I first laid eyes on Mohonk Mountain House when a new friend sent me a photo of her "summer place". I had never laid eyes on my friend, Clare, at that point, but judging from the looks of her summer retreat, I knew that we would definitely meet face-to-face, hopefully at this marvelous place! It took nearly a year, but indeed we did meet at Mohonk Mountain House.
Clare grew up on nearby Orange Lake, about 35 minutes south of Mohonk, and spent her teen years hiking and climbing the rocky crags of this mountaintop treasure at every opportunity. Clare and her friends also spent many wonderful summer days swimming in Mohonk Lake and nearby Lake Minnewaska so in a very real sense, Mohonk Mountain House was, and remains, her "summer place"!
Only 90 minutes north of New York City, Mohonk is in a world apart and is reminiscent of Bavarian chalets from centuries gone by. The hotel was built between1879 and 1910 by brothers, Albert and Alfred Smiley. The property has played host to US presidents and foreign dignitaries and was featured in a picture print by Currier & Ives. Adjoining the 2200 acre resort is the Mohonk Preserve with more than 80 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails and over 7,000 acres of the best hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and climbing found anywhere in the world. The cliffs of the Shawangunk Mountains of Mohonk provide truly world class rock climbing.
There are several ways to experience Mohonk. Since a reservation is required to be admitted through the gate at the bottom of the mountain, make an advanced reservation for a room, or the spa, or reserve a table for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The spa reservation is most inexpensive and will gain you access to the resort for the day. You may also purchase a Grounds Pass for the day or the weekend (http://www.mohonk.com/activities/dayguests/hiking) but you really shouldn't miss the "magic" of the beautiful old building's interior amenities. Once admitted with a reservation, you have many options for dining and you have full access to the lake and to the hiking and rock climbing...there are fees to rent the boats. The Lemon Squeeze rock scramble is a little challenging, but it is a must if you are reasonably fit.
The rooms are expensive at Mohonk, but the price does include breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as access to most of the amenities. No matter if you are staying for the week or for only a day, you will always fondly remember Mohonk Mountain House.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A hotel, built in the 1860's and filled with charm...ideal for families in summer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mohonk House
- Mohonk Mountain Hotel
- Mohonk New Paltz
- Mohawk Mountain House
- Mohonk Mountain House New Paltz Ny
- Mohonk Mountain New Paltz
- Mohonk Mountain House New Paltz New York
- New Paltz Mohonk Mountain House Resort
- Mohonk Hotel New York