You know what’s better than fresh strawberries? Fresh strawberry cocktails, served as part of a travel deal at a high-end Valley resort. Berry nice, indeed!
Where: Mohonk Mountain House. 1000 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 800-772-6646; www.mohonk.com
What’s special: Mohonk Mountain House was voted one of the top resorts in the world as part of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Gold List. (Hudson Valley readers also named its spa the best day spa in 2010.) Built by the waters of Lake Mohonk in 1869, this grand 266-room Victorian castle is one of America’s oldest family-owned resorts. It offers 85 miles of hiking trails, tennis, golf, swimming, horseback riding, spa services, and now rock climbing. The resort serves three meals a day plus afternoon tea and cookies.
The deal: The culinary-inspired “Seasonal Bounty Getaways” offer up to 35 percent savings off regular rates. These packages honor the region’s most popular berries — strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries — in June, July, and August, respectively.
This month, the resort welcomes guests with fresh strawberry jam and a list of the area’s “you pick” farms. This red berry takes center stage in dishes like chilled strawberry salad with basil and balsamic vinaigrette; during afternoon tea and cookies, enjoy strawberry-vanilla tea and a strawberry smash cocktail in the Carriage Lounge. Stop by the Mohonk Gift Shop, which dispenses tasty strawberry spritzers to quench your summer thirst.
Strawberry Seasonal Bounty rates apply Sun.-Thurs., starting at $206 per person, per night, double occupancy; taxes and gratuity additional. Get a 20 percent discount on red retail items at the spa and greenhouse, and select items in the gift shop. Readers of Hudson Valley Magazine who mention this article at check-in receive a special spa gift, including a stress ball, a tube of Eminence Vanilla Mint Organic Hand Cream, and a plush pair of the World’s Softest Spa Socks, all in a muslin bag.
When: Sun.-Thurs., May 30-June 30 (strawberry getaway)
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