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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Mohonk Mountain House

Written by Antoinette Marie
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I appreciate all the seasons, but fall is by far my favorite. I look forward to going into my closet, finding my turtlenecks, scarves and turning on the fire in the evening. I admit the fireplace comes on far too early in my house but I’m not complaining. I love seeing the pumpkins on porches, the leaves changing color and the crisp scent of coldness in the air. 

Fall, with the weather changing, makes for wanting to get warm and cozy with that special someone, and while there are many places to go for a beautiful walk or a festival, one of the most romantic places to bide your time is Mohonk Mountain House. Nestled in the Hudson Valley of New York this resort and spa will by all means fulfill your romantic side. The resort itself looks like a castle and its grounds are stunning. The landscape will make you get out your camera and take picture after picture. 

Once there you can take advantage of all this resort has to offer. If you’re traveling with someone you can experience the couple’s massage with a fireplace blazing in the background.  Next, relax by getting a facial, visiting the wellness center and trying a body treatment.  When you’re ready to venture outdoors a bike ride through the leaf changing trees will be a refreshing treat, or take a leisurely walk on one of the many trails. Get out your binoculars and go bird watching. In the morning a canoe is ready and waiting to take you on a tour. In the afternoon sit back and enjoy a horse or mule-drawn carriage ride or go on a guided horseback riding tour. If you’re staying over-night you have the option of waking up in the morning and participating in rock climbing. This is not for the faint at heart, but you’re  escorted by an authorized guide. When you’re on the grounds of the resort, outdoor games will be available to you such as shuffleboard, lawn bowling and croquet. 

There are always activities scheduled throughout the year and fall is no exception. During Halloween the castle will be decorated to the hilt. You’re encouraged to dress up and take part in its festivities including hauntingly scary stories to be told and live timber wolves will be on the premises.

Rooms range from basic (yet exquisite) charming country style to an indulgent two-story Victorian suite complete with a fireplace, spiral staircase and flat screen T.V.  As the name hints there are tower rooms available with their own balcony. Individual Cottages can be reserved if you’re staying with a group and want more privacy. 

When you’re ready, Mohonk is ready to pamper, refresh and romance you right into the winter season. 

 


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