Mohonk Mountain House in the Catskill Mountains pays homage to its Victorian past by inviting couples to partake in gentle pursuits that include garden walks, afternoon tea, history tours through the rambling Mohonk Mountain lodge,and other activities that transport lovers back to the way life used to be. Yet Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York is not for the idle or indolent. In fact, it's a great place for adventure in the great outdoors.
Located 90 miles north of New York City on the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge (aka "The Gunks") near the college town of New Paltz, Mohonk Mountain House is a haven for hikers. The Mohonk property is surrounded by thousands of scenic acres featuring world-class cliffs, crystal clear lakes, beautiful waterfalls, unspoiled forests, and winding pathways that include 85 miles of hiking, walking, and running trails.
The Victorian Hotel
Such a beautiful setting demands nothing less than a picturesque palace beside it. A National Historic Landmark and member of Historic Hotels of America, the castle-like Mohonk Mountain House features a wide front porch overlooking pristine Lake Mohonk, a private, natural half mile long, sixty-foot-deep mountain lake.
There’s always a free Adirondack chair on the Mohonk Mountain House porch, perfect for viewing the changing seasons as the sun scuds across the lake. Yet you'll want to get up and explore. A path leads around the lake, with charming gazeboes strategically placed for maximum romance. Practically every room at Mohonk Mountain House has a fireplace and balcony; the best rooms overlook the deep, blue lake.
A Range of Activities
Most recreational activities—including tennis, golf on the 9-hole, par 35 Scottish-design golf course, lake swimming, boating, croquet, lawn bowling, platform tennis, and use of the putting green—are included free for overnight guests at Mohonk Mountain House. Horseback riding, carriage rides, weekend golf, and spa services are additional.
While each season has its allure, some visitors believe the best time to visit Mohonk Mountain House is when a themed program is offered. Ranging from garden extravaganzas to mystery weekends, star-gazing to arts festivals, these programs can make a stay at Mohonk Mountain House even more memorable.
If you're staying nearby but would like to sample all that Mohonk Mountain House has to offer and explore the grounds, you can buy a day pass at the Gatehouse and park in the adjacent lot. (Since there's limited parking space, you stand the best chance of getting in by arriving early and picking a weekday to visit.) A buffet-style lunch is available in the dining room and a shuttle ferries visitors to and from the Picnic Lodge daily in summer and on weekends in the spring and fall.
Although the town of New Paltz offers a range of eateries at all price points (Gadaleto’s seafood is especially noteworthy), Mohonk rates include breakfast, lunch and dinner—as well as that Victorian afternoon tea with cookies.
Marrying at Mohonk
Couples who want to marry in this spectacular setting will find that Mohonk Mountain House maintains a wedding staff and offers a choice of four wedding packages for celebrations in the afternoon: American Gothic, Edwardian Splendor, Victorian Memories, and Wedding Tapestry.
Small and evening wedding packages are also available. Whether the bride and groom recite their vows beside the glistening lake, in the award-winning gardens, or in the nineteenth century parlor, they’ll find Mohonk Mountain House a magical place to celebrate their love.
Despite how romantic the setting is, Mohonk is a family resort — even on dates designated for couples events and getaways. So expect to see families with kids enjoying the hotel and its grounds when you come. Also know that summer and fall are prime time, when all the facilities are open. Spring is usually cool and muddy. Winter is magnificent, but depending upon when you visit in January and February, Mohonk can feel a bit like the hotel in The Shining.
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Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Road
New Paltz, NY 12561