8. Nevele Grande Hotel

Ski Chalet, Nevele Grand Hotel and Resort, Ellenville, NY. Photo by Marisa Scheinfeld from The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland

The Nevele Grand Hotel was a high-rise resort hotel in Ellenville, New York. The hotel first opened in 1901, and closed permanently in 2009. The resort was founded by Charles Slutsky, and the Slutsky family also operated the Fallsview Hotel which was adjoined with the Nevele Grande. The hotel was simply known as the “Nevele” until it was sold by the Slutsky family in 1997.

The Nevele Grand was well known for its impressive 18-hole gold course, which has since closed, as well as its catchy commercials with infectious jingles urging people to visit.

Though the guests frequenting the resort were not as well known as those at Grossinger’s, the Nevele Grande did have one familiar face famously stay in the summer of 1966: President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was visiting the Catskills to dedicate a hospital in Ellensville.