Guests often ask us “When is the best time to visit?”
It’s a simple answer, really.
Most travelers are keenly aware that when they look at travel destinations, there are “high season” periods and “off season” periods. High season is more expensive than other times of year but these time frames offer the best weather, the most activities, and ultimately the best “value” for the price. The off season typically features more competitive pricing because it’s a less desirable time to visit.
Here at Mohonk, summer is high season, particularly the end of June through the end of August. For 150 years, guests have been escaping the hustle and bustle of the city and “summering” at Mohonk with miles of hiking, lake swimming, boating, our famous Granary outdoor BBQ, and campfires with s’mores at night. It’s a classic summer vacation that continues to be incredibly popular for all ages—especially for multi-generational travel and family reunions because of its old-world charm and endless outdoor playground for adventurers both young and old to explore. So yes, summer is traditionally “the best” time to visit.
When we ask Mohonk insiders, like our Director of Recreation Annie Pilek (celebrating 15 years on the mountaintop) or our President Eric Gullickson (5th generation Smiley Family member celebrating 20+ years on the mountaintop) about the best time to visit, their answer is clear.
The first two weeks of September.
Annie says “It’s everything that is great about summer at Mohonk, but without the crowds. I always tell people that the first two weeks of September are the best time to come. The kids have gone back to school, so everything slows down a bit but the lake is still warm, the trails are stunning, horseback and carriage rides are still in full swing.”
These first two weeks in September are “a hidden gem” Eric adds. He suggests that “guests who love the outdoors and aren’t traveling with children will get the most value during these first two weeks of September. There’s a real sense of serenity that isn’t always possible during the busy season.”
Whether you’re into traditional rock climbing, mountain biking, or rock scrambling through our iconic Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze, these “last days of summer” are just as enchanting as the high season, but without the crowds. You can cap off your perfect stay together with our inclusive meals and recreation or a cocktail on the Sunset Porch. Be sure to toast one of our best-kept secrets—the magic of an early September visit.
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