Mohonk Mountain House: Old World Elegance in a serene mountain setting

The Mohonk Mountain House  located in New Paltz New York  is an amazing 19th Century mountain hotel

Mohonk Mountain House and Lake Mohonk

Mohonk Mountain House and Lake Mohonk

located in New Paltz New York  set within the pristine natural environment atop the Shawnagunk Mountains.  Set on the edge of  Lake Mohonk, this is truly a wonderful place to enjoy a day of hiking while experiencing  a beautiful Victorian era hotel and its many amenities. It is listed as a National historic landmark and is an amazing structure with a 30,000 square foot award winning spa listed as the number one resort spa in the United States by Conde Nast Traveler. There is fine dining,tennis, golf, lake swimming,and boating for overnight guests as well as a fitness center, carriage rides , kids programs, covered ice skating rink (in season) and an indoor heated pool.There are beautiful formal gardens which are in bloom well into autumn.

Hotel and Lake as seen from the Lakeshore path

Hotel and Lake as seen from the Lakeshore path

Summer House

Summer House

I visited this resort for a day visit and had a great time hiking and walking the grounds and visiting the inn. There are numerous hiking trails throughout the property of various levels of difficulty.  The trails on the hotel property also connect with the trail network in the Mohonk Preserve and to Lake Minnewaska State Park. The Smiley family which founded Mohonk and still  operates the hotel to this day embraces the the natural surroundings of Mohonk and are stewards of its beauty. Each of its carefully planned trails brings the hiker to a new vista or interesting natural feature. On one of our hikes we left the hotel and walked along the side of beautiful Lake Mohonk, skirting along its shore to the south end.

The Lakeshore Path

The Lakeshore Path

We circled back along the base of the cliffs and then up along the cliff top back to the house.  An easy walk of an hour or less.  Along the way, your view of the lake and the mountain keeps changing and provides plenty of photo opportunities.  If your feet are tired you can rest at one of the many Summer houses along the paths.   A second hike and more strenuous is the ascent from the lake to the top of Sky Top and the Alfred Smiley Memorial tower.

Smiley Memorial Tower  (Sky Top)

Smiley Memorial Tower
(Sky Top)

The stone tower is open and you can climb its many steps for an amazing 360 degree view.  Bring a pair of binoculars.  One of the most challenging trails is the rocky scramble through the Labyrinth which will challenge you with its steep vertical climb. There are many trails through the property and beyond which is one reason to keep coming back to this special place and explore its wonders.

There are 259 guest rooms many with balconies and fireplaces. All overnight guests receive three meals a day in the inn included with their hotel rate as well as afternoon tea and cookies.This resort has to be seen to truly experience and capture the beauty all around . The woodwork and staircases alone will impress you and shopping is available in the quaint and well stocked hotel gift shop.  Mohonk Mountain House is also a great place for a family reunion, romantic weekend getaway or to spend time with the little ones.  The hotel also hosts wellness events and meditation retreats and it is easy to see one meditating in such a serene environment.

View from the Parlor wing porch overlooking Lake Mohonk

View from the Parlor wing porch overlooking Lake Mohonk

I will be making a reservation for the fall as this is a great time to visit and see the leaves change and beautiful scenery. Check out the resort website for special events and happenings in the area. New Paltz is a great town and Mohonk Mountain House is a unique and beautiful place not to be missed.

Mohonk Mountain House

1000 Mountain Rest Road New Paltz, New York

Reservations:(855) 590-9829

website: http://www.mohonk.com

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