There is always something you can do while visiting the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. One standout attraction that cannot be missed during your next vacation to the Center Harbor Inn is Castle in the Clouds located in our neighboring town of Moultonborough, just a fifteen-minute drive from the Inn. Visiting this beautiful estate will give you the opportunity to stack your day full of fun activities and adventures creating a memorable experience for all ages.
The property is over a century old and is chock-full of history, art and nature. With over 5,500 acres situated on a mountaintop and an elevation of 1,300 feet, Castle in the Clouds has unparalleled views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossipee Mountains. The castle, initially named the Lucknow estate by the mansion’s original owner, offers daily tours from late May until the end of October. There is an orientation to begin the tour then you may grab a floor plan and navigate the historic mansion and gardens on your own and have the opportunity to learn more from one of the many knowledgeable museum guides throughout the mansion. The castle has recently opened up their basement for guided tours as well which will give you a unique glimpse into how the mountaintop castle was built in 1914.
After your tour is complete, enjoy a meal on the terrace at the Carriage House Restaurant. Their wide-ranging menu includes soups, salads, starters, sandwiches, tacos, seafood and has options for both vegetarians and gluten-free individuals. If you just want to grab a small bite to eat or make your sweet tooth happy, swing by Cones in the Clouds featuring delicious, locally produced Kellerhaus ice cream, pizza, wraps and more! Once you are fully fueled, take an adventure and explore over 28 miles of hiking and walking trails on the property, managed by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. The estate has trails for all experience levels and offers amazing views of Lake Winnipesaukee, Squam Lake and the nearby mountains. The trails within the network include sights of waterfalls and signage to teach visitors about the history, ecology and geology of the land.
Other highlights of the property include Shannon Pond, a pond stocked with trout which you can feed, an exhibit gallery located within the carriage house which is currently showcasing restoration stories and information, a gift shop so you can take home a souvenir and of course there is Riding in the Clouds, a unique and beautiful way to explore the land via horseback. The mansion also hosts special events throughout the year including live music nights, solar gazing, guided hikes, mountaintop yoga and many other enticing activities. Be sure to check out their event calendar for the full list and to purchase your tickets in advance.
The Center Harbor Inn has partnered with Castle in the Clouds for an exclusive deal for the 2019 season. Our guests’ tickets are only $13 each for up to four people, with the normal adult admission rates $18, saving you up to $20 for your next trip to the mansion! Be sure to stop by the front desk to inquire more about our discount program during your next stay at the Center Harbor Inn.