The Town of Shandaken includes 12 individually unique hamlets. Residents and visitors enjoy the lush mountain scenery, and verdant ravines of the long winding valley that follows the Esopus Creek. For years this area has attracted nature lovers, relaxation seekers, and creative types from across the globe. All ages will delight in the scores of outdoor activities available throughout the year. Some events include: the Shandaken Art Studio Tour, Summer events at Belleayre, and the Quacker Race in Phonecia, hosted by the local Rotary. Another popular town wide event usually held annually in the month of August. There is also the completely unique Shandaken Primitive Biathlon which is an annual winter sporting event involving snow-shoes, black-powder muzzle loading firearms, and the wearing of 1800’s era clothing.