The Granary at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York
Before you sit down for lunch in this Victorian castle resort in the Catskills, go ahead and explore Lake Mohonk by canoe or kayak. Otherwise, this half-mile long lake in the middle of upstate New York’s Shawangunk Mountains will just tease you while you eat. The Granary, overlooking the lake, serves an outdoor luncheon from 12 to 2 p.m. until late October. Think of it as an outdoor barbecue, complete with chicken, spare ribs, corn on the cob, and homemade pies. Grab a picnic table by the water and double up on their surprisingly standout veggie burgers.
Menu standout: If you can’t sit still, the Mohonk Mountain House will pack you a picnic lunch that you can enjoy anywhere near the lake, or while you’re out hiking through the woodlands or biking through the Shawangunk Mountain range.