The locale: A community of 540, about 5.5 hours east on I-90.
The scoop: If you like driving across New York State, you’ll never lack for small towns to explore. Over the last decade, this Greene County village has been focused on drawing tourists, even dubbing itself “The Painted Village in the Sky,” after a grant enabled an artist to change the face of downtown by painting its facades an array of eye-catching colors. It was a move that grabbed national attention and has attracted more visitors each year. Tannersville is the commercial center of the town of Hunter, well known for its skiing, hiking, fly-fishing and other outdoor activities.
The hit list
Mountain Brook, 60 Lake St. — It’s run by a young couple who makes sure no one leaves without feeling like they’ve stayed at a palace — a rustic palace, but still a palace.
The Washington Irving Inn, 6629 Route 23 — A great place to step back in time and enjoy Victorian aesthetics and décor.
Maggie’s Krooked Café and Juice Bar, 6000 Main St. — A local celebrity of sorts, Maggie is known for the special touches in all the dishes. One of the pricier menu items is steak and eggs, and the menu promises you a New York strip with eggs, homemade toast, and home fries. What it didn’t mention on a recent visit were the small plate of fresh fruit served before you order and the wild rice and salad that fill out the plate. The home fries? The best you’ll ever have if you like them small and crispy.
Twin Peaks Coffee & Donuts, 5950 Main St. — Breakfast and lunch are served here, but what’s special are the sight and aroma of watching your doughnut being made to order. If you’re in luck, the special of the day will be the Samoa, with all the flavors of the popular Girl Scout cookie.
Ladoria Ristorante at Villa Vosilla, 6302 Main St. — Looking for the best Italian food in the area? You’ve arrived.
Hunter Mountain, less than 5 miles west of town — Everything you want in an outdoor destination, plus New York Zipline Adventure Tours for the more adventurous; it’s the highest and longest zipline canopy tour in North America.
Hudson-Chatham Winery tasting room, 6036 Main St. — Hard to imagine a tourism spot without wine these days, and this is a good place to stop while strolling along Main Street. Manager Kiley Boehlke is friendly and knowledgeable about the array of wines sold there.
Tannersville Antique & Artisan Center, 6045 Main St. — Eighty vendors sell their myriad wares in this beautiful 19th century building. Stop by and visit with Rick Thomas, who can tell you all about the area. (For instance, “If you can ski Hunter Mountain, you can ski anywhere, and I’ve skied all over the world.”)
Stones & Bones, 5977 Main St. — For something out of the ordinary, look no farther. You’ll find framed bugs; skeletons; intricate custom carvings; knives made from tusks, horns and animal feet; handcrafted jewelry, and more antler décor than you can imagine.
Catskill Mountain Country Store (the sign says General Store), 6014 Main St. — Go in. Browse. You won’t regret it. From jams and fudge to a kid-friendly shooting range and a restaurant for breakfast or lunch — this is definitely a find.