Travel Thursdays: 23 Castles You Might Not Expect To Find Hiding In The U.S.

by Sarah McCosham

This is week 5 of the Castle Series. This week we are focusing on Castles in the United States that You Can stay in. This is a 5 part series, and this is the last portion of the series.

Castles You Can Stay In

Dreaming of a royal getaway in the US? Book a night or two at one of these castles you can stay in, and get ready to be king or queen of your very own kingdom!

  1. Kentucky Castle – Louisville, KY
The Kentucky Castle/Facebook
  • Address: The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY, 40383
  • Access: Visitors to this extraordinary castle can opt to spend the night, reserve a table for dinner, book spa services, and more!
  • Where To Stay Nearby: N/A – make a reservation at the Kentucky Castle website.

Deep in the heart of Kentucky atop a hill in Versailles, there is a majestic castle that overlooks a kingdom of rolling hills and pastoral countryside. The Kentucky Castle is a spectacular destination in and of itself; a place of pure revelry in the idyllic Kentucky blue hills. This majestic property is wonderfully unusual and has a top-rated spa, luxurious accommodations, and an award-winning farm-to-table restaurant.

The Kentucky Castle is as beautiful as it gets, and you’ll be utterly blown away by this surprising royal treasure in the South:

The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY. 40383, USA

2. Thornewood Castle – Washington

Thornewood Castle
  • Address: 8601 N Thorne Ln SW, Lakewood, WA, 98498
  • Access: Located in a private neighborhood, only castle guests and invitees have access to Thornewood Castle.
  • Where To Stay Nearby: Stay at the castle, where guests are invited to step back in time. The castle’s romantic, luxurious suites are available for a special experience filled with old-world elegance, and can be booked at the Thornewood Castle website.

In Washington, Thornewood Castle (known as “the house that love built”) sits on the shores of American Lake in Washington, and it is absolutely stunning. Thornewood’s tale begins with Mr. Chester Thorne, one of the founders of the Port of Tacoma. Chester bought the 400-year-old Elizabethan manor in England and had it dismantled and shipped, brick by brick, to Lakewood to be included in the building of Thornewood. Chester had the castle and gardens built as a gift to his wife, Anna Thorne, and construction took three years to complete.

The gardens at this enchanting castle are extraordinarily beautiful and will sweep you off your feet. This castle is truly one of the most romantic labors of love in existence, and happily, you can experience the magic when you book an overnight stay.

Thornewood Castle, 8601 N Thorne Ln SW, Lakewood, WA 98498, USA

3. Falkenstein Castle – Texas

Castle Falkenstein
  • Address: Falkenstein Castle Way, Cypress, TX, 77433
  • Access: No public tours are currently offered. The castle is available to Airbnb guests or those invited to special events held at the castle.
  • Where To Stay Nearby: Book the Falkenstein Castle directly from Airbnb.

Deep in the heart of Texas, there’s a place that defies every Lone Star State stereotype… except, of course, the saying that “everything’s bigger in Texas.” Falkenstein Castle was built in 1996 by a couple inspired by a recent trip to Germany. Billed as “A Texas-Sized Fairy Tale in the Hill Country,” the castle is a place of pure fantasy; a 14,000-square-foot palace with myriad balconies wherein guests can gaze upon the Texas Hill Country.

A kingdom of 133 acres, those who believe in fairy tale endings can even have their wedding at Falkenstein Castle, which also has its own cathedral and luxurious accommodations.

Falkenstein Castle Way, Cypress, TX 77433, USA

4. Landoll’s Mohican Castle – Ohio

  • Address: 561 Township Road 3352, Loudonville, OH, 44842
  • Access: Come for spa services, dining, or an overnight visit; there are many ways to experience Landoll’s Mohican Castle.
  • Where To Stay Nearby: Book one of the many suites and cottages at this Ohio castle.

Located deep in the heartland of central Ohio, Landoll’s Mohican Castle is a place of unprecedented and unexpected luxury. As its name suggests, this one-of-a-kind spot was designed to emulate the beauty of European castles by local entrepreneur Jim Landoll. It opened to the public in 2002 and features myriad pointed towers and spires, as well as lush foliage and greenery that’s downright enchanting.

Throughout the property, you’ll find more than a dozen stunning suites and rooms from which to choose, each more fantastic than the next. You definitely won’t be expecting to find Landoll’s Mohican Castle in the middle of Ohio, but you’ll be most definitely glad you did:

Landoll’s Mohican Castle – Luxury Hotel in Central Ohio, 561 Township Road 3352, Loudonville, OH 44842, USA

5. The Norumbega Inn – Maine

The Norumbega Inn/Facebook
  • Address: 63 High St, Camden, ME, 04843
  • Access: Currently closed for renovations with a tentative May 2023 reopening scheduled.
  • Where To Stay Nearby: Book one of the well-appointed guest rooms at this real-life castle.

There’s already a fairy tale quality to Maine, a place of rugged beauty and old edifices. And The Norumbega Inn fits right in with this Maine mood, as it’s a distinguished and stately stone house that can only be described as a real-life castle. It was built in 1886 for duplex telegraph inventor Joseph Barker Stearns and remained a private home for about 100 years before becoming a bed and breakfast in 1984.

In 2013 it was sold to Susan Walser and Phillip Crispo, who have transformed it into the magical destination it is today. Come and spend the night in this winsome Maine castle; you’ll dine on food fit for a king and enjoy kingdom-level views of the Penobscot Bay from your fireplace-warmed room.

The Norumbega, 63 High St, Camden, ME 04843, USA

Castle Series 1: Historical Castles 3.2.2023

Castle Series 2: Formal Castles 3.9.2023

Castle Series 3: Quirky Castles 3.16.2023

Castle Series 4: Abandoned Castles 3.23.2023

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