Beyond the reservoir, Shokan NY is known primarily for the better-known towns it’s in the midst of; convenient to Kingston, Woodstock, Mt. Tremper, Phoenicia and Stone Ridge, Shokan is a great place to live for those who want to enjoy the best of Ulster County. Drive a few minutes to the Phoenicia Diner or a few minutes to a pottery class at Byrdcliffe in Woodstock or a few minutes to a yoga class in Uptown Kingston.
That’s not to say Shokan NY doesn’t have a few of its own nuggets of goodness hidden up its sleeve. 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.”