Tour the Oheka Castle Mansion
If you want to see how the other half lived, Oheka Castle is a must-see – the former summer home of the fabulously wealthy Otto Kahn and his wife Addie. Built starting in 1917, it would become the second largest private residence ever built in America.
These days, it’s easier than it used to be to wrangle an invitation to the place. The easiest way is to book a Historic Mansion Tour, which offers access to the public areas of the estate and formal gardens ($25 adults; $20 seniors 55+, $15 students with ID; $5 children aged 12 and under; includes tea, coffee, and a selection of homemade cookies.) Tours begin at 11 am daily, except Saturdays. If you want to linger (and who won’t) it might be a good idea to choose the Lunch Tour, which folds the tour in with a two-course lunch with soda or ice tea for $50/person; or the romantic Otto & Addie tour, which gives couples a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to split in lieu of lunch ($100 for two.) Whichever of the above you choose, reservations are essential – call 631-659-1400 or book online. Attire is country club casual.
If you really want to experience The Gilded Age (and really want to splurge), you might want to stay overnight. Oheka Castle has 32 guest rooms on the upper floors, as well as amenities that include in-room massages for those who want to take it easy, and a golf course and fitness center for those who are more ambitious. While spring and summer are the most popular times of year, the place does a lot of weddings, so it’s easier to book a room during the colder months.