a legendary wellness retreat is in business for 150 years, it must be doing
something right. This year the iconic Mohonk
House Resort in New York’s Hudson Valley is celebrating its 150th
anniversary. We think a large part of Mohonk’s success is because this
award-winning resort was founded with purpose:
protecting nature, encouraging healthy outdoor activities and solving social
issues. Of course, over the years, Mohonk
House has also provided exceptional spa and wellness services and the latest
amenities. But Mohonk has remained true to its commitment to respect the world that
surrounds it–a commitment that is especially timely today.
to New York City, A World Away from Urban Stress
The Mohonk Victorian castle resort is nestled in the Hudson Valley, only 90 miles north of New York City. Surrounded by 40,000 acres of pristine forest, this National Historic Landmark resort offers farm-to-table cuisine, beautiful accommodations, an award-winning spa and unlimited access to nature and outdoor activities. (Think hiking, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, golfing, tennis, horseback riding, lake and pool swimming, skiing and snowboarding.)
A Fascinating History
to the New
York State Library, twin brothers, Alfred and Albert Smiley, developed the
original Mohonk property as a vacation destination. Albert purchased the
original 300 acres and a 10-room inn by a majestic glacial lake in the Hudson
Valley for $28,000 and “fell in love with the scenery and felt sure of it development.”
Albert originally wanted Mohonk to be his family’s home, he needed to pay back
the money he borrowed to acquire the property. Therefore, in the summer of 1870,
the Smiley brothers remodeled the original tavern to accommodate around 40
guests. Adhering to their Quaker principals, Alfred and Albert banned alcohol,
card playing, and dancing. However, they encouraged activities such as nature
walks, concerts, boating, tennis, golf, horseback riding, fishing, and optional
prayer and church services. Thus, a legendary property was born.
A Resort with a Purpose
prospered and each year Smiley purchased additional land to protect the surrounding
forests. By 1879, the hotel and estate
grew to three thousand acres and eventually to ten thousand acres.
Smiley was also concerned about solving social problems such as the treatment
of American Natives. The New York State Library notes that, “… in 1883, he
organized the first annual Lake Mohonk Conference of Friends of the Indian.
His Quaker beliefs also made him dedicated to the cause of peace (and) in
1895 he convened the first of many annual conferences on international
arbitration.” These conferences on
peaceful conflict resolution are credited for inspiring The Hague Conference,
which led to the United Nations we know today.
family members continued Albert’s traditions, establishing a natural science
center, holding conferences on issues related to the environment and bringing
nature-inspired programs to guests. (However, today Mohonk serves alcohol.)
Experience History. Discover Wellbeing
150 years later, you can visit the halls where five U.S. presidents walked, and
look out on the same breathtaking views shared by guests since Mohonk’s
inception. In addition, you will experience the Smiley family’s dedication to
wellness and wellbeing at the award-winning spa and benefit from immersive
experiences including meditation, Forest Bathing and Guided Nature Experiences.
comprehensive fitness center offers Precor® strength, cardio equipment and free
weights for fitness enthusiasts. There are also yoga, Pilates, Mosaic Barre and
Tai Chi classes, along with private training. The resort’s outdoor heated
mineral pool features imported Dead Sea salt, and there is an indoor heated
pool with underwater music.
The Perfect Time to Visit
To celebrate its anniversary, Mohonk is offering 10 percent off spa services and special spa getaway packages for guests who stay three nights or more–perfect for Girlfriend Getaways. Click here to learn more.
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