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For beauty, nourishment, and the celebration of life, Mohonk is one of our special places

Our entire family spent the Indigenous Peoples Day weekend at one of the great places on earth: Mohonk Mountain House. We gathered for the celebration of a significant birthday.

Blair, Claire, Candice, Mark, Andrew, and DJB enjoy the farm-to-table culinary delights at Mohonk Mountain House
Celebrating Candice’s birthday

We began coming to Mohonk more than a decade ago for work trips, family respites amidst the college tour, and major anniversaries. As a historic hotel set in the middle of a spectacular natural preserve, Mohonk reaches my soul as few other places do.

The family enjoyed a wonderful fall weekend hiking, boating, and just basking in nature’s beauty and bounty; being nourished by the food and wellness treatments; and celebrating all things Candice. Here are a few pictures of Mohonk from this visit for you to enjoy.

Mohonk Lake

A panorama from a secluded alcove at Mohonk Lake

Views along the trails

View of the hotel from the Skyline trail
Andrew on the rock scramble
Followed by Claire and Blair
Andrew, Mark, Claire and Blair safely through the rock scramble

In the gardens

Until we return

Panorama of Mohonk Lake from near the Spring House

More to come…


Photos by DJB, Claire Brown, Blair Kittle, Mark Bailey, or Andrew Brown


I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


    • Thanks, Kathy. I’ll pass along your good wishes. The birthday actually took place in late May, but this was the first time in pandemic times we could get everyone together.

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