Most of us think of ski resorts when we’re looking for a winter escape. But Mohonk Mountain House is the opposite of your typical winter getaway. With no alpine skiing (only cross-country when Mother Nature cooperates), this Victorian Castle hideaway offers a great place to relax, de-stress, and grow closer, with stunning scenery, a world-class spa, award-winning chefs, and an aura of enchantment. Just a 90-minute drive from midtown Manhattan in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley, the Mountain House looks like the kind of place you’d have to fly to Europe to find. Family owned and operated since 1869, Mohonk sits high above a glacial lake and offers history buffs a chance to step back in time. They have more than 144 working fireplaces, and when you book a Victorian-style room, a “fire-building concierge” will come up and make a fire for you on request. It’s just one of the many personal touches you’ll find at this luxurious, yet quirky, mountain retreat.

If you’re into spa and wellness, this resort will not disappoint. Whether you can stretch like a yogi or are just starting out, their daily fitness, yoga, and meditation classes are perfect for all levels. Surrounded by trees and mountain vistas, you’ll experience ultimate relaxation at their award-winning spa, featuring nature-inspired treatments expertly designed to dissolve tension and renew the spirit. Complete the spa experience with time for yourself in their eucalyptus steam room, dry rock sauna, and outdoor heated mineral pool. This year, they’ve introduced a new ultra-moisturizing treatment called the Ginger Rejuvenator. Harnessing the healing properties of ginger root, lemongrass, cinnamon, and peppermint, it’s the most recent addition to their collection of spa services called “Solutions for Modern Living” — designed to respond directly to the hectic modern lifestyle.

One of the unique aspects of Mohonk Mountain House is its tradition of “Theme Program Weekends.” All winter long, the Mountain House becomes a hive of excitement with curated events ranging from Ballroom Dancing Weekend, to Winter Yoga, to the Jazz on the Mountain music festival, and more. Some events have been happening annually for decades, and guests come back year after year — some long-time guests report making new friends at Mohonk and coordinating their return visit to reunite. It’s a warm and inviting place and certainly unique. One of the most interesting weekends is called “Scottish Weekend” — a celebration of Scottish music, food, and culture. Visit on that weekend and you can hear bagpipes echo off the cliffs, try haggis in the Main Dining Room, and sing along to “Auld Lang Syne” in their iconic Victorian Parlor. Whenever you go, the memories you’ll make at the Mountain House will leave you planning your next visit.