Visiting America's Castles: A Journey Into Medieval History Without Leaving The Country

From very early in our childhood we are taught that castles are a thing of beauty; a place where princesses wait to be saved by their “knight in shining armor.” The castles of fairy tales are stunningly beautiful but real life castles are captivating and awe inspiring. You don’t have to be an architect to appreciate the structural beauty and ingenuity of a medieval castle

For many years, Europe has been known as the key destination for travelers to bring a sense of life to their dreams of medieval fantasies. However, many people are never able to see a real life castle in person simply because traveling to another country doesn’t fit their budget. But most of those people never knew that we have castles right here in the United States, giving everyone ample opportunity to visit one of these architectural masterpieces.

If you have been thinking about touring Europe’s castles but just don’t see how it will fit your budget, you might want check out America’s solution. There’s no passport required, you don’t have to purchase those funny adapters for all of your electrical appliances, and best of all, you just might learn something you didn’t know about American history.

Hammond Castle

Hammond Castle

Not all castles in fairy tales and fiction belonged to kings and queens; some were the housings of villains, sorcerers, and mad scientist. Such is the case with Hammond castle. Though John Hayes Hammond Jr. probably wasn’t “mad”, he was a scientist and inventor. In addition to his inventions he also had a love for medieval and renaissance period art. To showcase his personal collection, he built Hammond castle. Modeled as a combination of 15th, 16th, and 18th century designs, Hammond even added a style of authenticity by importing a French wine merchant’s house and placed it in the courtyard. Hammond castle is located in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Castello di Amarosa

Castello di Amarosa

If you are truly looking for the real deal but don’t want to travel far, stop by this castle located in Calistoga, California. This castle was built with accuracy in mind. From the moment you cross over the moat on the drawbridge until you walk in the door you will feel like you have stepped straight into 12th century Tuscany. Castello di Amarosa comes complete with hand crafted chandeliers, renaissance style painting, and a fully functional dungeon.

Oheka Castle

Oheka Castle

OHEKA castle, located in Huntington, New York, has been renovated into a luxury hotel to suit the medieval dreamer’s every need. This building sits on the highest point in Long Island providing uninterrupted views of the beautiful scenery surrounding it. OHEKA provides you with the idea of living like royalty of the 16th century while providing modern day comforts such as: in room massages, a state-of-the-art fitness center, golf and tennis courts, formal dining, and so much more. This castle truly has something to offer for everyone.

These three examples are just a sampling of the castles that America has to offer and provide a good place to start if you are thinking about taking a figurative journey into the time of kings, queens, princesses and knights. While they may not have housed the nobility of your favorite fairy tale, their accuracy and attention to detail will help you to come one step closer to turning your fantasies into reality.

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Kevin Caldwell wrote this article for his website www.bellinghamairporthotels.com. Kevin writes about his travel experiences and strives to help people get out and see the world. You can connect with Kevin on Google+ to learn more about him.