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Opening Weekend

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We are getting ready for our opening weekend festivities and can’t wait to open the gates to our visitors! This is a very special year for us as Lucknow is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary! We have many fun events scheduled for the season, but we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves just yet. Opening Weekend is quickly approaching and packed with some great events that we want to focus on. Some events require tickets or reservations so be sure to get yours soon!

Inspired by Nature

Sunday May 9th at 10:30am
$40 per person or $35 for Friends of the Castle

Join us as we welcome Gail Bartlett, a National Garden Club Master Flower Show Judge, for a demonstration of Ikebana flower arranging. Start your morning with a guided tour of Lucknow, focusing on the Arts & Craft architecture which will be revisited during the flower arranging demonstration. A soup, salad and sandwich lunch is also included in the price of your ticket. This is the perfect event for a girls day or for your local gardening club, so spread the word! Space is limited; purchase your tickets online by clicking here or call 603-476-5414. Learn more details about the event here.

Opening Day and
Moultonborough Appreciation Day

Saturday May 10th
All day

We’re opening the gates to our centennial season at 10:00am on Saturday May 10th! Join us for the first day of a season-long celebration! And to thank our fellow community members, are are continuing our opening day tradition of Moultonborough Appreciation Day. Moultonborough Residents tour Lucknow FREE of charge on opening day. Simply provide proof of residency at the Front Gate to receive your free ticket! Learn more about this event by clicking here.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday  May 11th at 10:30am
$32 per adult and $16 for children age 5-12

Our popular Mother’s Day Brunch is back for another season! Selling out each year, this brunch is the perfect way to show Mom just how you love her. With menu items such as creme bruelee french toast, baked egg strata, roasted prime rib, haddock marblehead, assorted salads desserts and so much more, you’ll find something to please even the pickiest eaters in your family. Bring Mom and the gang to our Mother’s Day Brunch with seatings from 10:30 am through 2:45 pm in our beautiful Winnipesaukee Ballroom with breathtaking views of the Lakes Region. Reservations are required for this event with a credit card to be held on file for our 48 hour cancellation policy. Call 603-476-5414 to reserve your spot today – this event books every year so reserve early!

*Please note that regular restaurant service will not be available on Sunday May 11th due to our special event, Mother’s Day Brunch; guests wishing to dine with us are encouraged to make reservations for the event.

There’s much more to come this season, but this is just a taste of the action packed opening weekend we are planning for our big year! We hope you can join us this season and celebrate 100 years of Lucknow!

Castle in the Clouds Job Fair

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Looking for a fun summer job? Want to help you community by volunteering? Looking to make a little extra money to help buy college books? Our annual Castle in the Clouds Job Fair is coming up!! Mark your calendars for Sunday April 13th from 10:00am through 1:00pm.

Here are some tips to keep in mind before the event:

  1. Bring an updated resume with references – if you haven’t had any past work experience, fill your resume with accolades, awards, specialties, hobbies, unique interests or anything else that you think fits the part and relates to a position you are looking to fill.
  2. Dress the part – when all is said and done, this is an interview and first impressions mean everything!
  3. Come with questions – research more about the position you are looking into and come with any questions you may have about the day to day responsibilities, requirements of the job, specific materials you may be working with, or any question that will help you get to know about the position you could soon be accepting.
  4. Be upfront with the managers – we are a seasonal establishment whose daily operations goes into the school year; if you are in school or have a job that you’re looking to supplement, come prepared with your start and end dates or a schedule you’d like to stick to.
  5. Be honest with the managers – if you are only looking for part time positions, if you can only work nights and weekends, or if you don’t want to do either of those, let the managers know. We have plenty of openings and could surely find a perfect fit!
  6. Keep an open mind – while you may have your mind set on a certain position or specific amount of hours, keep an open mind about the other possibilities.

We are looking to fill part time, full time and volunteer positions. Upon arrival to the Job Fair you will receive a sheet with all the positions, hours and descriptions of each opening. We will ask for you to pick your top three and meet with the manager(s) for those positions. Each manager will be stationed at a table – sit right down and join the conversation! No need to wait your turn!! Some of the positions we are looking to fill include, but are not limited to:

  • Wait staff
  • Bartenders
  • Line Chefs
  • Prep Cooks
  • Dishwashers
  • Busers/Runners
  • Hostesses
  • Cones in the Clouds (ice cream scooper!)
  • Grounds & Maintenance
  • Janitorial Staff
  • Trolley Drivers
  • Parking Attendants
  • Admissions
  • Retail
  • Office Assistant
  • Visitor Services/Greeter
  • Staff Guide at Lucknow
  • Events Staff

Stop by any time between 10:00am and 1:00pm on Sunday April 13th. If you have any questions about some of the jobs we offer, browse through out website as a lot of the information could be found there. You can always contact us via email by clicking here. Can’t attend the Job Fair? Don’t fret!! Email or call us at 603-476-5900 and we can set up a time to meet.

Christmas at the Castle

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Christmas at the Castle has reached the half-way mark! Only one more weekend to visit this historic estate before we close the doors until 2014.

With over 500 visitors in the first weekend, Christmas at the Castle was a huge success. Each year we see more new faces along with the friendly faces that return year after year. We love that this holiday event has become a family tradition for many! From the self-guided tour to the kids’ crafts to the delicious buffet lunch, every member of the family is bound to leave with a smile on his or her face.

The Carriage House offers a multitude of activities and treats! Browse the crafters in the stalls and gallery areas to get a head start on some of your holiday shopping. Many vendors are back with new, handmade crafts from ornaments to jewelry to soaps and more; you’ll find something in your budget for every family member. Warm up by the fireplace with complimentary hot cocoa, coffee, tea and cookies. Upstairs in The Carriage House is the catered buffet lunch in The Winnipesaukee Room. Hart’s Catering brought a scrumptious selection of chef carved roast beef, butternut squash soup, a variety of salads, and so much more, all enjoyed by hundreds this past weekend. The cost of the buffet is $20 per person ($10 for children 12 and under) with tax and gratuity included; a full bar will be available. Enjoy a casual lunch in an elegant setting with views of the snow topped mountains in the distance. Tickets for the buffet are available in the Gift Shop when your purchase your tour stickers, or if you need more time to decide, they will be available in the Winnipesaukee Room.

Board the trolley to Lucknow for a self-guided tour of the mansion. Look for special displays detailing the holiday season in the early 1900s; the evolution of Santa, toys that children may have received during the time period, variety of vintage wrapping paper and more. Time period Kids’ Crafts are available to those young ones who may want a more hands-on learning experience. Live music will float through the mansion from 12:00 – 2:00 each day. (Click here for a schedule) And every half hour a history of the holidays at Lucknow will be available – Thomas Plant may even make an appearance! And watch out for Bugsy Malone! You will definitely feel like you’ve entered a time warp to the roaring twenties!

If you haven’t visited yet, there’s still time! We will be open this Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 29-December 1. Tickets are sold in the Gift Shop and are $20 for adults and seniors, $10 for children age 5-17 and $15 for Friends of the Castle. (Interested in becoming a Friend? You’ll receive discounts on special events, unlimited admission for a year and much more!! Check out the benefits to see if it’s something you’re interested in, or considering giving the gift of the Castle to a loved one this holiday season! Click here for more information.) During your visit, see a staff member for information about a visitor survey; guests who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to win two admission passes to our 2014 season, the 100th anniversary of Lucknow!

We hope to see you this weekend!!! Happy Thanksgiving to all our visitors, far and near!

 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Front Portico

With the completion of this nearly 9 month long project, Lucknow has officially reopen the front doors. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held on October 19th celebrated over $2,000,000 that Castle Preservation Society has invested in restoration, rebuilding, and renovation. The most recent of the restoration progress was the extensive rebuilding of the front portico, seen in the image above. This central element of the Lucknow mansion has been restored to its original appearance through repairs and replacements of the deteriorated structural elements.

In 2014, Lucknow will be celebrating its 100th anniversary, and it is with great pride and pleasure that Castle Preservation Society will again be welcoming guests through the main entrance, restored to its original appearance. But you don’t have to wait until next season to see this great work. We will be open for Christmas at the Castle on for two weekends this holiday season. Join us Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays November 22, 23 and 24 and November 29, 30 and December 1 for this fun and festive event. Experience Christmas as it would have been while Tom and Olive Plant lived here. Click the event name for more specifics, including lunch options.

We are want to thank all our visitors who came in 2013 for their help and understanding during the restoration process, and a special thank you to all those you donated to the Castle Preservation Society making projects like this one such a great success. Every penny counts and is greatly appreciated. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done on the four historic buildings on our property, so please consider reaching into your pockets to help finish these tasks!

End of Season

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Boy was this fall a beautiful and busy one! With less than a week to go until we close for the season, it’s hard to believe how fast this fall has gone. We welcomed thousands of leaf peepers over the past few weeks, and we hope each and every one of them had an enjoyable experience. We still have a few more days if you haven’t been up to check out the foliage. While many of the leaves are on the ground, they are still bright and colorful around the lake – and who doesn’t love stomping through the crunching leaves?

Don’t forget that while we do close our doors for the regular season on Sunday October 27th, we are open off-season for a few special events. Treason in the Court, our Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, is shortly after Halloween this year, on Saturday November 2nd and 3rd. Saturday night is sold out but there are a few tickets available for Sunday’s show at 1:00pm. Tickets are $50 per person and dinner is included! Join us as we travel back in time to the medieval era for a saucy tale of betrayal presented by Get-A-Clue-Productions. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. This is one of our most popular events of the year, and you won’t want to miss it! Call the office for details or to purchase tickets. Learn more about the company at get-a-clue-productions.com.

Let the wedding planning begin! Whether you’re planning your own wedding at Castle in the Clouds or if you want to learn about what the upcoming wedding season has in store, Lakes Region Bride has you covered! Enjoy food and drink samples in The Carriage House, meet with a variety of vendors and check out the latest trends. This Bridal Show is put on by Lakes Region Bride, hosted at Castle in the Clouds. Learn more about costs, hours and availability at LakesRegionBride.com.

Deck the halls for Christmas at the Castle this holiday season. Friday, Saturday and Sunday November 22, 23 and 24 and November 29, 30 and December 1 from 10:00 – 2:30. Come experience the evolution of Christmas traditions between 1915 and 1940 and feel like guests of Thomas and Olive Plant at a holiday party. Enjoy vintage decor, seasonal exhibits, live music and the mystique of Lucknow. Also join us in The Carriage House stalls where a variety of craft vendors will display and sell their work, or stop by the Winnipesaukee Room for a catered buffet lunch. Remember to use Ossipee Park Road! And don’t hesitate to call ahead to make sure we’re open as this event is weather dependent!

Call or email us with any questions regarding these events and more!

VolksBahn’s Visit was a Great Success!

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We opened our gates to hundreds of Volkswagen and Audi cars on September 8th for the Second Annual VolksBahn Car Show. Hundreds of cars filled the fields and the weather couldn’t have been better! Some participants even won VolksBahn trophies for “Best in Class!” We are so glad VolksBahn spent the day with us!

Check out some of the pictures that were shared with us from the event. Feel free to email or call us if you recognize your vehicle and we will certainly credit your awesome ride and send you a copy of the image! Hope everyone who attended had a great time at the event!

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If you love Volkswagens and Audis, visit volksbahn.com to see what they have on the docket for the future! You can also visit their store to purchase VolksBahn products. We hope Tyler, Bill and the gang will join us again for another fun event!

The Chef’s Plate

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A few weeks ago we had “The Chef’s Plate” visit The Carriage House to film a segment on our restaurant! We’ve got a sneak peak for you today! Check out this clip from our mini-feature. The episode will be airing Saturday August 3rd at 3:00PM.

Click here or copy and paste the link below into your web’s browser to view the clip.

http://vimeo.com/thechefsplate/review/71417530/dddb431ed3

 

For more information about our restaurant visit the Things to Do page in our website.

4th Annual Heather’s Ride Visits Castle in the Clouds

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On Saturday July 13th we opened our gates to 80 motorcyclist riding for a great cause. Heather’s Ride is an annual memorial fundraising ride for Heather Lynne Siebert to help support the patients and their families of Boston Children’s Hospital. The main purpose of the funds raised is to allow family members to stay with their children who are hospitalized with the GI/Nutrition Service. So far, Heather’s Ride has brought in more than $25,000 in the first three years. Each year they gain more support and more riders join the cause.

This Saturday, The 4th Annual Heather’s Ride stopped at Castle in the Clouds for a quick trip to see the amazing views from The Carriage House.

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After a quick trip around the loop out front The Carriage House and a short walk from the parking lot, the Riders took in the breathtaking views on The Terrace.

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The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for this awesome ride to support the Heather Lynne Siebert Memorial.

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For more information about Heather’s Ride or to see how you can help, visit the organization “Friends 4 Eva” at heathersride.webs.com.

An Interview with the Director

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Short and Sweet: Check out this awesome interview with our Executive Director. He visited Outside TV to talk about the Castle, restoration and our 100th anniversary coming up next year.

Click this link or copy and paste it into your web’s browser:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KEXouRyv_Oc

“On Top of the World in New Hampshire” – Debbie Despres, Yankee Magazine

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Curious about what a trip to Castle in the Clouds entails? Well wonder no more! Thanks to Debbie Despres’s article “On Top of the World in New Hampshire” published in Yankee Magazine you can read in specific detail what your trip will be like, from start to finish.

Castle in the Clouds | On Top of the World in New Hampshire

A trip to Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, New Hampshire, reveals there’s even more here than the architecturally fascinating home offering stunning views high above Lake Winnipesaukee.  There’s also a great story—and a full day of exploration and entertainment.

The climb to the clouds begins by car.  The narrow winding pavement is vaguely reminiscent of a Caribbean island main road.

The long and winding road leading to Castle in the Clouds.

D. DespresThe long and winding road leading to Castle in the Clouds.

 

Carry on past “The Pebble” and up to the first parking area.

You can't miss "The Pebble" along the entrance road to Castle in the Clouds.

D. DespresYou can’t miss “The Pebble” along the entrance road to Castle in the Clouds.

A quick stop at the “Falls of Song.” The cascading waters are just a short stroll into the edge of the woods along wooden decking.

The "Falls of Song" is one of the stops along the entrance road to Castle in the Clouds.

D. DespresThe “Falls of Song” is one of the stops along the entrance road to Castle in the Clouds.

 

As anticipated, the Scenic Overlook did not disappoint.

A view from the Scenic Overlook along the roadway to Castle in the Clouds.

D. DespresA view from the Scenic Overlook along the roadway to Castle in the Clouds.

 

Arriving at the Carriage House, it was time to forego the car. A classic red trolley swiftly transports guests the remainder of the route to “Lucknow.”

Reaching the pinnacle, we’re greeted and ushered into the sun parlor for a short orientation where we learned a little about Thomas and how this incredible home came to be built so high on this mountainside.  And, then we were off to explore the home and grounds at our own pace.

"Lucknow," the Castle in the Clouds.

Courtesy of Castle in the Clouds“Lucknow,” the Castle in the Clouds.

 

A view across the wishing well and front lawn of Castle in the Clouds.

D. DespresA view across the wishing well and front lawn of Castle in the Clouds.

“Lucknow”  has a warm and comfortable appeal—perhaps that’s owing to the extensive woodwork, or just the way the Arts & Crafts style home is designed to meld with the landscape’s natural beauty.

A side view of "Lucknow," the Castle in the Clouds.

D. DespresA side view of “Lucknow,” the Castle in the Clouds.

Back at the Carriage House, the art gallery is worth a peek before settling in for a little lunch at the Café (outside table positions you to enjoy more amazing views). Afterward, a long walk along the many manicured trails (28 miles of trails over 5,300 acres) is hard to resist.  Unless you prefer to travel by horse-drawn carriage.  The barn is home to several horses and ponies, the most notable of which is Zeus, the 3000 pound Belgian draft horse.  Zeus is impressive, but sorry, mere mortals cannot ride him (no saddle fits) though the gentle giant will pose for photos.

Just a short distance from the barn is the clear water of Shannon Pond, filled with rainbow trout. Feeding them from the fish food dispensers led to unexpected entertainment as they jumped and jostled for their treats.

The rainbow trout in Shannon Lake at Castle in the Clouds.

D. DespresThe rainbow trout in Shannon Lake at Castle in the Clouds.

Castle in the Clouds is open daily through late October.  Visit now for lush green foliage and flowers in bloom, then again when the place is sporting the vivid colors of fall.

Debbie Despres

Author:

Debbie Despres

Biography:

Debbie Despres is an assistant editor for the magazine. A member of YPI’s corporate staff since 2000, Deb joined Yankee’s editorial team in 2011. A native of New Hampshire, with a work history that includes several years in the travel industry, she enjoys discovering new destinations, and the myriad of road trip opportunities unique to New England.