Distinct Catskills Charm
The natural beauty of Greene County has an undeniable allure, but it's our small towns dotting the bucolic landscape that give the Great Northern Catskills its unique character, distinct charm, and a strong sense of place.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasonal staple, you will always have a place within the welcoming communities of the Catskills. There are no big cities, no bright lights – just picturesque main streets, locally-owned and operated restaurants and boutiques, private galleries, performing arts theaters, and some of the most interesting people you will ever meet.
No matter where you go, be sure to make a stop in Cairo, the crossroads of the Catskills. Connecting most of the Great Northern Catskills with Albany and other big cities, Cairo is the starting point of many great Catskill adventures. From there, you can disappear into the Catskills wilderness for a refreshing nature retreat or continue on to other Greene County communities. If you’re visiting around the time of a holiday, stay long enough to join in the festivities. Cairo is a town that celebrates like no one else.
If the arts call to you, be sure to stop in Catskill, the birthplace of American art. There is big history in this small town, nestled along the banks of the Hudson River. Learn more at the Thomas Cole House, former home of the famous Hudson River School painter and founder, and stroll across the new Hudson River Skywalk for a new perspective on the valley.
Find some of the region’s most popular attractions and events in the town of Hunter. Every day is an adventure in this small town, home to North America’s largest zip line tour, a mountain sky ride, and a ski resort. Hunter is also the generous host of events like Taste of Country Music Festival and TAP NY, a craft brew festival that draws hundreds of avid beer drinkers each year. Between moments of action, get some well-deserved rest at a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel or a luxury resort.
Get your fill of everything Catskills when you visit Windham. One of the oldest small towns in the region, Windham is often called the “gem of the Catskills.” It is a popular destination for friends, families, and couples alike, and offers a wide breadth of entertainment opportunities. From outdoor recreation to ski resorts and golf courses, relaxing spa visits to acclaimed cuisine, Windham has everything you need for the perfect small town vacation any time of year. Established in 1798, the people have had over 200 years to perfect their visitor experience – and perfect if they have!
Explore the colorful downtown of Tannersville, filled with hundred-year-old buildings painted bright colors and finished with decorative shutters and signs. It’s the perfect place to shop during the day before catching a show at The Orpheum Film and Performing Arts Center, a 247-seat performing arts center owned by the Catskill Mountain Foundation.