Mohonk Mountain House: A Grand Reunion Getaway
By Barbara Barton Sloane
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York. This National Historic Landmark and Historic Hotel of America is located in the Hudson Valley region of New York state. Owned by the Smiley family since opening day in 1869, I had the happy occasion to attend its one hundred fortieth birthday party being celebrated this year. This is a resort dedicated to life’s simple pleasures, and there’s no shortage of that here.
Mohonk Mountain House is the ideal place for a family reunion.
There’s even an on-site Family Reunion Coordinator who will reserve a social room and customize activities for your gathering.
For relaxation, the spa here has been named one of the top 25 resort spas in North America by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, and they offer some effective treatments to escape from the world, if only for a little while.
There’s the Eagle Cliff Deep Tissue Massage assisted by warm packs placed on specific areas of the body, the Mohonk Red Massage which begins with inhalation of calming Evergreen essences and traditional Thai stretches to rebalance the body. I opted for the Fragrant Earth treatment which incorporated the many medicinal herbs found in the surrounding region.
First I was "polished" with rosemary salts, then my scalp and body were massaged with extracts of pine, fir and oakmoss, and finally, I was "awakened" with a stimulating peppermint foot massage. Immediately following this dreamy escape, I made my way down to the Lake Lounge for afternoon tea. Miss the opportunity for scones and clotted cream? Not on your life!
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There’s a wealth of engaging activities at Mohonk. A great way to start the day is with the "5 Voices of Birds" hike on forest trails. If you have a black thumb, like me, you’ll find enlightenment with a tour through the greenhouse and a chance to hear the history of their Victorian gardens. Feeling Victorian? Why not dress like one and get your picture taken in full nineteenth century regalia.
Depending on the season, there’s rock climbing, skating, cycling, boating….the list goes on. For kids, the Tykes and Children’s program keeps them busy for hours. There’s also an Evening Children’s Program so mom and dad can enjoy their evening cocktail in peace. From early morning, throughout the day, up to a Victorian Gala Dance at 9:00 pm, there’s a whole lotta fun going on here.
Fireplaces blaze in winter, and rocking chairs on gracious porches overlooking the lake, calm frazzled nerves in warm weather. So if you want to loll about and do nothing, it’s perfectly ok. In fact, it’s a capital idea, and one that I chose for much of my stay.
A weekend at Mohonk Mountain House, surrounded by glorious nature, is your ticket to revive and restore.
Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Road
New Platz, New York
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