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.
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 Carriage House Restaurant
The Carriage House Restaurant 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.
If you are coming for lunch ONLY and do not want to see the mansion, you can visit via Ossipee Park Road free of charge. Remember, one perk of being a Friend of the Castle is that you can use the Scenic Road as often as they’d like. So pack up your car and bring your company up the Scenic Road if you’re visiting for lunch!
The Art Gallery
Located in The Carriage House, our Art Gallery hosts various exhibits throughout the season. There will be a Gallery Reception for each exhibit; each is free to the public. Visit our Program Calendar for more information regarding exhibits and receptions. This year we will host three separate exhibits:
New Visions, Voices, Views from New Hampshire University Campuses: An exhibition to showcase the work of emerging artists – July 18th through September 1st; Gallery Reception on Sunday July 20th at 5:30pm
Students are invited to submit digital images of their work for a professionally juried exhibition to be held at Castle in the Clouds. The exhibit will be on display from July 18th through September 1st. Download a New Visions Artist Submission Form for more information or to submit a work of art. All submissions are due by May 13th. Acceptance decisions will be made my May 31st. Please no more than three submissions per artist. Contact us via email or phone at 603-476-5900 for more information. Join us for a free gallery reception and sale of these magnificent works of art on Sunday July 20th. Bring your friends and family to show off your amazing artistic masterpiece on display. Complimentary wine and crudites will be available. Some or all displays will be available for purchase. This event is generously sponsored by Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA
“Bloom in Art” – September 3rd through October 26th; Gallery Reception on Sunday September 7th at 5:30pm
Join us as we celebrate our third and final gallery exhibit of the season, “Bloom in Art.” This exhibition will delight the eye with paintings that exuberantly display flowers in all forms and in all sorts of settings. From floral arrangements and tree branches to fields and gardens, this bouquet of bloom to gladden the heart is brought to us from a well-known private collection and features a variety of prominent and unknown talented artists working in many media. Browse these beautiful works of art while enjoying complimentary wine & crudites during our gallery reception on Sunday September 7th. Visit the Art Gallery to see this exhibit from September 3rd through October 26th, then again during Christmas at the Castle. This exhibit is generously sponsored by Christopher P. Williams Architects, PLLC
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.