Magazine article Sunset

Bed-and-Breakfast in a (Haunted?) Castle at Port Townsend, Washington

Magazine article Sunset

Bed-and-Breakfast in a (Haunted?) Castle at Port Townsend, Washington

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Port Townsend, at the northeast edge of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, claims the only castle in the state that welcomes overnight guests. Built in 1892 as a home for Kate and Charles Eisenbeis, Manresa Castle was designed to resemble castles in Mr. Eisenbeis's native Prussia. In 1927, when Jesuit priests bought the castle for a training college, they renamed it Manresa Hall after the town in Spain where the Jesuit order was founded. After the Jesuits sold the castle in 1968, it was renovated and reopened as a 40-room inn.

My family's initial reaction to Manresa Castle was surprise: the austere stucco exterior bore no resemblance to our Arthurian image of a castle. However, the richly decorated interior met more of our expectations. Our room was filled with Victorian-style furniture and provided a sweeping view of Port Townsend's harbor. Seated later in the formal dining room under the glow of antique chandeliers, we got a taste of the Eisenbeises' opulent lifestyle as we dined on succulent chateaubriand and a delectable chocolate torte. …

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