Hudson Valley

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House

March 6, 2015

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Mohonk Mountain House is a special place for us, and has been since we first visited in June 2008. I’ve always wondered what the House and grounds would look like in the snow, and in February, we finally decided to treat ourselves to a half day at Mohonk: breakfast in the Main Dining Room, a visit to the library, and a hike on one of the many beautiful trails. 

As we made our way up the hilly driveway, it felt like we entered Fairy Tale Land, and I squealed when I caught sight of the historic hotel’s iconic turrets and peaked roofs. Here again, at last!

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Each time I visit, I stare in awe at how long the hotel is and marvel at how long it’s been around (146 years!). It’s truly a one-of-a-kind place with an old-world feeling. There are countless abandoned resorts scattered throughout the Catskills and Hudson Valley region and I’m glad Mohonk isn’t one of them.

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring

Mohonk is a full-service resort, and as such, has numerous services and activities to choose from, including a lovely spa wing with an indoor pool. Here’s a shot from our last visit, on a June morning when we had the pool all to ourselves (!!):

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring

And some more interior shots:

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

And one of my favorite spaces: the library. I love the table dedicated to Mohonk’s well-documented history; it’s so fascinating!

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring

We enjoyed the warmth of the fire in the Winter Lounge (located next to the library) for a while, and then headed outside, where most guests were already taking advantage of the gorgeous natural setting. They offer almost every winter activity: snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ice skating. We went for the simplest option: hiking and people-watching at the ice skating pavilion.

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Mohonk remains one of my favorite places, not only in the Hudson Valley but in all of New York. I look forward to returning later this year. I’m sure it will be just as spectacular in the fall!

A Winter Visit to Mohonk Mountain House - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Visitor Info: Mohonk Mountain House is minutes from the Ulster County, NY town of New Paltz and is a wonderful destination for getaways from NYC and locals alike. The resort is open year-round, to both overnight guests and day visitors, and caters to families, reunions, weddings, conferences, and more. For this particular visit, we purchased breakfast, which is $38 each, plus tax, and includes access to the grounds.

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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 6, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    That is stunning! I could spend all day exploring! I can see why you love it so much 🙂

    • Christy March 9, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      Yes, we could spend days exploring there if it wasn’t so extravagant!

  • Rea March 8, 2015 at 4:09 am

    Christy, it’s breathtaking! There are so many lovely places over there!
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    • Christy March 9, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Yes, it’s so beautiful. I do feel lucky to live near such amazing places like Mohonk 🙂

  • AwesomelyOZ March 8, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    So gorgeous! Thank you for sharing, maybe my boyfriend and I will look into it at some point when we go up to New York. I love older houses where there is rich history and a story. Glad you guys had a great time! I love the yellow dress you wore in that photo Christy! Take Care Chicka -Iva
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    • Christy March 9, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      Oh yes, I’m sure you’d love it here, Iva! Mohonk has a great story, and it’s still owned by the same family that started it in the 1800’s!
      Thanks, so funny about that dress, I actually returned it because I just didn’t think I’d ever wear it again. What was I thinking?!

  • Kelly March 9, 2015 at 7:37 am

    That looks beautiful! Those grand hotels are grand, indeed. Thank you so much for sharing this. That dress and wrap are beautiful!
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    • Christy March 9, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks, Kelly, I loved that outfit, too! Can’t believe I decided to return the dress afterwards. Oh, hindsight…

  • Rabia @TheLiebers March 9, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Wow! That place looks gorgeous! I could see how you’d still have much to see even after many visits!
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    • Christy March 9, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Oh yes, there are miles of hiking trails we have yet to explore, looking forward to that next time!

  • Tamara March 9, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    What a cool place! It reminds me of a place I visited in the Poconos once.
    I love that it has year-round fun. And the photos are gorgeous.

    • Christy March 10, 2015 at 11:51 pm

      It’s such a magical place. I don’t think I’ve ever been to the Poconos!

  • Ashley March 11, 2015 at 1:40 am

    I’ve always wanted to see the inside of Mohonk. Looks as incredible as I’d imagined it! Thanks for sharing!
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    • Christy March 11, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks, Ashley! I feel like it’s hard to get across in pictures how special Mohonk feels to me, but I’m glad you liked them!

  • Alex Hurst March 13, 2015 at 1:21 am

    That picture of the woman on the couch… it looks like it’s taken straight from the Grand Budapest Hotel set! Beautiful retreat!
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    • Christy March 13, 2015 at 11:57 am

      I still need to see that film! And thank you for the compliment, the woman is me 🙂

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