Simple Summer Pleasures at Mohonk Mountain House
Are you still thinking about a summer getaway? Let’s look at something in the eastern U.S. with an amazing history, plenty to do (if you choose) and an award-winning spa. Mohonk Mountain House is an enchanting Victorian Castle located about 90-miles from New York City. This location reminds me of the simple pleasures of a summer vacation in the Catskills. A time to relax, enjoy a cold lemonade and time by the lake or hikes along the mountainside.
First. a little history as I’d be remiss if I didn’t share this with you. Mohonk’s history goes back to 1869 when Albert Smiley visited Shawangunk Ridge, the northern end of a long ridge within the Appalachian Mountains. What we see today at Lake Mohonk (situated on Sky Top Mountain, one of the highest peaks of Shawangunk Ridge) is much of what he saw back then. He and his brother visualized a peaceful retreat where others could enjoy this stunning natural setting and that is what they created when they purchased 280 acres and a small inn. What they envisioned grew into what it is today and what many have enjoyed for over 125 years spanning from the 19th century to the 21st century.
Today, Mohonk Mountain House is still owned and operated by the Smiley family, and with what started with a 10-room Inn has now become a 259 room Victorian Castle. Inclusive overnight rates include accommodations, meals, afternoon tea & cookies and most resort activities.
Spa & Activities:
Let’s get back to ‘Simple Summer Pleasures‘ as Mohonk Mountain House offers everything you can imagine for a relaxing getaway including the natural beauty of a deep-blue lake, acres of pristine forest, winding trails and their stunning mountain-top gardens. Activities such as hiking, yoga, Pilates, dance, meditation, wellness classes and more are all available. Mohonk’s award-winning spa is a must with 16-treatment rooms, a solarium, an outdoor heated mineral pool, a fitness center and a relaxing list of services (check out Signature Elements of Nature – Mohonk Red Massage or The Indigo Poultice Massage).
The Mohonk Golf Course is one of the oldest courses in the U.S., with 115 years of continuous use. Designed with a Scottish influence, it has also received high accolades as one of the “Top 10 Environmentally Friendly Courses in the U.S.” by Links magazine and Cooperative Sanctuary Award from the International Audubon Society for their environmental-friendly practices.
Currently, Mohonk Mountain House is offering a ‘Spa-tacular’ through December 2012. Guests on this package will receive a $150 spa credit, unlimited access to the Spa (steam and sauna rooms, outdoor heated mineral pool, relaxation verandas and solarium), three delicious meals, and most resort activities.**
** Based on availability, other restrictions may apply and tax/gratuity are additional.
Relax in the comfort of your home and enjoy this guided meditation from Mohonk’s Nina Smiley.
Guided Meditation (you can do this mini-meditation at home)
Photo credit: Mohonk