Just down the road from Hunter Mountain, this brightly painted lodge-style spot in the middle of this popular ski town is a cheese (and beer) lover’s dream. Established 43 years ago by two antiquers who wanted to branch out, this cavernous space is decorated with musical instruments hanging from the beams and plenty of vintage knick-knacks, all for sale.
“Kids love to go see the Rip Van Winkle woodcarving out back,” says manager Michael Thorpe. “It’s 10 feet tall!” Enter through the “general store” area, where you can choose from a slew of international cheeses and some 300 different beer brands, many obscure. There’s also an old-fashioned penny-candy shop.
Come take a seat in the café and enjoy comfort food with a cheesy theme. French onion soup topped with toasted garlic bread and melted Swiss ($7.49) has been a crowd pleaser for decades. The cheese platter for two ($17.99) includes four cheeses of your choice served with sausage, fruit, and crackers — a nice way to try new things. Also meant for sharing, the cheese fondue is a Swiss favorite ($16.99). Generous portions of homemade mac & cheese for just $9.99 are designed for one person, but can easily serve two.
Families love snagging the semi-private “clock tower” bench-seating alcove and ordering the Campfire S’Mores dessert, served over an open flame, so you can roast marshmallows right at the table (it serves four for $13.99). Come evening, a secret door disguised by product-lined shelves swings opens to reveal a soaring tavern on the other side, including a stage for jazz and rock acts on weekends.
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