Royally romantic: Stay the night in a castle at Fort Worden
Your castle awaits! You won't soon forget your stay at Alexander's Castle, a romantic, Victorian-era cottage at Fort Worden Historical State Park. Photo by hayespdx.
Nov. 7, 2018
Does staying the night in a castle on a cliff by the sea, watching high bluff grasses bend and ripple in the wind when storms roll in sound like a royally good time?
Then book your stay today at Alexander’s Castle!
In its 132 years of existence, this picturesque old home at Fort Worden Historical State Park captured and spurred many an imagination with its crenellated tower and spectacular views. Now, it’s the perfect destination for couples (or even a small family) looking for a cozy — and romantic — getaway. Bonus: stay here and you’ll be right at the heart of the fort’s and Port Townsend’s top-notch dining, touring and entertainment.
Turn back time! Enjoy a cup of tea or a game of cards in the castle's formal dining room.
Photo courtesy of Fort Worden Public Development Authority
Quirky old buildings often have a good story behind them, and Alexander’s Castle is no exception. It was built around 1886 by the reportedly popular and eccentric Rev. J. D. Alexander. The Englishman served as rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Port Townsend and British Vice-consul to Queen Victoria’s Foreign Office.
Like so many castles, Alexander’s has its associated tragedy. Legend has it that this one never saw its queen. The reverend’s lady love had married another by the time he returned to Scotland to fetch her. Upon returning to Washington, Alexander flew the British Union Jack above his tower and lived there while in consular service.
The reverend was long gone when other fortifications, this time in the form of a U.S. Army base, sprang up near the castle. But he left behind a colorful legacy and a unique building that has grown into one of Fort Worden’s most popular vacation rentals.
A view for two. Cuddle up in the castle tower's king-sized bed and enjoy the vistas! Photo courtesy of Fort Worden PDA.
Stay the night
You’ll enjoy a mix of century-old charm and modern convenience when you stay at Alexander’s Castle. Once used as an ingenious method for collecting rainwater, the center tower is now home to a snug bedroom with a king-sized bed and wide windows overlooking the Puget Sound and Artillery Hill.
Watch storms roll in while under the covers with your sweetie. Then warm up with a bath in the claw-foot tub before heading downstairs for a relaxing breakfast in the full kitchen or formal dining room. Enjoy a cup of coffee and some water views in the living room, with it’s tall windows and shiplap walls.
Book your stay at Alexander's Castle or one of Fort Worden’s many unique vacation rentals through fortworden.org. If you choose to book a reservation online, and the rental you are interested in does not show up, it means it’s unavailable for that date. Since you can book up to a year in advance, try another date, or call the Fort Worden reservation desk Monday through Saturday at (360) 344-4400.
Play the day
Whatever the weather, Alexander’s Castle — and all of Fort Worden’s unique vacation rentals — are a hub for a night, a weekend or more of relaxation.
Fort Worden and surrounding Port Townsend are great places to hang out. Delight in maritime and military history as you explore the fort’s gun batteries, and grab a few photos of the spectacular views and at majestic Point Wilson Lighthouse.
If the weather is not cooperating, duck into one of the fort’s museum attractions, catch an informative lecture or even take an art or yoga class. On some nights you can even take in live music at one or more locations at the fort. With its many partners, Fort Worden has become a world-class retreat center where you can refresh body, mind and soul. Check the calendar on the Fort’s website for more information.
Hungry? Stop by one of Fort Worden’s onsite restaurant and pub options. Or, head into Port Townsend to sightsee, explore, eat and enjoy this historic city.
There may be no better way to start the day than with a fresh, hearty and locally sourced breakfast at Fort Worden's Revielle at the Commons.
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Did you know Fort Worden is on a bus route?
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