh Airport Hotel. We will have dinner and a special speaker, beginning at 5:00 pm. We will board the motor coach no later than 8:00 pm to head to the Hampton Inn in Uniontown. Saturday, September 4th: Breakfast will be provided by the hotel. We will board the motor coach and spend the day doing several things, exact times still being determined. We will visit Fort Necessity, a National Battlefield, then stop at the Christian W. Klay Winery for a tasting of 10 wines and personal charcuterie boards of tasty treats. At 2:00 pm, we will enjoy an in-depth tour at Kentuck Knob, as well as a scoop of their famous Hagan ice cream. After our treat, we will leave by motor coach to head to a restaurant in Uniontown for an early dinner and lively discussion among guests. We will return to the hotel after dinner. Sunday, September 5th: Breakfast will be provided by the hotel. We will check out of the hotel after breakfast and load the motor coach with our bags by no later than 7:30 am. We will head to Fallingwater for check in at 8:30 am for a 9:00 am tour time. After the tour, we will have a boxed lunch on the grounds. After lunch, we have a 1:00 pm tour at Polymath Park of the houses there. By approximately 3:00 pm, we will board the motor coach for the Pittsburgh Airport. Plan your return flight for no earlier than 6:30 pm.
Photo at right: Polymath Park. Photo by Robin Richter.
THIS ADVENTURE SOLD OUT IN 28 HOURS!
Fallingwater and More 2021, August 13, 14, and 15, 2021.
Friday: If you arrive early, we will have a small meeting room in the Hyatt Regency set up with tables and chairs and we can enjoy games, look at books on FLLW, and just have some great conversation! Join us at the PITTSBURGH airport by 3:00 pm for dinner and speaker/author, Kim Bixler, at the Hyatt Regency PITTSBURGH Airport Hotel in the Earhart Room. At 8:00 pm, we will board the chartered bus and head to the Hampton Inn and Suites hotel in Uniontown. Saturday: Breakfast at the hotel, then board the bus for Polymath Park where we will see the Duncan House and Mantyla House, both designed by Wright. We will have lunch at Treetops Restaurant, then back on the bus to head to Kentuck Knob. After the tour, we will enjoy ice cream before setting off for dinner at Caporella's Italian Restaurant and lots of good conversation. There will be a cash bar. Finally, back to the hotel. Sunday: Breakfast and check out of the hotel, then board the bus for Fallingwater. We will have the Guided Architectural Tour of the entire building and the outdoors, then have a boxed lunch on the grounds. Back on the bus to the airport for departure on your own.
This adventure includes all tours, meals, boarding and transportation once you're at the airport hotel. Note: We do NOT include alcoholic beverages in the package.
Facebook Comments by Guests on this Adventure:
Deb F: Between Robin’s organization and attention to detail and Tim’s depth of knowledge and contacts, this trip to Fallingwater, Polymath, and Kentuck Knob was amazing. If you are available you should join them on the repeat trip in September!
Dottie H: Loved our trip yesterday to Fallingwater!! As well as Polymath Park and Kentuck Knob! Our group was full of interesting people with great stories; Tim and Robin arranged a seamless tour with wonderful accommodations and food!
Photo on the right taken at Fallingwater on August 15, 2021. At "The View" as they call it there. Tim Totten in the photo.
The two adventures below are from October 2019, when we had two separate groups stay at the Robert Parker House, one of Wright's bootleg houses, for 3 1/2 days each. Robin stayed in the home with them and they were catered to the entire time. It was very enjoyable. The day after our groups left, it snowed! A few days later, the house was sold and was no longer available to us as an Airbnb. Darn!
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