|A fun-filled day in which you will create a keepsake (or a gift), enjoy lunch, and tour a Victorian Mansion complete with afternoon tea and sweets. Time well spent with your TURNER family! |
HIGHLIGHT CITY: Aurora, IN
FEATURES: McCabe’s Greenhouse - Select fresh holiday greens and create a striking candle centerpiece for a holiday table. Choices of pinecone, berry, ribbon, and candle color make everyone's arrangement unique. Enjoy shopping the Home and Garden Gift Shop decked out for the season and sample freshly made homemade fudge. • Dearborn Country Club - Enjoy a lunch buffet. • Hillforest Mansion - Enjoy a “Victorian Christmas” as you step into the Victorian era at this beautiful National Historic Landmark mansion overlooking the Ohio River. Gather in the double parlors for "Tea and Sweets." Accompany your costumed guides on a tour of the mansion and "Victorian Christmas" exhibit showcasing decorations, toys, and textiles of the season from the past. Hillforest was the home of industrialist and financier Thomas Gaff and his family between 1855 and 1891. Shipping and riverboats were significant elements of the Gaff business and are reflected in the architecture of the home. Note the third floor belvedere resembling a pilot house. The style is Italian Renaissance, completely symmetrical and characterized by broad overhangs, ornately carved brackets, arched windows, and graceful balconies and porches.