Perfect Passover Program

Join us for a wonderful and intimate Pesach experience - from the balloon twisting clown that greets you in the lobby when you arrive, till Yom Tov's Gala end, our program offers a wide selection of choice entertainment for your pleasure, with non-stop activities planned to suit all tastes and ages.

Enjoy the stimulation of our thought provoking shiurim, outstanding series of speeches, and interesting lectures... Rejoice at our exquisite traditional Sedorim, exquisitely prepared and impeccably served... Feel inspired at our stirring Pesach davening services led by Cantor Nachman Shneider... Participate in motivational and parenting workshops, or simcha dancing, pilates, aerobics and exercise classes... Continue with your daily learning and Daf Yomi... ... Delight the family with game shows, animal shows, hay rides, and food demonstrations and workshops...Partake in a gala kosher wine tasting event...

Capture the spirit of Yom Tov with the joyous sounds of music: The soft strains of the violin, the beautiful harmonies of our a' capella group melodiously singing zemiros in concert, the piano instrumentalist, the dynamic singers and vocalists, and the exhilarating voice of Chazzan Nachman Shneider with his diverse repertoires of cantorial, popular and congregational song. Featuring a star studded cast of nightly entertainment with comedians and humorists for your amusement, a hypnotist and illusionist, and a Motzei Yom Tov Concert our incomparable program will provide you with Yom Tov memories to cherish forever.

Savor each flavorful moment at Mendy Vims Holidays for Passover 2015, a mouth-watering Passover celebration of gourmet Glatt Kosher Cuisine

Gourmet Glatt Kosher Cuisine

Sit back and savor each flavorful moment. Traditional, fantastical, or unusual, from the first moments of your arrival at Erev Pesach Eve's lavish hot and cold buffet through the superb grand farewell continental breakfast on Isru Chag's morn, you'll be treated to a superb bouquet of lavish dishes and foods, beautifully prepared and impeccably served.

The ambiance is elegant, with impeccable table linens and china, crystal stemware, flawless service and gracious hospitality. From our exquisite Seders, our traditional matzo ball soup, to our unusual pastry creations, our Chefs delight in creating haute cuisine, with a mouth-watering blend of new exotic and traditional favorites, made with the freshest local and regional ingredients.

Legendary service and outstanding hospitality are standard for us at Mendy Vims Holidays for Passover

Impeccable Service

Our service is legendary; our cuisine, exquisite. From beautifully led traditional Seders replete with matzo and wine, to our gala Yom Tov Morning Kiddushim (a not-to-be-missed-event), throughout one amazing holiday meal after another, you’ll be treated to a festival of incomparable culinary experience. Our Pastry Chef delights in creating an abundant assortment of tasty cakes and stunning pastries that look as good as they taste.

Our Tea Room Hospitality Suite is continually stocked with coffee, cakes and fruit to satisfy every in-between-meals need. For our guests on the go, we additionally offer wonderful boxed lunches, with your choice of menu, for your Chol Hamoed excursions.

Program Highlights

Guthrie Brothers

The Guthrie brothers singing a Simon & Garfinkel tribute show

Two brothers who have been playing and singing together since they were kids, composing and writing harmony-driven guitar songs about events in our lives. They're famous for their Simon and Garfunkel tribute, singing all their major sonings including the ever popular Scarborough fair.

Child's Play

The Children's Museum at Saratoga Springs

All the world's a stage at the Saratoga Springs' Children's Museum, where kids can play pretend banker, run a grocery store, or dish out food at a 1950's style classic diner. Check out the Silly Science lab, slide down the fire pole, put on a real firefighters coat, jump onto the fire truck and you’re off. There's a miniature schoolhouse for serious arts-and-crafters, a child size replica of Congress park where you can join the band, and many more activities sure to delight kids of all ages.

Piano Playing in the lobby

Piano playing in the lobby at both hotels for Passover 2015 with Mendy Vim's Holidays

Enjoy chatting with family and friends accompanied by the sounds of live ambient background music, with piano playing in the lobby, in both hotels.

Tee Time

The Pomperaug Golf Course at the Heritage Resort

The on site 9-hole championship Pomperaug Golf Course at the Heritage Resort means you never have to travel to enjoy a great game of golf. The course will challenge golfers of all skill levels, featuring natural contour terrain that sweeps along the rolling hills with views from various elevations - so guests are assured of a great golfing experience.

Dummies... for Passover

Hilarious ventriloquist show with ...Dummies

Fun for all ages- a hilarious show with ventriloquist and his gang of dummies, including lots of audience participation and 'voices' from everywhere.

Spring Skiing and Snow Tubing

Spring Skiing at West Mountain or Gore Mountain in upstate New York for PAssover

We've left winter behind us, but we still love to ski! Saratoga's just a short drive from the Adirondacks, where the slopes still have powder. Chol Hamoed Tuesday is SKI day with Vim's Holidays' complimentary bus service to Stratton Mountain or Killington, Vermont. Have fun skiing or snowboarding those last few runs with day or night skiing, snow tubing for the whole family, snow shoeing, dog sled rides and wonderful sleigh rides. Call us for details.

Hazzan Nachman Shneider

Hazzan Nachman Shneider

Cantor Nachman Schneider currently serves as the cantor of Congregation Beth Israel of Brooklyn. Having assumed his first cantorial position at the age of seventeen, he has also held cantorial posts at prestigious congregations such as Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, and Shomrei Emunah of Brooklyn. In addition to his regular position, he routinely accepts engagements as a cantor-in-residence in a wide variety of settings including Park East Synagogue, Synagogue for the Arts, and Mendy Vim’s Holidays. Cantor Schneider will be leading the Seder and the davening for us in a stirring recital of his own memorable syle.

Over Hill, Over Dale

mountain bicycling in Connecticut

Northwestern Connecticut is home to some of the best biking in Connecticut. Check out your mountain bike at our Fitness Center/Pool area, and enjoy cycling through gorgeous scenery filled with rolling hills, babbling brooks and more challenging climbs.  Bikers of all ages and ability levels will be able to choose from the the many trails available, from routes along rural, scenic roadways to mountain biking on "off-the-beaten paths" . Whether you are riding to see how far you can push yourself, or just cycling through the countryside, bike riding at the Heritage is not to be missed.

Always Remember

A trip to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Take a trip with us to the 9-11 Memorial and Memorial Museum commemorating the September 11 attacks and the World Trade Center bombing. Visit the museum honoring the thousands of innocent men, women, and children murdered by terrorists in the horrific attacks, the recessed pools in the footprints of the Twin Towers, and the wall of names of the victims inscribed on the parapets surrounding the waterfalls. A moving recognition those who died, the endurance of those who survived, and the courage of those who risked their lives to save others.

Laughter is the best Medicine

Mark Wiener comedy show

Marc Wiener is a comedian, puppeteer and entertainer exraordinaire, specializing in clean wholesome humor for the entire family. A former regular at The Improvisation comedy club, The Comic Strip, Catch A Rising Star, The Comedy Cellar, and on TV- on Saturday Night Live, currently, Marc provides the voices of the "Map", "Swiper" the fox, "Fiesta Trio" and a few other characters on Nick Jr's hit animated series Dora the Explorer. Marc also tours the US and Canada performing his one man comedy shows.

One-of-a-Kind Finds

Village shopping Saratoga Springs

Enjoy your leisure at your leisure, strolling and stopping in the charming shops that line Broadway.The shops and retailers of downtown Saratoga Springs maintain a balance of yesterday's charm and today's trends- you'll find everything here from popular clothing stores to cozy boutiques offering one-of-a-kind items, handmade jewelry and handbags. Check out the flourishing Beekman St. Art District, where lovers of distinctive gifts can find everything from jewelry to paintings, to stunning works of pottery to treasure.

It's a Classic

Classic Cars at the Saratoga Automobile Museum

Walk on over to the Saratoga Automobile Museum, showcasing everything from antique and classic cars to muscle, green and super cars. Housed in the former 1935 Saratoga bottling plant that distributed the Saratoga “cure” across the country, the building's history is almost as interesting as the museum! Here you can visit a great Mustang exhibit, an in-depth look at the automobile industry in New York State (Franklins and Pierce Arrows were built here way before Detroit became 'Motor City') and a look back in time at the innovations of different New Yorkers in their quest to create the automobile of their dreams.

Walk in the Park

Historic Congress Park in Saratoga Springs

Health, history, and horses come together at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs. Located along Broadway, Circular and Spring Street, this beautiful 17 acre historic park offers fun, relaxation... and a fountain or two. Watch "Spit" and "Spat" spray water on each other. Home to four of Saratoga's sixteen mineral springs, you can walk among Grecian pavilions built around the springs, see gurgling fountains, Italian Renaissance gardens, delightful ponds, an antique wooden carousel (in season), and notable sculptures.

Yoel Sharabi

Yoel Sharabi entertaining our Passover guests at Mendy Vim Holidays

Yoel Sharabi, a native Sabra, has captivated audiences throughout the world with his wide repertoire and dynamic style. He is a master of modern Israeli, classic Yemenite, and popular Chassidic melodies. Delivering his songs in a variety of languages and styles, his charisma brings excitement to his music.

Go Underground

Howe Caverns underground cavern boat ride

Journey 156 feet below the Earth’s surface to explore the limestone caves of Howe's Caverns, a 90 minute guided walking tour and underground river boat ride that will lead you through an enormous main cavern, immense galleries, and under huge boulders which hang precariously overhead. Discovered by Lester Howe in 1842, they're the second most-visited natural attraction in New York State. ( after Niagara Falls )

Vanderbilt Getaway

Vanderbilt Mansion at Hyde Park

Historically known as Hyde Park, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is one of the region's oldest Hudson River estates. For nearly two centuries, this place has been home to socially prominent New Yorkers. A superb example of its type, Hyde Park represents the domestic ideal of the elite class in the late nineteenth-century America and provides a glimpse of estate life, the social stratification of the period, and the world of the American millionaire during the era historians refer to as the Gilded Age.

The National Park Service preserves over 200 acres of the original property, including historic buildings, original furnishings, manicured landscapes, natural woodlands, formal Italian gardens and associated documents. You can also stroll around the 211 acres of park land that boasts stunning views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains.

Starting Gate

National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame

Explore horse racing's history at The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, through art, sculpture, trophies, loads of thoroughbred racing memorabilia, and a Hall of Fame dedicated to the greatest thoroughbreds we've ever seen.

Saddle up at Ready To Ride!, the museum's racehorse simulator that will thrill you with the experience of riding a thoroughbred with three different difficulty levels to choose from. Your kids will love HorsePlay! an interactive gallery where they can groom and saddle a life-sized horse, play inside a barn & hayloft, explore the many different shoes a thoroughbred may wear, or dress up in jockey attire.

It's eleMENTAL

Magic show at Mendy Vim's Holidays

Join us in a fascinating exploration of mentalism, magic, perception and deception, at our smart, fast-paced mental magic show. Great fun for the entire family, mental agility and humor blend with audience participation for a unique and magical performance.

Oh What a Sight to See

A trip to Newport's Mansions

The summer playground of America's wealthiest families, including the Vanderbilts, the Astors and the Morgans, during the 19th Century, America's elite summered here. They built awe-inspiring mansions, raced their yachts in Narragansett Bay, relaxed at Bailey's Beach, played tennis at the Newport Casino (the current site of the International Tennis Hall of Fame) , and hosted extravagant parties at their homes at night. Join us on a Newport Mansions tour , you are sure to learn a great deal about "America's 1st Resort".

Where Cannons Roared

National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame

Walk in the footprints of history at the Saratoga National Historic Park, where a crucial American victory renewed patriots' hopes for independence and forever changed the face of the world. Take a battlefield tour, visit Shuyler's House, the Saratoga Monument, and Victory Woods. Here American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender in 1777 at the Battle of Saratoga.

What's in your Bottle?

Tasting tours of Saratoga's Mineral Springs

Join us on our 'tasting tour' of Saratoga's many different mineral springs, you and your family will have fun filling up your jugs and sampling each one as part of your Saratoga Springs experience.

For generations people have been coming here to fill up bottles of the bubbly naturally carbonated water to take home. Cold and refreshing, each spring tastes different, and it's fun to give them all a try.Warning: It tastes nothing like what comes out of your tap!

Saratoga Spa Golf

Saratoga Spa Golf

Experience the best of Saratoga golf on this 18-hole championship golf course and test your skills at one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Surrounded by spectacular pine trees, lush foliage, and stunning vistas, Saratoga Spa Golf offers a great layout and is a consistent 4 star recipient of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.”

Touro Synagogue

Trip to the Touro Synagogue

The Touro Synagogue is a 1763 synagogue> in Newport, Rhode Island's old quarter, and is the the oldest surviving Shul in North America. The only surviving shul in the U.S. dating to the colonial era, it was declared a National Historic Site. Visitors can trace its fascinating history from the first Jewish settlers in Newport, to the building of the shul, through the revolution, the quiet years, the early 1900's and up to today.

You Don't Need Snow

All terrain tubing at Woodbury Ski area

In the mood for some tubing? The hills are alive at the Woodbury Ski Area, just 15 minutes away, where you don’t need snow to find fast company. Try some downhill tubing in warm weather - the tubes are the same, the terrain is aided by an artificial turf-like silicone material, and those tubes sure do rip!

Splash Down

Indoor waterpark for family fun on Passover

Thrills and spills for your whole family- it's summer year-round at Coco Key indoor waterpark where the temperature is always 84° ! R ace down three 40-foot body and raft rides, drift along the adventure river, play water basketball or embark on a lily-pad adventure. (23 minutes from the Heritage Resort)

Concert Time

Shloimie Dachs concert at the HeritageFor the past two decades, Shloime Dachs has dazzled audiences all over the world with his magical voice & warm personality. In addition to his five solo albums, he has sung at hundreds of weddings and events over the last twenty years. We are delighted to present Shloimie Dachs at the Heritage for a gala Passover concert this year.

United States Military Academy at West Point

West Point Military Academy

From the revolutionary war through today, come see why over three million people every year visit this national gem. The West Point Museum is our oldest federal museum- and it houses one of the oldest and largest diversified military collections in the Western hemisphere. Originally meant for cadet education, visitors can view a notable art collection, actual weapons, uniforms and memorabilia of American soldiers from the 17th century to the present, and military artifacts from around the world with historic pieces belonging to such figures as George Washington, Napoleon I, John Pershing, Dwight Eisenhower, and George Patton. Sit back on a guided tour bringing history to life., and round out your visit at the Jewish Chapel at West Point, or enjoy the view from the spacious parade grounds.

Life in the Gilded Age

Saratogs Springs Victorian Era mansions

By the late 1800's and early 1900's, Saratoga was 'the place to be' for the rich and famous. Politicians, aristocrats, and socialites all flocked here, and mansions and bathhouses sprang up all over the city. You can still view some of the period architecture and stunning Victorian era mansions they built, take a drive by Saratoga's North Broadway area, or join our tour of the Batcheller Mansion and Union Gables to see how they lived.

Those were the Days

Saratogs Springs History Museum at the former Canfield Casino

Originally the site of the 1870's Canfield gambling casino in Congress Park, The Saratoga Springs History Museum tells the story of Saratoga Springs from its beginnings to modern day. From the early settlers to the Gilded Age, the Gambling Era and the Saratoga Racetrack, the museum features a collection of three floors of exhibits- with paintings, furniture, period rooms, artifacts from the great hotels, the original 1802 Gideon Putnam Tavern sign, Victorian dresses, ephemera from the mineral springs, and a nationally recognized archive of over 375,000 photos, so you can learn more about this famous city's history and the people that made it so.


Horse drawn carriage rides at the Gideon Putnam Resort

Sit back and relax in a horse drawn carriage ride through Saratoga Spa State park, leaving from in front of the Gideon Putnam Resort. These beautifully restored Victorian carriages, complete with drivers and footman are in formal attire, are a wonderful experience for the whole family. Known for 'Health, History and Horses', Our guests at Saratoga Springs can also enjoy horseback riding lessons, trail rides, and hay rides in this horse-lover's haven.

What's your Catch?

Fishing on Lake Saratoga

Experience a day on the crystal waters of Saratoga Lake. Going fishing? Saratoga Lake boasts one of the best fishing spots in the region. Take out a boat at the marina and make for the deepest part of the lake-excellent for catching bass. The lake is also stocked with over 8 million walleye, and the weed beds framing the shoreline are great for anglers fishing northern pike. Land Bound? Take a walk along the scenic Burl trail along the Kayaderosseras Creek or pack your boxed lunch and have a picnic at Brown's beach, it has a shallow boat launch area with picnic tables and volleyball courts, and the little ones can play in the sand.

Outlet Therapy

Outlet Shopping in Connecticut

Get ready for sun, style and serious shopping. Follow Woodbury's 'antique trail', and the many quaint antique shops that dot the landscape. Find your bargains at the Chelsea Premium outlets, or pick up that perfect gift in the malls in Greenwich, CT. With diverse shopping opportunities for the occasional shopper, the grandma-gift-giver, or the most dedicated shopaholic, a world of shopping activities await.