When you think of New York, the Big Apple city comes to mind. But there is much more to New York than the city. It is also known for its beautiful mountainous areas, filled with trees and lakes that families have enjoyed for years.
One such area is the historic Mohonk Mountain House located in Ulster County, New York.
Historic not only for its beauty, but in 1986 it was designated a landmark. What started as a small resort for family and friends back in the 1870s by the Smiley family, it has become one of the best places to go on vacation. Till this day, it is run by the descendants of the Smiley family, which is just amazing in today’s world.
The amount of activities that Mohonk Mountain House offers is endless. There is something to do for everyone. Here are just some of the things available at Mohonk.
If you want to start off by enjoying the beautiful landscape of Mohonk Mountain, then the trail and carriage rides are a great option. You will be led by experienced guides who will take you on a breathtaking tour of the most beautiful parts of the area on horseback. There are also carriage rides during the months of April to November, weather permitting.
If you want to be a bit more adventurous, then perhaps rock climbing is your calling. You will scale the heights of Shawangunk Ridge, one of the best areas for rock climbing. There you will be looking at once in a lifetime views.
For those who like their activities more grounded, then a game of tennis is what you need. With a choice of clay or green soft courts you will enjoy playing in this captivating setting surrounded by mountains. You can also visit the full service Tennis Shop where certified professionals will help answer any questions you may have no matter your skill level.
If you want to slow things down even further, you can try a nice round of golf on their Scottish inspired course, named one of the top 10 environmentally friendly golf courses. This course is a golfer’s dream so you will not forget it.
There is also mountain biking, disc golf and lawn activities such as lawn bowling, croquet and shuffle board for the whole family to enjoy. They also have a fitness center where you can work off the wonderful meals you have been enjoying. For total relaxation and/or meditation, you can visit their great spas or yoga sessions.
Don’t worry, for those who love winter, you cannot find a better place to vacation than Mohonk Mountain House with its scenic snow-covered landscape. Once at Mohonk, you can go ice skating, snow tubing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
No matter what season, Mohonk Mountain House is a place that must be visited.