October 23, 2017

The Bridges of Acadia National Park

I always enjoy sharing photos of Maine - I get so many nice comments whenever I feature Skylands, my home in Seal Harbor, or the surrounding areas in Acadia National Park.

Unfortunately, I am unable to visit Maine as much as I would like, but Cheryl Dulong, who works for me at Skylands, loves the outdoors, and often sends me beautiful images taken during her early morning hikes. Recently, she photographed several of "Mr. Rockefeller's Bridges". These bridges, which are located at stream and gorge crossings throughout Acadia's carriage road system, were financed, designed and built by millionaire philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. 

As you will see in the following gallery, each bridge, constructed from hand-hewn local granite, is truly a work of art. Enjoy these photos.

October 21, 2017

A Visit to Longwood Gardens

I'll be back in West Chester, Pennsylvania, this weekend, at the QVC headquarters and studios, to share more of my new gourmet food collection. Be sure to tune-in tomorrow, October 22nd, between noon and 4:30pm ET, when I talk about my delicious pigs in a blanket hors d’oeuvres and my mouthwatering prime rib! I will post reminders on my Twitter page @MarthaStewart.

While I was at QVC earlier this week, I had the opportunity to visit the exquisite Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. Longwood Gardens has a rich and varied history. For thousands of years, the native Lenni Lenape tribe fished its streams, hunted its forests, and planted its fields. In 1700, Quaker farmer, George Peirce, purchased 400-acres of the English-claimed land and began developing the property. His decedents eventually created an arboretum of some of the finest trees in the nation. Unfortunately, as years passed, heirs lost interest and the land suffered decades of neglect until 1906, when it was obtained by Pierre du Pont - entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist and member of the prominent du Pont family. Pierre's passion and vision created the groundwork for what is now Longwood Gardens - home to many spectacular botanical collections spread across 1,083-acres - all wonderfully maintained by a staff of 1,300 employees, students and volunteers.

If you are in the area through November 19th, stop by and visit the Chrysanthemum Festival, where you’ll see thousands of colorful mums planted in orbs, spirals, and pagodas - you’ll love it. Here are photos from my recent visit to Longwood Gardens - enjoy.

October 20, 2017

Happy Sweet 16 to Dylan's Candy Bar

Happy Sweet 16 to Dylan’s Candy Bar!

This week, the world’s largest candy shop, founded by Dylan Lauren, celebrated its milestone birthday with the unveiling of more than 20 one-of-a-kind candy mosaics crafted by various celebrities and artists. The pieces were revealed during the “Sweet 16” party at Dylan’s flagship store in New York City. I was thrilled to participate! We were all asked to create mosaics using nothing but candy - just Jelly Beans, Gummy Bears, M&Ms and other tasty bonbons. These mosaics are being auctioned off with all proceeds from the sales going to various charities - mine is The Martha Stewart Center For Living at Mount Sinai. The auction runs now through November 10th, and you can bid on your favorite at dylanscandybar.com/sweet16 or Charitybuzz.com.

Here are some photos of my candy mosaic, how it was made, and some of the others on display at Dylan’s Candy Bar - enjoy.