A historic New York state resort, Mohonk Mountain House first opened in 1869 in the Hudson Valley, about 90 miles from New York City. This Victorian castle has welcomed five U.S. presidents (including Bill Clinton) in addition to countless artists, authors, and actors. Surrounded by thousands of acres of nature, the resort is perched on a cliff overlooking Mohonk Lake. Guests travel specifically for the dramatic, vibrant fall foliage and expertly manicured gardens. Rates are all-inclusive and comprehensive—all meals and activities are included for a single nightly rate. Yoga classes, boating, tennis, horseback riding, and rock climbing are all popular activities. During the winter, ice skating and cross-country skiing lure guests into the great outdoors. Rooms with wood-burning fireplaces and a huge spa with heated indoor and outdoor pool create a peaceful retreat.
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Mohonk Mountain House is located in New Paltz, New York, in the Hudson Valley, about 90 miles from New York City. Near the Catskills Mountains on the shores of Mohonk Lake, this resort offers a range of outdoor adventure activities in unspoiled surroundings, from canoeing to hiking to horseback riding. As an all-inclusive resort (with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included in the nightly rate) most guests do not leave the resort for meals. With 85 miles of hiking trails and lush gardens, this historic resort is a peaceful place to soak up some fresh air, especially during the vibrant fall foliage season.
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Rooms: From $299 per person, per night. 259 rooms, 14 suites, 6 cottages. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: 1 p.m. Dining options: All meals are included in the nightly rates at Mohonk Mountain House. Menus are seasonal; vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available. Lunch is served buffet style and there is a three-course dinner. Afternoon tea/cookies are available when guests get peckish. Spa and gym details: The expansive 30,000-square-foot spa features an indoor heated swimming pool, outdoor heated mineral pool, a solarium, and 16 treatment rooms. There is also a fitness center with a yoga studio.
Who's it for: Families seeking an all-inclusive retreat with lots of entertainment for the kids. Adventurous travelers seeking unspoiled outdoors and a fabulous spa. Our favorite rooms:The Victorian Rooms have wood-burning fireplaces and scenic balconies. The Lake View Suite has striking views of Mohonk Lake and a wood-burning fireplace. Don't forget:In addition to 85 miles of hiking trails, guided nature hikes are also available; sign up in advance.