We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This is Mohonk's 150th Anniversary. Still owned by the Quaker Smiley family, and still on Conde Nast's list of 100 best hotels in the world. Not sure I would agree with the latter (it is rustic and a bit stuffy), but it's a unique place with thousands of acres with hills, cliff, farmland, mountain lakes, etc. Great hiking trails, and challenging bouldering not to mention rock climbing. I've been going there since I was a little kid, first did the Labyrinth when I was 12.
Our hiking team is doing an Uncle Bob Memorial Hike up there this week, with a late lunch at their cookout place (there were no more reservations for brunch at the inn). I will focus on bouldering routes, but I have alternates for those who are uneasy scrambling big rocks.
I'm glad that you've introduced your readers to Mohonk, I hadn't heard of it. We tend to go back to the same places our parents went to, and a few others in our small circle. Since I love to explore, I hope to check out this one of the "100 best" soon.
Assuming free access to trails, other options as Jack suggests would be handy. Used to do that when we went to the Smokies,
always cheaper in Pigeon Forge and better restaurants. But that was before the trees started going away, first the spruces, then the hemlocks, then the great fire in 2016, likely mostly covered up by now with the rate of regrowth there.