Couples’ Romantic Getaway: Spring
May 21 – 23, 2021
A getaway to Mohonk is the perfect escape to nature this spring. As songbirds return and plants begin to bloom, breathe in the scent of the mountain air while strolling through the vibrant colors of our greenhouse and hiking more than 85 miles of trails. For couples who prefer the indoors, enjoy a weekend of live music, handcrafted cocktails in the Carriage Lounge, and nature-inspired treatments in our spa.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
**Physical Distancing Requirements and Maximum Occupancy Restrictions
Masks are required at all times, even if you have been vaccinated. Please note our live music performances have two sessions of the same show. You may choose to attend one of the two shows. This will allow access to as many guests as possible. Between each session, we sanitize the room for the next audience to enjoy the show comfortably. We thank you for your understanding as we work to continue to make Mohonk a safe and fun environment for all.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, MAY 21
Live Music with Darmon Meader Trio**
8:30pm / 9:30pm
Known in both the jazz vocal and instrumental worlds, Darmon Meader has achieved international recognition as the founder, musical director, chief arranger, and vocalist with New York Voices. Also an accomplished saxophonist, Darmon shares standards and stories with Mohonk audiences.
SATURDAY, MAY 22
House History Talk with Maria Guralnik and Sevan Melikyan
Maria is a fourth generation Smiley family member and Sevan runs the local Wired Gallery in High Falls, NY. Join this dynamic couple on a walk through the history of Mohonk Mountain House, with a particular focus on the arts at Mohonk throughout the years.
Take a stroll with Mohonk’s Head Gardener Clinton Claussen for an official tour around this season’s colorful version of the garden as he talks about the techniques required to complete this complicated endeavor year after year.
Mezcal and Tequila Tasting*
Join Michael Mendikoff of Empire Merchants North, for a tasting of different types of Tequila.
*Please 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 Concert Pianist Robin Spielberg**
8:30pm / 9:30pm
Join Robin Spielberg for an evening of beautiful, dreamy piano selections. Robin has been a long time favorite at Mohonk and is known not only for her gifts at the piano, but her heartwarming tales from the bench. Robin has put together a set of romantic music, perfect for our couples’ weekend and anyone seeking solace and comfort. Robin’s newest albums are “Love Story,” a collection of romantic popular love songs and “Re-Inventions,” a collection of classic masterpieces reimagined.
SUNDAY, MAY 23
Enhance Your Relationship with Meditation and Mindfulness
Understanding that relationships are both strong and fragile, joyful and challenging, delightful and frustrating creates a space in which a relationship has room to grow. Meditation supports a deeper awareness of the moment and in so doing enhances a more nuanced awareness of relationships. Join Dr. Nina Smiley and Reverend Puja Thomson for a sample in meditative techniques that invites you to explore how relationships, resilience, and romance can be nurtured, one moment at a time.
MEET OUR PROGRAM LEADERS
Darmon Meader has achieved international recognition as the founder, musical director, chief arranger, composer, producer, saxophonist, and vocalist with New York Voices. As a member of New York Voices, he has released numerous recordings on the GRP, RCA/Victor, Concord, and MCGJazz labels. In the fall of 2007, New York Voices released their long-awaited MCGJazz release “A Day Like This,” and in January 2008, Darmon released his much anticipated debut solo CD, “And So Am I.” Darmon’s solo project is a collection of jazz standards and original works, which reflects his varied interests and skills as a singer, saxophonist, writer, and arranger.
Clinton Claussen is the head gardener at Mohonk Mountain House. In 2017 he started with the Rustic Carpenter team and transitioned to the garden staff that winter. He is an avid outdoorsman who has an enormous wealth of knowledge on the region’s flora and fauna. He majored in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Iowa.
Michael Mednikoff is the Regional Sales Manager with Empire Merchants North and has over 27 years in the alcoholic beverage industry. He is a certified beverage professional covering the Hudson Valley and is also a certified wine and spirits trainer for Empire Merchants. He has a true passion for Scotch, Whiskey, and Bourbon, and has spent time at some of the largest Scotch producers in Scotland.
Nina Smiley, Ph.D.
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, now in its fifth edition and translated into seven languages, and Mindfulness in Nature (spring 2017), along with 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), and others. Nina’s work has been featured in The New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Shape and Prevention. She delights in sharing insights about mindfulness meditation and well-being.
Puja A. J. Thomson
Puja A. J. Thomson brings a wealth of experience from 3 decades as a therapist and celebrant, officiating weddings throughout the Hudson Valley, including many at Mohonk. Puja enjoys guiding couples to create personal ceremonies to reflect their shared commitments to each other. As workshop leader, author, and minister of the Healing Light Center Church, she incorporates meditation & spiritual practices from many traditions as well as from her own life experiences in Europe, India, and the USA. She is Director of ROOTS & WINGS in New Paltz, NY. Her books include Track Your Truth: Discover Your Authentic Self , After Shock: From Cancer Diagnosis to Healing, and other holistic health and wellness titles, available at www.rootsnwings.com. Her charming Scottish accent adds a special touch to our romantic couples’ weekend!
Maria Guralnik & Sevan Melikyan
Fourth generation Smiley family member Maria Guralnik grew up playing the flute and has wonderful memories of many Mohonk concerts featuring her grandmother, Rachel Orcutt Smiley, at the organ and her father, concert pianist Robert Guralnik. Maria graduated from New York University with a flute performance degree and has a master’s in non-profit organizations from Case Western University launching a career in performing arts management and education. She is the Artistic Director of Mohonk’s annual summer Festival of the Arts, established in 1989 by her parents. Maria is committed to continuing the outstanding legacy of music and the arts at Mohonk. Her husband Sevan Melikyan directs Wired Gallery which is often on-site at Mohonk.
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.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
When you visit during Couples’ Weekend, your overnight package includes:
- Three meals daily featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients from our farm-to-table partners. See our full list of dining options>
- Access to more than 85 miles of scenic hiking trails
- Yoga, Meditation, and Fitness classes
- Afternoon tea and cookies in our historic Lake Lounge
- Make an appointment to visit our Greenhouse
- Indoor heated pool with underwater music
- Guided hikes and outdoor activities with our Recreation team
- Nightly evening entertainment, special events, and more! See activities schedule>
- Guided nature hikes with stunning views of the Catskill Mountains
- Boating and fishing on Lake Mohonk
- Rock scrambling our iconic Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze trail
- Guided archery and tomahawk throwing sessions
- Complimentary court time on our Har-Tru and red clay tennis courts
- Complimentary greens fees on our historic 9- hole golf course
À 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 hyper local draft beer and hard cider
- An award-winning wine list in our dining venues
- Scenic carriage rides, pony rides, and horseback riding
- Guided rock climbing with Alpine Endeavors
- Private fitness, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness sessions
- Private tennis lessons, golf lessons, archery lessons and tomahawk throwing lessons with our pros
- Mountain bike rental to explore our single track trails
- Fishing pole rental, and bait for purchase
- Disc golf discs available for purchase (weather permitting)