You donāt have to travel across the pond to feast your eyes on impressive and historic fortresses. Though most of these stateside castles only hover around their hundredth birthdays, opposed to the battlements of Europe that are sometimes thousands of years old, they are no less beautiful and enchanting!
Boldt CastleāAlexandria Bay, New York
Situated on the aptly named Heart Island (itās heart shaped), this sprawling estate was originally an ode to Louise Boldt, beloved wife of NYC hotel manager George Boldt. Over 300 workers were commissioned to build the massive, turreted castle in 1900, but construction was abruptly halted in 1904 at the time of Mrs. Boldtās untimely death. Today you can visit the unfinished tribute to Louise and its gorgeous Italian gardens.
Hearst CastleāSan Simeon, California
Inspired by the soaring Spanish cathedrals of the Mediterranean, āLa Cuesta Encantadaā (The Enchanted Hill), is home to Hearst Castle. It was built in 1919 for newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst on the lush coastline between L.A and San Francisco on over 250,000 acres of what is now state historic parklands. The Neptune Pool is the most iconic feature of the residence, featuring an authentic Roman temple pediment. Visitors come to admire the museum of art and the worldās largest private zoo.
āIolani PalaceāHonolulu, Hawaii
The only true palace in the United States, this ornate manor was home to King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiāolani. Built in 1879 in an effort to garner respect from European royals of the Victorian era, the castle boasted every state of the art convenience. It even had electricity before the White House! Opulent koa wood furnishings festoon the Florentine style Throne Room, Grand Hall and many guest rooms that are open to visitors of this present day museum.
Oheka CastleāLong Island, New York
Once the inspiration behind Jay Gatsbyās lavish West Egg mansion, Oheka Castle is the second largest residence in the United States. Funnily enough, the monocled Monopoly board game man was modeled after Otto Hermann Kahn, the mansionās owner. Itās a 32 room luxury hotel now, but in its heyday it was a thriving hub of decadent parties, famous house guests and general Long Island wealth. The Grand Staircase is a notable feature, fashioned after Fontainbleau and the furnishings evoke an air of the Roaring Twenties, the peak of Ohekaās use.
Castello di AmorosaāNapa Valley, California
This unique castle was built on the V. Sattui Winery vineyard using medieval techniques and materials including hand forged nails and hand carved stone. Over the recent 14 year construction, this impressive fortress gained a moat and working drawbridge, hand painted frescoes and even a 500 year old fire place, rebuilt stone by stone! Have a taste of fine Cabernet Sauvignon whilst you tour the great hall, courtyard and dungeon, complete with iron maiden.
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