Fairytale Places, Castle in the Clouds Moultonborough, NH

That famous page from a fairytale…

Photo from the Castle in the Clouds facebook page

Photo from the Castle in the Clouds facebook page

Somehow, in the middle of New Hampshire, I found myself staring at it, high above the valley from the balcony of the Castle in the Clouds. As far as I could see, there were rolling hills in the valley, lakes and streams -all tightly embraced by the reds, yellows and fiery oranges of fall. Wait a minute, this isn’t where this adventure started…

Driving up to the Carriage House by Christa Thompson

Driving up to the gate house, New Hampshire has such vibrant and beautiful fall colors by Christa Thompson

We approached the gatehouse in Moultonborough, NH, checked in and made our ascent up the mountain. I was directed to park at the first car park and follow the trail to the Fall of Song. This was right up my alley. Hiking in the woods, climbing rocks, checking out waterfalls…I was already loving this adventure. I spent a bit of time playing in the woods and hopping rocks to the top of the falls, but this isn’t why was there, and I had to get back on track  to make my way to the Castle in the Clouds.

Romping around the 28 miles of trails on the property... I could do this all week, by Christa Thompson

Romping around the 28 miles of trails on the property… I could do this all week, by Christa Thompson

A Quick History of the Lucknow Estate:

Built in 1913 as an estate for Tom and Olive Plant, this mountaintop palace has come to be known as ‘The Castle in the Clouds’. It was opened to the public in 1959 after Mr. Plant’s death in 1941. Learn more about the history of the castle here.

Inside the Carriage House there's a warm fire, hot chocolate, and the most breathtaking view you can get, by Christa Thompson

Inside the Carriage House there’s a warm fire, hot chocolate, and the most breathtaking view you can get, by Christa Thompson

I made my way to the Carriage House, formerly the estate’s horse stables, where I enjoyed a hearty and well made shepherd’s pie and butternut squash soup at the Carriage House Cafe. Just outside of the museum on the terrace is where you can find one of the stunning views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the surrounding mountains.

Kids love the trolley ride. The Little Fairytale Traveler wanted to ride it again and again, lol. By Christa Thompson

Kids love the trolley ride. The Little Fairytale Traveler wanted to ride it again and again, lol. By Christa Thompson

Full and ready to explore, we hopped on the red trolley and were shuttled to the top of the mountain to the Lucknow Estate. The stone fortress trimmed with half-timbered architecture overlooked the most stunning and commanding view of all. This really was a castle in the clouds. There was no luxury spared when Tom Plant had this home built. Much of it sits just as it did when he died. Inside, the estate was crafted with only the most extravagant materials, a display of the best craftsmanship for its time.

The Lucknow Estate photo from the Castle in the Clouds facebook page.

The Lucknow Estate photo from the Castle in the Clouds facebook page.

You can easily spend a few hours here hiking, eating, and enjoying the estate. In addition, you can spend an afternoon horseback riding with the Riding in the Clouds guides. If you’re not up for that I highly recommend you at least stop by and say hi to Zeus, said to be the biggest horse in the entire world.

Check out the stables. You can horseback ride in the clouds! Photo from the Castle in the Clouds facebook page.

Check out the stables. You can horseback ride in the clouds! Photo from the Castle in the Clouds facebook page.

For more information in visiting the Castle in the Clouds click here!


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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