New Paltz, New York
In New York’s leafy Hudson Valley near the Catskill Mountains, Mohonk Mountain House, family-owned and operated since 1869, is a gargantuan 259-guestroom, Victorian-like estate. Indoors, handsome woodwork decorates walls and staircases;
Shawangunk-stone fireplaces crackle; and rocking chairs embellish
porches galore. Outdoors, marvel at 40,000 acres of elaborate gardens, peaceful wilderness, and sparkling Lake Mohonk. One look, and you'll know why this oasis is a renowned family reunion retreat.
In addition to lodging, the all-inclusive rate includes three meals daily, three age-tiered children’s programs with a wide range of athletic and artsy activities for two-to-17-year-olds. There are diversions for adults, too, like hiking, touring gardens, golf, and musical entertainment. Extra costs involve bike rentals, tennis coaching, horseback riding, and spa treatments at its first-class 35,000 square-foot center (with a heated mineral pool, stress-reduction counseling, and fitness classes).
In the summer, canoe, rowboat, and paddleboat on the lake with your grandchild; in the winter, cross-country ski and snowshoe together. It is open year-round, with fun themed weekends and package deals.