Recently we did an overnight that was such perfection, we decided we had to share our secret formula. With just one overnight at Mohonk, we enjoyed two full days of total relaxation and exhilaration. Here’s how we did it:
Although check-in is at 4pm, you can use the house and activities for the entire first day. We had breakfast at home, handed over our bags when we stepped out of the car, and left our cell # for them to call when our room was ready.
First we took a house tour, where we learned fascinating history about the Smiley family and the mountain house. For instance, the big central staircase features 1400 hand-turned ash spindles!
Since there was a big snow the day before, we then headed for the Ski Shop. We were beyond excited for our very first time trying out both snow shoeing AND cross-country skiing, both included with our stay. Read more about our Mohonk snow adventures here.
After 3 hours, we had worked up an appetite, so we reached into our backpack for our homemade lunch and sat by the fire in the Lakeside Lounge. Every 15-20 min a gentleman came in to add wood to the fires. It’s part of guest services, and was his only job that day! It was heavenly sitting in front of a cozy roaring fire and watching the snowflakes sparkling as they fell on the lake. On a warmer day, you may want to sit on the rocking chairs on the balcony.
Soon afterward, our room was ready. We were completely blown away when we were upgraded to a Lakeview Tower Room with fireplace, private balcony with wooden rocking chairs, a huge soaking tub, and a super-comfy king bed. There were also fluffy white robes, and Mohonk’s signature rosemary mint bath products. There was no television in the room, but why on earth would you waste time watching TV when you’re at one of the prettiest places on earth?
Dinner is the first meal included with your stay, and then breakfast and lunch the next day. You can read more about dining at Mohonk here. If you’re an early riser like me, go downstairs for tea or coffee from the continental breakfast at 7am. Full breakfast is served from 8am-9:30am.
After dinner, we lit the fireplace in our room, and discovered that the Mohonk staff will happily restock wood for you even late at night. After all that fresh hair, exercise, and delicious food, I fell asleep to the warmth of the fire and had the best night’s sleep in a long time.
The next day, we checked the activity board and did a guided snowshoe hike. After lunch, we decided to recover from all the activity in the world-class spa. The sauna, steam room, and mineral pool soothed our aching muscles and relaxed our senses … you can read all about it here. We read by the fire until it after dark, and then finally made our way home. But not before making our next reservation…