The 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...

Thank you for the music...

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 voices of Chazzan Nachman Shneider or Chazzan & menagen Sherwood Goffin, with their diverse repertoires of cantorial, popular and congregational song.

Let's Be
Entertained

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 featuring Yoel Sharabi, our incomparable program will provide you with Yom Tov memories to cherish forever!

Savor each flavorful moment at Mendy Vims Holidays for Passover 2014, 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.

Piano Playing in the lobby

Piano playing in the lobby at both hotels for Passover

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

Glimmerglass State Park

Glimmerglass State Park

Glimmerglass State Park overlooks beautiful Otsego Lake, nicknamed "Glimmerglass" by James Fenimore Cooper in his Leatherstocking Tails.  Open year-round, each season brings a multitude of outdoor recreational activities for visitors to the park, including hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and tubing. Seen from the south, Mount Wellington, on the eastern shore of Otsego Lake, is said to resemble a sleeping lion.  The loop trail that climbs it from Glimmerglass State Park offers a lovely forested walk through majestic white pines, hemlocks, and hardwoods.  In addition to this trail, the park offers cross-country ski trails and other recreational facilities.  

Pontoon Boating

Pontoon boating for our Passover guests on Lake OtsegoOur guests can enjoy pontoon boating on the crystal clear waters of Lake Otsego.

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.

Shopping in Downtown Cooperstown

Fabulous village shopping in downtown Cooperstown for souvenirs or gift shopping

A leisurely stroll down main street in Cooperstown will result in a unique souvenir or gift - for yourself or a friend! You'll find charming handmade jewelry, home décor, Cooperstown baseball memorabilia, and unique specialty items. Many museums also have gift shops and online shopping available for your convenience. Believe it or not, you'll find more than you imagined on Cooperstown and Oneonta!

Chazzan/Menagen Sherwood Goffin

Chazzan Sherwood Goffin of Lincoln Square Synagogue

Senior Chazzan of the famed Lincoln Square Synagogue on Manhattan’s West Side since its founding in 1965, for almost four decades, Chazzan Goffin has been one of America’s first and foremost artists in the world of contemporary Jewish music at concert venues throughout the USA and Canada, producing six successful popular record albums , including the No.2 best-selling recording of the year - Neshomo - in 1973.

National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum & Doubleday Field

The National Baseball Hall of Fame, a family favorite attraction this Passover in Cooperston NY

Explore the History of Baseball, experience the myth of Doubleday Field, your 'field of dreams', and the incredible Home of Baseball, America's favorite pastime. Foster a deeper appreciation of baseball and its place in history through interactive exhibits and special events, with more than 38,000 artifacts honoring the game's epic past spread out over several exhibits on three floors.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's crowning jewel is the Plaque Gallery, where visitors will discover all 295 Hall of Fame members' bronze plaques honoring their achievement.

Hyde Hall

Hyde Hall, a majestic 50 room neo classic country house

Fall under the spell of historic Hyde Hall during your 50 minute guided tour. Learn about the construction, decline and resurrection of this majestic 50 room country house which has overlooked James Fenimore Cooper's fabled "Glimmerglass" for over 175 years. In the mansion see "the finest two rooms built in a private home in America prior to 1840." Marvel at the many original furnishings. Hear the stories of how 5 generations lived on the Hyde Hall estate from 1819 until 1963.

Clark's Sports Center

high ropes course at Clark Sports Center

Our new Indoor High Rock Wall opened in September of 2011! The new wall provides year-round climbing opportunities for the Cooperstown community.We offer indoor rock climbing for both members and non-members (guests must for a Day Guest Pass)Our 120' long Indoor Ropes Challenge Course is suspended 30' above the lap and diving pools. It has the advantage of being able to be used year-round. Working together with other participants, climbers traverse the 4 elements to the end at which point you may be lowered into the diving pool or dry lowered to the deck. It is suitable for participants of all abilities levels over the age of 12.

Ride the Train

Take a ride on the Charlotte Valley Railroad, a reconstructed locomotive train museum

Ride into history amidst beautiful scenery. Built in 1869, visitors can experience what was once the primary form of transportation throughout the country - rail travel. A special train ride for our Passover guests, on a restored Locomotive Train Ride

Let's Bowl

Eight lane Brunswick bowling at Clark Sports CenterEight lane Brunswick bowling at the nearby Clark Sports Center with balls supplied, and shoes available for rent. Bumper rails are available, so you can bring the little ones too.

Howe Caverns Tour

A tour of Howe Caverns

Your journey begins in Lester Howe's above ground study where Howe himself will regale you with the story on how he discovered this great cave.

Each tour of Howe Caverns starts with a 156 ft descent below the earth's surface. our experienced tour guide will then lead you down in an elevator to The Vestibule where your journey through the enormous main cavern, immense galleries and under huge boulders which hang precariously overhead, will begin. Your journey winds through limestone corridors, cavernous galleries, under massive boulders, to a subterranean riverbed carved over countless millennia. Deep in the cave, solid rock appears fluid: creating strange formations, flowing sheets and dripping stalactites. Mysterious grottos lead off into distant, unexplored passages. Shadows hide secrets in every crack and crevice. The path twists and turns ever downward to the glassy surface of an underground lake that trails off into the absolute darkness of the cave’s Eastern Terminus.

Farmer's Museum

the Farmer's Museum, one of America's oldest   living history museums

America's history comes alive-daily chores are carried out at the working farm while commerce flourishes at the Village Crossroad. Visitors experience the interplay among trades, village life and agriculture in New York State circa 1845. The museum, one of the oldest living history museums, features exhibits, craft demonstrations and hand-on activities that bring history to life, and the famous Empire State Carousel.

Fishing on Lake Oswego

Fishing on Lake Otsego

The Cooperstown area offers all-season opportunities for fishermen, with fishing right outside your doorstep on Lake Otsego, and local boat rentals available. One of the finest deep water fisheries in Central New York, Lake Otsego is a habitat for lake salmon, trout, and small and large mouth bass.

You will find a variety of fish species throughout the waterways of the Cooperstown & Oneonta area, including: yellow perch, brown bullhead, rock bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, brown trout, rainbow trout, chain pickerel, pumpkinseed, bluegill, and walleye.

 A valid New York State fishing license is required for all fishermen 16 and older. 

Leatherstocking Golf Course, "One of the best courses to play." - Golfweek

The Leatherstocking Golf Course at the Otesaga

The 18-hole championship Otesaga's Leatherstocking Golf Course will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Featuring natural contour terrain that sweeps along the western shoreline of Lake Otsego with views from various elevations, guests are assured of a great golfing experience. Designed in 1909 by Devereux Emmet, it is considered by many to be one of the East's most scenic and challenging resort golf courses. With two great finishing holes, #17 Par 3 playing up to 195 yards over water and #18 Par 5 with an island tee and the fairway along the lake, how the golfer plays these holes often determines whether the match is won or lost. Upon completion of your round, enjoy a snack, cold beverage and conversation on the Pro Shop Patio or the Otesaga's Veranda. "Second highest rating in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut" - Zagat Golf Course Survey

 

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.

Fenimore Art Museum

One of the nation's premier art institutions; home to an exceptionally rich collection of American folk art and American Indian art, as well as important holdings in American decorative arts, photography, and 20th century art.

The formal gardens overlook Otsego Lake. Visitors can get a glimpse of American Indian lives at the circa 1750 Bark House on the shores of the lake.

Trolley and Walking Tours

CooperstownWalks! historic trolley and walking tours

CooperstownWalks! leads daily guided tours throughout the famous village highlighting its many charms, people and folklore.

Each tour will lead you on a fun and fact-filled 2-mile leisurely stroll down the footpaths of history of Americana.

Road Biking and Mountain Biking

mountain bicycling

Otsego County is home to arguably the best biking in New York State. Enjoy the gorgeous scenery offered by our location in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, filled with rolling hills, more challenging climbs, and thrilling descents.  Bikers of all ages and ability levels will be able to enjoy the the multitude of trails available, from cycling routes along our rural, scenic roadways to mountain biking on "off-the-beaten path" trails. Whether you are riding to see how far you can push yourself, or traveling between the many attractions in Cooperstown, cycling in Coooperstown is not to be missed!

Don't believe us? Cooperstown and Oneonta were recently featured in Adirondack Sports and Fitness as a premier biking destination.