Couples’ Romantic Getaway: Fall
November 15 – 17, 2019
The Shawangunk Ridge is a stunning backdrop for a weekend of romance with your significant other. Soak up the great outdoors together with a romantic carriage ride, live music and dancing, and tasting Hudson Valley spirits from local distilleries.
A couples’ weekend wouldn’t be complete without a visit to our award-winning Spa. Indulge in a nature-inspired treatment and enjoy a soak in our outdoor heated mineral pool.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Live Music with the Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez Trio
This Brooklyn-based rising singer/songwriter’s soulful sound infuses Jazz and R&B with emotional depth and a fresh edge. Raina invites us into her sonic world with harmonic nuance and lyrical ferocity accompanied by bass player Luke McCrosson and percussionist Zach Berns.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Love Birds Walk
Do birds mate for life? Please join Naturalist Michael Ridolfo as we learn about the behaviors of our resident songbirds. 2 miles, moderate pace.
Unity in Creativity
Discover a deeper connection through art and communication with award-winning local artist and instructor, Alee Desiderio. Using colors, patterns, and brush strokes to express your emotions and find harmony in your partnership, Alee will guide you through a process of synergistic creation to make a work of art, together.
*Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.
Couples’ Photo Hunt
Get ready to recreate some photos we dug up from our archives of couples at Mohonk throughout the years. Come with your honey for this photo hunt with a romantic twist! Approximate length: 1 to 1½ hours
Join local brewery Clemson Brothers to sample some of their delicious craft brews.
*Note: Pre-registration is required. $30 per person program fee for admittance to the tasting. Space is limited. Participants must be age 21 or over to attend.
Live Music with Bill’s Toupee
Come dance the night away with this fun-loving band of five professional musicians who truly love performing together. They play generations of great dance music and perform with a contagious enthusiasm! Join in the fun!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Food Demo and Tasting: Crepe Cakes
Join Mohonk’s Pastry Chef, Audrey Billups as she shares her recipes for delicious crêpe cakes.
MEET OUR PROGRAM LEADERS
Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez is a singer/composer based in Brooklyn, NY. Rooted in Jazz and R&B, Raina invites us into her unique sonic world with harmonic nuance and lyrical poetry. Releasing her four debut singles in 2018, Raina has over 300k streams on Spotify and a budding global audience. Touring locally, her trio has appeared on stage at venue such as Mohonk Mountain House, The Falcon, Unison Arts Center, and has a standing residency at NYC’s famous Rockwood Music Hall.
Luke McCrosson is a Colorado-born bass player, now settled in Brooklyn, NY. He plays all over the tri-state area with a variety of ensembles including LA band, Chaos Chaos. Luke integrates the diligence and specificity of the Jazz tradition in which he is firmly rooted across all genres and projects.
Zach Berns is a multi-talented drummer and producer from Colorado. Now based out of Brooklyn, NY, Zach balances many projects including his Jazz/Hip Hop collaborative Poetic Thrust. Zach can also be seen playing with Brooklyn based artists Starchild and Rosehardt.
Michael Ridolfo is the Naturalist at Mohonk Mountain House naturalist. After 20 years of rock climbing, ice climbing, mountain biking, skiing, winter mountaineering, nature photography, writing, and music, he began practicing the art of tracking, wilderness survival, and the native mentoring model. This journey has evolved into teaching children and adults how to deepen their relationship with the natural world. In 1999, he founded Wilderness Mind (now The Earthtime Project), a school dedicated to preserving the ancient arts of tracking and nature awareness.
Bill’s Toupee is a pop/dance/cover band playing generations of well-known dance music that sounds just like the original artists live. They can perform Beyonce to Bruno Mars, Country to Motown, and most everything in between. Five vocalists (three lead singers) in their regular performance lineup makes for great vocal diversity and harmonies. Come ready to dance to some classic, well-loved tunes!
Audrey Billups is the Pastry Chef at Mohonk Mountain House and has more than 10 years of experience in baking and pastry operations. Before returning to Mohonk in January 2017, Billups served as the pastry chef at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, New York where she artfully prepared breads, breakfast pastries, desserts, ice cream, sorbets and mignardise for the seasonal restaurant. Prior to her role at Topping Rose House, Billups was the pastry sous chef at Ai Fiori, a one Michelin starred and New York Times three-star restaurant and Marea, a two Michelin starred and New York Times three-star restaurant, in New York City. Early in her career, Billups served as an assistant pastry chef at Mohonk Mountain House before moving to California to work as the pastry chef de partie at Addison at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego.
Alee Desiderio is the Resident Art Instructor at Mohonk Mountain House, teaching anything from crafts to mediums like paint and pastels. She completed of a BFA in Graphic Design from SUNY New Paltz in 2015 and also attended the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee in Scotland. She works with contemporary design techniques as well as traditional practices of bookbinding, letterpress printing, painting, and printmaking. Her work can be found in the Barn Museum at Mohonk and has been featured in the Sheffield International Artist’s Book Exhibition, SUNY New Paltz foundation and degree shows, and at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York.
Clemson Bros Brewery
Clemson Bros Brewery, with current locations in Middletown and New Paltz, New York, offers award-winning craft beer, pub fare, and catering services. With an upcoming third location in Pine Island, New York, and fourth location in planning, Clemson Bros Brewery is your neighborhood brewery for friends and family in the Hudson Valley and beyond.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
When you visit during Couples’ Weekend, your overnight package includes:
- Breakfast: Continental Breakfast and Breakfast Buffet with made-to-order omelets, our famous mini-waffles, and more
- Lunch: Chef’s Action Station Lunch Buffet
- Dinner: Surrey Fine Dining or Modern American Menu
- Access to more than 85 miles of the Hudson Valley’s best hiking trails
- Daily Guided “House History” Tours of our National Historic Landmark resort
- Guided Nature Hikes with stunning views of the Catskill Mountains
- Yoga, Meditation, and Fitness Classes
- Indoor Heated Pool with underwater music
- Afternoon tea and cookies in our historic Lake Lounge
- Special Events and more! See schedule of activities >
A la carte experiences available to overnight guests:
- A full menu of nature-inspired treatments at our award-winning spa
- The Carriage Lounge, featuring a full bar and handcrafted cocktails as well as hyperlocal draft beer and hard cider
- An award-winning wine list in our Main Dining Room
- Tour the scenic trails in an old-fashioned mule-drawn Carriage