Stephen Rushmore Jr.
I loved reading your reply…. it’s very well articulated, and you are a welcome addition to our Roadfood.com gang!!!
Yes, you are right, as the Borscht Belt Catskills hotels pretty much started up in the 1890’s… it was mostly just a real modest beginning, though; mostly by
Jewish NYC dwellers that came up to the Catskills to try their hand at farming, but apparently the land was’nt fertile enough, so they started taking in boarders. Folks that came up from the city for that fresh country air… those boarding house owners realized they were making more money from the boarders than from the farming, so facilities got more grand. Eventually, amenities like indoor pools, and air-conditioning were added… (I think the air conditioner in my room at Kutshers was an "original" , from the 1950’s perhaps?!? A pale pink air-conditioner/radiator, which struggled )
and you are right again, nordmann, as by the late 70’s, (when I worked there) the Catskills were already in their decline.
The heydey was definitely over. Even from 78-80, I noticed changes..
A few of the local restaurants, like Twin Bridge Junction steakhouse in Ferndale and the Red Barn in Swan Lake had closed down… I had enjoyed a few meals at both places, but by 1980 they were gone already…
But I do remember ladies still lining up to get into the showrooms with their mink jackets on……..
and I remember all the single gals with their "big hair" and their pancake makeup coming up for the singles weekends. That was all during the disco era; like from the movie "Sat. night fever "
I read in the papers about the Catksill Game Farm closing it’s doors. Even though I had never been there, I sensed that it’s closing really struck a chord… it was sad to hear that yet another mom and pop place had "run its’ course"
I too, also believe that there are so many beautiful sites nearby; that who needs to keep going 1000’s of miles away?!? I’m a firm believer in domestic traveling… regional and extended traveling..
your other post about the williams lake cross-country ski area is very sad; how most of the new "help" barely knows about it’s prior existence….(how good it really used to be)…
I think it would be nice if that could be somehow be included in their training… perhaps it would open their eyes,29,328187.030,1,18972,22.214.171.124
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