Are you looking for a totally new luxury Passover hotel experience only three hours from New York City? Mendy Vim’s Holidays has a new location this year, the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY. The place to stay in Cooperstown is now, for the first time, a glatt kosher Passover hotel destination. With its championship Leatherstocking Golf Course, superior accommodations, and many waterfront activities, the landmark Otesaga Resort—a member of the Historic Hotels of America—is a great resort for Passover in an inspiring lakeside setting.
“We were looking for a new and exciting Passover hotel experience to offer our guests, within driving distance of Metropolitan New York and New Jersey, in addition to our popular recurring Passover program at the Heritage, in Southbury, Connecticut,” says Mendy Vim. The Otesaga is a spectacular AAA Four Diamond lakeside resort on the southern shores of Lake Otsego, in Cooperstown, “America’s most perfect village.” A popular tourist destination, Cooperstown is the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and offers world-class cultural activities such as the Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmer’s Museum, Smithy Center for the Arts, and Glimmerglass Opera, as well as Hyde Hall, historic walking or trolley tours, eclectic boutique village shopping, and numerous recreational activities on or around the lake.
Mendy’s guests at the Otesaga will enjoy superior accommodations, heated outdoor pool swimming, fishing and pontoon boating, tennis courts, a fitness center, skeet shooting, the Leatherstocking Golf Course, and an 11-acre driving range, or they can just enjoy the incredible view from the Otesaga’s famed outdoor veranda. Complimentary passes to Clark Sports Center add indoor swimming and diving, racquetball and squash, an indoor running track, an aerobics studio, a 30-foot belayed indoor rock climbing wall, a bouldering wall, a 120-foot-long, 30-foot-high ropes course, and eight lanes of Brunswick bowling to the never-ending list of diverse family activities. Inspiring traditional Seders, impeccably served and delicious glatt kosher meals, daily shiurim and thought-provoking lectures, nightly entertainment, singers and musicians, renowned chazzan and menagen Sherwood Goffin (of Lincoln Square Synagogue fame), and exciting guided trips round out this marvelous Passover program.
Early-bird special: Guests who register before January 15 get to stay on Sunday, April 15 for free—tax and service not included.
For a superior Passover getaway closer to home, Vim’s Holidays returns for the sixth year to their guests’ perennial favorite location, the Heritage Resort in Southbury, CT. At only about an hour’s travel from the Whitestone Bridge, this full-featured New England resort offers a world of amenities in a rural location while remaining super-convenient for travel from New York City or Boston.
Mendy’s guests at the Heritage will enjoy its elegant ambiance and the stellar cast of internationally renowned speakers, lecturers, and entertainment. Many familiar faces—Chazzan Nachman Shneider, Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, Rabbi Dovid Hirsch, Micah Halpern, and Yoel Sharabi—will be returning to Vim’s Holidays, along with some new speakers and entertainment for an interesting blend of the old and new.
The Heritage boasts an extensive facility with manicured grounds and spacious and contemporary rooms and suites, many overlooking the Pomperaug River or the resort’s challenging par-35 9-hole USGA-rated golf course, club house all courts, and putting green, two championship indoor racquetball courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, outdoor tennis and basketball courts, hiking trails, a full featured fitness club, sauna and hot tub, daily exercise and yoga classes, mountain-bike rentals, and an on-site spa offering rejuvenating skin and body treatments. The Vim’s Holidays program includes trips on a seal-watching tour on the Long Island Sound, a guided tour of Connecticut’s first synagogue, a wildlife sanctuary, and tours of the Mark Twain Museum and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s house. Nearby amusements include historic mansions, museums, state parks, an indoor water park in neighboring Waterbury, several shopping malls, outlet shopping, and the New England antique trail.
Savor each flavorful moment—from delicious entrees to sinful desserts, traditional Passover dishes to timeless favorites, there’s nothing quite like a Passover celebration with excellent food, beautifully prepared and elegantly served. Mendy’s chefs serve up one mouthwatering dish after another, in a blend of new exotic and traditional favorites, made with the freshest local and regional ingredients.
Mendy’s many guests, friends, and acquaintances are familiar with his winning personality and 40-year-tradition of caring and experience, and all of his Passover programs offer outstanding service with a personal touch. Mendy and his family treat each guest as part of their family, providing a warm and intimate atmosphere and meticulous attention to each guest’s needs. Whether it’s your first Passover with Vim’s Holidays, your second, your fourth, or your fortieth, you’re sure to have an incomparable Passover experience at either Vim’s Holidays Passover location. To find out more, call 718-998-4477 or 410-484-5553 or visit www.vimsholidays.com. v