New Hampshire Part 2 – Rattlesnake Mountain and Castle in the Clouds

The second half of my vacation was just as active as the first. That Thursday, my family and I hiked Rattlesnake Mountain, and two days later we visited the famous Castle in the Clouds. The views in both places were spectacular and memorable!

Rattlesnake Mountain

Rattlesnake Mountain 2Rattlesnake Mountain is an interesting hike. While it’s a short hike, there are some steep grades that will challenge a novice. The reward at the end of the trail is the spectacular landscape. You get a birds-eye view of Squam Lake with the majestic White Mountains in the background. I couldn’t believe how beautiful everything was and how much I enjoyed this hike. It was definitely one of the highlights of my vacation!


Castle in the Clouds

What can I say about Castle in the Clouds? First, there’s the history. This house has been around since the 1800’s, and has many of its original features. The story of the Lucknow estate (Castle in the Clouds) involves a man (Lucknow) who had run a successful shoemaking company, and built the Lucknow estate with a substantial amount of the money he had earned. Unfortunately, Lucknow didn’t have good luck with investments, so he eventually needed to sell the estate. It went through three hands before being bought by the Lakes Region as a historic site. Castle in the Clouds is now open for tours and weddings!

Here are some of the pictures I took of the estate. I would explain more about how beautiful Castle in the Clouds is, but the pictures can speak for themselves!

I’ve been back from vacation for a few weeks, and it’s been really busy! I hope to go on more adventures soon!


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