by Matt Alderton | September 20, 2016
Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY, has opened Grove Lodge, its first new accommodations in more than 100 years, it announced yesterday.

Located on 1,200 acres in the Hudson Valley, 90 miles north of New York City, Mohonk Mountain House was founded by Albert Smiley in 1869 and has been a designated National Historic Landmark since 1986. Still owned by the Smiley family, it has 259 guest rooms inside a Victorian castle and five cottages sleeping four to six people each, not to mention a 30,000-square-foot spa, 85 miles of recreational trails, and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

To all of that, the 7,000-square-foot Grove Lodge adds six guest rooms and an 1,800-square-foot great groom that can be utilized by groups that rent the entire lodge. Designed by architect Andrew J. Allison from AJA Architecture and Planning, the cabin features native stones, reclaimed wood, and sustainable materials throughout -- including its guest rooms, each of which features a natural stone fireplace, handmade furnishings, and a bathroom with separate shower and soaking tub. The great room is equally well-appointed, featuring cathedral ceilings, exposed wood beams, natural hardwood floors, a private stone patio, and a live-edged table made by a local craftsman.

"For 147 years, the Smiley family has been committed to conserving this unique natural environment along the Shawangunk Ridge and creating unforgettable experiences for our guests within it," said Eric Gullickson, vice president and general manager of Mohonk Mountain House. "Grove Lodge exemplifies this perfectly; its secluded location is surrounded by ferns within a mature oak glen, yet is only a five-minute walk from our historic mountain house, which offers families an ideal home away from home that truly reflects the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley."