Mohonk, a Victorian castle hotel, was built in the late 1800s and still maintains that old-timey feel today. Fireplaces everywhere, grand staircases, huge porches overlooking the lake. It actually feels like the resort in Dirty Dancing, albeit a fancier version - big dining rooms, family activities, boating, etc.
Jesse and I had both been to Mohonk as kids and as soon as we arrived we hit the hiking trails. That makes us sound more hardcore than we are. Let me specify: I was wearing jeans and pearls.
Mohonk has a "rock scramble" that culminates in a climb through a very narrow rock cave, aptly called "The Lemon Squeeze". I could tell right away that perhaps rock scrambles weren't for me:
... and here we are, post-Lemon Squeeze. I wouldn't let Jesse take any pictures mid-Squeeze because a) I was crying and b) I almost died (picture Jesse behind me right now shaking his head and mouthing "No, she didn't").
Post-hike, we paddle-boated around the lake...
...had an amazing dinner, and enjoyed drinks out on the back porch overlooking the water. Delicious food and such a relaxed and historic atmosphere.
While at Mohonk we also visited the spa (the MOST AMAZING spa I have ever been to) for massages and a hot spring soak. Mohonk's spa was recently named the #2 Resort Spa by Conde Nast for 2012 (I wonder what #1 was... get me there, now!). Since taking photos around a spa is generally frowned upon, here's a shot from their website. So relaxing:
I definitely recommend Mohonk as a weekend trip away - very easy for New Yorkers and not so tough from New England spots. It was perfectly romantic and relaxing and I can't wait to go back soon!