Vacationland: Redstone

If the heat of summer has you down, then go up — up to Redstone, which at 7,200 feet in elevation will certainly cool you off while exploring the area’s mountainous beauty.

“Redstone is truly a magical town,” said Deb McCormick, and then she corrected herself. “We’re not even a town! We’re a hamlet.”

“It’s just beautiful,” said McCormick, who is vice president of the Redstone Community Association and co-owner of the Redstone Company Store.

Of course, any visit to Redstone must include stops at Redstone Castle and the Redstone Inn, she said.

The 42-room, Tudor-style Redstone Castle was built in 1897 by the coal and steel magnate John Cleveland Osgood as a hunting retreat.

Castle tours are available daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day and Friday through Monday during the other seasons. Go to for information on tours and tickets.

Osgood also built the inn that is now the Redstone Inn, which offers a restaurant as well as rooms to visitors.

For those who like to attach an event to a visit, the Fourth of July Parade shouldn’t be missed.

“It is absolutely terrific, very family oriented,” McCormick said.

There’s the parade down Redstone Boulevard, of course, but the day’s activities don’t end there. Water games, ducky derby, pie sale and bike decorating party are among the other activities enjoyed previous years.

Those who would better like a quiet visit, should consider fishing the Crystal River. Only four people per day can purchase permits to fly fish on a privately-stocked 1 1/2-mile stretch of the river. The Redstone Inn handles reservations for fishing and information can be found at redstoneinn.

For summer, or even autumn — with those colors, “Redstone is the place to be,” McCormick said — make sure Redstone is on your list of places to go, because “It’s not possible to tell you how groovy this place is.”

Go to to learn more about Redstone.


Park it: Plan to spend sometime in the park in the middle of Redstone, right along the Crystal River. Get an ice cream or panini from the general store and watch the kids play or just enjoy the scenery.

Calling art lovers: The Redstone Art Show is Labor Day Weekend with a large number of area artists displaying their work on the lawn of Redstone Inn. There are workshops and demonstrations.


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