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How to Step Back in Time in New York's Catskills

Tannersville, NY (Northern Catskills)

A beloved vacation spot for generations of New Yorkers, the Catskills Mountains reached the height of their popularity in the mid-20th century. So, it’s no surprise that images from the movie Dirty Dancing or, more recently, the web series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel probably come to mind. (Yes, I know. Dirty Dancing was actually filmed in North Carolina and Virginia.)

Yet those romantic resorts from the 50s and 60s must be long gone, right? Not so! Although many properties had to board up their doors due to a decline in visitors, you can still find several that have held onto that mid-century charm.

Here are two Catskills resorts I’ve stayed at that will make you feel like you’ve just stepped out of a time machine:

Soyuzivka Heritage Center – Eastern Catskills

Kerhonkson, NY

Doubling as a Ukrainian cultural center and a mountain resort, the Soyuzivka Heritage Center takes you back to the Old World in the early 1950s. The resort, which was modeled after Carpathian mountain architecture, sits deep in the woods of Kerhonkson, making it the perfect escape from city life. It even features a spa and wellness packages to help you relax.

In addition to the main house, this expansive property offers nine different guest accommodations, each of which offer a unique experience. Newly renovated, the main house’s modern rooms standout against the resort's mid-century lobby, dining area, and hallways.

During the summer months, the Soyuzivka Heritage Center also serves as a Ukrainian summer camp and hosts its yearly cultural festival. So, if you want a quieter visit and don’t mind the cold, consider booking your trip in winter. You can rest by the fireplace without a gaggle of guests coming and going.

Villa Vosilla – Northern Catskills

Tannersville, NY

A family-owned boutique resort, Villa Vosilla offers guests a taste of Italy—literally. Founded by Italian immigrants in the early 1960s, the resort is known for its summer “Taste of Italy” package. It combines traditional music, cuisine, and entertainment with European hospitality.

But you don’t need to wait for summer to visit. Villa Vosilla’s proximity to Hunter Mountain makes it a great (and affordable) place to stay year-round. From fall colors to winter ski trips to spring-time hikes, there’s plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventures.

As for accommodations, each room has a unique design that reflects the resort's heritage. You’ll get to enjoy that funky 1960s style without forging 21st century conveniences (like flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi.)

Exploring the Catskills

Of course, this is no where near an exhaustive list of all the wonderful places to stay. With a little research, you'll find hotels and resorts that have stood the test of time throughout all four regions of the Catskills!