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Published May 27th 2014
'An afternoon of enchantment and history'
Glen Eyrie Castle is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado next to the famous Garden of the Gods red rock formations. Inspired by a love for English castles, Glen Eyrie was originally built in the late nineteenth century by General William Jackson Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs, as a family home for his wife and three daughters. Today, the castle is owned by the Navigators, a Christian organization, and used for a variety of purposes, including conferences, weekend away days, and afternoon tea.
Served in the former music room, which overlooks acres of red rocks and mountain terrain, afternoon tea is a major highlight of visiting the castle. There are two options for tea: Oueen's Tea and Royal Tea.
Afternoon Tea in the Music Room. Photo by Erin Connelly.
The Queen's Tea is served on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 2.30pm for $20 per person. Selections include scones with Devonshire Cream, sandwiches, vegetable skewers, seasonal fruit, and cookies from a local bakery.
The Royal Tea is served on Saturday at 2.30pm and Sunday at 11:30am for $27 per person. Selections are the same as the Queen's Tea with the addition of mini lemon tarts and petit fours, goat cheese and pear filo purse, vegetable Wellington, and caramelized onion tart.
Glen Eyrie takes its name from the eagles that nest in the rocks surrounding the property. After tea, visitors can explore the grounds via several hiking trails or just wander through the rose gardens close to the castle.