When I first saw pictures of the hotel that Kim Caldwell's An Affaire at Downton
would be held at, I was a little in awe. The Millennium Biltmore website just oozes old style glamour.
I already knew the event itself would be fabulous. Every detail at Kim's events is perfection. Karla has some great pictures of the table settings, ballroom and the beautiful mural she painted on her blog.
Am I starting to sound a little bit like a rube from Kansas?
It gets better. Warren Beatty was directing a movie at the hotel. The main concourse of the hotel was full of actors, techs, extras and equipment.
Occasionally the hall was blocked for a few minutes while they were filming, but no one seemed to mind. How often do you get to see a movie being made?
Mathew Broderick is in the film, which is rumored to be about Howard Hughes. I didn't actually see Mathew, but Tiffany posted this picture on Facebook.
But I did see Warren Beatty. I was on the elevator, the door opened, no one got on or off, but a ruggedly handsome man looked into the elevator and smiled. As the doors were sliding shut, the three of us on the elevator screamed "That was Warren Beatty". So, I was 10 feet away from Warren Beatty for about five seconds.
(This tops my previous best "brush with fame", which was selling millinery flowers to Sally Struthers at an antique show. I already told you, I'm a rube.)
Through out the Biltmore you can see the "Biltmore Angel".
I didn't spend a lot of time looking for her, but she showed up in several of my pictures anyway.
The Biltmore angel even showed up on dessert.
The spa is modeled after a 1920's cruise ship. Teak deck chairs and beautiful tile work are everywhere. I especially like the drinking fountain with the seashell motif.
(The walk in closet in our hotel room.)