ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WEEKEND: WINTER
January 18 – 21, 2019
Join us for our very first 150th anniversary celebration weekend at Mohonk Mountain House. Back in 1869, Albert Smiley purchased 300 acres and a small 10-room inn by the side of a majestic glacial lake. And now, 150 years later, our magnificent Victorian castle continues to thrive. The Smiley family—owners and operators of Mohonk Mountain House since those early days of Albert Smiley—will lead the weekend. Family members will guide guests on hikes and tours, and host special events—including an anniversary reception and celebration, a winter outdoor bonfire, and more. Celebrate with us for a weekend that’s been 150 years in the making as we party like it’s 1869!
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call . Three-night minimum.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Additional events and activities for Film Focus occurring this weekend.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18
Welcome Reception with a Peek into Mohonk’s Past
Kick off our anniversary weekend with some light refreshments hosted by the Smiley family in our historic Lake Lounge. Meet family members and take a look back in time as we show recently discovered film footage from the 1920s to the 1940s, shot by Albert K. Smiley (1883-1964), the nephew of our founder. We’ve put together highlights from over 100 reels of these vintage films to give you a glimpse of a time gone by.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19
Early Morning Hike or Snowshoe with Eric Gullickson & Tom Smiley
Guided hikes are a longstanding tradition at Mohonk that began with our founder Albert K. Smiley in the 1870s. Today, fifth generation family members Eric Gullickson (our president) and Tom Smiley (our CEO) will lead you on an early morning hike or snowshoe along one of the many trails traversed by their great-great-grand-uncle in the late 1800s.
House History Tour with Sevan Melikyan
Accompany Smiley family member and local art gallery owner Sevan Melikyan on a history tour of the Mountain House. Great for first-time guests and longtime stayers who want to learn more from a family member!
Mindfulness in Minutes with Nina Smiley
Join Nina Smiley, Ph.D., our Director of Mindfulness Programming and co-author of The Three Minute Meditator and Mindfulness in Nature. She will teach you how to bring meditation into your life.
Please note: class is for ages 16+ only and is limited to 24 participants. Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start of class.
S’mores, Skating, and Smileys
Lace up your skates and spin around the ice in our grand open-air pavilion. Then warm up by the 39-foot stone fireplace and enjoy s’mores with our President Eric Gullickson (a great-great grandnephew of our founder) and his family.
150th Celebration Party
Tonight we party like it’s 2019: We’ll have a live music with jazz combo, After Five, a cash bar, and a birthday cake to celebrate 150 years of Mohonk Mountain House. So put on your dancing shoes and celebrate with the Smiley family!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20
Smiley Family Parlor Open House with Sandra Smiley
Stop by the Smiley Family Parlor to visit with Sandra Smiley, a great-grandniece of our founder, to share stories and reflections on Mohonk’s History.
Blacksmith Demonstration with Jim Clark
Join our Barn Museum curator Jim Clark and discover the techniques and skills used in the art of Blacksmithing.
Winter Bonfire with Hot Cider, Hot Cocoa, & Cookies with Tom Smiley
Bundle up and head down to the corral for a winter bonfire hosted by Tom Smiley, our CEO. (It’s not the OK Corral—it’s the really awesome corral!) Enjoy hot cider, hot cocoa, cookies, and good company as you warm up by the fire in the crisp mountain air.
MONDAY, JANUARY 21
Art Tour with Pril Smiley
Join Pril Smiley, our director of art and a great-grandniece of our founder, for a tour of the artwork collections that adorn the hallways of the Mountain House. Learn the stories behind the images, including historical information on the Mohonk Boys School, a look at our watercolor and oil painting acquisitions, vintage photographs, and more.
MEET OUR PROGRAM LEADERS
President of Mohonk Mountain House
After a 10 year career in journalism and public relations, Eric joined the Mohonk Management team in 2010 as the Director of Hotel Operations. Eric was promoted to General Manager in 2014 and was appointed as Vice President in 2016. Throughout his life, Eric has been involved with the resort in a variety of ways, ranging from seasonal jobs in his teenage years to serving as a member of the Board of Directors in his adult years, giving him a unique perspective on the operation from the inside out.
CEO of Mohonk Mountain House
With an extensive background in manufacturing and engineering management, Tom joined the Mohonk management team in 2003 after serving as a member of the Mohonk Mountain House Board of Directors. For the last 8 years, Tom has led the Properties and Project Management teams as Director of Properties and was appointed as Vice President in 2016.
Nina Smiley, Ph.D.
Director of Mindfulness Programming
Nina Smiley, Ph.D. graduated from Vassar College and earned a doctoral degree in psychology from Princeton University. She is co-author of The Three Minute Meditator, Mindfulness in Nature (2017), and the CD Mini-Meditations That Will Enhance Your Life. Nina taught psychology at the University of Maryland and worked at the American Psychological Association. She has studied mindfulness with Jack Kornfield (founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center), Sharon Salzberg (co-founder of Insight Meditation Society), Joseph Goldstein, and others. Nina’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Real Simple, Shape, Prevention, and O, the Oprah Magazine. She delights in sharing insights about mindfulness meditation and well-being.
Mohonk Board of Director and Art Director
Pril Smiley was raised at Mohonk, along with her fourth-generation siblings and cousins. As an adult, she balanced her Mohonk involvement with a career in electronic music. While still a student at Bennington College, in 1963, Pril started working at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in New York City. Following college graduation, she became established as a teacher and administrator at the Center. More notably, she was a pioneering composer—writing electronic music for over forty theatre, film, and dance productions, and serving for six years as Electronic Music Consultant for the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center after it had just opened. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1975. Her electronic compositions continue to be performed internationally.
Meanwhile, on the Mohonk front, Pril was elected to the Mohonk Board of Directors in 1972, and became involved in many facets of the business over the ensuing decades. Currently, she continues her work at Mohonk Mountain House as a member of the Board of Directors and as Mohonk’s Art Director.
Sevan Melikyan is the director of Wired Gallery in High Falls, New York, a founding member and director of Chagall in High Falls, Inc., a lecturer on art museums, a tour guide for Artful Journeys, and an artist. Sevan has produced dozens of art exhibits featuring Hudson Valley artists at Mohonk Mountain House, where he also leads monthly house tours. In 2013, Art Society of Kingston presented Melikyan with its ASKars award in recognition for his “significant contributions to the arts” and The Ulster County Executive recognized Melikyan as an Arts Ambassador. Before moving to the U.S., he lived in Paris, France where he earned a BA focusing on arts marketing, and in Istanbul, Turkey, where he was born of Armenian parents in 1965. He is married to Maria Guralnik, a fourth generation Smiley Family member. Their son, Robert, a Junior at Ithaca College, performs at Mohonk Mountain House during Christmas and 4th of July celebrations.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
When you visit for Winter Anniversary Celebration Weekend, your overnight package includes:
- Three meals daily featuring fresh, locally sourced cuisine from our farm-to-table partners
- Guided Outdoor Activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and nature hikes (weather permitting)
- Daily Guided “House History” Tours of our National Historic Landmark resort
- Ice skating in our open air pavilion
- Yoga, Meditation, and Fitness Classes
- Indoor Heated Pool with underwater music
- Afternoon tea and cookies in our historic Lake Lounge
- Nightly Evening Entertainment
- Special Events and more! See schedule of activities >