I read a lot of reviews on the Mohonk before booking the main part of my honeymoon there. I got a lot of mixed impressions and finally decided to give it a try. Everyone we spoke to in person (while in NY) had great reviews for the Mohonk Mountain House. Having booked it months in advance, I know I did not get the best deal possible. Since this was my honeymoon, I did not worry too much about the higher cost (my wife REALLY wanted to go here and it looked nice, so why not?).
I booked a Monday-Friday stay in a Victorian room. The room was nothing special when it comes to being plush and luxurious. It was comfortable and well maintained. We had a fireplace which we used every night. The temperatures were not cold enough for them to light off the main heat source, but it was definitely cold enough to use the fireplace. Our room overlooked the lake and we had a nice balcony with two rocking chairs on them. Once checked in you can lock your wallet or purse away in the safe and just keep the ID cards they give you because they can charge any extra activities or drinks straight to your room just with that card. This takes the place of the electronic door key card you usually get at more modern hotels since you will be issued a good old fashioned key for your room.
The service throughout the resort was excellent. We took out rowboats, hiked miles and miles, and played 9 holes of golf on Wednesday. One note on the golf, the green fees are waived for overnight guests on Wednesdays...but make sure you bring your own clubs, balls, and tees because you will be charged to use these if you come empty handed. It was reasonable enough, but I was definitely not expecting it since everything else is provided for you for the other activities.
My bride and I spaced out our activities and even took into some evening nature lectures. The evening lectures seemed to be geared towards and older crowd, but some of them were interesting. We learned all about the region and its formation under the glacier which enhanced our outdoor activities the rest of the week. It is really easy to spend entire days out hiking the trails. We planned the hikes so we never missed a meal (I will get to the food later...yum). We never took a bag lunch out, but the resort does offer them for a lunch on the road. The resort offers some rock climbing (for a fee), and that seemed like a neat thing to do if that is your thing or just want to try it. Of course, you go with a guide and use their gear, so don't worry if you have never done it before. The trees were at their peak Autumnal colors the week we were there. There was plenty of great opportunites for nature photography in any season.
All of the meals are included with overnight stays...as well as ALL tips, tax, etc. Breakfast and lunch are buffet. The quality was high for a buffet for both meals. There is always some sort of station for fresh waffles and omlets for breakfast and a carving station for lunch. Lunch was unique also since they offer you a soup to start that they serve to your table and then a dessert and coffee at the conclusion of your meal! Their desserts were AMAZING! The Mohonk chef must be a seasonal genius because I ate a different pumpkin dessert every meal (and yes, I had choices for other treats, but being Fall...I was in the mood). Dinner is 4 course: 2 appetizers, entree, and dessert. We stuck around for all 4 courses each night. The specials were amazing and their menus changed nightly. Our favorite appetizer that I want to share with you is the Hudson Valley Artisan Cheese plate. It was amazing. There are few words that can describe how unique their cheese plates were and how amazing their flavor combinations came together with each cheese. My favorite (althought I loved them all) was a cheese called "Drunken Goat". It was served on a larger cracker with some sort of mango puree...so delicious. The rest of the food was delicious and I know I gained a little vacation weight just from having a 4 course dinner each night. My wife and I discussed later and realized that many people who loved Mohonk so much were always raving about their food...and they are right. Also, the service staff is great. They are all very knowledgeable and take good care of you. The menu each night does include wine and other after dinner drinks if you so desire (for an extra cost). There are few places you can buy a drink on the premises, but dinner is one and the Carriage lounge is another.
The Carriage lounge opened in 2005 as an experiment (found that out on the house tour...it was ok, worth the 30 minute walk around). The lounge was very popular and it stuck. We went and had a cocktail (and it is priced like NYC as far as alcohol) one night. It is only open until 1100 p.m. We went near closing and it was full of younger folk (like us).
At 4 p.m. everyday there is tea and cookies. The tea was good, the cookies need improvement.
The hotel hosts a variety of meetings during the week. The grounds were relatively quiet during the workday since everyone was in sessions throughout the property. They do offer certain programs only on the weekend that we missed out on, but the weekday trip was definitely nice and quiet.
Let's talk honeymoon destination. If you are a nature lover, this place is great (as long as it doesn't rain and you are stuck inside). We really enjoyed each other and did not mind the lack of night life, the family resort feeling, lack of TV and radio, and almost dry atmosphere (if you catch my drift). The original founders of the resort were Quakers and they are just getting to the addition of alcohol... We ran into another honeymooning couple and they were at a loss of what to do after day 1...they did lots of the activities all in one day! They mountain biked, went on a horse drawn carriage ride, and hiked the lake before the sun set on the first day. Take your time and space it out. Go to tea everyday and really take in the scenery.
The big question, would I go back? Yes, I will go back, but I will definitely look for a better deal next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A hotel, built in the 1860's and filled with charm...ideal for families in summer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mohonk House
- Mohonk Mountain Hotel
- Mohonk New Paltz
- Mohawk Mountain House
- Mohonk Mountain House New Paltz Ny
- Mohonk Mountain House New Paltz New York
- Mohonk Mountain New Paltz
- New Paltz Mohonk Mountain House Resort
- Mohonk Hotel New York
- Mohonk Mountain House New York/New Paltz