Mohonk Mountain House
What We Love
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and cookies, all non-alcoholic beverages at meals and recreational activities most are included in the rate
- Majority of rooms have private balconies with rocking chairs
- Checkout time is a late 1 p.m. (and the lunch buffet is included on your last day)
- Daily tea and cookies from 4 to 5 p.m. in the lake lounge overlooking Lake Mohonk
- The resort has a full roster of seasonal outdoor activities, from snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice skating, to hiking (85 miles of trails), horseback riding, golfing, swimming and boating
- Exceptional service and friendly staff
What To Know
- Most guestrooms don’t have TVs; a stay here is all about relaxing and getting back to nature
- Reservations are required for dinner, and it’s suggested that men wear jackets
- Alcoholic beverages cost extra (a 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all checks)
- The Mohonk Kids’ Club (free to overnight guests) runs year-round on weekend and seven days a week from mid-June through Labor Day
- Pets are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Perched on a mountain overlooking the Hudson Valley’s rolling landscape just 90 miles north of New York City in small town New Paltz, N.Y., the time-honored, family-run Mohonk Mountain House is a Victorian castle resort that’s big on recreation and renewal. Albert Smiley founded this stately sleep in 1869, and 145 years later it’s still a stunner, with impeccably manicured grounds, numerous roaring fireplaces, period decor and a can’t-be-beat location on its own lake. History is preserved here: Black-and-white photos tell the story of Mohonk’s past, mementos from prominent guests (Mohonk Mountain House has played host to five presidents) adorn the walls, and the Smiley family china, book and doll collections are all on display.
Bed and Bath
The 259 guestrooms are spread out over seven floors, and 124 of them are equipped with working wood-burning fireplaces (and the rooms are prestocked with kindling). The decor varies from room to room, but expect some taupe and auburn wallpaper schemes and furnishings such as hazelnut-brown sofas, ruby-red armchairs and wood finishes on antique writing desks and dressers. Most of the rooms come with a private porch with two rocking chairs for taking in the dramatic views of the lake or mountains and valley. The white subway tile bathrooms have shower-tub combinations and signature Mohonk Mountain House toiletries in rosemary mint scent.
Mohonk Mountain House prides itself on being a resort focused on wellness and recreation, and the full roster of year-round outdoor pursuits delivers — and then some. Explore the property’s 85 miles of trails on foot, mountain bike or horseback. Up for a challenge? Summit Sky Top via the Lemon Squeeze (it’s a steep, taxing rock scramble through crevices) for unrivaled views of the lake and mountains below. In the warmer months, perfect your tennis game on one of the six courts, swing your clubs at the nine-hole golf course or row a boat on the lake (or go for a dip). Come wintertime, you can strap on snowshoes or cross-country skis (there are 35 miles of groomed trails), snow tube, or lace up and ice skate at the open-air pavilion, which is complete with an enormous wood-burning hearth. Meals are served in one of three dining rooms, with a buffet for breakfast and lunch; reservations are required for the traditional sit-down dinner (we loved the seared duck breast with morel mushroom risotto and English pea coulis). Enjoy daily afternoon tea and cookies in the Lake Lounge, or have them outside in a rocking chair on the lakefront portico. Also on offer: a 16-room spa, indoor pool, billiards room, fitness center, free yoga and meditation sessions and movie nights.
In the Area
Spend a morning strolling through the quaint college town of New Paltz, popping in and out of boutiques and coffee shops. Then learn more about the area and some of its renowned residents by following the Hudson Valley History Trail, which includes stops at Huguenot Street, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Mills Mansion and Vanderbilt Mansion. Oenophiles should hop on the Shawangunk Wine Trail for tastings at a few of the 11 family-owned wineries in the region, while foodies might want to make a reservation at one of the five award-winning public restaurants at the nearby Culinary Institute of America.
How to Get There
This is a magical place. I can only imagine how wonderful it is to stay here-we only we’re here for the day. If you book a spa treatment you have the run of the place except for the pool. The grounds are beautiful and the lake just gorgeous. The staff is super friendly and helpful. I would love to come back and stay some day. And yes, it’s very pricey.
There are lots of places for the people who want to drink, party, etc, etc., and not so much for those of us who want beautiful, nature- and family-themed places (without a theme park atmosphere). This is one of the most gorgeous places on earth: a fairytale castle on a mountaintop surrounded by hundreds of acres of Nature with capital N. My family has been coming here for over 40 years now, from bringing out kids to now bringing grown grandkids. And they all love it! When you go through that gate and have to drive 2 miles to the Mountain House, you feel as though you are leaving all the world's problems out there. And what is especially nice is that you can be outdoors all day, climbing mountains, hiking, paddle-boarding - and then you come inside to dress for a fantastic gourmet dinner. I like to call it genteel camping!
the area is just beautiful. amenities outrageous and food so good
we enjoyed our stay but thought it was way overpriced.
the indoor pool is nice. our best meal was the sunday brunch with all the cheese and raw bar.