One of the best parts about vacationing in Laconia, NH, is its central location to many of the Lakes Region’s attractions. And although The NASWA Resort has many ongoing activities and events, it’s common for our guests to venture out and explore the area. Nestled amid the foothills of the Ossipee Mountains, Castle in the Clouds Clouds stands as a testament to a bygone era and is a must-visit destination for tourists and history enthusiasts. This captivating escape blends timeless elegance with stunning natural beauty. So to help familiarize you with the historic estate, we’ll share some valuable information to help you plan your day.

Step into NH History at Castle in the Clouds

At Castle in the Clouds, you’ll take a trip back in time to the early-20th century. Immerse yourself in the refined taste of the Gilded Age as you marvel at meticulous craftsmanship, intricate woodwork, and exquisite detail adorning each room. The guided tours offer fascinating insights into the mansion’s history, the lives of its former inhabitants, and the architectural prowess it displays. As you ascend the winding road to Castle in the Clouds, you’ll quickly realize its grandeur.

The Backstory

Built in 1913, Castle in the Clouds was the vision of Thomas Gustave Plant, a wealthy shoe manufacturer and businessman. Its name was inspired by its location atop the Ossipee Mountain Range, providing breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the surrounding landscape. The mansion’s architecture blends “Arts and Crafts” with various European influences as the exterior showcases a unique stone facade. At the same time, the inside boasts opulent rooms adorned with fine artwork, antique furniture, and intricate details, all carefully restored to reflect the elegance of the past.

Tranquil Gardens

Beyond the mansion’s splendor, Castle in the Clouds boasts meticulously manicured gardens that invite visitors to explore their tranquil beauty. Wander through the terraced flower beds, breathing in the fragrance of blooming blossoms. The gardens provide a peaceful retreat, perfect for reflecting and appreciating the natural landscape.

Trails and Waterfalls

Photo Credit: Mike Weinhold Via Castle in the Clouds Facebook Page.

Castle in the Clouds is not just about grandeur; it is also a gateway to the region’s outdoor wonders. Lace up your hiking boots and set off on the estate’s trails that wind through lush forests and meandering streams. Discover hidden waterfalls, such as the enchanting “Falls of Song,” cascading amidst the verdant landscape. Each step unveils new vistas, allowing you to connect with nature and experience the Lakes Region’s tranquility.

Events and Cultural Experiences

Castle in the Clouds is a historic landmark and a vibrant cultural hub. The estate hosts various events throughout the year, from art exhibits and craft fairs to live music performances. These events offer a unique opportunity to connect with the NH Lakes Region community—they also host weddings and other private gatherings.

Souvenirs and Culinary Delights

Before bidding farewell to Castle in the Clouds, stop by the Carriage House Restaurant or the gift shop. Browse a selection of unique souvenirs, locally crafted items, and books that capture the spirit of the mansion and its surroundings. Indulge in a delectable meal or a refreshing beverage at the café, savoring the flavors while soaking in the panoramic views before the ride back to The NASWA.

Lake Winnipesaukee Hotel in Laconia, NH

Castle in the Clouds is more than just a historic mansion; it is a gateway to a world of elegance, natural wonders, and cultural experiences. Nestled in the captivating Lakes Region, it offers an escape from the ordinary and a chance to enter the past. Whether you’re seeking architectural marvels, serene gardens, outdoor adventures, or cultural immersion, The NASWA Resort is an excellent choice less than an hour from Castle in the Clouds. To find out more or to book your stay, please contact us online or call 888-55-NASWA today!

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