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Insider Tips for Visiting Mohonk Mountain House

Mohonk is one of our absolute favorite places in the world. As locals, we’ve been going there for at least 30 years, yet it still makes our hearts skip a beat when we drive up to the mountain house. Just 85 miles from Manhattan, or 70 miles from Westchester, this National Historic Landmark is unlike any other place in the world. It simply must be seen!

Since we’ve been there countless times for personal trips, as well as to photograph weddings and portraits, we thought we’d share some insider tips we’ve learned over the years that have really helped us to get the most out of every visit:

If you’re just planning a day trip, the meals are a bit pricy, but worth it (in our humble opinions). Read more about our thoughts on the dining options here.

Something that makes the meals an even greater value is that if you purchase a meal (whether breakfast, lunch or dinner), you can also make use of the house for the day. This means that if  the weather turns on you, you can escape to the rocking chairs on the covered porch and enjoy the view of the lake and rock structures behind it, or go into the house and sit in front of a fire. It also means you can enjoy the 4 o’clock tea and cookies (yum). Adding even greater value, you can enjoy almost all of the daily activities (except the ones that incur an additional fee, like boating). Be sure to check out the daily activities online beforehand so that you can plan your day (or check the board across from the main desk when you arrive).

Mohonk plans several Theme Programs through the year. Check their Events Calendar to look ahead and see which programs you might be interested in so that you can add them to your own calendar! They feature fun themes like Couples Romantic Getaways, Girlfriends Getaways, Mystery Weekends, Mindfulness, Wine Tasting, and more.

If you’re traveling to Mohonk with your family or with your special someone, it’s the perfect time to have a portrait session done. There is no backdrop that is more beautiful, and there is a world-class spa right on premises to perfect your hair and makeup. Contact us and we will help you plan your photo shoot – the perfect momento of your trip!



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