A Weekend at Glenmere Mansion (and how I Manage Anxiety)

This weekend Sam and I were invited to visit Glenmere Mansion, a beautiful and historic Relais & Chateaux property in Chester, New York. The original owners of Glenmere were inspired by the Tuscan countryside, and the feeling certainly rings true. As we pulled up I was immediately transported to Castello di Casole in Tuscany, where our friends Meg and Michael McGillen were married in 2016!

I’ve been struggling with some anxiety the past few weeks as I try to balance everything going on in my life. On the professional side, I’m balancing running my company Plan de Ville as we release all of the new product for Fall/Winter 2017, navigating Columbia Business School’s EMBA program, working on the relaunch of a handbag line set to go live on November 1, and a few other initiatives that are still under wraps. I always feel guilty when I let myself really take time off. I do travel often, but between Instagram and Slack notifications, I’m never unplugged – and I think it holds me back. I’ve shared this sense of incessant “I should be doing this, I really need to tackle that” with other women, and I know I’m not alone in struggling with the fear and panic that can creep in when you have a lot on your plate and lose sight of incremental progress.

This weekend I tried to really let myself relax and be present in the moment while we were at Glenmere Mansion, and during our lovely weekend of exploring places in the Hudson Valley that were entirely new to both of us. And you know what? Giving myself the permission to relax and indulge with purpose made a world of a different in how I feel this week as I’m back at my desk.

Where We Stayed: Glenmere Mansion

What We Ate: Dinner fare by the fire at the Frog’s End tavern, lovely breakfasts and a beautiful and refined tasting menu at The Supper Room (both at Glenmere Mansion), a cider tasting at Penning’s Farm, and a farm-to-table lunch at the charming Blooming Hill Farm.

What I Wore: 3 Outfits: first, a monochrome white look paired with this beautiful grey velvet blazer, which I paired with white jeans by Frame, Dabih Flats by Ted Baker, and the Resty Tote in black by Vasic. Then I wore the Eden Dress by Tosia for Saturday night, and on Sunday I wore a nude knit set by Kallmeyer.

Some details of Glenmere Mansion…the gardens were designed by the first well-known female landscape architect!

Meet one of Lilian Afshar’s newest styles for SS18 – currently available to pre-order on Moda Operandi!

Cider Tasting at Penning’s Farm (on New York Route 94 in Warwick, New York)

I packed very lightly for this weekend, and relied on one of my trusty travel looks – white jeans and a white top paired with this beautiful grey velvet blazer. I’m not a beer drinker, so when I found out that Penning’s Farm has a CIDERY, I was thrilled! We enjoyed a flight of several and my favorite was a delightful peach-infused cider.

Next up on our adventure was lunch and market shopping at Blooming Hill Farm (on New York Route 208 in Blooming Grove, New York) a delightful farm that is as charming as it is welcoming.

I am in love with these minimal little white pumpkins!

Their market featured some of the most beautiful fresh produce and kindest people. Adorably, there was a high school reunion going on for a class of students that graduated in the 1960’s! We witnessed several one-on-one reunions and lots of hugs.

The farm has different locations where you can enjoy lunch and a cocktail or local craft beer. We wandered over to this beautiful building and enjoyed a yummy lunch. I can’t tell you how much I loved visiting this farm in particular – it was beautiful and relaxing and completely unique.


On Saturday night we enjoyed dinner at Glenmere Mansion, and it was the perfect chance to try on this beautiful dress that launched today on Plan de Ville. Sara Hankin, the designer of Tosia, is an inspiring woman who continues to capture the exact desires of today’s women and channel them into beautifully made, easy-to-wear, and sustainable garments that are made in New York City. The Eden Dress is already sold out in a few sizes after launching this morning, but I’m working to make sure we can restock.

The interiors are truly dreamy at Glenmere. Look at the beautiful details in this sink!

The last look of the weekend: my favorite off-duty look: the Belle Lounge Pants and Cuore Sweater by Kallmeyer. This set feels like cashmere, and it’s a refined take on the pajama dressing and athleisure trends that have taken a hold of weekend style. If you’re feeling anxious, try to change your physical environment. Open a window. Go for a walk. Take off something restrictive. Then remember to breathe. Monday is always going to be there – enjoy the moments when you can.

XO, Catherine

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