Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

April means spring break for city kids, and there’s nowhere more majestic to vacation than at a genuine castle. Fortunately, there just happens to be an authentic, luxurious National Trust castle 40 minutes north of Manhattan: Castle on the Hudson in Tarrytown.

Hawk’s eye view of the Castle on the Hudson

Children aren’t likely to forget spring break at Castle on the Hudson for myriad reasons, including tennis courts, a rustic hiking and workout trail, expansive grounds for romping and making forts, the latest movies on demand in-room, chocolates delivered to your suite nightly, hot cookies upon arrival, a fitness room open around the clock, a spa, room service and the award-winning restaurant, Equus. This is one location that caters to adults and accidentally thrills children in the process.

Grand stone lions flank the castle’s entrance, where men in suits with brass buttons expertly handle luggage. A fountain of sculpted stone lions to rival Bethesda Fountain in Central Park is the centerpiece of the castle’s circular entrance, and just as you might expect, the castle nestles up on a hill affording a beautiful view of the Hudson Valley and river. Your children will feel as though they’ve been transported into a fairly tale – and so will you.

The Castle’s majestic entrance

The Castle offers sports-minded parents a variety of ways offers to stay fit. Parents in need of a respite can visit the dining room, spa or manicured gardens. Voted one of the world’s Top 10 castle hotels by MSN Travel, the Castle offers suites with goose down comforters, wood-burning fireplaces, mini bars, Direct TV satellite, internet connection, and gorgeous, enormous wood desks. In the summer, the pool is open and butterflies grace the grounds. The only thing missing at the Castle on the Hudson is a moat. Even without a moat, your kids will be storming The Castle!

Visit http://www.castleonthehudson.com for rate information and more pictures of the country’s finest castle. Treat yourself like royalty!

Originally published April 2008
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