While we associate many of the world's most beautiful castles with Europe
, there are plenty of historic wonders right here in America. Castle Hotel & Spa
, located on the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York and just 30 minutes north of Manhattan, is a perfect example.
The castle's history begins with General Howard Carroll, a businessman who purchased the land at the turn of the 20th century. The castle, originally named "Carolcliffe," was built between 1897 and 1910, and featured 45 rooms upon completion. The building's Oak Room is said to be the area in which Prince Charles Edward (the son of James II) and Angus MacDonald plotted the Jacobite Uprising of 1745.
Today, the hotel has even more rooms and suites with wood-burning fireplaces, mini-bars, Direct TV systems and complimentary internet access. It also has a restaurant, pool, spa, fitness center and golf club. Horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking can be enjoyed nearby.
When you're not at the hotel, head to nearby Sleepy Hollow
, made famous by Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."