One of my favorite hobbies is touring historic homes. There is something special about hearing the history and seeing it come to life through the furnishings and sometimes the clothing that are on display. In fact, after moving from the West Coast to the East Coast, I was delighted to find so many mansions and estates open for tours.
When I discovered Oheka Castle, which is roughly an hour outside of New York City by train, I knew I had to go visit.
You may have seen Oheka before, as it has been used in USA's "Royal Pains," Lifetime's "Project Runway," the 1941 "Citizen Kane" and even Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" music video.
Yet, what makes this estate so unique is surprisingly not all of that glitz or glamour, as it has seen some exceptional weddings too, but the fact that it's not your ordinary historic home.
You can tour Oheka, but you can also dine, stay or have an event there. In fact, the current owner even calls Oheka his home and often greets the guests at Oheka's restaurant.
Yes, the experience is that personal.
You can sit on the furniture and even take pictures! For anyone that tours historic homes, these are general two golden rules that rarely can be broken.
With a rich history that began in 1914, would later become nearly destroyed and to now being a must-visit site, it is one of those places that you have to experience first-hand to truly appreciate all it has to offer.
There is a Gatsby vibe still within Oheka's walls, but it also feels like a home, which to me, is one of the best aspects of the estate.
Be sure to check out Oheka Castle for more information and be ready to be inspired.
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