Why it’s worth traveling for?
A grand lakeside Victorian castle in upstate NY
Check in with…
– Alex Sherwood, Director of Recreation
Hotel Highlights: Stay like royalty at Mohonk Mountain House, a grand castle-style historic hotel atop a mountain where the Hudson Valley meets the Catskills, surrounded by 40,000 acres of forest and overlooking a glossy lake. A National Historic Landmark (it plays a starring role in the hit show Billions), the Victorian-style decor adds to the regal factor, as do the elegant rooms and suites which come with wood-burning fireplaces, and private balconies. Larger parties seeking even more privacy and seclusion than the resort already offers should book the stately Grove Lodge with six rooms and The Great Room, a large cozy, communal room with stone fireplace, or one of four cozy rustic private cottages. Mohonk Mountain House is a good idea anytime. In winter the lake freezes over for ice skating and you can also cross country ski (or head to nearby ski resorts), snowshoe, or hike the property’s groomed trailers. In the warmer weather, there are plenty of lake activities to enjoy like row boating, paddleboarding, fly fishing, or get active with golf and tennis or guided horseback, pony, and carriage rides at the stables. @mohonkmountainhouse
Eat + Drink: Featuring panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains, original woodwork from 1893, and cathedral style ceilings, the Main Dining Room will transport you back in time and is the ideal spot for a weekend brunch of freshly baked pastries, delectable omelets, and the signature Mohonk Mimosa. The culinary options are famed here, from the relaxed Carriage Lounge which has a small curated menu, handcrafted cocktails, and local draft beer, to the Chef’s Action Stations Dinner, where you can indulge in appetizers, entrees, and desserts are prepared before your eyes. If the perfect picnic is what you had in mind The Granary has checkered tablecloths, wooden picnic tables, and a barbecue buffet with food, corn on the cob, and homemade pies. When you need to warm up and savor the historic mountain vibe, head to Old Fashioned Soda Fountain, for hot chocolate, ice cream, tea, and coffee.
Beauty + Wellness: Wellness at Mohonk means spa treatments, swimming in the indoor heated pool, mindfulness, meditation, and fitness. Ground yourself with daily yoga classes, try a fitness class like pilates, aqua Chi, and balance ball training or quiet your mind and connect with your tranquil nature surroundings through guided meditation and mindfulness.
Curated Experience: The Hudson Valley has a picturesque, old-world charm and there’s plenty of outdoor activities and hiking to enjoy. Be sure to enjoy local wine tasting and brewmasters tours and check in with your hosts at Mohonk who have a long list of curated events to get you excited about.