Northern Michigan is known for its pristine beaches, show-stopping sunsets, and unforgettable waterfront views. However, when thinking of Northern Michigan, do you think of exploring a whimsical castle full of history?
Castle Farms is located down the road from downtown Charlevoix, Michigan, a bustling lakefront town. At Castle Farms, there are many unique features that make the Castle such a fun, exciting place to visit. Not only is it a beautiful spot to host a wedding or event, it’s an exciting place for any history lover or castle-fanatic to enjoy. Originally built in 1918, Loeb Farms was modeled after French Renaissance-style castles in Normandy, France. What once served as a model dairy farm has, over the years, transitioned into an artist’s mecca, then a concert venue, and now, a wedding venue and historical site that captivates guests of all ages. The over 100 years of history and stunning architecture are only a small piece of what makes Northern Michigan’s hidden gem so unique.
Guests can expect to be greeted by the 16’ knight, St. George, and take pictures with Norm, the dragon that guards the Castle. While walking along one of the many water features, children can wave to our very own friendly sea serpent. Get lost in the Enchanted Forest and discover fairies and garden gnomes. Throughout the Castle grounds, guests, young and old, will have the opportunity to roam through lush gardens, pristine courtyards, and four banquet halls, each one of a kind.
As guests wander the halls of Castle Farms, they will see historical collections that date back as early as 1750. From hundreds of antique cake toppers, to models of castles from all over the world, there is so much to see and discover once guests enter the Castle doors. See the memorabilia from the rock concert era when artists like ACDC, The Beach Boys, and Bon Jovi rocked the Castle.
If you thought the fun ended there, Castle Farms is home to Michigan’s largest outdoor model railroad. The model railroad has always been a crowd favorite, as guests walk through the hedge maze and see a train buzz by their head, or look down and see a replica of a small town that has tracks winding throughout it.
In 2018, Castle Farms opened its very own wine tasting room, 1918 Cellars. Today, 1918 Cellars serves as a fully equipped tasting room and bistro. With original stone walls, herringbone floors, stunning reclaimed barn wood ceilings, and the occasional live music on the patio, there’s no other place quite like 1918 Cellars to enjoy its 11 selections of wine or 4 seasonal selections of hard cider. It’s the perfect spot to sit down for a flight of wine and some lunch; or take it to-go to enjoy by our very own quaint, secluded Birch Lake.
Castle Farms offers self-guided tours for guests to soak in the beauty and history of the Castle at their own pace. Historical guided tours can be booked in advance with a tour guide, where guests will learn the in-depth, rich history of Castle Farms. Whether you’re looking to spend an afternoon enchanted by the Castle’s beauty or are looking for a spot for some wine along your Northern Michigan road trip, look no further than Castle Farms.
For more information, please visit www.castlefarms.com.