Tannersville, New York – The Painted Village in the Sky

Among the unique aspects of Tannersville are the bright and colourful facades on Main Street. As part of the vision of a local artist by the name of Elena Patterson, the Hunter Foundation implemented the “Paint Program” which was supported by local residents and corporate sponsors. Houses all over “the Painted Village in the Sky”, as the town calls itself, are painted in multi-coloured pastels, and the shutters often feature cartoon-like images. Many tourists come here just to see the colourful painted houses of Tannersville.

Tannersville has a pretty main street.

Tannersville has a pretty main street.

With is multicoloured houses, the Main Street of Tannersville was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. In addition to that, the surrounding area has much to offer in the way of outdoor activities. Some of the most popular things to do include hiking, camping, golf, mountain biking, fishing and winter sports. Tannersville is located in close proximity to Hunter Mountain, the highest peak in the county and the second highest mountain in the Catskills. The Hunter Mountain Ski Area offers Alpine skiing and snow-tubing in the winter as well as biking and hiking in the summer.

Tannersville is an important  tourism centre in the Catskills.

Tannersville is an important tourism centre in the Catskills.

The place that had been recommended to us for dinner in Tannersville was the Last Chance Antiques & Cheese Café, an eatery that has been serving comfort foods since 1971. Other popular Tannersville restaurants include Maggie’s Krooked Café & Juice Bar, Pancho Villas Mexican Restaurant, the Spinning Room Bar, Selena’s Dinner and the Village Market & Deli. Considering that Tannersville is a very small village it has a surprising number of eateries.

Getting ready for dinner in Tannersville

Getting ready for dinner in Tannersville

We sat down for dinner at the Last Chance Cheese & Antiques Café. This restaurant has a nice dining area with panorama windows and is decorated with old musical instruments that hang from the ceiling. The dining area in the centre of the building has a number of antiques such as old scales or a vintage cash register. This business was established in 1971, so it is one of the most storied businesses in Tannersville.

One of the unique stores in Tannersville

One of the unique stores in Tannersville

Before our dinner arrived I had a look through the various rooms at the Last Chance Cheese & Antiques Café in Tannersville. In one of the rooms, a wide variety of vintage candy, honey & syrup, coffee and tea, chocolates and other dry goods was for sale. And of course, a big glass display case held all sorts of cheeses. Apparently, 50 different types of cheese are available here.

A great meal in Tannersville

A great meal in Tannersville

Finally, after scoping out all the cheeses, chocolates and dry goods that are available at the Last Chance Cheese & Antiques Café in Tannersville, NY, it was time for dinner and I joined my husband in the dining room. As a cheese lover I was in heaven as we shared a Swiss cheese fondue. My broccoli soup with cheddar was delicious as well while my husband enjoyed a Chili con Carne. Our first meal in Tannersville in New York State had been a pleasant experience.

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