Nestled in a sleepy Catskills town is an imposing 19th century mansion that looks deceptively ordinary from the outside. Sure, there are some nice architectural flourishes including a dilapidated balcony and various bits of decorative millwork, but all in all, it’s not something you don’t see every day in these parts. Still, we were intrigued. […]
From 1951 to 1987, city dwellers seeking relief from sultry summer days and nights might have taken a bus to a little-known part of the Catskills where they could listen to the blues and watch legendary performers take the stage to sing and dance.
Built in 1903 as a modest six-room boarding house, the Tamarack Lodge would go through many incarnations and reincarnations in its 109-year history, beginning with a revamping of the original boarding house 1927. The property, owned until 1986 by the Levinson family, would ultimately expand to some 300 rooms on 400 acres, and boast every […]
Also known as the “Jewish Alps,” the area commonly called the “Borscht Belt” comprised parts of Ulster, Sullivan and Orange counties and was home to more than 1,000 hotels, resorts, summer camps and bungalow colonies in the 1940s, 1950s an 1960s. Resorts such as the Concord, Nevele, Laurels and Kutscher’s attracted some of the biggest […]