Touring the Mayowood Mansion

Sunday is here already. Where do the weekends go?

I want to first say thank you to all of my readers. I have been blogging since June, and this week I reached 100 followers, thank you.

I also added social media buttons a couple of weeks ago and hope to start reaching out to all of you and the blogs that I am following on Facebook and Twitter.

Maywood Mansion

My energy level is back after getting zapped last week with a cold. One of my goals this weekend was to tour the Mayowood Mansion. If you know anything about Rochester, Minnesota, it’s famous for the Mayo Clinic. It is a world-renowned hospital caring for people from all over the world.

Welcome to Mayowood Mansion

The Mayowood Mansion was built by the surgeon, Dr. William Worrall Mayo in 1910. He and his wife were responsible for starting the Mayo Clinic. The mansion was also lived in by one of his sons, but in 1965 the family donated the mansion to the Olmsted County Historical Society.

The mansion was situated on a wooded hillside overlooking the Zumbro River Valley. Historic Mayowood Mansion was once the center of a 3,000 acre estate. If I am not mistaken the mansion itself has 32,000 square feet. It was difficult to get a good picture of the mansion because it was on the hillside.

Touring Mayowood Mansion

This is the front view of the estate with a grand staircase leading to the front doors.

Touring Mayowood Mansion on a beautiful fall afternoon.

This is a side view of the mansion.

I was hoping to take pictures of the interior, but like most museums, no photos were allowed.

The interior was lavish. There were Persian rugs, Spanish mirrors with gold gilded frames, tea sets, portraits of the family members, canopy beds and more. It felt like royalty had lived there.

Touring Mayowood Mansion

Touring Mayowood Mansion and checking out the chrysanthamums.

Touring Mayowood Mansion

Touring Mayowood Mansion

There is a walking path leading through the grounds in front of the mansion.

After my tour was over, there were about 15 Model T Fords in the parking lot. There was a group who came to the mansion for a tour…I guess it was the Model T Ford club.

Touring Mayowood Mansion and Model T Ford


Touring Mayowood Mansion

If you are in the Rochester area, I recommend visiting the Mayowood Mansion. The tour was $14/person and worth it. The docent was knowledgeable and loved every minute of giving the tour. I think she was little star struck by the Mayo family and the mansion.

Have you ever toured a mansion or a castle?



Creative Minds

Happy Friday! I would say finally, but the week went by fast and we have a three day weekend coming up. Woo Hoo! I see lots of writing and reading time in my future! Maybe a few pictures too.

A couple of weeks ago, I received my assignment from the editor of Experience Rochester. This is my third year with this publication and I always love the assignments. In the past, I have written about SEMVA art gallery and the Farmers Market.

This year is different, I am not writing an article per se, but I am collecting fun facts about two creative people from Rochester to compile into a summary. Wednesday, I had the pleasure of interviewing a young woman who had a small part in the movie The Wolf of Wallstreet that starred Leonardo DiCaprio. I spoke to Emily Tremaine and collected information about some of the roles she has played in, where she went to school and various other fun facts for the ‘Creative Minds’ summary in Experience Rochester.

Then, yesterday, I interviewed someone who works at the Mayo Clinic as a glass blower. He makes scientific glassware that is used for testing human tissues and many other things. Not only does he create scientific glassware, but he also creates blown glass Christmas ornaments and small decorative bottles. The only problem…I forgot my camera yesterday. Well, actually, I didn’t feel comfortable taking my camera. I wasn’t hired to take the pictures (which usually doesn’t stop me), I was hired to interview and compile information. I am kicking myself now. I was able to watch him in action. He did a couple of demonstrations for me and I left the interview with an original piece of blown glass. The whole experience was amazing!! I’ll post this piece in January when the magazine is released.

What’s scheduled for September?


I have an article coming out in Rochester Women called Pairing Women with Wine.

I have another piece coming out in The Wagazine, it’s called Happy Hounds.

Flash Fiction

I plan to post a flash fiction writing prompt once a week along with a 750ish word flash fiction piece. The first piece I will post is based on Tuesday’s writing prompt.

Haiku Challenge

I am also going to take the “Haiku challenge.” I have seen a few websites that have daily Haiku challenges and even contests. I am doing one that is slightly different, I will be taking several pictures throughout the month of September. Then, each day, I will create a Haiku to go along with an image and post it.

Wine and Canvas

In the month of August, I taught my my first wine and canvas event. It was very successful! We had ladies asking when the next event would be taking place. So, Denise and I scheduled the next Wine & Canvas event for September 19th! Stay tuned, I’ll give a few sneak peeks as I prepare for the next event.

Dessert Wine with the Girls

On the 13th, I’m meeting with several Rochester Women writers, editors, photographers and other staff members for another wine tasting event. This month it’s dessert wine. I am very excited for this event because I love sweet wines and ports.


I have four or five more pieces to edit and post. I am sharing these particular essays because I submitted these to an editor to land my first writing gig.

September Reading Material

The only book I have on the list right now is Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects. I am sure this list will grow to at least one more.

How is your September shaping up?