Elite Traveler Winter 2021

MohonkMountainHouse NEW PALTZ, NY The scenic Hudson Valley in upstate New York, a verdant swath of orchards, farms, woods, vineyards and charming villages, has been a getaway for the bon ton for more than a century. Its clean air, wilderness expanses, easy living, and outdoor offerings remain the lure for families, couples and solo travelers in search of bucolic relaxation. Owned and operated by the Smiley family since 1869, Mohonk Mountain House has long been the region’s most coveted destination in which to embrace the Hudson Valley’s largesse. Surrounded by 40,000 acres of untrammeled woodland and offering abundant gardens dotted with summerhouses, the Victorian-era, castle-style hotel rises amid nature to offer an array of remodeled, vintage-intoned rooms — each evoking the past, while pleasing those with contemporary sensibilities. Think: wood-burning fireplaces, rocking chairs and state-of-the-art luxury bathrooms. With its rates, which include three meals (plus afternoon tea) and most activities, Mohonk encourages guests to try an array of adventures. Hike, bike, snowshoe or cross-country ski across more than 85 miles of undulating nature trails. Cast a line in the on-site lake in summer or ice-skate on it in winter. Visit the spa (the eco-friendly structure is heated and cooled by geothermal power and features a green roof), practice yoga, learn to throw a tomahawk, compete in lawn games or challenge your partner to a tennis match. Rock-climb, ride horses or tee off on a nine-hole course. Theme programs abound, from culinary classes to gardening workshops. While it’s extremely family friendly (‘Let kids be kids’ is an oft-repeated motto), Mohonk Mountain House also wows romance-seeking travelers. Victorian Mountain View Suite from $3,200 per night. Contact Barbara Stirewalt, vice president and general manager, mohonkvacations@mohonk.com, +1 855 274 4020, mohonk.com

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