I had read a bit about the Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur in Delaware. Daughter and I love this show. Sunday nights in winter we are locked into the screen, during episodes last year Daughter was yelling at the TV. We are obsessed with the show!!!!!
I know the exhibit is open until January 4th in Delaware. But after that for a bit I was unsure if it was leaving the states, where its next showing is taking place. And through the magic of Google I found that the Biltmore in North Carolina will have an exhibit on Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times. Achhh!
The Biltmore exhibit is February 5 through May 25, 2014. From the Biltmore website “Biltmore announces a new exhibition, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times,” opening February 5 and continuing through Memorial Day, May 25, 2015. Designed by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London, the exhibition features more than 40 costumes from the popular PBS series “Downton Abbey.” The clothing will be showcased in rooms throughout Biltmore House in groupings inspired by the fictional show and by real life at Biltmore, the grand Vanderbilt estate of the same era.”
So what is the problem? I was in the process of looking at flights to Delaware to see the Winterthur exhibit. But then I started to read how the mansion is under going a rehab and under piles of green canvas. From the sounds of it most of the exterior is covered. This is not someplace I am likely to get again anytime soon so that is a little disappointing. And lets face it, the Biltmore is on my list! But I also think the Biltmore will have much larger crowds.
It breaks out like this….
Airfare to Baltimore: 192rt on Southwest. 2 nights at Country Inn and Suites is 0 (28,000 points). Car rental for 2 days with Avis is $54. Ticket to Winterthur is $20. We are at $212 plus food, gas stuff that is needed for both trips regardless.
Airfare to Charlotte: 247rt on Southwest. 2 nights at Country Inn and Suites (28,000 points) Car rental with Avis for 2 days is $96. Ticket to Biltmore $39-69 depending on the date. This would be on a Saturday so I assume a higher price. We are at $392+ gas, food, etc.
The trip to the Biltmore is almost going to be double for what looks like a very similar if not the same exhibit. Both are items from Cosprop. I really would love to visit the Biltmore on any given day and Downton Abbey is a huge bonus! Tough choices!
Here is the Biltmore information: http://www.biltmore.com/media/newsarticle/downton-abbey-costumes-at-biltmore
Here is the Winterthur information: http://www.winterthur.org/downtonabbey?src=hpslider1