Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music CenterOnce, it was a training ground for Arabian horses. For a while, it was a summer camp for Girl Scouts.

But for the past 40 years, the lush property off U.S. 220 between Hot Springs and Warm Springs has been home to the Garth Newel Music Center, a popular chamber music concert hall. Visitors have described it as “magical, wonderful place” and a piece of heaven.

We’re lucky to say it’s located just over the mountain from Fort Lewis Lodge and a frequent stop by our guests.

In Welsh, Garth Newel means “new hearth” or “new home,” and it was the name bestowed on the property in the 1920s by painter William Sergeant Kendall and his wife Christine Herter Kendall.

Eventually, the indoor riding ring was transformed into a concert hall. Concerts have been held on the property since the early 1970s.

Throughout the year, Garth Newel offers public concerts (more than 50) as well as educational programs. The Manor House offers overnight accommodations for those looking for a musical weekend.

There are weekends dedicated to American and local artists, a popular summer concert series and a concert where stargazing is encouraged afterward. The artists-in-residence – the Garth Newel Piano Quartet – have recorded two CDs, coach local musicians (including schoolchildren) and are scheduled to play at Carnegie Hall in New York in November.

You can listen to a concert for less than the cost of a movie date for two, or you can add in a gourmet dinner or a picnic, depending on the time of day. Enjoy a cocktail while you listen.

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