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10/03/2005: Mohonk Mountain House Tour

One of the FUN things I did on my trip was to visit the Mohonk Mountain House (in Up-State New York) built around the late 1870’s by the Smiley family on a spectacular piece of property of more than 26,000 acres. The Historic National Landmark Resort is a Victorian Castle with 251 rooms of period furnishing and parlors and fireplaces and rocking chairs to sit and enjoy the views.

The Mohonk Moutain House is built along the cliffs of Lake Mohonk and offers many recreational activities during the summer and winter. There is tennis, boating, beach and swimming, horseback riding, ice skating, yoga, aerobics, cross-country skiing, spa and fitness center, hiking, shopping, and all sorts of relaxing spots with rocking chairs of the beautiful views.

[Found the brochure with the following details: The Mohonk Mountain House has 251 guest rooms, five guest cottages, 138 working fireplaces, 238 balconies, six parlors, 125 gazebos, a greenhouse, picnic areas, a museum, stables, skating rink, and gardens along the 60-foot deep Lake Mohonk.]

We had a “Kitchen tour” (for those folks who have never seen a large professional set-up which can serve up to 800 meals at a sitting). I took a moderate hike to the top of one of the cliffs called Skytop that has a lookout tower and reservoir and a fabulous view of the lake and resort. I also had time to do some viewing of the gardens.

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Mohonk Mountain House

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Map of the Property

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Tour Group at the Entrance

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Parlor Room

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Center Staircase

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History Wall

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The two Smiley Brothers – Alfred and Albert

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View of the many paths with small Gazebos to sit and see the views.

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Rockers on one of the many porches looking at the Mohonk Lake

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Boat Area - Path to Skytop is up along Cliff behind ithe lake.

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Looking back at one of the Hotel sections – Each balcony has Rocking chairs.

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Granite Crystal Fountain

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Fountain Koi

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On the path up to Skytop

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Skytop Tower - Built of Granite

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Inside the Tower - View from the window

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View from Skytop Tower- Notice the beach area along the lake -
- Five state can be seen from the top of the Skytop Tower:
New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts

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Skytop Reservoir - View from the Tower

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Gardens - Dirt was brought in to create the award winning gardens

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Garden Gazebo

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Garden View from Gazebo

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Garden Maze of Arborvities

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Mountain House Dining Room (Start of Kitchen Tour)

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Hot Food Service Line of the Kitchen

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One of the Kitchen Coolers – Fruit and Desserts

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Historic Wall of Kitchen Service pieces -- The management used to “dock” the Wait-staff pay for broken dishes and items

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Rocking while we wait for our buses

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Karen on 10.03.05 @ 08:18 AM CST

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