Mohonk Mountain House
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING
1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561
Mohonk Mountain House (866/720-9636, www.mohonk.com) in New Paltz, NY less than two hours north of New York City has 50 km of groomed trails. Mohonk Mountain House offers overnight guests, who visit this scenic location in the Shawangunk Mountains (also known as The Gunks, reputed to be a million years older than the Catskills) free use of cross country ski and snowshoe equipment rentals. This resort is known for weekend getaways, romantic interludes and family reunions.
Cross country ski about 1.5 miles from the resort's rental shop and then climb the stone structure called the Sky Top Tower to a beautiful 360-degree vista of six neighboring states. Attendants are happy to advise about appropriate trails for cross country skier levels. Lessons are available. Ice skating and tubing are also available to overnight guests.
Mohonk Mountain House is a 259 room Victorian castle on the Shawangunk Ridge. Now with an award-winning Spa, featuring 16 treatment rooms, an indoor heated pool, outdoor heated mineral pool, solarium, steam and sauna rooms, state-of-the-art fitness center, and yoga/motion room. Services available at the Spa include therapeutic and deep tissue massage, aromatherapy and reflexology and instruction for couples' massage and partner massages. A full service salon is also available in the Spa.
From New York City (90 miles), by car take the New York State Thruway north to New Paltz, Exit 18. By train, take MetroNorth (Amtrak) to Poughkeepsie or by bus take Adirondack Trailways to New Paltz. Make an advance call for Mohonk pick up at the bus or train station. CCSAA member. Upper Photo at Eagle Cliff scenic view; lower photo Mohonk Mountain House by Jim Smith Photography.