My husband and I have been going to Mohonk for years. Sometimes, we've purchased the day passes and hiked there, other times, we've made reservations for lunch or dinner, and a few times we've had the pleasure of being overnight guests at the Mountain House.
It is pricey, no doubt, but, for a sweet, romantic weekend getaway, it is so worth the money.
The setting is astonishing. Everywhere you look there is a stunning view of the mountains, or the lake, or the gardens. I can't imagine there is even one room in this entire place that doesn't have an awesome view of something.
Considering that the food is DELISH and is all included in the price, the cost really isn't that prohibitive. Breakfast is a buffet with selections of omelets, danishes, pancakes, waffles, french toast, fresh fruit, muffins, bagels, cereals, etc.
For lunch, you have your choice of either eating indoors or an outdoor barbeque (weather permitting.) My husband and I always enjoy the barbeque, where you can get yummy hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans, salads, and indulgent, decadent desserts. The picnic area overlooks the beautiful lake, and the fresh air is always good for stimulating the appetite.
You do need to dress for dinner, and men are required to wear jackets, but the first time we went there they actually found my husband a jacket to wear. The last time we went for supper, we had a choice of either a sit-down meal from the menu, or a buffet, and of course we chose the buffet. And the dessert bar is simply sinful, loaded with all manner of cakes, pies, even chocolate fountains to dip your fruit in.
What we enjoy the most is the hiking, particularly a trail called "The Labyrinth," which involves scrambling over and under boulders and ends, ultimately with a climb up a narrow crevice to an incredible view above. On the way down, there are these sweet little gazebos where you can have a rest and enjoy sweeping views of the gardens below. We like to stop at the lilly pond and listen to the frogs singing to each other.
We love the fact that we can get all dirty and disgusting from hiking in the woods, then go back to our room, have a shower and dress for an elegant dinner.
Mohonk offers the best of worlds for every age, activity level and taste. In one day you can engage all of your senses; have a relaxing spa treatment, take a romantic stroll or a strenous hike, go ice skating, horseback riding, watch a movie out on the lawn, or sway to the sounds of big band music under the moonlight.
I can't say enough great things about this place. If you have the money and are looking for a perfect wedding/honeymoon location, under the philosophy of "you only live once," I would say, "go for it."
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A hotel, built in the 1860's and filled with charm...ideal for families in summer. ... more less
- 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