For those of you who enjoy a more casual affair with all things luxury the quaint town of New Paltz, NY awaits you. Located just under a 90 minute drive from Manhattan, New Paltz offers all the charms of a hippie era with a flair of urban flavor. Main Street/Rt 299 New Paltz is pleasantly dotted with a variety of boutiques selling everything from bohemian chic too tie dye. Local artisans line the streets, selling one of a kind accessories; antique stores, and vintage thrift stores entice you from their opened doors. Side streets even call out to be noticed here, as there funky store front signs bring out the curiosity in even the most seasoned shopping skeptic. For the art lover don’t miss the Samuel Dorsky Musuem of Art located at the SUNY New Paltz campus, their current exhibits feature both modern and contemporary art as well as a collection of historical silver that will have you rethinking the way your own fine china is displayed. To those looking to satisfy their culinary cravings and sweet tooth in one stop don’t miss the spot where the locals go, the Bakery.
The Bakery, which has been in operation since 1981 is a Rustic cafe that includes a coffee bar and full lunch menu; there is even a beautiful outside garden cafe, providing the perfect opportunity for some quiet reflection or a good book. This is the perfect time to stop and smell the roses. Literally! But you have come for the luxury, so what are you waiting for? As you head out of the small village of New Paltz and up the winding road of Mountain Rest you will find an enchanting castle that sits atop a majestic lake and a sprawling 2200 acres of wilderness;Welcome to the Mohonk Mountain House.
As you enter into this enchanting castle you are immediately brought back to a time long gone, but well preserved in this 266 room victorian castle. Upon your arrival you are cordially welcomed by guest services where you can arrange for either your stay over or full access by using their day meal program. Either choice the castle is yours. The castle which dates back to 1859 is everything that one would imagine: grand fireplaces, tapestries, beautiful art work, and a call for afternoon tea served complete with tea biscuits. Although we are in a Castle, the amenities of today seamlessly blend in a way that will have you thinking they have been part of its history all along, after all we are after luxury.
In the summer you can enjoy a refreshing swim on Mohonk Lake, or sun bathe on the sandy shore or dock. If adventure is what you seek, stop by the Wheel Works Bike Shop and rent a mountain bike and live out your inner X game. If you are a nature lover there are plenty of outdoor activities to choose: from the walking trails to the garden maze; allowing yourself ample time to explore the grounds of this luxurious fairytale is just what you need because there is just that much to explore and do. When you finally have had enough for the day unwind with a spa treatment at the award winning Spa at Mohonk Mountain House. This spa is complete with a solarium, fireplace, indoor heated swimming pool, outdoor heated mineral pool, and state of the art fitness center. Mohonk Mountain House is the perfect blend of activity, rest, and play where luxury knows no bounds.