We actually just wanted to stop here for lunch on our way back to New York, but you can't get to the restaurant without paying for the self-guided grounds tour at the very least. While that added $50 to our lunch, we really did enjoy walking around for a couple of hours after eating. (Online the price is listed as $22 each. It must have gone up to $25, though).
Thought I'd share a few photos of things that interested me. Being a suburbanite, I loved seeing the animals. This peacock was sooo loud! He let out a few piercing squawks outside the restaurant. Turns out that someone drops him a cracker on occasion making his trip worthwhile.
It took several tries to fit all of him in the frame! I am jealous of his vivid jewel-tone colors.
These animals have grown accustomed to being photographed. I swear some of them were posing for me.
|This guy LOVED having his picture taken!|
|This crew completely ignored us.|
Others, however, were not into modeling. These two stood in the middle of the grossest-looking bright green, scum-covered pond seemingly oblivious to the world.
|Love those horns!|
|I think he was losing patience with the paparazzi.|
This really made me laugh. When I was a kid and heard someone say, "You're going to hell in a hand basket," this is pretty much what I pictured.
With the river, rice fields, lake, pools, and ponds, there were all kinds of long-legged birds. I have no idea what these are. I usually bring my bird books with me, but forgot them. I still haven't taken the time to identify them. If you know what they are, feel free to share the information.
These two were having problems sharing space at the mill. The brown one blended in so well I didn't see him til the white one chased him off a ways.
|Mother Nature really came through here with the matching eye and leg color . A nice touch with the browns.|
While the web page says there are interpreters in costumes, only a couple were dressed that way. Most had on regular clothing. With the temperatures well into the nineties, I don't blame them. One actually had on a long-sleeved shirt and pants that had UV protection which certainly seems sensible for the area. Maybe more of them dress in costume at other times of the year.
While we enjoyed the visit, it is a bit on the expensive side. The house tour--not a very large place--and the carriage ride are additional charges. The house tour would have cost another $12 each. I didn't even ask the price for the carriage ride. Our lunch was already getting way too expensive. As a comparison, Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts is $20, has a great deal more to see, and everything is included. There may well be ways to get discounts on fees at Middleton which would make the cost more reasonable if one looks around, though.