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A Side Trip to Tannersville, New York

September 8, 2011
Cafe Books Gift Shop

No trip to the Catskill region is complete without a stop in Tannersville, New York, located along State Route 23A a few miles west of Haines Falls. In the course of traveling to Catskill area sites in search of the origins of the Hudson River School of Painting (see my previous blog posts), my wife Margot and I also visited Tannersville, which is chock full of paintings of a quite different sort.

Sometimes referred to as the “Painted Village,” Tannersville has been for several years the subject of a renovation project known as the Paint Program. The program was conceived by local artist and graphic designer Elena Patterson and carried out by the Hunter Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, under her leadership and direction. Having started by painting the outside of her own house in colorful designs, Ms. Patterson then convinced the rest of the town to follow suit. Here are some photos I took of just a few of the renovated buildings (click on any photo to enlarge):

Village Bistro

Odds and Ends Building

Maggie’s Krooked Cafe

Cafe Books Gift Shop

Tannersville Renovation

All of these buildings are located along Main Street (Route 23A). Another worthwhile sight is the All Souls Church, located north of the main part of town at the intersection of County Road 25 and County Road 23C. Both the stone exterior of the church and its stone and wood interior are beautiful:

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All Souls Church

Interior of the All Souls Church

Margot and I had an excellent dinner at the Village Bistro Restaurant (see the first photo above), one of many restaurants and cafes in the town.

Tannersville is located just a few miles east of the town of Hunter and Hunter Mountain. In the winter it is a source of lodging for skiers and snowboarders and serves as an enjoyable après ski locale.

For more photos of Catskill Mountain sights and other Hudson Valley landscapes, see my photo website, Phil Haber Photography, and in particular the Hudson Valley Gallery, where you can also purchase and download copies of the photos shown in this article.  For additional information about my photography, please see my photography Facebook page.

Phil Haber

Copyright © 2011 Philip A. Haber

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