The Top Ten Ways to Spend an Afternoon in Ellenville

  1. Take to the Trails

Here for just the day? Hit the trail! There are several scenic groomed trails to choose from, including the Long Path, Smiley Carriage Trail, Shawangunk Loop, and the Delaware & Hudson Canal Heritage Corridor.

  1. Catch Some Air

Ellenville is a hang gliding capital of the northeast U.S., so why not try it for yourself? There are a number of schools to choose from to learn the sport, including Ellenville Flight Park, Fly High Hang Gliding, and Mountain Wings Flight Park.

  1. Nine Holes or 18? Your Choice.

If you like the links, you have two great choices. The nearly 100-year old Shawangunk Country Club Golf Course features nine holes – 2,760 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 34. For a longer game, try the picturesque 18-hole championship Fallsview Golf Course at Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.

  1. Sip and Dine

Ellenville is minutes away from the Shawangunk Wine Trail, an 80-mile stretch featuring 15 family-owned wineries. So spend some time visiting Brimstone Hill Vineyard or Robibero Winery, then complete your culinary caravan on Canal Street in Ellenville. You’ll find a great selection of restaurants, from fine dining and steakhouses to sushi bars and pizzerias.

  1. Hit the Historical Highlights

Spend two hours traveling 200 years back in time. Start at the Terwilliger House, part of the Ellenville Public Library & Museum. Check out the pre-Civil War artifacts at the Wawarsing Historical Society and Knife Museum, visit the George and John R. Hunt Memorial building and the U.S. Post Office building.

  1. Find Spa-Like Serenity

Get a quick R & R fix as a day guest of Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa. The spa facilities include a pool, Jacuzzi, and both wet and dry saunas. Treatments include massage, aromatherapy, reiki, facials and other skin care. While you’re there, take a wellness class, like Energy Yoga or Healing Tai-Chi.

  1. Get a Better View

Challenge yourself to a hike with incredible views as the reward. Sam’s Point, the highest peak of the Shawangunk Mountains, rises more than 2,200 feet above sea level. Or trek up to Gertrude’s Nose, and enjoy expansive views of the Wallkill Valley to the east and south.

  1. Catch a Matinee

If it’s a weekend, chances are good that there’s a show at Shadowlands Stages, a historic theater presenting a seven-month season of professional Equity plays and musicals.

  1. Go Off Road

Whether you’re on two wheels or four, you can push beyond the asphalt. Lippman Park is known as one of the best mountain biking trails in New York. Northeast Off-road Adventures Inc. will teach you how to drive your 4×4 vehicle through rough terrain obstacles on its 68 acre trail network.

  1. Attend a Festival or Event

Join the thousands who attend the annual Blueberry Festival in August, in search of delicious blueberry pancakes, pies, and other goodies. For a decidedly more active event, join the Ellenville Run Like the Wind 5k and 10K races in May, or the Ellenville Mountain Running Festival in July.