Lunch at the Mohonk Mountain House in the Shawgunk Mountains
by, 05-13-2008 at 05:34 PM (19285 Views)
Ahhhthe hidden wonder in the woods. Its amazing how many people live in this areaor go to school close by and have never been to the Mohonk Mountain House. This interesting resort, perched on a mountaintop, truly is a destination.
The very first time my husband and I went to the Mohonk Mountain House we were kind ofho hum about the whole thing. Our friends told us all the time about how we just HAVE to visit here or HAVE to visit there. This time our friends insisted we join them for Lunch at the Mohonk Mountain House.
We arrived at the Mohonk Mountain House front gate and were kind of taken back at the fact that they wanted us to buy the fixed price lunch right then and there and so we did. We drove through the gate and continued on for a two mile drive through the woods. Hmmmthis place was pretty nice. It was a very well taken care of path through the woods. We saw hikers on both sides of us enjoying the wilderness. The trees canopied over the road making things very shady and cool, just the way we like it.
When we arrived at the base of the hotel, we saw a few fenced in areas with horses. Pretty cool. Thenwe parked the car and walked up the hill to see the front of the hotel.
Wow, what an interesting place.
I think we were expecting something else. We walked up to the front and saw valet parking and about one hundred rocking chairs on the front porch facing the Catskills. I was beginning to like this place more and more. I really could get into sipping some redwine and rocking my life away.
We continued through the hotel to find that the inside was strikingly similar to the Shining long halls,lots of wood anda good number of staircases. I could just imagine how many fireplaces this hotel had. There were people walking through quickly on their way someplace important and those who were just wandering aimlessly looking at the many lovely paintings. We were right in the middle because we had no idea where we were going. We finally met up with our friends whom we were meeting for lunch. The four of us were taken to our table and after ordering drinks we were instructed to proceed to help ourselves at the lavish buffet. What a great spread the hotel put on. The food was all excellent and the service most pleasant. After lunch we explored the hotel some more and heard some sort of activity towards the back of the hotel. With our friends we beganheading towards it. Hmmmtea time. I can do this. We werent sure if this wasmeant for the guests or for everybody. Since we had paid to visit and to have lunch, we and our friends considered ourselves guests. We proceeded to enjoy tea and cookies with the rest of the guests. It was so funny We also feed the many large and magnificent trout that were swimming in the Lake just down below the porch.
Now that our appetites were more than satisfied, we wandered off the back porch towardsthe lake. Let me just tell youwell, take a look.
Have you ever seen anything like it? Remember, this place is on top of a mountain. Behind the hotel is a huge mountain (down). This is where everyone hangs out and goes boating, swimming and hiking. People weremaking their waysup to the tower on top of the mountain, along a wonderfully shaded hiking trail, others took the carriage ride along the lake. Our friend and we opted to make it to the top of the mountain to the tower through a climbing garden, called the Lemon Squeeze. This was a wonderful path that had us hoping from rock to rock and squeezing between boulders no wider than your waist, using ladders to cross boulders or getting up some steep rocks. It was a challenging, but fun path which made the time fly and before we knew it, we had reached the top of the mountain with its tower and magnificent view over the Catskill Mountains. On the hike down along the ridge, there were many lookouts and also some lovely places to sit and ponder.
If you exit the back of the hotel and make a left, you can visit the gardens.
This is a great area to get married. Apparently many people do. Being the botanists that our friends and we are, we loved looking through the large variety of flowers and plants.
There are so many things to do at the Mountain House, but since we only had an afternoon, we regretfully had to hustle back to the car. We were thinking, wouldnt it be nice to spend the night there. We will have to keep that in mind for next time, especially now, that the Mohonk Mountain House is being offered as auction package on Luxury Link.
Message Edited by lhbrown on 05-13-2008 06:02 PM