As I drove by the former Eagle Castle a couple of days ago, I saw the “for sale” sign was gone and the gate was open, but I didn’t have time to stop and check it out. Today I did. The gate was only half open, but there was a notice on it that there was intent to serve alcoholic beverages. I’m guessing we will see a new tasting room in the castle soon.
At first I had planned to park right here beside the gate and walk up the hill to see what was happening at the castle, but it didn’t seem wise to park there that long. I don’t recall seeing whether the old sign for Eagle Castle was still there at the gate, but I didn’t notice it. I think it’s gone. I’m guessing the new tasting room will have another name because the old Eagle Castle name is gone from the sign on Highway 46 West.
I finally decided to drive up to the old parking lot instead of walking up the hill. Was I ever in for a surprise!
I did get out of the car and take a few photos. I had hoped to find someone who might tell me what was happening and who now owned the castle, but all I saw were the construction crews with the heavy equipment. I don’t think they wanted to be disturbed, and I didn’t want to get run over, so I decided I’d have to be curious a bit longer. But if you have also been a bit curious and didn’t have time to see what was inside the gate, I hope you will enjoy the photos.
Would anyone like to guess what the finished grounds will look like?
More vineyards, perhaps?
Added 9-25-14: I drove back today to see if the old rock sign is still there. It is. Perhaps they will remove it to change the name, but so far they haven’t. I took this photo today.
Added 1-28-15: I have now compiled a visual history of Eagle Castle as I knew it. You Can Find it here: San Luis Obispo County’s Other Castle, A Pictorial History. I will be adding a Part 2 to this soon to show what I’ve seen of the castle since it opened as the tasting room for Tooth and Nail Winery.