New York January 19, 2017
This Road Trip To New York’s Most Majestic Castles Is Like Something From A Fairytale
If you’ve long been a follower of Only In New York then by now you know that the Empire State is home to some pretty spectacular castles. Something you might also be familiar with? The fact that we love putting together adventurous road trips for you guys. Combining the best of both worlds, this extraordinary experience will take you to areas like the Finger Lakes, Central New York and out to our Thousand Islands. Ready or not, we’re about to dive into a fairy tale!
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1. Singer Castle
For this road trip we mapped everything out to bring you almost right back to where you started, with the trip both starting and ending in the Thousand Islands! Located out on Dark Island, Singer Castle was one of the last castles to be built out in this region back in 1905. Sitting beautifully on the St. Lawrence River, today visitors can enjoy guided tours of the castle to take an incredible step back in time.
To find out more information about this castle and how you can visit, click here.
2. Beardslee Castle
Ladies and gentlemen, this is a place you might want to keep in mind for the upcoming Valentine's Day. Full of romance and amazing to see in person, Beardslee Castle was originally built back in 1860. While the castle has suffered through two major fires, it still is as charming as it ever was. Three stories tall, the castle now serves as a restaurant and features The Dungeon which is used as a cozy pub.
Looking like a scene out of Beauty and the Beast, you can find out more information about this castle if you click here.
3. Kingfisher Tower
This unique castle is one that's almost a bonus of sorts. If you decided you didn't want to venture out to view this beauty from a distance, you could cut it out of your trip and shave off just over an hour of
Hiding right on Otsego Lake, many people have no idea this 60-foot tall work of art even exists! Sadly, the only way you'll be able to view this beauty is if you drive along Route 31 or have the pleasure of taking a boat tour out on the water. We tend to suggest the latter! Those who decide to hop aboard the Glimmerglass Queen Boat Tours will be able to get a breathtaking view of the Kingfisher Tower.
To find out more information about this unique castle and other ways you can view it, click here.
4. Greystone Castle
Hiding in plain sight in the small town of Canastota (say that three times fast), Greystone Castle now serves as the perfect place for loved ones to have their wedding. The quaint castle was completed back in 1910, but sadly fell into disrepair for thirty years until the 1990s when its current owner saved it from being demolished. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this incredible building's architecture will now be forever preserved.
To find out more information about the unique banquet facility, click here.
5. Belhurst Castle
Your last stop before heading back up to the Thousand Islands, Bellhurst Castle will bring you out to New York's lovely Finger Lakes region. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987, the stunning piece of architecture was actually once a private residence! Today visitors can come and enjoy an unforgettable stay at the castle, now used as a unique inn and winery that features a breathtaking view of Seneca Lake.
To find out more information and how you can book your stay here, click here.
6. Boldt Castle
Last but absolutely not least, your final destination will take you back up to the Thousand Islands. Ending the trip with possibly the most magical part of this adventure, Boldt Castle can be found on Heart Island. Most people who decide to take a getaway to New York's side of the Thousand Islands will almost always make the focal point of their trip Boldt Castle. The entire island is like something out of a real life fairy tale, with romantic and detailed landscaping surrounding the entire castle. If you've never visited this place, you'll absolutely want to make sure that it's on your bucket list.
To find out more information and to figure out your visit to Heart Island, click here.
Would you be up for taking this trip sometime this year? If you’ve already seen these stunning castles or are looking for other adventures to take, don’t forget to look at these
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