We covet our Chicago summers. But every once in awhile, we get the itch to trade street fests for seclusion. Our idea of an ultimate escape? A sanctuary built by the Midwest’s own Frank Lloyd Wright.
For the first time ever, you can book Wright’s Palmer House, set on a private, woodsy cul-de-sac in Ann Arbor four and a half hours northeast of Chicago, for your vacation.
Built for William and Mary Palmer in 1952, the 2,000-square-foot marvel sits on two acres of densely timbered land. Mary kept every centimeter of Wright’s original work intact and in pristine condition.
The house has not one 90-degree angle (even the drawers open on a slant). It’s a bit disorienting at first, but intoxicating in the long run. Wright designed every detail, down to the beds (two irregular, six-sided parallelograms and two hexagons) in the bedrooms. There are two full baths, a fully equipped kitchen, study, washer/dryer, and eighteen place settings of vintage dishes. Seamless infinity windows look out on the woods, where you might see deer and red fox.
Nestled in the woods is the Palmer Teahouse, a 350-square-foot space with fireplace, kitchen, bathroom, and formal Japanese tearoom. Caretakers Sue and Gary Cox are knee-deep in a four-year garden restoration project for the property. For more flora, take a short walk off the property to Nichols Arboretum. If you need a whiff of city life, walk twenty minutes (or drive five) into Ann Arbor’s city center and explore. Need ideas? Check out our Road Trip Guide to Ann Arbor.
There’s a two-night minimum; weekdays are cheaper than weekends. For more information, go to flwpalmerhouse.com.
Photo: Chris Arace
Go on, Peeping Tom: Flip through our Palmer House slideshow.
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