an incomplete guide to the catskills

where we like to go and what we like to do in and around tannersville


the sights

Kaaterskill Falls - The upper viewing platform is two minutes from our house and impossibly beautiful. Park up top and hike down to avoid the crowds.

North-South Lake - This one takes 3 minutes from the house and makes for a beautiful day out. there's a small beach where you can swim and enough hiking trails to get lost for days.

Sunset Rock - Sunset Rock may be the destination but the journey is worth the trip alone. Start at the Catskill Mountain House Site and continue along, stopping at every overlook you can find, The hike ends at Sunset Rock with a perfect view of North-South Lake. 

Skiing (and summer activities) at Hunter Mountain -  About 10 minutes from the house and our favorite place to ski. They make good snow when the natural stuff is scarce and there's a nice mix of slopes. Check out off season for hikes and zip-lining and seasonal activities.

Skiing at Windham Mountain - Ditto everything above just slightly farther from the house at around 25 minutes. If you're coming up for a long weekend it'd be nice to hit up both mountains for variety.


the eats

Circle W - By far our favorite spot in the area, Circle W specializes in breakfast and lunch. At the very least stop by for some coffee and a homemade brownie but everything on the menu is excellent (and we have eaten one of everything, more than once).

Prospect at Scribner's Lodge - All day eating, all day drinking, all day fun. The food and beverage program is top notch but the view of Hunter Mountain is reason enough to visit. 

Last Chance - Good food, even better beer selection, Last Chance amasses a huge crowd on the weekends. There's a good mix of locals and out-of-towners and a fun atmosphere. It's kind of like the college restaurant/bar you wish you had.

Maggie's Krooked Cafe - Maggie is a legend in Tannersville with stories of holding the kitchen open for late-day skiiers in need of her famous pancakes. This place is good for a lazy breakfast or lunch. 

Deer Mountain Inn - Need something a little fancier? Head to Deer Mountain Inn for a seasonal tasting menu by a michelin-starred chef.

Phoenicia Diner - No trip to the area is complete without a stop here. Yes, it is a diner. But it is also so much more. One of those places you have to visit to understand the hype. But it's all real.

everything else

Brunette Wine bar - Located in Kingston, this is a little farther but worth the trip. Natural wine and small bites and the vibes. Stop in on your way up to the house (or back down) or make an afternoon of it!

Kingston Wine Co. - for a couple of bottles of the good stuff. You can't go wrong asking for a recommendation from the knowledgable staff.

Clove & Creek - For those little trinkets and blankets and cool home stuff you really can't find anywhere else. The kind of stuff where people ask - where did you get that?! and you laugh and say oh this old thing i don't remember but you do remember because you just bought it and don't want to share which reminds me that i should really delete this so you don't know where we get all our cool stuff from!

Suarez Family Brewery - If you like beer, there's no where in the area that's better. Pro-tip: take the growler we have at the house and get it filled fresh from the tap (or better yet, buy your own!)




This is a depiction of the wildlife we have seen so far. Be safe out there.