Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mohonk Mountain House hosting Hudson Valley Harvest

A view of the Mohonk Mountain House.
NEW PALTZ -- If you're a fan of food and drink produced in the Hudson Valley and have never visited the historic Mohonk Mountain House, you're in for a treat if you attend the upcoming Hudson Valley Harvest extravaganza.

From this Friday through Sunday, the region's produce will be highlighted along with the works of craftspeople, artisans, farmers and food purveyors. Ric Orlando, frequent Food Network "Chopped" winner and chef-owner of the Saugerties restaurant New World Home Cooking, will be one of the featured demonstrators.

Festival reservations are available by calling 855-883-3798. Mohonk Mountain House lodging information is available online, with a 20% discount on room rates for a two-night stay. You can view a festival brochure online.

Mohonk Mountain House is a huge, imposing set of structures that was a comparatively simple 10-room inn when built in 1869 by Albert Smiley. It is best described as a Victorian castle resort, surrounded by thousands of acres of unspoiled nature. It now can accommodate 600 guests in its rambling set of structures that run for about an eighth of a mile.

Five U.S. presidents have stayed there -- Chester A. Arthur, Rutherford B. Hayes, William H. Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton.

The Smiley family has owned and operated the facility throughout its history. The complex includes hiking trails, extensive gardens, a natural science research center, and numerous spaces for seminars and conventions. Its Barn Museum, filled with antiques and artifacts, offers a view of life on the mountaintop from the earliest days of the resort.

The Mohonk Mountain House is located at 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz.

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