New York in the Fall is synonymous with fiery foliage and crisp, cozy air. While a weekend stroll in NYC is considerably more enjoyable once the summer humidity has ceased, one must escape NYC to experience the true splendor of autumn. Cross the George Washington Bridge to experience apple picking, wine tasting and wood fired pizzas at Warwick Winery (talk about fun for ALL ages!) or attend the Great Jack-O'Lantern Blaze in Sleepy Hollow. Visit fresh farm stands for warm apple pies in Rockland County or stroll along the hiking trails in Cold Spring. With hundreds of miles of transitioning leaves and cool breezes along the river to enjoy, a drive upstate to family-friendly festivities is entertaining in and of itself! Thought of all the activities available up north, one of our favorite fall trips is to the famed Mohonk Mountain House. This magical place offers an ongoing menu of outdoor activities served up alongside delectable lunch & dinner buffets and a world-class spa experience.
A scenic 90-mile drive up I-87, or a short train ride to Poughkeepsie station and you will find The Mohonk Mountain House, an inviting Victorian Castle (or as we say, Hogwarts-on-the-Hudson). Situated on Lake Mohonk in the adorable college town of New Paltz, NY, Mohonk Mountain House is an all-inclusive resort within Mohonk Preserve. MMH is equally as well known for its architectural splendor as it is their wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities, sprawling grounds and lush spa facilities. Having gotten a world-class treatment there ourselves, we can vouch for the quality of the services, the beauty of their nature-inspired pretreatment center and outdoor spa hot tub. Have you ever taken a dip into a steaming hot tub surrounded by rock, foliage and a chilly fall breeze? We can assure you it’s pure bliss. Whether you choose to visit this site for a brief day-trip or for a long weekend, magic awaits you!
While mom enjoys a spa treatment, the family can head off to hike one of the many trails available within the Mohonk Preserve. Additional options include exploring their gardens and outdoor recreation activities such as horseback riding, carriage ride, tennis, and if you visit later in the season, their outdoor ice-skating rink! Once the kiddos are good and tired, they may head into the house with their day-pass to enjoy afternoon dining options.
For those guests who plan to stay the night, now would be the perfect time to retire to your suite, furnished in the rich style of the 20th century and preserving the unique architecture of the house. Most rooms contain a cozy, working fireplace stocked with extra wood and a starter kit to enjoy a lazy blaze all evening. Some rooms offer a balcony on which you can enjoy the splendor of the lakeside or mountain views ahead. The downstairs of the house feels much like a chalet as the living areas become filled laughter as families gather in communal spaces for games and conversation. When it comes time for dinner, there are a range of dining options to choose from.
Have teens who don’t want to settle in as early as you do? Mohonk can interest them in a teen movie night or teen game night. You will all wake up in the morning to the option of a guided bike tour, yoga class or tennis clinic. Opting for a more soothing morning? Simply brew a cup of coffee and enjoy down time on your balcony, breathing in that fresh, rural air.