Beyond the reservoir, Shokan NY is known primarily for the nearby towns that are household names; convenient to Kingston, Woodstock, Mt. Tremper, Phoenicia and Stone Ridge, Shokan is a great place to live for those who want a truly rural lifestyle with access to arts, fun, and food. Want an amazing breakfast? Drive a few minutes northwest to the Phoenicia Diner. Into ceramics? Drive a few minutes northeast to a pottery class at Byrdcliffe in Woodstock. Yoga and healing arts can be had in Uptown Kingston, Woodstock, and Chichester.
That’s not to say Shokan NY doesn’t have anything of its own to offer. Living in the town where you can buy Fruition’s internationally famous, award-winning chocolate right from the makers is nothing short of a miracle! In the same plaza is Village Pizza, and who doesn’t love pizza? Other places locals are happy to have handy are Olive’s Country Store and Café, where you get that on-the-go cup of coffee and egg sandwich; Ming Moon Chinese food; and the Shokan Post Office.
For the vegetarians out there, don’t miss Veggie Oasis, where you can get a super-healthy burrito and a load of antiques to furnish your Shokan home whilst waiting for the take-out! On a more aesthetic note, check out Jennifer Salvemini’s Hinterland, a “design studio, a tea shop, a spice library, a garden-to-table café, a party venue, a field of wildflowers, a blazing bonfire under the stars, and sometimes a quiet place to rest your head.”