Most of us are accustomed to living in shared apartments or 700-square-foot condos – or maybe a small, affordable house with a sometimes-leaky roof and splendid built-in cabinetry.
We’ve never called a castle “home.” No, castles are for British royalty and Disney princesses, not the average New Englander who’d pay a fortune in heating oil just to keep a massive, drafty castle warm in the winter.
Still, it’s nice to have a castle to go to now and then, to hang out in and to live out our epic “lords of the land” fantasy, if only for an hour.
The Ice Castle at Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads in New Hampshire works for that. It was at Loon Mountain last year when we checked it out (the photos below are from our excursion last year), but organizers decided to move locations this year. That said, the awesomeness of the ice castle hasn’t changed. The structure is a marvel to look at, with its mounds of frozen water and dangling icicles. At night, LED lights change color, giving the castle a heavenly blue hue one minute and a underworld red the next.
Oh, and there’s an ice slide.
The Ice Castle was created by Utah-based artist Brent Christensen using a latticework of structures and a sprinkler system. And it’s growing.
64 Railroad St., Lincoln | Get directions
Open 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 2 p.m. yo 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday through March.
$12.95 anytime adult admission, $8.94 anytime child admission, $9.95 weekday adult admission (Monday through Thursday) and $6.95 weekday child admission. (Go for less: www.seizethedeal.com)