I just booked 4 nights at the Mohonk between July 1st and July 4th.
We have reservations in the formal dining room for the first 3 nights and for their outdoor lobster boil in the Granary on July 4th (followed by fireworks at night).
I would have loved to have eaten at A Tvaola in New Paltz as well, however they are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. We don't want to miss the outdoor lobster boil and fireworks on Thursday, July 4th and don't want to leave the Mohonk right after checking in on our first night (we're driving up from NYC) so we're stuck with the formal dining room or buffet at the Mohonk for the first 3 nights.
Can anyone please give me an idea of what to expect? I'm always a bit wary about overpriced assembly line meals with recycled ingredients at large resorts like this. How does the kitchen fare?
Lastly, are there any really great restaurants in town that you would recommend as an alternate dining option for at least one of the nights? We're from San Francisco but will have been in NYC for a week prior to arrival at the Mohonk, so we're used to eating well!
Part of the appeal of the Mohonk for me is the immersive experience of staying in a historic mountain retreat buried deep in the valleys surrounded by picturesque Catskill landscapes. While it will surely be a tourist family circus over the July 4th weekend, it's still an escape from city life, and we want to spend the majority of our time lounging dockside, boating and swimming in Mohonk Lake, exploring the scenic trailheads, stirring old fashioned cocktails fireside in the great lounges and parlors, etc. In other words, I want to dig our roots at the Mohonk and drive into town as little as possible over the course of our stay! However, we want to eat well and the meals are expensive - we'll be really bummed if we end up with recycled stews and soups from the previous nights dinners by the end of our stay!
All that to say... can anyone please give me an idea for where to set expectations for dining at the Mohonk and whether it would be advised to eat a few good meals in a nearby town, assuming any exist? Are there any TRULY amazing and inspiring restaurants within a 20 min. drive that would be worth our time and effort?
Or should we give the Mohonk a pass by overlooking the food and just enjoying the unparalleled surroundings?
Thanks in advance for your input!