Stephen Rushmore Jr.
in late August 2007, I went to the Sullivan County catskill mountains in NY for 3 nights. It’s 90 miles north of NYC, containing the villages of Monticello and Liberty, etc.
Stayed at Kutshers Hotel, which is the last surviving family owned hotel left from the "borscht belt" era of the 50’s- 80’s ….
Kutshers is celebrating its’ 100th year !
(But to give some proper credit, I believe the Italian themed Villa Roma Hotel in Callicoon is still family owned. That part of Sullivan County (by Narrowsburg and the Delaware River) is really considered out of the Borscht Belt loop, though)
Kutshers is situated on Anawana Lake , where one can sit outside , grab a rowboat, or grab a bike and ride around the lake.
too dirty to swim in, though
I was here for the "13th annual History of the Catskills Conference",
sponsored by the Catksills Institute.
I have most of those books. and the guys that wrote some of them , Irwin Richman and Phil Brown, were the leaders of our conference
It consists of slide shows, speakers, a bus tour , and above all, lots of reminiscing of the "good ‘ol days".
My first time going to this conference, been meaning to go the last few years. (I have fond memories of the Catskills, and have been to Kutshers a few years back) (the best times of my life were working as a cocktail waitress at Grossingers Hotel from 78-80.)
There was a cocktail hour for us first….hor doerves that sounded good (little hot dogs, chicken wings, meatballs,) but did’nt taste that great…. hot dogs were barely cooked..
then it was time for dinner in the main dining room.
the matzoh ball soup tasted canned to me
The dinner salad came with only one dressing choice, an extra heavy russian dressing. However, the challah bread was excellent!! (real fresh) (that’s purple horseradish in the middle)
I chose 2 entrees, the chicken and the brisket. The meals at Kutshers (just like at the other legendary "RIP" hotels) are "all you can eat affairs", included with the room rates.
the chicken was fresh tasting , but very bland.
I think they purposely don’t put too many seasonings on it, as there are many older folks there on restricted diets.
the brisket was medicore, tasted like it been made the day before and reheated
the apple strudel and the 7 layer cake did’nt really do that much for me. They had more of an industrial taste, as opposed to a homemade taste
here’s a shot of the main dining room…….for those Catksills affecianado’s , it’s nice that some things never change, huh?!?
my hotel room was in the "Rip Van Winkle" section…. if you notice, my room was right near the so called "executive card room"..
(only fitting for a poker dealer to be put near a card room)
however, THIS card room is no match for my Borgata Casino, huh?!?
looks like it’s seen better days… but once again, it’s nice to see some things never change.. you can still find the same chairs from 50 years ago there.
after dinner, there were some seminars, including a special surprise appearance by Mark Kutsher himself (the son of the late M,29,328187,0,18972,22.214.171.124
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