Since the 1920s, the Catskill Mountains have gained a reputation for being the summer destination for Jewish families who want to enjoy a temporary escape from the stresses of city life. In fact, the region earned the moniker, the “Jewish Alps” and the “Borsch Belt”, for the sheer volume of people traveling here during the summer season. However, in recent years, the region has seen fewer visits from Jewish holidaymakers, as other areas have become more sensitive about the different cultural, religious, and personal food and lifestyle choices of guests.
Nonetheless, there remain some establishments in the Catskills that continue to uphold the beliefs and traditions that the region has been known for. Below is a list of some of the top kosher-friendly hotels in the Catskills, New York, that you can choose from. Book now for your upcoming trip.
Located a 20-minute drive away from the Catskill Mountains, Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa is simultaneously catering to the rest, relaxation, and entertainment needs of visitors. Besides featuring a spa, it also has its own golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, and a gym. Wellness and stress management classes are also offered on-site, to further promote guests’ well-being. Aside from kosher food packages, the resort also offers European, Asian, and American buffets, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Honors Haven Retreat & Conference
Address: 1195 Arrowhead Road
WiFi Available Indoor pool (all year) Pool/beach towels Security alarm Table tennis Meeting/banquet facilities Garden 24-hour front desk
2. Oppenheimer's Regis Hotel
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Oppenheimer’s Regis Hotel is a kosher hotel that is perfect for families looking for a great place for a vacation. Your air-conditioned room will definitely provide comfort for you and your family. This hotel is surrounded by breathtaking scenery so you will certainly want to savor the views. There is even a large heated pool that you can use for maximum enjoyment. A cable TV in each room is available if you are looking for a bit of entertainment. Planning to have a simcha? The hotel has a large multi-purpose room you can rent to make your event more special. Three delicious kosher meals will be served daily so rest assured you will have a great and satisfying time at this hotel.
Oppenheimer's Regis Hotel
Address: 400 Lake St, Fleischmanns, NY 12430, United States
Hotels located near a synagogue
Located near Lexington and within good proximity to the Hunter Synagogue, Black Bear Lodge is a good choice for holidaymakers who want to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including but not limited to skiing, cycling, and fishing. Meanwhile, those who want to relax within the facility itself can simply stroll in the gardens, or enjoy meals at the outdoor dining area of the lodge.
Black Bear Lodge
Address: 11985 Route 23A
WiFi available in all areas Free WiFi Heating Hiking Private parking WiFi Available Non-smoking rooms Free parking
Skiing enthusiasts will love this accommodation, as it puts them within close proximity to the slopes and even has storage space for ski gear. Beginners, meanwhile, can take skiing lessons for an additional fee. After you’re done spending the day on the slopes, spend some time relaxing in the hotel’s hot tub or sauna, or work out your muscles at the fitness center. The Hunter Synagogue is just a short drive away from the property.
Kaatskill Mountain Club
Address: 62 Liftside Dr, Hunter, NY 12442, United States (see map)
Star Rating: 3.0
The Sunview Motel might not be the biggest establishment on this list, but its good location - situated right in the Catskill Mountains and just a short distance from the other mountain cabins and ski slopes - makes this a favorite among holidaymakers. A shul is within good proximity from the motel.
Located about half a kilometer (0.3 miles) from Hunter Mountain, this building once served as the home of Harry Fischel, one of the people responsible for building the first synagogue in Hunter. This bed and breakfast features themed rooms with fantastic mountain views, beautiful gardens, terraces, and a gaming room. Wi-Fi is available here and Zipline Adventures and North-South Lake are both within driving distance from the property.
7. Hotel Mountain Brook
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Priding itself in being the only Adirondack-style lodge in the vicinity, the Hotel Mountain Brook features luxurious amenities that will satisfy the needs of even the most particular of guests. Each room comes with a fireplace, to help keep visitors warm and cozy. Guests who don’t feel like exploring the outdoors can simply borrow one or more of the books, DVDs, or board games, to keep themselves amused and entertained. The Hunter Synagogue is just a short way away from the hotel.
Hotel Mountain Brook
Address: 57 Route 23C (Hill St), Tannersville, NY 12485
Price: from 150 USD
Albergo Allegria is a bed and breakfast located in Windham. A firepit is available on the grounds for guests who want to warm themselves by the fire. Skiing enthusiasts will love the fact that there is a storage facility, where they can stash their gear after hitting the slopes. Both the Kaaterskill Falls and Hunter Synagogue are just a short drive away.
Located close to the Hunter Synagogue, the Hotel Vienna features a relaxation package in all but name. The establishment comes with an indoor heated pool, perfect for keeping guests keep warm after a day out in the slopes. If they’re lucky, they may even land one of the rooms that come with a spa bath. Restaurants are a short drive away.
10. Raleigh Hotel
The Raleigh Hotel is arguably the most famous kosher-friendly hotel in the Catskills, catering to Jewish holidaymakers since 1937. Many of its contemporaries have since closed, but Raleigh continues to serve its clientele. Besides serving kosher meals, it also has a shul and mikva, right on its premises. Torah classes are also held right at the hotel.
Address: 680 Heiden Road South Fallsburg, NY 12779
Price: from 245 USD
Hotels near kosher eateries
Located 27 km (16.8 miles) away from Lake Superior State Park, this hotel features on-site dining options and Wi-Fi. Each room also has a flat-screen cable TV. Babysitting services may be availed of, for an additional fee. There are some kosher restaurants nearby such as Sprinkles Kosher Pizza and a kosher bakery called Fallsburg Bagels & Bakery.
Staying true to its reputation
The Catskills continues to live up to its reputation as one of the places to be during the summer for Jewish families. The area is amazing and there are just so many fun things to do, including glamping! Thanks to these kosher hotels, as well as the other kosher establishments in the area, you do not have to worry about not having a good time during your holiday in the area, as there will always be establishments there that are ready, willing, and able to address your needs.
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