Photoessay on Day Trip to Mohonk Mountain House

The season of apples, cozy sweaters, warm drinks, pumpkin spice and beautiful colors……Fall is here. My favorite of all the four seasons.

In the year 2014 we had driven all the way to New Hampshire to see the stunning fall colors. You can check the post here. This year however we decided to give the long drive a skip and instead planned for a short relaxing day trip last weekend at Mohonk Mountain House to catch a glimpse of fall colors. This place was recommended by my husband’s colleagues and I am so glad they did. After a quick research online, we decided to book a BBQ lunch which also included access to the resort and evening tea and snacks. We were initially planning for brunch but those were all fully booked. So early bookings are highly recommended. I won’t be discussing much in detail about the resort as their website gives you all the information that is needed. Instead I would love to share few pictures of our little day trip.

The resort is a huge property and they have several things to offer some of which includes their very popular spa services, various recreational activities, hiking trails and many more.

The historic Mohonk Mountain House is located in New Paltz, NY on the shore of Lake Mohonk. It was around an hour and half drive from our home. We had booked lunch at around noon time and while booking we were advised to reach a little early to avoid the weekend traffic. And so we started from home a bit early and reached the resort about an hour and half before our lunch time. So with a good amount of time to spare before lunch, we decided to explore the resort.

As you park your car and make way to the main entrance, the sight of a huge Victorian style castle welcomes you. The historic old monument coupled with the beautiful lake and lush greenery surrounding you, was very refreshing indeed. This place is easily accessible yet it felt like we were in a remote location away from the crowd and city. And to top it all we got lucky since the weather was perfect and this made the overall experience very enjoyable.

Front View of Mohonk Mountain House

Exploring the beautiful property. The color of the leaves were close to its peak

There is something very peaceful about walking in nature. The silence, the light rustle of the leaves, the sweet smell of trees, the call of the birds and the fresh air, the best way to relax and detox your mind. Even though we were here only for a day, I think this place was a really good choice to unwind from the mundane routine of every week.

Perfect timing

I simply loved the area (called the Granary) where the tables for BBQ lunch was set. It was my favorite since the place was completely covered with fallen leaves, surrounded by trees with different colored leaves and with the view of the lake. Just as we were clicking pictures and playing with the leaves (trying to take a slow mo video of me throwing the leaves in the air hahaha 😛 …..you can check it out here), a horse carriage passed by making for a perfect picture.

Tables all set for Lunch

Our lunch included some pasta salad, some greens, roasted potatoes and burger

Post lunch it was time for some paddle boating. Best way to unwind since it is not as tiring as rowing :P. The paddle boating was $15 for half an hour which was more than enough to go around the lake.

Clicked from the boat

They also have a designated area near the boating for fish feeding.
Here fishy fishy fishy!!!!

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a relaxing weekend getaway. Did you like the post and pictures? Let me know in the comments below. Have great week ahead everyone.

London – A photo essay and some foodie thoughts

Hubby’s work trip to London turned out to be a wonderful travel and gastronomic experience for us. Since this was not a leisure trip i will keep this post short and share some of the beautiful photos instead. On second thoughts i would love to share things i liked about London and places to eat (being a total foodie now how can i miss the food part).

This has been in the drafts since…forever….Can’t believe how lazy i am at times…heeeee 😛

Big Ben – Also know as the Clock Tower happens to be the largest four faced clock tower in the world.
Palace of Westminster – UK Parliament
Tower Bridge – Noooo!!! that is not the London Bridge 😛

Some highlights:

1) The beautiful Victorian structures – Victorian structures are a welcome break among the high rises that you often get to see in all the major cities and downtown. It was a deja vu kinda feeling as we can also find these stunning architecture in our very own Mumbai.

2) The Food (especially Indian Food :D) – I must confess the Indian food here was by far the best of the best. We also enjoyed few other delicacies.

I have listed few of our favorites from our trip below:

Indian and Bangladeshi Food

  • Brick Lane: If you are ever in London city and are craving for Indian or Bangladeshi food, do check out the restaurants on Brick Lane many options to choose from. 
  • Lahore Kebab House: By far the most delicious mutton tikka and paya that i have ever had. The food here is lip smackingly delicious. This place is a must try if you are a die hard non vegetarian. 
  • Dishoom: With a nice laid back ambiance, this place also serves delicious food. Although i wouldn’t say its all the way traditional but more of a modern indian approach. 
  • Simply Indian: A simple hole in the wall kinda restaurant but the service was good and food was absolutely delicious. And the menu was interesting too, with many different options ranging from hyderabadi to goan to mughlai. 
  • Bangalore Express: This is the one near gracechurch street. The veg thali and south indian cuisines are a must have. The only very big disappointment with this place is the service. Its very very bad. So if you are patient enough and can tolerate a bad service you can give this a try maybe once. 
  • Punjab: This is known to be the oldest north indian restaurant in the UK. Ambiance, service and food everything is excellent here. A must try indeed. 

Other Options: 

  • Gaucho: If you are a steak lover then this is something you shouldn’t miss. Gaucho is an argentine steakhouse and argentine beef is known to be best in the whole wide world. Steakhouses can be expensive so save this for a date night ;). Please excuse me for the poor quality of photos clicked from my phone :P.
                          

                                                         

  • Pho – A small and charming restaurant that serves delicious vietnamese street food. Loved the quaint small place and the food. 
  • Old Spitalfields Market – A must visit place if you are in London. I so so regret for not carrying my camera while i was here. This is the place where i passed most of my time while hubby was busy with his work. A great place for food and shopping. Clothes, bags, fashion jewelry, make up, shoes,  arts & crafts, handmade crafts, vintage collections, mediterranean food stalls, basically everything old and new could be found here. Now as far as food is concerned there are tons of options to choose from. I loved the falafel options served by Pilpel, small greek deli by The Real Greek which is just outside the restaurant serve some delicious fresh salads along with lunch options and delicious crepes by crepeaffaire. I am sure there are many other restaurants that serves delicious food but these were some of them that we both liked and enjoyed. 
Old Spitalfields Market Image Source- Google (Wikipedia)
3) Transportation: Easy transport options like buses and trains makes it easier for tourists to roam around conveniently everywhere. I especially loved the double decker red buses :).

The vintage red Double Decker bus 😀

Some photos of the major tourist attractions.

Buckingham Palace
Changing of the Guard, at Buckingham Palace

This cantonal tree displays the coats of the arms of the 26 cantons of Switzerland. 
It states that on 15th April 1991, on the occasion of 700th anniversary of the Swiss confederation, 
the right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor David Avery named this area “Swiss Court” 
as a token of lasting friendship between Switzerland and the United Kingdom. 
The London Eye – One of the popular tourist attraction, this Europe’s tallest ferris wheel offers the
highest public viewing point in London (however now The Shard has taken over as the highest viewing point) 

Birds eye view of the city from the London eye
The British Museum

Inside the Museum
So until next time….signing off with some spectacular night view

Palace of Westminster lit up at night