Things To Do
Whether you’re looking for a day’s worth of fun activities or leisurely tour through Lucknow, you’ll find it here at Castle in the Clouds. Check out our Program Calendar to see what’s happening during your visit.
The Carriage House Café
The Carriage House Café has received rave reviews from critics and guests alike. Open daily in season from 11:30-3:30 enjoy a variety of delicious lunch items, from sandwiches to full entrees. Check out a sample menu! Outdoor seating on our terrace offers views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the surrounding mountains. The interior of the building has remained relatively untouched and guests can dine indoors, in what were once the original horse stalls.
During our busy season (early August as well as Fall Foliage season) we can have a wait-list of up to an hour or more in the restaurant. We do not take reservations, so we highly suggest arriving early if you’d like to join us for lunch, especially if you have a large party.
Start your journey to Lucknow as you travel via trolley on the same road that Thomas & Olive Plant traveled back in the early 1900s. The brief trolley ride will end at the doors of the sun porch where a guide will provide you with a 10-15 minute orientation. Learn about the rags to riches to rags story of Thomas Plant as well as the history of the Arts & Craft style building.
After the orientation visitors are led to the front door where they enter feeling like guests of the Plant’s. From here, the tour is self-guided. Floor plans are provided to help guide visitors through the building and point out important features such as central vacuuming systems and needle showers. Special “I-Spy Cards” are available to children as an educational and exciting scavenger hunt; if all the items are located, children can pick a prize from a treasure chest!
Visitors can explore all 16 rooms of the mansion, many of which offer spectacular views of the lakes and mountains. See everything vintage from the clothes in Olive Plant’s closets to the innovative electrical fixtures. Step out the back door to the lawn and stroll through the gardens – with breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossipee Mountains, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world!
The Art Gallery
Located in The Carriage House, our Art Gallery hosts various exhibits throughout the season. This year we will host three separate exhibits to be announced at a later date.
New Visions, Voices, Views – on display in the Art Gallery from July 18th through September 1st. Gallery Reception on Sunday July 20th. University Students are encouraged to submit their works by May 13th for inclusion in the gallery. Download a Submission Form here.
Gallery Receptions are at 5:30 PM and are free to the public. Visit our Program Calendar for more information regarding exhibits and receptions.
No stop to Castle in the Clouds is complete without a visit to our Gift Shop. We have everything you’re looking for – Castle in the Clouds T-Shirts & sweatshirts, candles, books, locally made chocolates and a section for the kids! With gifts and souvenirs of all types, you’re sure to find something to bring home memories of Castle in the Clouds.
Cones in the Clouds
Looking for a quick bite to eat after a hike or on your way home? Stop by Cones in the Clouds located in the Meadows by Shannon Pond. Enjoy a variety of yummy treats including hot dogs, chips, popcorn, brownies, energy bars, Gifford’s ice cream and more! Enjoy your snack on the picnic tables directly outside the building or at covered picnic tables along Shannon Pond. Open seasonally from 12:00-5:00.
Riding in the Clouds open daily in season. They offer guided trail rides, pony rides and horse-drawn carriage rides. For more information such as times and prices, or to schedule a ride please contact Riding in the Clouds directly at 603-476-8350 or visit their website at ridingintheclouds.com. *Please note that the contact information as it is different from Castle in the Clouds.
Try some or all of the 28 miles of hiking trails maintained by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. Take a leisurely walk along cascading waterfalls, ending at the largest waterfall, Falls of Song, or opt for a more experienced hike to take in amazing views of the Ossipee Mountains. With over 5200 acres and trails of all variations, you can spend the day hiking with the entire family!
Trails heads are located at Shannon Pond or off Route 171, located just south/east of the front gate. Hiker parking is located atop Ossipee Park Road across from the entrance to the Bottling Plant, as well on Route 171 at the trail head. Guests can visit the Gift Shop to purchase trail maps.
*Please note that Horseback Riding is a separate entity. They have separate contact information that is different from Castle in the Clouds.