22 Oct Take an Insider’s Tour of the Redstone Castle
Experience life in another time at the Redstone Castle. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, the historic Redstone Castle is now open for 2019 summer tours. View exquisite craftsmanship up close, see priceless antiques and learn the fascinating stories behind this Colorado landmark.
Like all castles, a shroud of mystery surrounds the Redstone Castle. Tucked away in the Colorado mountains between the geothermal town of Glenwood Springs and the ski town of Aspen, the Redstone Castle was built by John C. Osgood in 1902 as an edifice to his wealth and status. Over the course of more than 100 years, the castle’s fortunes have waxed and waned.
Rescuing the Redstone Castle
The Redstone Castle began its early life as the showpiece residence of John C. Osgood, once the seventh wealthiest man in the U.S. Over time, it fell into disrepair and even became the victim of an elaborate Ponzi-style investment fraud scheme. Ultimately, the castle ended up an orphan on the 2016 real-estate auction block, where it was serendipitously rescued by its current owners.
The new proprietors, April and Steve Carver, methodically restored the 42-room castle. The couple, who also own the Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs, has extensive experience resuscitating tired historic properties into highly desirable vacation destinations. Over a period of two years, and with the help of a team of experts that included historians, architects, and restoration specialists, the Carvers have successfully returned the Redstone Castle to its original 1902 grandeur. In fact, in May 2019, they were recognized with a prestigious Dana Crawford State Honor Award for excellence in historic preservation.
In Fine Form to Welcome Guests Once Again
After months of painstaking renovation during which every surface was touched to some degree, from the frescoed ceilings in the Music Room to the parquet flooring in Lady Bountiful’s Summer Bedroom, the Redstone Castle is once again ready to play the gracious host to a panoply of guests. Visitors – from out-of-town vacationers and local day-trippers to history buffs and curiosity-seekers are all invited to take a tour of the Redstone Castle.
Except for the private quarters of the caretakers, a full 95 percent of the castle is viewable on the tour. Knowledgeable guides point out highlights and retell the stories that have captured imaginations since Mr. Osgood built his castle. You’ll hear tales of romance, jealousy, and even murder; learn about Mr. Osgood’s social experiment and Lady Bountiful’s yuletide generosity. On the tour, you’ll see the castle treasures that include rare Tiffany & Co. antiques, fireplaces made from Carrara Italian marble, hand-stenciled leather wall covering sand diamond dust mirrors; you’ll walk through the same rooms that entertained American nobility at the turn of the 20th century.
Make Reservations for a Redstone Castle Tour Today
Redstone Castle Tours are given by resident experts that include the innkeeper as well as Redstone, Colorado historians. Tours meet at Propaganda Pie Pizza in Redstone. From there you’ll take a short shuttle bus ride along a single-lane country road that borders the Crystal River. You’ll arrive at the castle porte-cochere in the courtyard just as guests such a President Theodore Roosevelt once did. Your guide will meet you at the castle’s main entrance where the 90-minute tours begin. Tickets sell out quickly, so book early. Tours are $25 for adults; $20 for seniors 65 and over, and $10 for youth ages 5 to 18.
Take a tour of the Redstone Castle and experience life in another time.