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