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7 of America's best castles to visit by luxury yacht

7 of America's best castles to visit by luxury yacht

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Castle Farms

Tucked into the bucolic landscape of northern Michigan, Castle Farms offers old-world charm crossed with modern-day delights. The French Renaissance-style stone castle, complete with fairy-tale turrets and formal gardens, was the brainchild of Albert Loeb, the acting president of Sears, Roebuck and Co. Built in 1918 as a model dairy farm, with architecture inspired by castles and barns in Normandy, France, the property once housed more than 200 head of Holstein-Friesian cows and 13 pair of Belgian draft horses, and was the largest employer in the county.

After stints as an art gallery, summer theater venue and rock concert venue — hosting The Doobie Brothers, The Beach Boys, Bob Seger, Willie Nelson, Aerosmith and more — the farm was purchased in 2001 and restored to its earlier glory. On self-guided tours, guests can visit the extensive gardens and forest paths, play a game of giant chess, feed native rainbow trout in the pond, enjoy a picnic lunch at Birch Lake (food available for purchase on site), wander through cobblestone courtyards and visit the 1918 Museum, exhibiting memorabilia from the Great War era. Don’t be surprised to see bridal parties posing for portraits at this celebrated wedding venue.

Don't miss: The Model Railroad, the largest in the state of Michigan, features more than 70 G-scale trains operating on more than 2,500 feet of track

How to visit on a superyacht: The Charlevoix City Marina, just a mile-and-a-half from Castle Farms, enjoys a very protected harbor and has accommodated yachts up to 175 feet.

Picture courtesy of Hello Aerial Rt

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