Phoenicia

The Catskills Hippest Small Town

Welcome to Phoenicia

 

One of the first boarding houses catering to fisherman opened in Phoenicia in the early 19th century, and it’s been love at first sight every since for visitors of all persuasions, with or without rod and reel. Phoenicia is full of life, lots of things to do and people to meet. Join a local organization or morning hike, find a reading group at the library or take in a comedy at the playhouse… or act in one! Or just grab a coffee and watch the world go by. Phoenicia is right off Route 28, the main east-west road cutting between the northern and southern Catskills and so a perfect central locale for all things Catskills! You can live in town in a quaint Arts and Crafts house or up in the mountains in a glass-and-steel chateau; prices range from $259k to $1.6 million.

 

What to Love

  • The creek
  • The mountains
  • Accessibility
  • Lots to do

 

People & Lifestyle

On any given day you’ll find Phoenicia busy with townspeople and visitors, long-time residents and people who’ve never been here before. It’s always been popular with New Yorkers making the quick drive up from the city, bikers stopping by for a beer after work or hikers relaxing in town after a climb up the mountain.

 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Phoenicia is a local mecca for browsers and strollers, with shops, restaurants and activities of all kinds. Pick up beautiful local honey and flowers from Phoenicia Honey Co. at Phoenicia Arts & Antiques, along with photos and flower pots, jewelry and perfume vials. Across the street, grab an elephant ear and coffee from Phoenicia Market and Deli and cross back over to the little park on the Esopus. Nest Egg is an old-fashioned country store, selling everything from Minnetonka moccasins to jigsaw puzzles, penny candy to pine cone incense. On Sundays in summer revel in the bounty of the region’s farms and artisans at Phoenicia Farmers Market across from the post office. Every town needs great pizza, and Brio’s has that and a lot more and a nice outdoor seating area for seeing the town. Sportsman’s Alamo Cantina is the bar next door. Just out of town is the fast-famous Phoenicia Diner. Lots of people love The Pines, some adore Peekamoose Restaurant, others’ favorite is Catskill Rose and don’t forget The Clubhouse at the Shandaken Inn.

 

Things to Do

Phoenicia is not a place where you’ll get bored. Check out the Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection or sign up for a card at Phoenicia Library. Peddle your way along the old Ulster & Delaware Railroad track with help from Rail Explorers. Pick up a walking stick and head up the trail from Tremper Mountain Trailhead. If you’ve never practiced fly fishing, or even if you have and want to enjoy it with locals, there are several people to go to, including Esopus Creel and Catskill Outfitters and long-time favorite Judd Weissberg. Local, hand-tied flies have been sold for a century at Rip Van Winkle fly fishing shop. In season and out catch the International Fly Fishing Festival’s presentations at the Phoenicia Playhouse, also home to the Shandaken Theatrical Society. Drive along the Pantherkill into beautiful Woodland Valley for a retreat at Menla, a sampling of their spa treatments, a steam bath, sauna or dip in the pool. Or head down through Oliverea over the Catskills highest peak, Slide Mountain, for a steep walk or to see the horses in Frost Valley.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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