The Castle at Skylands Manor and the New Jersey State Botanical Gardens

Architecture, Bees, Flowers, Gardens, Photography

If you think spending the night in a castle is costly, think again… Sure, some castles would cost an arm and a leg to stay in. However, this one is affordable, and it’s located in New Jersey. In fact, they sometimes offer deals on Groupon. That’s how we discovered it…

About two and a half years ago, we were looking for a place to celebrate our 1st anniversary. We had to watch our funds, so we checked out Groupon Getaways and came across The Castle at Skylands Manor, in Ringwood, NJ. It’s a bed and breakfast, set in a castle.

The castle alone sports beautiful architecture. But, the grounds are equally eye catching. They are a part of the New Jersey State Botanical Gardens. According to NJBG’s website,”The NJBG includes 96 acres of specialty gardens surrounded by 1000 acres of woodlands.”

Visiting this place is like stepping right into a storybook. You will find yourself surrounded by magnificence and beauty, an experience you won’t soon forget.

You can easily fill up your time exploring the castle grounds. But, don’t miss out on their breakfast. We were personally impressed with the variety and quality they offered. In fact, we have yet to find better pancakes anywhere else!

We highly recommend this location for those who love nature, photography, exploration, and history. It’s unique, captivating and memorable.