Explore the Hudson Valley

Experience The Hudson Valley


  |   October 1, 2019  |  Comment

Located just two hours north of New York City and nestled at the base of the Shawangunk Ridge in Ulster County is the small village of Ellenville. This beautiful Hudson Valley nook represents the perfect kind of small-town discovery a traveler longs to find during their picturesque drive upstate. Here are a few things to hunt down in Ellenville as you explore the Hudson Valley.

Sam’s Point Preserve brings to mind poetic visions of the sublime. Sitting atop the highest point of the Shawangunk Ridge, its sweeping views of the Catskills and Rondout Valley, set ablaze in fall or blanketed in snow in winter, are sure to leave even the most avid hiker a bit breathless with wonder. The recreation area is dotted with dwarf pitch pine trees, sky lakes, waterfalls, and even ice caves. Head down before it gets too cold for a better chance at accessing the caves.

When you get hungry head into town. For nearly 20 years, Aroma Thyme has been a culinary beacon. Executive chef and owner Marcus Giuliano was one of the first local adopters of a farm-to-table mentality and has built out an extensive menu of local, sustainable, organic dishes. The comfortable, low-lit dining room is a favorite of locals and visitors alike who flock for the ever-evolving menu of seasonal showcases, the warm ambiance, and the wide selection of tap beer.

Established in 2008, Gaby’s Cafe on Canal Street began as a tasty, homemade Mexican restaurant. In their new, larger location, Gaby’s has expanded the menu to include omelets, wraps, burgers, and even Italian food. Whatever you decide upon, Gaby’s lively atmosphere is sure to make you feel at home.

Just steps from Gaby’s sits the impressive 179-seat, Art Deco vaudeville theater Shadowland Stages, which is celebrating its 35th year captivating Hudson Valley audiences. Shadowland was founded in 1985 by a group of theater performers who made the trek upstate from New York City in order to restore the old theater and revive the performing arts scene in the town. Shadowland has hosted many regional premieres and works in progress over its three decades. This fall, be sure to check out the critically acclaimed productions, including “Cry it Out,” which has been lauded as “whip smart” by USA Today. This fall, the theater will also host an acting course designed to help prospective actors learn how to express themselves vocally and physically.

For a community-centric educational experience, pop into the Ellenville Public Library and Museum. A major social hub of the small village, the library hosts rotating art exhibitions, cultural programming, and recreational activities; and boasts a collection of over 50,000 books.

For some R&R, head to Honor’s Haven Resort and Spa. Located on 200 acres, the destination resort boasts more than 200 rooms and suites, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, a fitness center, and a holistic spa, which offers integrated wellness services, including yoga, tai chi, meditation, mind-body classes, and retreats.

Pictured above: Alex Glossman and Tom Teti in the 2016 production of Red at Shadowland Stages in Ellenville. Photo by Justin Swader.

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