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JAN-FEB 2019

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THE GARDENS PROVIDE A SENSE OF BALANCE. THEY ALLOW YOU TO BE IN THE MOMENT. —BARBARA STIREWALT, GENERAL MANAGER J A N U A R Y/ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 | 75 That hospitality includes a chef who whips up savory meals using just the right seasonings to bring out the goodness in locally sourced produce. While the Mohonk experience begins with the accommodations and feasts, it also includes an "awakening " process, which involves communing with the resources at hand, including classes in mindfulness and "forest bathing " (meaning keying into the bounty of the forest) led by Nina Smiley, PhD. In addition to the heart-stopping natural setting, the Smileys have put enormous effort into the property's landscape design. In 1888, Albert Smiley began installing a massive garden, finishing the ambitious display 10 years later. Planted borders skirt the house, while beds of blossoms spread beside a labyrinth, gazebos, and rustic accents. Traditionally, those beds were laid out parterre-style with a simple repertoire of bedding plants. Current garden came to check out the view near the off-the-beaten-track town of New Paltz, New York. Sure enough, there sat an idyllic tavern nestled into mountain ridges overlooking a magnificent glacial lake. In a blink, he and his wife pur- chased the tavern plus 300 acres around Lake Mohonk as a summer home. But the only way they could afford to reside in the wild was to share it with others. The tavern was expanded and turned into a place of retreat, with the Smileys reverently forging trails into the terrain that would not disrupt the pristine scenery. The Smiley family has owned and stewarded Mohonk ever since. Now with 265 rooms and 7,800 acres containing 85 miles of hiking trails, Mohonk still retains its 19 th -century charm. As the resort's general manager, Barbara Stirewalt, points out, "This is a house—each room is different, and hospital- ity is what we are all about."

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