Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York
An exclusive experience for overnight guests, the intimate wow-factor at Lake Mohonk is unparalleled. The Smiley Family has hosted guests at Mohonk Mountain House for 150 years, so after a celebratory Independence Day—expect a parade, carnival, and tournaments on the lake—get ready for ye olde bugle call for “The Illumination of the Mountain,” a patriotic ceremony featuring a Smiley family member reading an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, song-singing and an over-the-top fireworks display guests can witness from private lakeside balconies or by the boat dock. Thanks to the craggy cliffs enrobing the lake, the sound reverberation and ensuing vibrations are unreal. Come July 5, hit the trails for an epic hike or mountain biking or embark on a rock scramble or rock climbing.
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