Grossingers Leader of 1,000 Catskill Resort Hotels in the 1950's
Grossingers was the leader of the Catskill Resort Hotels in the 1950's. Have you or any of your family members been there? Here are a few photos and video link our readers here might enjoy. Requested again to rewrite and post again.
This is special to our Teaneck friends that may have fond memories of Grossingers that can be share once again.
In the 1950's the Catskill Mountain "Borscht Belt" of resort hotels was born. These hotels were the training ground of many entertainers, such Milton Berle, Danny Kaye, Phil Silvers, Henny Youngman. They all got their start as Catskill Toomlers.
Many worked as waiters, entertainers and conducted the social programs that attracted the millions of city dwellers to the cool "mountains" for a week or more.
In the 1900's Asher Selig Grossinger moved from NYC to Sullivan County in the mountains. His business ventures were failing and he and his wife rented out rooms and operated a Kosher Kitchen.
In 1919, they sold it and purchased a bigger house on 100 acres, calling it Grossinger's Terrace Hill House. In 1952 Grossinger's earned a place in the history of skiing as the first in the world to use artificial snow. The hotel had grown to 35 buildings on 1,000 acres that served over 150,000 guests a years. The elaborate hotel had swimming pools, a golf course, 600 guest rooms a spa and various other amenities.
Grossinger's was to become the most widely recognized as the inspiration for Kellerman's Mountain Resort in the 1987 film "Dirty Dancing". A lot has happened over the years to Grossinger's and the many other resort mountain hotels. Here are a few photos, many the courtesy of historian Joe Lehman that can be found at this LINK: http://www.joe4speed.com/grossingers.htm In addition, check this LINK for nostalgic video of Grossinger's Indoor Pool in the Rain. Click right her: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvqRM0JAWVs
Have fun and let me know of any memories you might have of Grossinger's .. OK?