You might be thinking, “Really, a castle in Colorado?”
Glen Eyrie Castle was built in 1871 by General William Jackson Palmer, the guy responsible for the United States using coal instead of wood in the steam engine as well as the founder of the town of Colorado Springs. His castle was extremely modern for its time; his house was the first in the west to be powered by electricity.
Seth and I took the tour ($6/person) and stayed for afternoon tea right afterwords ($16/person). The tour gives you all the history of the place–they’ll also show you some of the rooms they rent out if no one has reserved the room for that night. The Glen Eyrie property butts up to the north side of Garden of the Gods, and it’s very feasible to do both in one day. There are even some Garden of the Gods-esque rock formations on the property.
Afternoon tea was lovely. We took our tea in the old music room, a quaint mint and white colored room complete with white tablecloths and tea pot cozies. They have a caffeinated house blend as well as a decaffeinated herbal tea (for all those who would be up half the night otherwise). Our tea hostess was polite, informative, professional, and courteous. She brought out scones, brie cheese, dark chocolate truffles, Devonshire cream (yum!), mini quiches, and fresh fruit.
Clotted cream = de.lish.
Scones with clotted cream.
The tea room.
If you call ahead, you can hike around the place. Seven miles to the west of the castle is a lake, but from what our tour guide said, it is a strenuous hike.
We went in March, and it was gorgeous, so I can’t imagine what it looks like when everything is starting to bloom. Bottom line: we would definitely recommend seeing Glen Eyrie Castle if you are ever in Colorado Springs.