Friday, April 27, 2012

History of the Catskill Resorts

The Catskills have long been a center of American leisure and recreation; nothing exemplifies this rich heritage more than the history of the grand Catskill Resorts.

The Granit Hotel, circa 1940's
Initially drawn to the area by the scenic beauty and pastoral natural harmony of life in the Catskills, vacationers seeking refuge from the hectic hustle of daily life in New York City began flocking to area hotels in the early 20th century.

By the 1950’s The Catskills had become synonymous with the American leisure lifestyle.  Grand Hotels like The Concord, Grossingers, The Granit, and the Tamarack Lodge gave rise to a unique Catskill culture which drew in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Serving up non-stop meals and endless entertainment, the Catskill Resorts were the training ground for world renowned comedians such as Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Rodney Dangerfield, Jerry Lewis, The Three Stooges, and many others.  Other popular performers at the Catskill Resorts included Benny Goodman, Mel Torme, and Barbara Streisand.

The Concord, circa 1959
As American attitudes shifted through the 60’s and 70’s, the growing demand for outdoor recreation made the Catskills Resorts a popular destination for people eager to explore the area’s majestic landscape, hike along the regions extensive network of trails, and enjoy the beautifully manicured golf courses which several resorts had to offer. 

By the turn of the 21st century, the realities of a changing world economy forced many of the Catskill resorts to close their doors. Grossingers, The Concord, the Tamarack lodge, and most others have all disappeared.  

Incorporating new opportunities for recreation, health and wellness, the few resorts which remain today are going strong, and proudly continue to preserve the rich heritage of the grand Catskill Resort tradition.  

Formerly The Granit,
the Hudson Valley  Resort today
Formerly known as the Granit, the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is the perfect destination for groups of all sizes.  Situated on 400 gorgeous acres with stunning mountain views, this beautifully renovated Catskill Resort offers guests an unparalleled Catskill experience.

For those seeking the perfect balance of charm and comfort, the Catskills are still King.

Have a memory of the Catskills to share?  Comment below, and tell us about it!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Springtime Wedding in the Hudson Valley? What could be more perfect!

Let this be our destiny . . .
to love, to live,
to begin each new day together,
to share our lives forever.

What could be more perfect than a springtime wedding in the Hudson Valley?

Whether you prefer an intimate outdoor ceremony, or an elegant Ballroom reception, the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is the natural choice for your special day.

No where else will you find the perfect balance of charm and comfort; an enchanting escape nestled among the beautiful Shawangunk Mountains, Hudson Valley Resort & Spa will impress even the most discerning guest.

The ultimate in elegance, the Grand Ballroom at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa hearkens back to a grander age.  Toast to your union beneath magnificent crystal chandeliers while our gracious and attentive staff cater to your every need.

Framed by stunning Catskill views, our courtyard Gazebo is picture perfect. Nearly as breathtaking is the Garden Terrace, a luxurious tent designed to add that special something to your once-in-a-lifetime event.

Of course, friends and family are invited to stay the weekend in this luxurious Catskill resort and relax in modern, comfortable rooms or suites enhanced with marble bathrooms and majestic mountain views.

Opportunities for recreation and relaxation abound, including golf on our 18-hole championship golf course, a full service European Health Spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, game room, and year-round miniature golf.

Unparallelled service, an excellent reputation for absolute attention to detail and breathtaking scenery.  Indoors or out, we can make your Hudson Valley wedding  an affair to remember.  

Want learn more about Weddings at the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa?  Give us a call at 845-626-8888 and our professional wedding coordinator will be happy to help plan your perfect day! 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Catskill Mountains - Jewel of the American Landscape

The Catskill Mountains; jewel of the great American landscape- long the muse of poets, painters, musicians and writers alike, the enchanted Catskills remain as mysterious and evocative as ever.

The eyes of the world were turned towards the Catskills and the Hudson Valley in the mid- 19th century by the masterpiece landscapes of the Hudson River School painters whose stunning romantic depictions of the region’s natural beauty forever changed the image of the New World

Depicting the Catskills as the ultimate embodiment of nature’s sublime beauty; the Hudson River School artists regarded these mountains as a sort of primeval eden.  Is it any wonder?

From the majestic cascade of Katterskill Falls to the dramatic eastern profile of the Escarpment, from the cool crags of Platte Clove to the legendary Willowemoc creek, the Catskills are truly “forever wild”.  

Home to bobcat, mink, fishers, coyote and black bear, the Catskills Mountains are a precious refuge for the preservation of countless species.

Protected by Article 14 of the State’s constitution, the Catskill Park consists of 700,000 acres of public land, and 287,500 acres of forest preserve which offer the visitor endless possibilities for outdoor adventure and exploration.

Opportunities for hunting, camping, fishing, and canoeing; challenging hiking trails, striking landscapes and scenic mountain roads, unique cultural events and quaint villages define the Catskill region today.

Situated on the south-eastern edge of the “blue line”, the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is the perfect place to discover the natural beauty of the Catskill Mountains for yourself.

Have a favorite feature of the Catskill region, or a memory to share?  Comment below, and tell us about it!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Polka Party! Musik-Fest Weekend with Adam Barthalt

That’s right, polka people, it’s time to polka party! We’re thrilled to announce that International Polka Hall of Fame Inductee Adam Barthalt will be appearing at  the International Musik-Fest Weekend right here at the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa!

Awarded high honors from the Austrian National tourist association and the Government of Slovenia for his immense contribution to cultural heritage, Adam has been bringing happiness to the hearts of Polka Lovers everywhere for more than 30 years!

This three day event promises to be a non-stop polka party, with some of the best polka musicians you’ll ever see!

Featured performers will include Jerry Intihar, Frank Moravick, Linda Hocevar, Bud Gramer, Fritz Scherz, and Lifetime Polka Music Award winner, Walter Groller!  What a lineup!

In addition to your room in this beautiful Catskill resort, guests who register for this weekend event package will be received by a two hour welcome party, enjoy six mouth-watering meals, a cocktail party, a pizza party and a Viennese hour, attend a polka mass, and then say farewell with a Bloody Mary and Screwdriver party!

And of course, there’s a European Health Spa, Fitness Gym, and a beautiful championship golf-course also available on site.  So polish up those dancing shoes and get ready to polka party!  Follow this link for more information!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Body, Mind and Spirit: Hudson Valley Spas

The world is accelerating.

Every day seems a mad dash to the finish line; a constant struggle just to meet the demands of our careers and our families.  With so many things competing for our attention in these uncertain times, trying to balance our “life load” can be a challenge. 

Rates of stress related disorders are at an all time high; according to the American Medical Association, stress is a major factor in more than 75% of illnesses today.

It’s more important than ever to find time for ourselves.  Hudson Valley spas can provide peace, relaxation, and guidance to help you live a healthier, happier life. 

Slow your world down.

Millions of Americans have felt a difference in their lives by making time to visit a spa.  Offering precious refuge from a frenzied world, there’s no better place to disconnect, relax, and recharge your body, mind, and spirit.

Today’s spas offer experiences as unique as you are; whether you choose a Hot Stone Massage, Reiki session, or Shiatsu, a seaweed-algae mud treatment or a European facial, you can be sure that you’ll walk away refreshed.

So go ahead.  Make the time to take care of yourself.  Visit the spa at Hudson Valley Resort, and begin your journey toward healthier, happier living.  With all that you do, you deserve it.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Exploring Minnewaska's Natural Beauty

The majestic beauty and natural wonder of Minnewaska State Park Preserve epitomize the true splendor of the Hudson Valley; stunning white cliffs stand in stark contrast to sapphire sky lakes, and breathtaking panoramic views of the Catskills and Hudson Valley abound.

Follow the crystal clear Peter’s Kill brook along her lazy path through the mossy glen and find yourself a world away; immersed in the tranquil, serene beauty of the fabled Shawangunks.  

Stroll along the carriageways and witness striking views from the rugged cliffs which dominate the ridge; you’ll be met by a host of exotic native inhabitants: red tailed hawks and peregrine falcons make these cliffs their home.

Rest beside the awe-inspiring Awosting Falls and feel the pure cool mist against your face.  Breathe the pine-scented mountain air, and be still.    

Located just minutes from the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, the unique ecology of Minnewaska State Park Preserve offers visitors an exceptional opportunity to explore the true majesty of the Hudson Valley.

Have a story to share about Minnewaska State Park Preserve?  Comment below, and tell us about it!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Groups, Conventions, and Events at Hudson Valley Resort

Surrounded by the fabled Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains, the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is a picture-perfect setting for group events of every kind.

Management retreats.  Training seminars. Awards banquets.  There's over 35,000 square feet of versatile meeting space ready to accommodate up to 1,100 guests.

Choose from the Executive Conference Center, state of the art amphitheater, Exhibit hall or - to add an air of elegance to you event - the impressive Grand Ballroom.

Whether your group is big or small, here for business or pleasure, we're certain to have just the facilities you're looking for.  And as always, at the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, the best is yet to come.

Our 7,029 square foot amphitheater is more than capable of meeting all your mission critical needs.  Designed for classroom-style seating, this facility can accommodate up to 300 guests.  Whether you use it to give your group a high-impact presentation, or an in-depth training session, it's a setting that's as stimulating as the resort's natural surroundings.

Of course, we all know that sometimes more business gets done on the golf course than the board room.  The Hudson Valley Resort has you covered.  Our 18 hole, par 71 championship golf course is enjoyable for all levels of play.

When it's time to slow down and relax, take a trip to The Spa!  Whether you want to ease your mind and body with Shiatsu, discover deep relaxation and tranquility with a Swedish massage, or treat yourself to a European facial and algae body treatment, you're sure to walk out refreshed. 

Have you held an event or group function at the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa?  Comment below, and tell us about it! 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Springtime in the Hudson Valley

"Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the result of their love!"
-Sitting Bull

The robins are busy building their nests and the tulips have pushed their way through the warming soil, blooming in defiance of winter’s chill.  

Everywhere delicate apple blossoms sweetly scent the brisk morning air.  

Bubbling brooks merrily meander through the ancient Catskill hemlock groves; secret, unseen and unspoiled by the multitudes of men.

Adorned with magnificent pink and white garlands of flowering mountain laurel, the quiet, shady trails of the fabled Shawangunks await, while jeweled hummingbirds flit about sipping sweet nectar like gentle fairies guarding their hallowed glades.

Quote the bard, "proud pied April, dressed in all his trim, Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing."

Planning a Springtime wedding? The Hudson Valley is the perfect place for your special day!

Come and relax your winter worries away in our full-service spa, or take in a round of golf on our 18 hole championship golf course.  Hudson Valley Resort and Spa has something for everyone.

Offering the ideal location for exploring the natural beauty of the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains, The Hudson Valley Resort and Spa is the perfect springtime getaway

What do you love most about springtime in the Hudson Valley?
Comment below!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Famous 50's Hot Rod Weekend at Hudson Valley Resort

Polish the chrome and rev up those engines, folks- the Famous 50’s special Hot Rod weekend is rolling into town!  This Catskill resort is ready to rumble!

Celebrating 20 years of awesome auto shows, Famous 50’s Northeast Nationals 2012 will feature the hottest street rods, custom cars, muscle cars & trucks, custom vans, classic cars and rat rods all made before 1985.  Don’t miss out!

If you like custom and classic cars, you’ll love the Famous 50’s Northeast Nationals!  Trophies will be awarded for best flames, biggest motor, best custom, and more! 

DO NOT MISS the top flame throwers in the country, FLAMES “R” US, blasting 2,500 degree flames up to 100 feet!  Get to the Hudson Valley Resort this father’s day weekend and be blown away by the Famous 50’s Northeast Nationals!

Dance the night away to the rocking sounds of the 50’s and 60’s with live performances by The GTO’s, The Shallows, RB Express, Desire, The Soulville Social Club, The Roller Cats, and more! 

What better way to celebrate Father’s day weekend?  It’s non-stop muscle car mayhem at the HudsonValley Resort!  Reserve your room early for this special event, and grab yourself a sweet discount!

Click here to learn more about the Famous 50's Hot Rod Weekend!

Have great memories or photos to share from previous years?  Comment below!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Jimmy Sturr and Bill Haley's Comets at the Oldies but Goodies Weekend

I'm super excited to learn about the upcoming Oldies but Goodies weekend to be hosted at the Hudson Valley Resort.

Three days of non-stop dancing and the best classic feel-good music featuring world famous musician, TV and radio host,18 time Grammy award winner and undisputed King of Polka, Jimmy Sturr.

Bill Haley's Comets will also rock the socks off this luxurious Catskill Resort; they'll be performing their chart-busting hits Rock Around the Clock, See You Later Alligator, and many others!  

Other featured performers will include John Gora & Gorale, The Maestro’s Men, The Polka Naturals, and the Johnny Dee Orchestra.  What a lineup!

If you love good times and great music, this is a event you'll be sorry to miss!  

Registered guests will be enjoying two nights and three days lodging at the Hudson Valley Resort, six delicious meals with choice of entrees, welcome party with four hour open bar, hot & cold Hors d’Oeuvres, Saturday morning bloody mary & screwdriver party, Saturday open bar, Jackpot Bingo, Polka Mass, Saturday candlelight dinner with complimentary wine, Friday night hoagies in the lobby, and a Saturday night pizza party.

Phew!  Rock till you drop and Polka 'till you're pooped!

Planning to attend, or have a memory to share?  Comment below!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Exploring the Hudson Valley

As the newest team member here at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, I'm really looking forward to exploring this historic hotel and conference center while updating you on the local events and attractions which make the Hudson Valley so special.

The historic Catskill resorts are legendary, and the Hudson Valley Resort is certainly carrying on that heritage.

 Perfectly situated to provide easy access to both the majestic Catskills and the fabled Shawangunk mountains, it's the perfect landing spot to explore the richness of the greater Hudson Valley.

As I learn more about the beautiful grounds and amenities here at the hotel, I'll be sure to post photos, videos, and first-hand experiences for you to review and enjoy!

I hope to discover the best the Hudson Valley, Catskills and Shawangunks have to offer; whether hiking and biking in our beautiful scenic parks, playing the area golf courses, enjoying the regions best fine dining, or exploring opportunities for health and wellness, you'll learn about it here.

Why not tell us about your favorite experiences here at the Hudson Valley Resort?  Comment below to share your story!

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