Cherry Valley, New York: The Tepee
An old roadside standby still operates along bypassed Highway 20. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About The Tepee
As a kid The Tepee was the only "tourist trap" my father would ever stop at on our yearly summer trip to Vermont. He would always buy a pair of moccasins and my siblings and I would joyfully buy candy and nonsense items.
As an adult now with a child of my own I carry on the tradition of a Tepee visit whenever we travel Route 20 to visit family. The Latella family that now own and operate the Tepee are delightfully warm and welcoming people that, as a result of our frequent visits, have become like old friends! The Tepee has an ever-changing inventory of items, ranging from authentic Native American drums to the silly inexpensive toys and jewelery that delight my daughter as much as they delighted me 40 years ago!
The food at Tepee Pete's Chow Wagon is outstanding and the view from the picnic tables is spectacular. The dining experience at the Tepee sure as heck beats the snot out of stopping at Micky D's! As you can see, I am a loyal fan of the Tepee and if you are traveling Route 20 and do not stop...you are missing a special non-commercial slice of Americana.[Michele Van Wormer, 07/18/2010]
Great modern example of the classic roadside attraction. Quite historic actually. The people and the food here are fantastic, I really can't say enough. Real Rte. 20 goodness, try Teepee Pete's chili! Make time to talk to these nice folks![Lowell Jacobyte, 06/12/2010]
This is a small but personal shop. You walk in and they greet you warmly and always seem interested as to what made you stop. My three kids look forward to every trip to N.Y just to stop at the Tepee, many times a year for the last 7 years. The thought of them jeopardizing this landmark with a visitors center is sad. There's plenty of space down the road instead. Why ruin a great place with a spectacular view.[astone, 05/04/2009]
The tepee-shaped Tepee souvenir shop is now threatened by the possible construction of an official state visitor information center across the street. This center would ruin the panoramic view enjoyed by the Tepee and the concession, Pete's Chow Wagon (which has pretty good chow indeed). Pete has been asking for signatures to petition to stop the proposed construction. Now you have a good excuse to stop and visit![Chris Schierer, 09/13/2007]