Afternoon Tea at Cherokee Castle and Ranch with Zeb and Lagertha Duck

A 1450s style Scottish Castle is only 30 minutes south of Denver, in Sedalia, Colorado.   Surrounded by 3,400 acres of ranch land this castle is breathtaking.   Owned by Mildred Montague Genevieve Kimball, known as Tweet Kimball the property is now part of a foundation and a protected wildlife sanctuary.   Tweet was the first rancher, male or female, to introduce Santa Gertrudis cattle from South Texas.   These cattle not only survived, but they thrived and are now bred all over the world.   Let’s see this castle.

Cherokee Ranch Castle

Cherokee Ranch Castle

Looking to the side, we see green pastures.

Pasture land

Pasture land

And, a tower.

Must have a tower

Must have a tower.  Love the weathervane.

Since the castle is now used for public events, this outdoor area is perfect for parties.

Outdoor area for gatherings

Outdoor area for gatherings

Before opening the door to the castle, we must know who wants to come in.

Must see who wants to enter

Must see who wants to enter

Let’s go in.

Time to go inside

Time to go inside

First we enter the Great Hall with soaring wooden arches and cut stone walls.

The Great Hall

The Great Hall

Here is a painting of Tweet as she welcomes us.

Painting of the legendary Tweet Kimball

Painting of the legendary Tweet Kimball

Today tea is served inside as the weather is a little wet.

Huge room for group to enjoy afternoon tea

Huge room for group to enjoy afternoon tea

Isn’t this a beautiful room?   We are served tea, accompanied by a tray of finger sandwiches and sweets.

Finger sandwiches and sweets for us

Finger sandwiches and sweets for us

Yum!   Everything tasted so good.  Next Lagertha Duck and I, Zeb the Duck, with the humans marveled at everything on a tour of the castle.   Every castle needs a knight with a suit of armor.

Suit of Armor for a knight

Suit of Armor for a knight

There is great art everywhere.   Even the restroom has art.

Art in the restroom. Fantastic!

Art in the restroom. Fantastic!

What a fabulous bedroom.

What a bed

What a bed

We love this bed.   Tweet was a pioneer in the cattle industry and she won many awards.

Some of the awards received by Tweet Kimball

Some of the awards received by Tweet Kimball

She and her Santa Gertrudis cattle received first place at Denver’s National Western Stock Show for many years.   There is so much to see here, you must visit and tour Cherokee Castle when you are in the Denver area.   Now we are going to the expansive balcony.   This man is balancing on a tight rope.

Balancing on a tight rope

Balancing on a tight rope.   Isn’t this incredible!

And here is a tribute to the real Denver Frontiersmen.

Frontiersman

Frontiersman

You can see that the weather is not allowing the 200 mile view of the Rocky Mountains today.

Cloudy view of the Rocky Mountains.

Cloudy view of the Rocky Mountains.

On a clear day you can see Pike’s Peak in the south to Long’s Peak in the north and beyond.   One of the most impressive views of our Rocky Mountains.   Leaving Cherokee Castle, we admired the huge statue of this elk near the castle.

Colorado Elk

Colorado Elk

And, perhaps the most important statue, the Santa Gertrudis cattle.

The Santa Gertrudis cattle brought to Colorado by Tweet Kimball

The Santa Gertrudis cattle brought to Colorado by Tweet Kimball

Remember, it was the cattle that brought fame and fortune to Tweet and the Cherokee Ranch.   For more information visit http://www.CherokeeRanch.net   We hope you visit this beautiful place.   We loved it.

Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck Visit Sedalia, Colorado

Sedalia, community of about 200 people, south of Denver, is an old railroad town.   Today many of the old historic buildings are still there.   This museum is very nice.

The museum opened soon

The museum opened soon

It was closed when we arrived, but did open before we left town.   The museum also hosts the Girl Scout project, the Caboose Library.

Red Caboose Library is a great project

Red Caboose Library is a great project

This is a free library.   The sign says to take a book and leave a book.   Next to the museum is a Douglas County Historical Landmark, the Sedalia Fire Station.

Fire Stations are very important in these towns

Fire Stations are very important in these towns

This fire station was completed in 1933.

Isn't this a great sign?

Horses are important in Sedalia

Zeb and Soapy really like this fire alarm.

Turn handle in case of fire

Turn handle in case of fire

Isn’t this great?   We love it!   The red container held fire retardant, used to help put out fires.

To the fire

To the fire

Humans, animals or vehicles could pull this cart.   Any way to get it to the fire.     The Different Drummer antique store is really nice.   The grounds are so neat and we love these tulips.

Different Drummer Antiques

Different Drummer Antiques

This part of the lawn has so much stuff.

So many interesting things here

So many interesting things here

We admired the cow, goose and hay wagon, but our favorite was the man with a red scarf leaning against the post with the bell.

Wandering down the main street, we noticed the Community Market.

Love logs

Love logs

Great bench in front of the building.   Bud’s Bar is a favorite hangout.

Welcome to Bud's

Welcome to Bud’s

Great hamburgers are served in here.   A fine dining establishment, Gabriel’s, has a beautiful patio.

When you want Italian food, try Gabriel's

When you want Italian food, try Gabriel’s

Diners can sit here and enjoy the beautiful mountains, while enjoying wonderful food.   Around the corner, we discovered the General Store.

Love the roof decoration

Love the roof decoration

We love this place.   Sedalia is a friendly, historic town and we enjoyed walking around.   But, mountain sunshine and fresh air, often requires a snack.   Comadres looked inviting, and was recommended by the lady at the museum, so we entered.

Let's go to Comardes!

Let’s go to Comadres!

So many flavors of ice cream.   We wanted to try them all, but we bought black cherry and Hawaiian ice cream.   The black cherry was fabulous!

YUM!!

YUM!!

The Hawaiian ice cream had bits of coconut and bits of macadamia nuts.   We ate at a table outside enjoying the wonderful weather and the great ice cream.   I think Hawaiian ice cream is my new favorite!