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bay1 May 20, 2008 05:35 PM

I need to find a family vacation spot in the northeast where kosher food & daily minyonim are available in JUNE. Could be by a beach/ lake or any place with recreational facilities. Any ideas?

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    craigcep May 20, 2008 05:50 PM

    Hunter Mountain, NY. I forget what town, but there are two shuls (fairly frum) as well as a kosher supermarket.

    Or find where chabads are located.

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    1. re: craigcep
      websterhall1994 May 21, 2008 06:28 AM

      I think you are talking about Tannersville, NY. I've been there in the summer- there's a large Breuer's crowd there. There's a kosher market and a packed shul. Not sure if they have a daily minyan in the off-season.

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        adinab Jun 21, 2008 08:47 PM

        Do you know the name of the shuls and if they are walking distance from places to stay?

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          craigcep Jun 22, 2008 05:50 AM

          I believe that websterhall is right and that it is Tannersville, NY. It is a small town so everything is walking distance. As for their names, I don't know.

      2. queenscook May 20, 2008 06:11 PM

        This seems to be a fairly general question. The Northeast is an incredibly large region, going from Maine down to Maryland. There are many places that fit the description of a place with recreational facilities (and even that is a fairly general term), and many have minyanim nearby. I spent a nice vacation once in Newport, Rhode Island, nearby the Touro Synagogue. Portland Maine has a shul. Boston, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Washington DC, and dozens of other places also do. I think you really need to decide and state a bit more specifically where you want to go. Then people here can perhaps help you find places to eat.

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          MartyB May 20, 2008 06:40 PM

          Can't get better than New York City vicinity. Boro Park in Brooklyn has a few kosher hotels that are open all year round. Talk about daily minyonim, outside of the Kotel, there is probably no where on earth where there are more davening choices. From there you are a short distance from all the Broadway shows; around Coney Island you have the Aquarium, beaches, and rides for the kids. You can go on fishing boats at Sheepshead Bay, boat rides around Manhattan, museums, art galleries, shopping. As to eating choices, you could go to a different restaurant for every meal.

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            Prettypoodle May 21, 2008 12:00 AM

            This looks like a nice choice: http://www.steffisplace.com/
            Just know that the Atlantic can be really COLD in June.

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              websterhall1994 May 21, 2008 06:31 AM

              There's a place called the Ocean Place resort in Long Branch, NJ. There are daily minyanim and plenty of kosher restaurants in Deal 5 minutes away. The hotel is decent but very expensive (they are the only non-one-star motel in the area). They have a great spa too. You may be able to get a good deal in June.

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              1. re: websterhall1994
                momrn May 21, 2008 04:56 PM

                The hotel is very nice.They are right on the ocean. They charge for a refrigerator. There is a coffee maker in the room. They are about 45 minutes from Great Adventure and about an hour from Atlantic City. There is shopping ,golf and bowling nearby. They are also near the Jersey shore resort towns.

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                cappucino May 21, 2008 05:24 PM

                A word on Ocean Place and then my real recs:
                Ocean Place is great, but expensive. Not really that close to Shul in terms of walking, but a 5 minute car ride. Only oceanfront resort so close to NYC and restaurants.
                My personal picks for couples where money isn't that much of a question:
                The Hamptons--Chabad and the Hamptons Synagogue
                I prefer to go during the week and stay in Montauk. More chilled out, a 20-30 minute ride from Shul.
                Fire Island has a Shul, but I don't remember the town. It may or may not have Minyan in June, likely yes. Google it. Fire Island has beach, no cars, deer, sunken forest and some other things that aren't that family friendly.
                FAMILY VACATIONS:
                Ogunquit, Maine has the Cliff House. Awesome views, a few pools, spa, bike into town...Go during the week and then go to Boston (about an hour or so away) for Shabbos. The Holiday Inn Brookline is walking distance to Young Israel.
                There used to be a Shul in Onset, Cape Cod with accommodations nearby.
                New Hampshire--Loon Mountain--townhouses with Shul. You need to be really careful to know where the Shul is. Sometimes it moves to a convenient townhouse for Shabbos as opposed to its weekday location. Long drive, but very kid-friendly.
                Lake George--don't know about June in terms of Minyan
                Harrisburg, (near Hershey) PA has Shuls, but I don't know if there are motels close enough for Shabbos.
                Burlington, Vermont has a Chabad House close to hotels. It's a long drive from NY, but beautiful town.
                Poconos--during the week. Woodloch Pines is a family resort. There are Minyanim occasionally. You can ask.
                Have fun!

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                1. re: cappucino
                  MartyB May 21, 2008 05:32 PM

                  By looking at your recommendations all that I can say is - thank g-d for Chabad! Seriously, maybe the way to go about it would be to look up where the chabad houses are located in the northeast and call up the ones that look interesting with regards to location and give them a call as to minyan, food, and nearby attractions. Keep notes so as to inform us Chowhounders as to particulars.

                  1. re: cappucino
                    ehauser Sep 28, 2010 08:54 AM

                    The Orthodox summer shul in Onset is quite still there. This was where the Rav spend his summer s in the 1950's and 1960's. We open the last shabbos in June and run through through Labor Day and RH / YK. www.capecodshul.org

                    1. re: ehauser
                      berel Sep 28, 2010 10:13 AM

                      L'shana haba B'Yerushaliam, but if not perhaps next summer in Cape Cod

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                    cappucino May 21, 2008 05:29 PM

                    Also, with regard to Kosher, choose your location first and then get on Shamash and consult for food. Often if there isn't food nearby, you can get some on the way at a major city or get them double-wrapped from a place like Meal Mart or Mauzone if you have it. If you contact the local Chabad house in whatever location you want, they will give you the local Kosher places. All Chabad houses have their own websites, with kosher links if there are kosher places.

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                      Chairman Mao May 21, 2008 05:39 PM

                      Assuming you're not talking about shabbos, I would also consider one of the upscale beach towns near Deal such as Spring Lake. You can daven and eat out in Deal, which is a short drive away.

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                      1. re: Chairman Mao
                        midasgold May 21, 2008 06:55 PM

                        I don't know if it counts as the "Northeast," but around an hour or an hour and a half northeast of Cleveland in New York State is Jamestown, NY, the birthplace of Lucille Ball... there's a small museum, a recreation of her famous New York City East 68th Street apartment set, and several gift shops. Perhaps even more interesting is that just outside that town there's a really cool resort-type small town right on a big lake... with a Chabad! Chautauqua, NY is the name of this bucolic and unusual town, with houses painted all types of funky colors... we didn't spend any time there (just passing through on the way to Jamestown from Cleveland before heading back to the NYC area). Of course, one can get all types of kosher food [including the USA's first glatt kosher Subway (tm) sandwich shop] in Cleveland. Check it out! The Chabad's web site is http://www.chabad.org/centers/default_cdo/aid/118464/jewish/Chabad-of-Chautauqua.htm and the web site of the Chataqua County visitors' bureau is http://www.tourchautauqua.com/

                        1. re: Chairman Mao
                          rosygogo May 22, 2008 02:48 PM

                          I grew up in the Deal-Spring Lake area. If you are going to be there for shabbos, Spring Lake probably isn't option. Deal is just under 10 miles from Spring Lake - the Irish Riviera. There no Kosher restaurants in town. However, the Shop Rite in Wall would be your best shopping bet to buy Kosher food.

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                            mosheb Jun 6, 2010 02:18 PM

                            Hi, I'm coming from Monsey NY from a ultra frum environment. Can you please give me information of restaurants and grocery stores in Deal where I can buy food with better hasgoches? It would be greatly appreciated

                            1. re: mosheb
                              DeisCane Jun 7, 2010 07:29 AM

                              Deal is primarily sephardic/mizrachi--mostly Syrian. There are quite a few places. Here's a previous post about Deal: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/417115

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                          rosygogo May 22, 2008 02:45 PM

                          I work at an Orthodox company in Manhattan and often have to find Minyan locations for employees working out of town. Checkout godaven.com for services locations. This may help you in deciding where you want to vacation.

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                          1. re: rosygogo
                            berel May 23, 2008 05:40 AM

                            another option if they have a GPS is to sign up with the link below. for a one time $18 fee you get access to his kosher restuarant and minyon GPS databases, which he updates monthly


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