Walking in the Mohonk Mountain House, the oldest family-owned lodge in the United States, you’re immediately taken with the warmth of the place. While this 265-room hotel 6 miles west of New Paltz, N.Y., is luxurious, it’s also friendly, and folks who retreat there seem to intuitively know that. Maybe it’s the Quaker beliefs of the founders, twin brothers Alfred H. and Albert K. Smiley, that permeate the 150-year-old halls. Everyone feels as though they’re friends.
With its comfy sitting areas situated around 50-plus fireplaces, communal dining room, porches and rocking chairs, and numerous wide staircases (and obvious absence of an elevator), guests mingle the old-fashioned way. The food is also unbelievably good. Here are recipes courtesy of Mohonk from its vintage menu, which features dishes served at the lodge 50 years ago.
—By Jill Melton, Relish Editor