3 Things That Make Ellenville, New York One of Ulster County’s Best
I think there are certain towns across the Hudson Valley that get a bad "REP" sometimes. Over the years, I've heard some not-so-nice things about the Ulster County village of Ellenville. I won't go into what some say, instead, I thought we should focus on some of the reasons we love Ellenville!
Blueberry Festival in Ellenville, NY
According to many, if you love blueberries and have never had some from Ellenville, you are truly missing out on some of the sweetest, plumpest, and juiciest blueberries anywhere. The blueberries are so good that almost every year the village holds a blueberry festival. This year, Ellenville turns into the blueberry capital of the world on Saturday, August 13th, 2022, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The festival will take place on Canal Street and Liberty Square with live music, vendors, blueberry treats, and more.
Ellenville Wasn't Always Called Ellenville
Way back when, Ellenville went by a different name that thankfully was changed...LOL! According to Wikipedia, Ellenville was originally called "Socconessing" by the first people to call it home, the Esopus Munsee of the Lenni Lenape. "Socconessing" means "a muddy place where the water comes out" and Ellenville was called that until the Esopus were pushed out of the area by the early pioneers.
One-of-a-Kind Dining Experience
Maryann called us to let us know that Ellenville is home to a restaurant that everyone should try out at least once. Aroma Thyme restaurant located at 165 Canal St, Ellenville, was the first restaurant in the Hudson valley to be a Certified Green Restaurant© in upstate New York. According to their website, "we have one of the best-stocked bars with 250 craft beers, 250 fine wines & 250 boutique spirits. The restaurant is all about supporting local, but beyond that, they pride themselves in small independent brands from all over the globe."
Bouns Famous "FIRE" Fact
Ellenville was home to a famous fire back in 2019 when a fire broke out at 613 Automotive, a used car dealership, on South Main Street in Ellenville around 1 a.m. What made this fire famous was that it was being used as a set location for the HBO miniseries, "I Know This Much Is True," starring Mark Ruffalo. More than 50 autos were destroyed in the fire and thankfully nobody was injured.