The U.S. isn’t known for our historical castles — maybe because we don’t have any. Perhaps the closest we’ve got to offer is Oheka Castle on Long Island, NY, which was built as a private residence in the early 1900s. I spent a few days there at a company meeting and thought it was so beautiful that I snapped a few photos while I was supposed to be focusing on my upcoming presentation. Since we all know I have an enormous public speaking phobia, it wasn’t a rough decision to play hooky — at least for a few minutes!
Oheka Castle (Oheka is pronounced oh-hee-ka) is now used for weddings and special events, but when it was built, it was the second-largest private residence in the country. The sprawling estate can now be seen on the show Royal Pains, which I spotted recently while flipping channels! I couldn’t think of a better setting for the fictional home of the show’s mysterious and eccentric “Boris.”
The view from my bedroom window. I felt like I was in a real castle!
My cozy, old-fashioned room.
My bathtub, which I soaked in after an especially long day with coworkers.
Taking a stroll in the gardens, where numerous weddings have surely taken place. It was gorgeous there on the second day, after the sun came out.
After a few days on the Oheka Castle grounds, we were escorted out in style — in a party limo. I figured my coworkers would murder me if I posted photos of them, but that this shot of everyone’s reflection in the ceiling mirror would be ok!
Oheka Castle does many weddings, and after a weekend there, I can see why! The grounds are gorgeous, and there is plenty of space for all of your guests to stay. To book, click here: Oheka
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