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Sep 6, 2009 11:59 PM

any kosher hotels left in the Catskills?

Although I live in Los Angeles, my family used to travel frequently to New York and we spent a great deal of time at the Homowack. We also spent time at the Brown's and the one on Kiamesha Lake whose name completely escapes me for the moment. Are there any kosher hotels left in the catskills? I know the latter two are gone, but what about the Homowack? And if it's still there, is it worth a visit?

Thanks! Miri

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  1. There is the Kutchers and the Raleigh. The Homowack is no more. There is also Oppenheimer’s and I believe that the Lakehouse hotel is now open.

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    1. re: MartyB

      The Lakehouse hotel has been recently opened. That is a good hotel.

      1. re: jeffcinn

        I think your link is wrong....nothing there about the Lakehouse in the Catskills.

      2. re: MartyB

        The only Kosher hotel that maybe opened at the Katskills is the Kutcher's, well the owner was thing about opened this season 2012, but don't think that you are going to be on the gamour hotel that was on the 70/80 with great enterteiment commedians... good rooms, dinning room etc. because you will not!

        1. re: MartyB

          No more Raleigh or homowack (former Homowack turn in to Spring Glean Mountain Resort some years ago but it's not opened anymore)

          1. re: mariebk

            The Raleigh is still around and kosher year round

            1. re: Moach018

              Sounds real nice. They have a button for Shavousbut it is non-functional at the moment.


        2. I think the Granite has reopened in Ellenville and the Pines might be open in South Fallsburg.

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          1. re: LThaw

            the Granit isn't in Ellenville it's about 1/2 hour drive North of Ellenvile and it reopened about 10 years ago as the Hudson Valley spa & Resort

            1. re: berel

              The Hudson Valley Resort (formerly Granit) is not kosher except for the long running Pesach program, occasional Yomim Tovim and weekends run by outside groups.

              1. re: Moach018

                it probably wasn't kosher when it was the granit either. kosher style

          2. I believe the name of the hotel at Lake Kiamesha was known as The Concord.
            It was the largest hotel of all.

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            1. re: Doctormhl1

              I heard the Concord may be reopening. I loved that place as a kid

                1. re: berel

                  There is no way one can open that behemoth as kosher only. It would however be nice if there was a kosher presence there. The kosher eating public is too fragmented to support any large hotel, excluding a few weekends and some of the holidays.

                  In the days gone by, people would go every summer to the Catskills. I would happily go year after year to the same place (loved Grossingers). Nowadays, people scatter all over the globe and tire of a place after going there a few times.

                  1. re: MartyB

                    I'm not sure the Concord was ever kosher in it's hayday. I loved Grossingers too. the rooms were awful but the food and facilities and activities , nothing else compared.

                  2. re: berel

                    I remember the conversation being that it would open as a regular hotel, with a kosher dining room, but the same style as it used to be.

                    1. re: cheesecake17

                      I loved Grossingers also,but I doubt that it would reopen. Years ago, the property was decimated by neglect and by firefighter training,as was the Concord. I don't know if any of golf courses in Grossingers or Concord are still in use.

                      1. re: momrn

                        I've walked a course at each over the last two summers with my golf-obsessed husband. The one at the Concord had been closed for renovations in 2008, and when we were there several months ago, there wasn't even a proper clubhouse, just a trailer with golf carts parked outside.

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                  1. There was an article in the papaer this week that the Brown's, which had been renovated and converted to condos, had a big fire.

                    We used to love Kutcher's. Almost all those hotels were kosher, and in their heyday there was no better bargain on the planet. In addition to 3 meals a day, and all the food you could possibly eat, there were day camps for the kids, swiming pools, and activities for just about everybody. Whole multigenerational families could go away together, and everyone had a good time. The shows were free, and there were big name stars performing there all the time.

                    Then airline travel became accessible to the masses, and with the widespread availability of air conditioning, there wasnt' the same desperation to get out of the city in the summer.

                    I miss everything about those times.

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                    1. re: helou

                      I heard somewhere that one or more of those hotels became Buddist retreats.

                      1. re: syrup09

                        Yes. I was at Kutschers one Rosh Hashana when the Buddhists came to check the place out. Quite an interesting scene in the lobby. Found out they were holding a retreat there in the weeks after. That was before the current owners took over.

                        1. re: syrup09

                          We just spent Passover at the Honor's Haven Resort and Spa...formerly the Fallsview in Ellenville. It has been bought by a Korean group and totally renovated. Everything is clean and well-tended. Beautiful (and silly) sculpture garden. Lobby decor is "interesting," at best, but all in good shape. They are NOT kosher year-round.
                          There are signs all over Rte 209 welcoming back the Nevele, which closed several years ago. It was also purchased by a conglomerate of some sort, in the hopes that gambling will come to the Catskills. The whole property has been condemned and one is not allowed to step foot on their grounds, to the point where you cannot even cross over to their side of the falls.
                          During Passover, both the Tamarack Lodge and The Browns burnt down to the ground. Dunno about any of you, but I find the timing and unmitigated success of the fires to be mighty suspicious...