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150 Things To Do At Mohonk Collage

150 THINGS TO DO AT MOHONK

To celebrate Mohonk’s 150th anniversary, we’ve come up with a list of 150 things you can look forward to during your stay. Whether you’re looking to explore the outdoors, thrill your tastebuds, or fuel your knowledge of history, there’s something for everyone on our mountaintop.

Specific items are not always available and may vary by season. Please see the Activities Schedule for your visit. Please note that some activities are only available to overnight guests and may require a fee.

FOOD & DRINK

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#1 Try our DRINK OF THE MONTH at the Carriage Lounge—each is a winning entry by one of our bartenders from our monthly mixology contest.

#2 Watch the sunset with a cocktail on the Sunset Porch.

#3 Enjoy a classic tradition at our THREE-COURSE DINNERS with menu service.

#4 Come to our LOBSTER BAKE at The Granary for an outdoor seafood celebration.

#5 Taste our very own ICE CREAM flavor — Mohonk Mountain Crunch — specially created by local family business Jane’s Ice Cream.

#6 Add zing to your drinks with a MIXOLOGY class at one of our Couple’s Weekends.

#7 Sip a smoothie from our Old Fashioned Soda Fountain.

#8 Create your own work of art at our Paint and Sip classes.

#9 Get a Root Beer float at the SODA FOUNTAIN.

#10 Reserve a seat at our CHEF’S TABLE in our newly renovated kitchen and indulge in a multi-course tasting menu complete with wine pairings.

#11 Try the crepes at breakfast. Or the waffles. Or the pancakes. Try them all!

#12 Curate your perfect omelet at breakfast or weekend brunch.

#13 Make your dream cupcake at dessert.

FITNESS & SPA

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#14 Take a swim in the INDOOR POOL—duck your head under to hear our underwater music.

#15 Need to relax? Schedule a massage, facial, or body treatment at THE SPA.

#16 Visit the Spa to shop for organic skincare, natural makeup, and more.

#17 Let all your stress evaporate in our dry rock saunas at the Spa.

#18 Relax and breathe easy in our eucalyptus steam room.

#19 Get a workout recommendation for running, swimming, or biking from our Endurance Concierge—a Survival of the Shawangunks winner and Iron Man competitor.

#20 Soak in our outdoor heated MINERAL POOL.

#21 Lift weights and do your daily workout in our FITNESS CENTER.

#22 Take one of our daily fitness, yoga, or meditation CLASSES in our Motion Room.

#23 Learn new skills together with our couples-based classes like AcroYoga, or Couples Massage lessons during Couples’ Romantic Getaway weekend.

#24 Sign up for private YOGA sessions, personal training, mindfulness, golf, or tennis lessons.

WINTER

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#25 See the summerhouses lit up at night from the Lake Lounge porch.

#26 Embrace the winter fun with ice skating at our grand open air pavilion. Enjoy disco skate nights, and you can even sign up for a private lesson.

#27 Try out one of the more unusual winter Olympic sports with Curling up at our skating pavilion.

#28 Sip hot cocoa and warm up by the giant stone fireplace in our skating pavilion.

#29 Enjoy the winter air by the fire tables on the Parlor Porch.

#30 Find a spot by the fire in the Lake Lounge to warm yourself after a fall or winter hike.

#31 Cross-Country ski on over 30 miles of trails—Sky Top Road and Copes Lookout Road are two of our favorites.

#32 Grab a pair of snowshoes at our Ski Shop or join a guided snowshoe hike.

HIKES

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#33 Hike to iconic SKY TOP TOWER and make your way to the observation deck at the top.

#34 Rock scramble through boulders and cliffs in our famous LABYRINTH & LEMON SQUEEZE.

#35 Hike to Copes Lookout at sunset for a mindful moment with a breathtaking view.

#36 Looking for a loop? Hike EAGLE CLIFF for a magnificent panorama every way you turn.

#37 Take Spring Path to Mohonk Spring where we drew our drinking water in the early 1900s.

#38 Take a hike with our Naturalist and learn all about flora and fauna on the ridge.

#39 Hike to the LILY POND to see dragonflies, tadpoles, frogs, and a profusion of lilies.

GARDEN

Garden at Mohonk

#40 See the Children’s Garden at our Greenhouse. Past years have showcased dinosaurs and ice cream—come see what this summer brings.

#41 Be dazzled by our SHOW GARDEN, which features a new theme each year.

#42 Take a garden tour with our Greenhouse staff.

ON THE LAKE

Kayaking on Lake Mohonk

#43 Glide across Lake Mohonk in a CANOE.

#44 Take some time for serenity as you KAYAK across Lake Mohonk.

#45 Embrace the tranquility as you explore the lake on a standup PADDLEBOARD.

#46 Work those calf muscles on a pedal boat ride around our glorious lake.

#47 Try out a rowboat—handcrafted at Lowell’s Boat Shop—a National Historic Landmark.

#48 Make a big splash as you cannonball off the diving board at THE BEACH.

#49 Build a sandcastle at the beach.

#50 Try to find your balance on the LOG ROLL at the beach—it’s a Mohonk tradition.

#51 Swim across Lake Mohonk during our daily summertime LAKE SWIMS.

#52 Feed the FISH off the edge of the boat dock.

SUMMERHOUSES

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#53 Find all 120 of our summerhouses—roam high and low and see the entire property.

#54 See our newest summerhouse: Sunbonnet Summerhouse built into the cliff.

#55 Follow the planks to the secret cave beside Sunbonnet Summerhouse.

#56 Visit Garden Eyrie—the first triple-decker summerhouse.

#57 Look down over our show garden from the top of the double-decker garden summerhouse, built in 1898.

#58 Cool off in the stone summerhouse, built way back in 1890.

#59 Take a selfie at Arthur’s Seat summerhouse by Eagle Cliff (named after Chester Arthur—one of 5 presidents to visit Mohonk).

PLAY

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#60 Grab a basketball at Guest Services and shoot some hoops.

#61 Love Frisbee? Play our 18-hole DISC GOLF course in the woods.

#62 Find out if your aim is true with our staff-led ARCHERY sessions.

#63 Learn the art of TOMAHAWK THROWING from our skilled Recreation staff.

#64 Take a guided HORSEBACK ride on the Mohonk trails.

#65 Take in the amazing views from a CARRIAGE Ride.

#66 Practice your serve on our six TENNIS courts: two red clay and four HarTru.

#67 Test your skill at our round-robin tennis mixer in the summer.

#68 Go for a run out in nature on one of our many carriage roads.

#69 Try shuffleboard, lawn bowling, or croquet, by the tennis courts.

#70 Putter around on the putting green. Fun for all ages.

#71 Play GOLF on our Scottish-inspired 9-hole course—no greens fees for overnight guests!

#72 Go for a MOUNTAIN BIKE ride, or join a guided group. Try Old Pasture Loop & Terrace Hill single-track trails. Bikes can be rented at our WheelWorks Shop by the tennis courts.

#73 ROCK CLIMB with a guide from Alpine Endeavors. All levels. Reservations: ext. 2752.

#74 Rent a FISHING pole and catch a trout in Lake Mohonk.

AVAILABLE EVERY DAY

Mohonk Greenhouse

#75 Enjoy a Mohonk tradition with daily AFTERNOON TEA & COOKIES at 4pm in the Lake Lounge.

#76 Play cards or board games—located in the Laurel Lounge. It’s the cure for too much screen time.

#77 Stop by our GREENHOUSE to see all of our plants and greenery. It’s open every day.

#78 Visit our blog to see recipes for cocktails and food, read mindfulness tips, learn about our history, find out about great hikes, and more.

#79 Take amazing photos and post them to INSTAGRAM with #mohonkmountainhouse.

#80 Treat yourself to breakfast in bed! Call Room Service at ext. 2364.

#81 Browse our GIFT SHOP—it’s been open since 1884—and have a smoothie at our Soda Fountain.

#82 Visit the Local Room in our Gift Shop for art, fashions, and crafts from local artisans.

#83 Take home a unique Mohonk T-shirt such as “I Survived the Lemon Squeeze.”

#84 Check out the evening movie—we screen a different one every night of the year.

#85 Take advantage of a quiet space with books and newspapers in our library. There’s even a lending library nearby in our Winter Lounge.

Carriage Lounge Beer on Tap

#86 Stop by the PRESERVE ROOM near the Gift Shop to find out about our sister organization—New York State’s largest visitor and member supported private nature preserve.

#87 Write down your nature observations and find out what animals other guests have seen at our nature table outside the Preserve Room.

#88 Try a flight of local CRAFT BEER in the Carriage Lounge.

#89 Find the glass cabinet with Ruth Smiley’s collection of dolls from around the world—it’s on the second floor near the Family Parlor.

#90 Visit the GAME ROOM for pinball, video games, ping pong, air hockey, foosball, and more.

#91 Tell time the (very) old-fashioned way using the sundial on the way to our Show Garden.

#92 Take a mindful breath of fresh air on a rocking chair on the Lake Porch, Parlor Porch, or Sunset Porch.

#93 Call Room Service (ext. 2364) for a bucket of ice and CHAMPAGNE to toast your time together.

#94 For a truly unique view and photo: Look up from the very bottom of the central stairs.

#95 Have Guest Services light a fire in your FIREPLACE.

#96 Fit yourself into the mysterious hollow tree on the trail to the Greenhouse.

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#97 Watch the birds at the bird feeder outside our Grove exit near the Gift Shop.

#98 Visit Garden Overlook and see the Mountain House from a whole different vantage.

#99 Try a fun family-friendly activity such as DISCO BINGO featuring disco music, hosts with funky outfits, disco lighting, and dance-off tie breakers.

#100 Hide out under the leaves of our massive WEEPING BEECH tree near the Greenhouse—it was planted as a sapling in 1890.

#101 Enjoy the newest accommodations on property at GROVE LODGE, our luxury hideaway just three-minutes walk from the Mountain House.

#102 See all the fresh floral arrangements throughout the House, designed by our FLORISTS.

Also every day, see #14 to #22 #111 to #119

FOR KIDS!

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#103 Take your little one to the playground—enjoy the monkey bars, swings, and more.

#104 Kids can have their first experience with horses on our PONY RIDES.

#105 Kids’ Club explorers reach for the stars as they engineer paper tube ROCKET SHIPS.

#106 Young children walk on the wild side as they make animal MASKS in our Kids’ Club.

#107 Younger kids in Kids’ Club can compete in a scavenger hunt around our Barn Museum.

#108 Adventurers in Kids’ Club can team up for a game of ultimate FRISBEE.

#109 At our evening Kids’ Club session you can see some of nature’s most amazing predators when you meet birds of prey with our animal experts.

#110 Try teen activities like Teen Tennis Tournaments, or teen teambuilding activities such as our egg engineering contest or GLOW DISC GOLF at night.

HISTORY BUFFS

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#111 Go on a HOUSE HISTORY TOUR at 11:15am and find out how our castle came to be.

#112 Uncover Mohonk’s HIDDEN HISTORIES in augmented reality! Beginning in early 2019, you can download our new AR app to unlock stories throughout the House. Coming in early 2019!

#113 Check out photos from the Mohonk Boys School from the 1950s in the Grove section of the Mountain House on the second floor.

#114 See some past PRESIDENTS who visited Mohonk in our Grove Portrait Collection on the way to the Dining Room.

#115 Find the historic plaque in our Victorian Parlor that commemorates our NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK status, awarded in 1986.

#116 Discover trophies, bowling pins, and other artifacts on the Second Floor curio cabinet by the Spa wing.

#117 Find the page by the Front Desk where two U.S. PRESIDENTS signed in for overnight stays.

Barn Museum

#118 Take your own tour of the paintings of the Mountain House (many showing Mohonk scenes) with our book Paintings at Mohonk: Visions of our Surroundings.

#119 Read all about our history in Mohonk and the Smileys—available at the Gift Shop.

#120 See over 30 CARRIAGES and a MODEL A FORD from 1923 at The Barn Museum.

#121 Sit in an old-time school desk at The Barn Museum and learn about the Mohonk Boys School.

#122 Enjoy a craft demo like old-time chair caning in the summer at our Barn Museum.

#123 Watch a BLACKSMITH demonstration at The Barn Museum.

SPECIAL EVENTS

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#124 Catch an OUTDOOR MOVIE with popcorn at The Barn Museum.

#125 Come to THE BARNIVAL for magicians, jugglers, tastings, and more.

#126 Learn the ins and outs of WINE from master wine taster Kevin Zraly at our January Wine Tasting Weekend. If beer is more your speed, come to Brewmaster’s Weekend in April.

#127 Solve a live mystery during MYSTERY WEEKEND in March—we started the craze back in the 1970s and have been stumping our guests ever since.

#128 Enjoy 100+ concerts annually with our MUSIC programs—Jazz on the Mountain in January, Festival of the Arts in summer, and Music on the Mountain in September.

#129 Experience one of our oldest programs: Hiker’s Holiday in May, started back in 1932.

#130 Use your binoculars to see birds up close at BIRDING Weekend in May.

#131 Come to Open Camp across the lake for summer CAMPFIRE singalongs and s’mores.

#132 Check out Garden Holiday in August for workshops and demonstrations by horticultural experts, and come to our annual GARDEN TEA with scones and live harp music.

#133 Watch the end of the Survival of the Shawangunks (SOS) Triathlon at Sky Top Tower in September: competitors cycle 30 miles, swim three lakes, and run four trails.

#134 Attend our local VENDOR EXPOS at Hudson Valley Harvest weekends in September.

#135 Join us on fall Hudson Valley Excursions to a nearby farm or vineyard.

HOLIDAYS

Mohonk Mountain House | 4th of July

#136 Join us during Presidents’ Week in February for our annual kids’ WINTER CARNIVAL.

#137 Take your picture with the Easter Bunny to celebrate the arrival of spring.

#138 Scramble around and find as many eggs as you can in our annual EASTER EGG HUNT. There’s even an adult version with liqueur-filled chocolates.

#139 The best place ever to see FIREWORKS? The 4th of July at Mohonk.

#140 Be one of the brave few who dare to dive off the Lake Lounge porch during our 4th of July festivities.

#141 Come to our HALLOWEEN Weekend Carnival with crafts, a photo booth, tastings, face painting, and more. Then join us for the costume ball.

#142 Test your wits at our ESCAPE ROOM during Halloween Weekend.

#143 Order your own holiday flowers, a miniature tree, or a wreath for your room from late November to Christmas day—just call our Greenhouse at ext. 2152.

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#144 Have a December you’ll always remember as you marvel at the amazing holiday decorations—boughs, swags, ornaments, and so much more.

#145 Wear your ugliest UGLY SWEATER to our Ugly Sweater Contest in December.

#146 Check out the amazing winners of our annual Hudson Valley GINGERBREAD COMPETITION in December—you won’t believe the creativity.

#147 Take a self-guided CHRISTMAS TREE TOUR and see all of our decorated trees.

#148 Come to the Winter Lounge each night of Chanukah for a menorah lighting ceremony.

#149 Tell Santa what you want for Christmas as he comes to visit on Christmas Eve.

#150 Ring in the new year with our NEW YEAR’S EVE Celebration—it’s a day full of fun capped off by a dance party and a midnight extravaganza.

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