Grossingers Leader of 1,000 Catskill Resort Hotels in the 1950's Its Popularity+Videos Memories Abandoned
In the 1950's the Catskill Mountain "Borscht Belt" of resort hotels was born. These hotels were the training ground of many entertainers, 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 so 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 1,200 acres that served over 150,000 guests a year.
The elaborate hotel had swimming pools, a golf course, 600 guest rooms a spa and various other amenities.
Grossinger's may be 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 couple well made Videos that you will enjoy that describes that era and the abandonment of those "luxury boutique hotel".
One Memories of the Catskill.. Click here http://www.catskillarchive.com/grossinger/youtube-grossingers.htm x
Two Abandoned Resort Archive photos, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5fAdKshdaI x
Added LINK per request of Joe Lehman: http://www.joe4speed.com/grossingers.htm x