An easy drive from NYC, this "Victorian castle" is perched on cliffs by a mountain lake, amidst 1200 acres and 85 miles of hiking trails.
Mohonk Mountain House has lots of outdoors activities year-round, and a kids club during peak periods. Complimentary holiday season outdoor fun includes ice-skating in an open-air Pavilion with Victorian skating chairs; snowshoeing; cross-country skiing; snow-tubing. Indoors is a heated pool, and a spa of course.
Also indoors are a dozen Christmas trees; gingerbread houses; carolling; and hot apple cider at Afternoon Tea and Cookies. Guests can have their room decorated, including stockings filled with goodies on the fireplace mantle. (Mohonk Mountain House has the largest number of wood-burning fireplaces of any resort in the US: 124 out of 267 guest rooms have one.) A nightly lighting of the Menorah takes place during Hanukkah.
A “December Delight” getaway offers big savings up to 50% for a midweek package, with rates starting at $178/person. (Taxes and a 15% service charge are additional). Daily price includes a breakfast buffet and four-course dinner, plus Afternoon Tea and Cookies and most resort activities. Dates are Sunday through Thursday from November 27 through December 22 2011. Also have a look for "theme weekends" in December such as "How to Holidays" (creating holiday food and crafts -- Dec 9 to 11 2011).
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