In autumn, the views from Castle in the Clouds – including The Carriage House Restaurant and Lucknow Mansion – are breathtaking and bursting with color.
Autumn is a really incredible time of year for the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Imagine the crystal blue of the rivers and lakes, joining forces with mountain peaks bursting in a technicolor riot of reds, oranges, and yellows. It’s one of the most stunning landscapes I’ve ever seen.
Not too long ago, I heard a radio ad about “Castle in The Clouds,” claiming it was the perfect destination to view it all. When we learned the fall foliage was nearing its peak for the season, my family decided to make the drive up there and check it out for ourselves.
The ads were not lying. The views from Castle in the Clouds are truly breathtaking.
Castle In The Clouds: The View From The Carriage House Restaurant
We started our day with lunch at Castle in the Clouds Carriage House Restaurant.
Here are some of the stunning landscapes I was able to photograph from the restaurant (we were seated outdoors).
The landscape was awash in vivid reds, oranges and yellows. With blue lakes and rivers and beautiful mountains beyond. Even baby Trevor seemed impressed by it all.
Our lunch – including clam chowder, a lobster roll with fries, and an autumn quinoa salad – was surprisingly delicious. Touristy spots like this one often thrive on just the scenery alone. But the food was so tasty, Chris and I both want to return again next season.
Castle in The Clouds: Lucknow Mansion and Grounds
Castle in the Clouds is actually a stone mansion built in 1914. It’s a unique, window-filled structure surrounded by manicured lawns and colorful flowers.
Trevor especially appreciated the sweeping lawn. It was the perfect wide-open, green space to practice his new crawling skills.
There were plenty of flowers still in bloom, even in mid-October.
Castle In The Clouds: The View From Lucknow Mansion
The view from the top is 360 degrees, awash with brilliant color.
Plants and flower boxes surround the outer lawn, beautifully framing the views that extend for miles beyond.
There were lots of tourists when we made our trip on a Wednesday afternoon, so I can imagine the weekends are very crowded during peak foliage season. But the views are all Mother Nature – no other buildings or towns in sight.
One fellow tourist offered to take our family photo, which was nice. We have so few of these!
What We Learned From Our Trip to Castle in the Clouds
- If you plan to eat at The Carriage House, arrive when it opens at 11:30 am. We arrived at 11:30 for lunch and were seated immediately outdoors. (You’ll want a table outside to take in the view) When we left the restaurant an hour later, the hostess was telling people it would be an hour wait for an outdoor table.
- Check New Hampshire’s Foliage Tracker to plan your visit. This site is updated every few days throughout the fall with a very accurate “fall color report” by region. We went when the Lakes Region was at about 70% color. We saw lots of brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows, plus some remaining green.
- The Lucknow Museum Tour is worth the cost of admission. This allows you to go up to the peak of the mountain and tour the stone mansion. The views from the top are gorgeous, and the interior of the mansion is fascinating.