Best of Blog: Gatsby’s Mansion: Oheka Castle

Photos from OHEKA Castle posted with permission.

I originally posted this in May 2013. Since The Great Gatsby is timeless, and summer always makes me think of The Great Gatsby, I wanted to share it again.

“There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

On Long Island’s Gold Coast, through the 1920s, OHEKA Castle stood in majestic splendor. Otto Hermann Kahn hosted summer parties that could have caught F. Scott Fitzgerald’s eye. In the early 1900s, Kahn, a financier and philanthropist, built OHEKA Castle as a summer home on Long Island’s highest point — in keeping with the rich inclination to live on a hill above everyone else.

OHEKA Castle served as a Merchant Marine training school and a private military academy before developer Gary Melius purchased it in 1984. With Melius’ restoration, OHEKA Castle became Great Gatsby worthy again.

And the best part is you can even reserve a special Gatsby Package at OHEKA Castle— it includes luxurious two night accommodation in a Chateau room, strawberries dipped in Belgian chocolate, entry tickets to 2 Gold Coast Mansions, an OHEKA mansion tour, champagne cocktails, a picnic lunch, an OHEKA lunch, continental breakfast, and a copy of OHEKA Castle’s book. Oh! And if you dress in 1920s Gatsy style, you can get a complimentary drink from the Prohibition Drinks Menu at the bar! I so want to be there! You can find out more about OHEKA Castle at

As far as I know, the only thing missing from OHEKA is a resident cat. If you’re like me, and OHEKA Castle would bust the budget, it’s still fun to watch the youtube video of The Great Gatsby Trailer:

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