Friday, May 18, 2012

The Adolphus Hotel

I haven't been blogging much lately. Truthfully its been quite sometime. I had started another blog last summer but for some unknown reason I cannot post pictures. I suppose I could for a price but I think it's absolutely outrageous to pay to download pictures when I can post them here for free. Don't you agree? Everything changes so quickly with updates and technology that I can hardly keep up these days. I am disappointed considering my cute little blog really represented the Southern flavor of my new chapter in life.

However, it is pleasing to see that y'all haven't forgotten my first blog Midnight Macroons. Midnight Macroons has introduced me to a vastly number of friends in blog land. Those I would never had crossed paths with otherwise so I find it appropriate to return to my blogging roots. I hope y'all still follow me as I reopen Midnight Macroons and begin to tell the story of my unique life of a California gal living in Dixie with her Southern husband. I'm obessed with historical architecture.

I get giddy as I find a historical hotel that I can reserve a room and study up the history on. Over Easter/Passover weekend, my husband and I visited Dallas, Texas. I adore Dallas. I always have such a great time there, shopping, dining out, attending sporting events, the arts, etc...etc...etc.. So, this particular weekend we decided to stay at the Adolphus hotel located in the downtown district.

There's so much history between the walls of this hotel. One of the things that impressed me the most about this hotel was the guest list, Queen Elizabeth, Donald Trump, Babe Ruth, Oscar Del La Renta, and the band U2 have all been guests of the Adolphus. Let me start off by telling you the history of this little gem. The Adolphus opened in 1912 by the founder Anheuser-Busch. It was designed by Thomas P. Barnett of Barnett, Haynes & Barnett of St. Louis. It was the first luxurious hotel in all of Dallas. At one point, in the 1920s, it was the tallest building in state of Texas. However, Magnolia Petroleum building (known as the Magnolia hotel) soon dwarfed the Adolphus in 1920s.

During the 1930s, the Adolphus hosted many big band musicians such as Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and the infamous Glenn Miller. Not only did it host to musicians but politicians as well, J. Evetts Haley, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and President George H. W. Bush.

Other famous guests include Warren G. Harding, British writer Nick Smith resided at the Adolphus when he wrote his novel "Rock Royalty: Diary of a Supermodel." Bob Hope, Jack Benny and many others have stayed here. However, my favorite guests would have to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip. They have a fantastic picture of the royal couple hanging in the lobby that I managed to snap a picture of.

The Adolphus is also home to the French Room. One of most beautiful dining experiences you could possibly indulge yourself in while staying in the Big D. As you step into the French Room you honestly believe you're in Europe and not Texas at all. Not only is the room filled with exquisite decor but the French cuisine is delish.

I find that most Americans do not partake in high tea as Europeans do. It's something that I've learned to enjoy and hope to pass down to our children. To sit and enjoy a nice brewed pot of hot tea with someone you love is priceless. The art of conversation is truly disappearing in our society (between cell phone/computers). It's important to make time to chat without disruptions from electronics. If everyone practiced tea time I believe we could be a step closer to world peace.

I hope y'all enjoyed my little post today!


midnight macaroons said...

If you stop in for afternoon tea try the orange jasmine.

Bella Michelle said...

Oh my...that looks like a heavenly place to steal away from life! I love older hotels. My favorite in ATL is the Georgian Terrace which is right across from the Fox Theatre where Gone with the Wind premiered and then the party was held across the street at the hotel! Now, there are lovely rocking chairs on the Terrace and you can sit there with a drink and watch people coming to and fro at the Fox. Oh...I love it!

So glad to see you blogging again, my dear friend!

midnight macaroons said...

I'm going to have to put the Georgian Terrace on my list to visit. Sounds dreamy.

Ruth said...

It is beautiful!!!

GamecockQueen said...

Happy you're back!! I haven't been on blogger much either w/ starting a new job. I have a comment you made on my blog saved in my eamil (so I can reference the hair advice you gave) and I saw it the other day and was thinking about you! Hope you have a good Memorial Day Weekend!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing such wonderful photographs. I am building a theatre room in a small private school in Sharon MA , and am truly inspired by the decor of the French room. Our school is French Bilingual and will surely benefit from this, chic, elegant and glamarous design. I am also French and enjoy my afternoon Tea!