Last week the Mohonk Mountain House had "Community Week". Mohonk is an old hotel outside of New Paltz and all of the locals had been telling me that I should go visit in the Spring. However, typically you have to pay to get onto the property; something in the ballpark of $15 per person...not per car...per person. I understand the charge; they need to have something in place in order to maintain the lawns and gardens on the property and make sure it is not overrun with tourists.
Anyhow, a few weeks a year they open the property to the community, which means that you can walk around the property free of charge. Considering the fact that I probably ran into 30 people max (including the hotel staff) I don't think it is any coincidence that community weeks likely occur at the least desirable times of the year; half of the grounds were closed for one reason or another so I only really saw the bare bones of the place, but I'm not about to turn away a free opportunity.
Therefore what follows is what I shot while walking around. I'll have to suck it up, fork over the $30 bucks and bring Dan along to see the gardens in the Spring because I'm sure that it's lovely.