Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Castle in the Clouds


If you chance to visit New Hampshire's Lakes Region, be sure to take a day trip to the Castle in the Clouds (Lucknow Estate) in Moultonborough. This preserved historic estate is not far from Lake Winnipesaukee. The building and its furnishings are open for tours, plus you can also visit the former stable (now a cafe and gift shop) and the nearby water bottling plant.

You can drive up to the top of the mountain, then take a shuttle to door of the castle and its gardens. Along the easy drive up the mountain are scenic spots where you can park and enjoy the breathtaking views. There are many riding and walking trails on the 5500 acre grounds - bring your hiking shoes or take a trail ride and enjoy a picnic lunch.

The former Lucknow Estate is a beautiful place eve in the mist and fog of an autumn rain - it's truly New Hampshire's Castle in the Clouds. The photo above is Lake Winnipesaukee, shot from one of the front bedroom windows on a rainy day in mid-October.

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