The Hudson River Valley, just a stone’s throw from New York City, is rich with history, natural beauty, and great locally grown food and wine. On my next trip to NYC, I’d love to spend a few extra days exploring the region. My pick for lodging? The awesomely preserved 19th-century Mohonk Mountain House (winner of several Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards and also featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations).
Built by twin Quaker brothers in the late 1860s, Mohonk Mountain House is a sprawling riverside Victorian gem that features charmingly anachronistic touches such as horse-drawn carriage rides alongside more modern amenities like yoga and a heated indoor pool. Its well-manicured grounds and gardens make it a great home base for enjoying the surrounding nature–available active pursuits include rock climbing, canoeing, swimming, cross country skiing in winter, and more.
Keep in mind: This is a very old, Victorian-era hotel, and though it’s been well-maintained and updated over the years, don’t expect sleek & contemporary room decor. Take a step back into time and embrace the dust ruffles, doilies and dark wood fireplaces!
Bonus tip(s): If you’re capping off an NYC trip with a stay at Mohonk, it’s an easy 90-minute train or bus ride (no need to rent a car!). To travel by train, take the Metro North or Amtrak train to the Poughkeepsie station. To ride the bus, take an Adirondack Trailways bus to the New Paltz station. Call Mohonk to arrange transportation from the train/bus station to the hotel.
photo via mohonk.com