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The Hotel Monthly

The Hotel Monthly

Barn Museum, Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz

The Barn Museum at the Monhonk Mountain House offers a wide range of exhibits that offer insight in to bygone eras of the historic resort. Exhibits include Victorian-era carriages, antique farm equipment, barber chairs, a 1929 Model A Ford Station Wagon, and much more. All of the featured antiques have been used at Mohonk at one time or another. When built in 1888, the barn was one of the largest barns in the northeastern United States. The museum also hosts demonstrations of long lost skills such as blacksmithing and rustic carpentry.

The Mohonk Mountain House is an historic hotel located on a cliff overlooking Lake Mohonk high in the Shawangunk Mountains. The famous hotel was constructed in 1870 by Albert and Alfred Smiley and remains in the Smiley family today. Starting with a quaint 10 rooms, it now has over 250 rooms and the capacity for nearly 600 guests. Situated on 2,200 acres, the resort offers a wide variety of year round activities such as hiking, bike riding, horseback riding, swimming, rock climbing, golfing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice skating. A visit to the Mohonk Mountain House is like taking a step back in time – there are no TVs in the rooms, jackets are required for formal dinners, century-old carriage roads guide walkers to amazing viewpoints and signs throughout the property remind visitors “Slowly and Quietly Please”. Nearly 150 years after its opening, the Mohonk Mountain House continues to meet its original mission of encouraging visitors to take a break from the outer world with peace and relaxation. The hotel and its surrounding property are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.