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Their home is now your castle, complete with the royal treatment. FScott Fitzgerald used Oheka Castle as inspiration for The Great Gatsby. Today, the former country home of Otto Kahn overlooking the Long Island Sound is a hip boutique hotel with glorious gardens and fountains worthy of the glam movies shot there.

Castle on the Hudson, 30 minutes from New York City and featuring views of the city skyline, still feels like the private home it was built to be. The food is as appealing as the beautiful Tapestry and Gardens rooms where it is served.

Ships bound for the Great Lakes pass right by the Royal Suite at Singer Castle, on a private island in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region. Guests in the two-bedroom suite, which takes up an entire wing of the castle, have the place to themselves after 5pm, when public tours are finished. The medieval castle, modelled after the one in a book by Sir Walter Scott, has dramatic views of Canadian sunsets and American sunrises.

The Tower Suite is the room of choice at Belhurst Castle on Seneca Lake. The former residence, now part of a resort with its own vineyard, is a gem of the Finger Lakes wine region.



Some of our favourite places to rest your head:


Mohonk Mountain House - Hudson Valley

 
Perched on Lake Mohonk, the Mohonk Mountain House is a 265-room Victorian castle known as one of the Hudson Valley’s premier resorts.  Besides the award-winning restaurant and spa, the Mohonk also has access to several kilometres of hiking trails and outdoor activities are available throughout every season, right outside its door.
For more information visit: www.mohonk.com


 

The Sagamore - The Adirondacks

 
Located on the shores of Lake George, the Sagamore offers luxury accommodations in the heart of the magnificent Adirondack Mountains.  Set on its own private island, enjoy sailing, swimming on the lake, or a round of golf in its championship golf course in the summer.  In the winter, groomed trails provide for a wide variety of winter sports, from cross-country skiing to snowshoeing, ice skating, and dog sledding.
For more information visit: www.thesagamore.com


 

Singer Castle on Dark Island - Thousand-Islands Seaway

 
Of all the unique lodging choices in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, none is more dramatic, intriguing and fantastically romantic than Singer Castle on Dark Island. The Royal Suite is the only accommodation, allowing one lucky couple per night to be the King and Queen of their own island kingdom. A catered romantic dinner and continental breakfast are included and served anywhere on the grounds, even in your California king canopy bed overlooking the Canadian Channel on one side and the American Seaway on the other.
For more information visit: www.singercastle.com


 

The Roxbury - The Catskills

 
Themed rooms with funky, quirky décor make this motel a must-see for Catskills visitors.  Choose from rooms dedicated to classic television shows, films, and cartoons.  Feel like being Fred Flintstone or Holly Golightly? No two rooms are alike!
For more information visit: www.theroxburymotel.com


 

Pollywogg Holler Eco-Resort - Chautaugua-Allegheny

 
Escape to nature in this western New York retreat, named for the serenade of frogs that fill the night air.  The genius of nature and man are showcased in a setting of spectacular beauty, with Adirondack-style craftsmanship, solar electricity, organic gardening, gravity fed spring water and handcrafted Adirondack-style wood furniture made by its owners.  Stroll undisturbed through enchanting sculpture gardens. Enjoy an informative tasting session in the wine cellar and delicious meals prepared using timeless non-electric cooking methods.
For more information visit: www.pollywoggholler.com



Caboose Hotel - Finger Lakes

 
If you have a Thomas the Tank Engine fanatic in the family, or even a Casey Jones fantasy of your own, there’s no better way to get your family on track to an unforgettable family getaway than a stay at the Caboose Motel. Bring the whole family together on a 1916 N5 caboose with two upper berths and a single and double bed on the lower berths. Volume-controlled speakers complete the kitschy illusion by piping in the ambient sounds of a train in motion. It’s sixteen tons of fun in the Finger Lakes! State Route 415, Avoca, New York 14809
For more information visit: www.caboosemotel.net



Castle on the Hudson - Hudson Valley


Westchester County’s Castle on the Hudson is an extraordinary medieval castle majestically overlooking the Hudson River. With more than 100 years of history, the Castle is a regal escape to the enchanted days of yesteryear. The ambience of old-world style has been preserved, yet all contemporary amenities are available. In addition, the Castle’s award winning dining room, Equus, has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence.
For more information visit: www.castleonthehudson.com


 

Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort - The Adirondacks

 
Lake Placid’s top-rated green hotel, the Golden Arrow features eco-friendly accommodations recently renovated using renewable materials such as bamboo flooring.  Even the hotel’s private white sand beach, made of crushed limestone, helps to counter the harsh effects of acid rain.
For more information visit: www.golden-arrow.com


 

Oheka Castle - Long Island

 
Built in the early 20th century by financier and philanthropist Otto Hermann Kahn, Oheka Castle was, at the time of its construction, the second-largest private residence ever built in America.  In the 1980s, the French-style chateau was purchased by a developer and turned into a luxury hotel.  Nearby, you can enjoy the vineyards of Long Island or a round of golf at Bethpage, home of the U.S. Open.
For more information visit: www.oheka.com