Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Castle in the Clouds

This past Sunday I took advantage of the DPL's free pass to Castle in the Clouds, to visit the historic Ludnow Estate and its grounds, in Moultonborough, NH.  The pass provides free access for 2 adults and 2 children--which is a wonderful value considering adult admission is $16 per person.  The whole day was such a pleasure--the access road up to the parking lot is absolutely beautiful--filled with mountain waterfalls and scenic vistas of the moutains and lakes.  Parking is near the Carriage House and you can choose to walk up to the Estate or take the trolley.  The Ludnow Estate was built in 1913-1914 by Tom and Olive Plant and boasted many modern conveniences previously unheard of in private homes.  After touring the house (especially the library with its leather bound classics) and grounds don't forget to have lunch at the Carriage House Cafe, which has a patio overlooking the mountains and lakes.  The grounds of the Estate also offer hiking trails (which give you amazing views of the Castle from above), horse back riding, and a trout pond where you can feed the ducks and the absolutely enormous trout.  If you haven't visited I would make room on the calendar and call today to book the free pass!

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