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“Fallingwater, A Frank Lloyd Wright Masterpiece”
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Fallingwater
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Mill Run
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Owner description: Perched on a rock above a gushing waterfall, this historic house was built for a Pittsburgh family by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s, ingeniously designed to blend harmoniously into the tranquil and beautiful woods around it.
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“Fallingwater, A Frank Lloyd Wright Masterpiece”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Fallingwater is special no matter what time of year you visit, but this was my first time visiting the site when the autumn colors had painted the land around the house and stream. It was breathtaking with the leaves in contrast to the living rock and the natural coloration of the house. I know it was conceived in the summer and was intended as a summer home, but there couldn't have been more perfect time to see it. It was warm, sunny, and there was low humidity, so the tour was comfortable and so was the walk to the house and back to the visiter center, The gallery exhibits were lovely, and the selection at the gift store was excellent. Well worth the effort to drive there.

Visited October 2012
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cuyahoga falls ohio
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“Trails not open”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

Like everyone else, I enjoyed my visit to fallingwater. So, a few tips:

1) The grounds map shows two optional trail hikes, which we thought we would enjoy especially in the fall. However, when we got there, one trail was closed, and we were told that the other hiking trail was overgrown and "you wouldn't want to go there". Having allotted extra time for these trails, we were disappointed, and also upset that the grounds map is misleading.

2) The cafe is beautiful, and the food is OK plus for museum food. Even if you're not hungry, stop in; there are several historical displays on the wall worth reading.

3) The gift shop has lots of nice stuff worth looking at.

4) Make sure you make reservations!

Visited October 2012
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Peoria, Illinois
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“Have to see this place at least once in your lifetime!!”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

I cannot say enough as to how special this American treasure is. It has been on my "bucket list" for years and it did not disappoint. The fall leaves just added to the beauty and I would highly recommend going in the fall. Even the drive there is quite spectacular with all the autumn colors on the winding road. It will definitely not be the last time that I visit, hoping to see it again in the winter when covered in snow and the stream is iced over.

Visited October 2012
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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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“Must see”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

If you like architecture or read the recent books on Frank Lloyd Wright, this house is a treat. The placement of the house in the topography is fantastic.

Visited October 2012
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“Perfect House. Perfect Drive. Perfect Pennsylvania.”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Finding Falling Water is a chore in itself, due to it's rather obscure "tucked-away-in-the-hills-of-Pennsylvania" location. This is a positive attribute however, because winding your way, finding your way and discovering all the nooks-n-crannies along the way are what make the journey most memorable. And, don't worry, you will eventually find the famous destination, just ask a helpful local, because they will steer you in the right direction. GPS, I-Phone maps, no help here. No service. So take along an old-fashioned map. And a sense of adventure, because the drive to Falling Water is not to be overlooked. It's like gravy, but before the meal.

One of the great aspects of traveling is the difficulty in reaching a special place, because that always enhances your appreciation of your final destination. Falling Water is a first-class operation, with subtle parking lots hidden among the surrounding forest. The visitor center, gift shop and cafe are tastefully located and operated with a prideful professionalism, quite evident in the care the staff takes with your every need. And the cafe is awesome, reflective of the attention to detail that imbues this special place, so please eat here. Yes, you are better off trying to book a tour of the house on-line or by phone prior to your visit, but even after we arrived late, they squeezed us onto a later tour. Note, if you have a tour reservation, and you think that you will be late, call ahead, to notify them. It's the considerate thing to do.

The beautiful grounds surrounding the house are open to anyone ($8), but the real treasure is visiting the gorgeous house, via tour. You can choose from an In-Depth tour ($65) lasting 90 minutes, that allows you to take photos from inside the house, but departs from either very early or very late in the day. And In-Depth means exactly that, you will have more access, more time, more expertise during your tour. Most visitors however, opt for the regular tour ($20), which is still a thorough experience. These tours depart multiple times during the day, but you are not allowed photography inside the house during the regular tour. It doesn't matter much, because the history, the stories, the quirks of the most famous house in America will be expressed to you with the charming help of your knowledgeable guide, which fits in with the slick, elegant operation that Falling Water provides.

Oh, and visit in the fall. With someone you love. Thank me later.

Visited October 2012
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