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Sale of iconic Catskills resort signals the end of an era

Movies such as “Dirty Dancing” offered everlasting memories of the once-affluent getaway spot. 

Now, the last of the iconic Catskills resorts has been sold to a company that plans to turn the property into a healthy living resort. 

Sullivan County economic development officials said the sale of Kutscher's Country Club was finalized last week.

The Catskills was once the place to be in the summers and winters for generations of vacationers.

Throughout the decades, major performers would flock to the tourist destination known for its lavish hotels and getaways.

The buyer, Veria Lifestyle, plans to transform the 1,300-acre property into a $90 million destination offering yoga, golf, tennis and other healthy activities.

During its heyday, the resort, located 75 miles northwest of New York City, was one of the most famous of the "Borscht Belt" hotels in the Catskills, attracting largely Jewish families who headed upstate to escape the summer heat.

Owned for decades by the Kutscher family, the century-old resort featured such entertainers as Tony Bennett, Milton Berle and Jerry Seinfeld.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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