I went with a group as part of a whirlwind trip to Washington so I had limited time at Hillwood, but I would definitely go back. The estate is in the suburbs of Washington with lovely grounds (sadly obscured by rain when I was there) and the house itself is a little treasure chest of mostly French and Russian art, furniture and ceramics, beautifully displayed and worthy of a much longer inspection than I had time for. We had an excellent tour given by one of the docents, who tried not only to give us an overview but to make it more personal to her international audience by identifying pieces from their own culture - she was clearly immensely knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm for her subject. The quality of the collection was staggering and the story of Marjorie Merriweather Post has everything - entrepreneurial wealth, political connections, Hollywood glamour and philanthropy. A fascinating glimpse into another world.
The orchid collection was superb and the restaurant very good. Highly recommended.
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