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About the area
We are nestled at the foothills of the Shawangunk Mountains, with more than 60 acres of private estate to explore. Across from this lovely wooded estate is the Verkeerderkill Town park which boasts one of the cleanest mountain rivers populated by native trout according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This river originates on the edge of Sam's Point Preserve. A 5 minute drive brings you to Sam's Point Preserve
Perched atop the highest point of the Shawangunk Ridge, south of Mohonk and Minnewaska State Park Preserves, lies Sam's Point Preserve - 5,400 acres sheltering one of the best examples of ridgetop dwarf pine barrens in the world. Home to nearly 40 rare plant and animal species and three rare natural communities, the northern Shawangunks represent one of the highest priorities for conservation in the Northeastern U.S.A.
Even closer than Sam's Point is the Ellenville Flight Park, the country's most complete, privately owned Hang Gliding and Paragliding operation. It has a take off altitude of 1,350 feet and a 30 acre landing field where their shop is located
For true bird watching enthusiasts nothing compares to the Bashakill Wetlands consisting of 3,000 acres. It is home to over 200 species of birds, 30 varieties of fish, including the remarkable, 'prehistoric' bowfin; and many plants, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and insects. It is an unforgettable experience to be present during the birds migratory flights in the Spring and Fall. The cacophony of sounds and flights is extraordinary. The Bashakill is the largest freshwater wetland in Southeastern New York, provides a unique and peaceful place for boating, photography, bird watching, painting, hiking, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, wildflower discovery, cross-country skiing and other outdoor activities
We are located just over an hour drive from New York City, and minutes from the Shawangunk Wine Trail representing 14 different award-winning Vineyards
If antiquing and auctions are your passion, this is the right location for you! We are 2 minutes from Flannery's Auction & Estate Services, a premier auction venue operating approximately every other Monday night. Other Auction houses and Antique stores litter the area.
If you enjoy varied and fine dining, a multitude of choices are available to you. Running the gamut from Organic and Free-Range, Vegetarian, Austrian, German, Mexican, Japanese, Korean etc. restaurants abound
For the Golf enthusiast, we are surrounded by a score of diverse courses. Play a different one everyday during your stay!
For the Equestrian in you, horseback riding, Polo matches, and shows are a constant activity. Remember, Blue Chip Farms, a top Thoroughbred Breeder on the East Coast with 1 square mile of paddocks is located in our town. Many other smaller, lovely farms offering trail-riding are nearby as well
We can help plan your itinerary so you can maximize your enjoyment during your stay. We live here, and know the area and people, giving you a leg up on available local activities.