NEW PALTZ, N.Y., Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Mohonk Mountain House, the historic mountain resort in New York's Hudson Valley, will commemorate its 150th Anniversary in 2019 with a year-long celebration. Owned and operated by the Smiley Family since 1869, Mohonk has been a beloved destination for those who want to rediscover their connection with themselves, loved ones, and their natural surroundings. To give back to the guests who have visited the resort over generations, Mohonk will launch several exciting initiatives that will honor its illustrious history, longstanding family leadership, and deeply-rooted relationships with the local community.
"We are proud to have welcomed guests and created unforgettable memories for 150 years," said President Eric Gullickson and CEO Tom Smiley in a joint statement. "We are excited for the amazing year ahead and we look forward to celebrating our heritage with loyal guests and new visitors alike."
In the new year, Mohonk will launch Hidden Histories, an augmented reality (AR) experience that will immerse guests in the history of the storied resort. Through the dedicated mobile app specifically developed for Mohonk, guests will be sent on a journey to locate 12 pieces of artwork that act as trigger points for the app. When viewing the artwork through the app, guests will see the walls of the Mountain House come to life with colorful animation and Mohonk Stories: videos of Smiley Family members, longtime staff, and loyal guests. Hidden Histories will be available to download on Apple devices via the App Store and on Android devices via Google Play.
Throughout 2019, Mohonk will continue to release additional Mohonk Stories via YouTube. This docuseries will provide an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at Mohonk and its owners, staff, and guests. Some of the deeply personal narratives highlighted in Mohonk Stories include those of Smiley Family member and Chairman of the Board of Directors David Smiley; Executive Chefs Jim Palmeri and Steve Anson; Spa Retail Supervisor Diane West; Barn Museum curator Jim Clark; and more.
Mohonk will also host four Anniversary Weekends, which are designed for guests to be able to interact with members of the Smiley Family and learn more about the rich history of the resort during special activities and programs. The first weekend includes house history tours, ice-skating, a bonfire, and more. The four Anniversary Weekends will take place on January 18 – 21, April 5 – 7, June 28 – 30, and November 1 – 3.
Additionally, Mohonk has partnered with Jane's Ice Cream, a Hudson Valley-based, family-run creamery, to create a signature ice cream flavor to commemorate the resort's 150th birthday. The flavor, named Mohonk Mountain Crunch, will be made from only the finest natural and local ingredients, with no artificial flavors or colors. Mohonk Mountain Crunch will feature a vanilla base, chocolate-covered pretzels, dark chocolate fudge, and a salted caramel swirl, and will be served in the Main Dining Room and the Granary, as well as the Mohonk Gift Shop.
Lastly, Mohonk will also introduce various offerings for guests in celebration of this milestone anniversary. For example, guests will receive a brochure upon arrival detailing 150 different activities at Mohonk in which they can participate. An array of throwback activities will additionally be reintroduced that harken back to the resort's earlier days, such as pancake breakfast cookouts at Garden Overlook. Guests will also be invited to commemorate the resort in their own personal ways by describing their favorite Mohonk memories to be stored in a time capsule, which will be preserved and opened 100 years later.
About Mohonk Mountain House
Mohonk Mountain House is a National Historic Landmark resort and Historic Hotel of America located in New York's Hudson Valley, just 90 miles north of New York City. Owned and operated by the Smiley Family since its founding in 1869, the resort has been a sought-after destination for generations. A champion of the environment and the Hudson Valley community, Mohonk Mountain House maintains over 85 miles of trails for hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and offers earth-friendly activities and programs that preserve the land and educate guests about the surrounding environment. For 150 years Mohonk Mountain House has provided guests with recreation and renewal of body, mind, and spirit in a beautiful natural setting. The Victorian Castle resort is honored on Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List and Travel + Leisure's 2015 World's Best Awards highlighted the historic property as a Top 100 Hotel in the World, Best U.S. Resort and Best for Family Travel. The 30,000-square-foot Spa wing at Mohonk Mountain House features 16 treatment rooms, a solarium, an outdoor heated mineral pool, an indoor heated pool, comprehensive fitness center, and yoga/motion studio. The eco-friendly Spa, recognized as the Number One Resort Spa in the U.S. in Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards, is heated and cooled by a geo-thermal system and features a "green roof." A wealth of recreation includes a spectacular Skating Pavilion, rock climbing, a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, and stables for horseback riding and horse-drawn carriage rides. The glacial- formed Lake Mohonk is ideal for boating, fishing, and swimming. The grounds feature exquisite gardens, an historic Barn Museum, and over 120 handcrafted summerhouses to take in the scenery. The Mohonk Kids' Club is lauded by Travel + Leisure as one of the Best Hotel Kids' Programs nationally and Mohonk has been recognized by USA Today as one of the Ten Best Family Resorts. Over 40 theme programs are presented annually, including culinary classes, gardening workshops, music festivals, mindfulness meditation, and nature programs. Overnight rates at Mohonk Mountain House include charming accommodations, three meals, Afternoon Tea and Cookies, and most resort activities. For additional information, please call 855.274.4020 or visit Mohonk.com. Become a Facebook fan at Facebook.com/mohonk.
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