A spectacular natural setting in the heart of a 26,000-acre area in the
Shawangunk Mountains makes the Mohonk Mountain House one of the most
popular resorts in the United States.
Alfred and Albert Smiley,
devout Quaker twin brothers, created the resort in 1869 when they bought
Mohonk Lake, a tavern and 300 acres of surrounding land from John F.
Stokes. As the Smileys expanded the hotel, they operated in accordance
with their Quaker beliefs: no alcohol, dancing, smoking or card playing.
The hotel offered concerts, prayer sessions, lectures as well as
swimming, hiking and boating.
Under the remarkable continuous ownership and management of Smiley family members for 144 years, (...read more under ‘history’)