Even though you’ll most certainly be charmed by the history of Mohonk Mountain, there’s plenty going on for 21st-century teens, like miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, an outdoor ice skating pavilion and an indoor pool with an underwater sound system.

This rugged, woodsy resort perched on a cliff overlooking a mountaintop lake in New York’s Hudson Valley is actually a Victorian-era castle that hoity-toity city dwellers used to visit – via horse and carriage – way back in the late 1800s.



The resort’s family vibe, with its daily activities, family events and grand surroundings—it’s like something out of Dirty Dancing, minus the risqué activities—will make you feel like the best mom ever. On-site dining rooms are filled with tables of all sizes and there’s a constant hum of happy chatter wafting through the air. The food, however, is mediocre at best, even in the formal dining room. But opting for the buffet hall promises choices to satisfy the many different taste buds of your pack. The greatest part of these meals is that they feel sort of like an “event” where the entire family gathers, chows down, then splits up to do their own thing.


Speaking of doing your own thing, book an appointment for yourself at the state-of-the-art spa, which offers mineral baths, quartz scrubs and hot stone massages. Don’t rush out—leave time to lounge around in the cushy chaises lined up along picture windows facing green gardens. After nibbling on grapes and sipping a steamy cup of Zen tea, grab a couple of pre-cut cucumber slices resting in a bowl of ice water, then hit the steam room to de-puff before you meet back up with the rest of your clan.

Evenings are quiet at Mohonk, but that doesn’t mean your kids will be bored. There’s a teen lounge where they can watch late night movies, play an organized round of Texas Hold ’Em or zone out with likeminded kids. The nice thing about having so many activities at hand is that it’s easy for everyone to go off on their own, something even the Brady Bunch might appreciate from time to time.  Read the MUST list by a mom who has been there. Book your room at www.mohonk.com.


Kara Mayer Robinson is a journalist and mother of 2.