- Photo by Daniel Case, courtesy of Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0
- Looking east along Main Street from NY 214 towards Mt. Tremper, Phoenicia, NY, USA
At first glance, Phoenicia might seem like a drive-through town—a short pitstop to stretch your legs or grab a roadside bite on the way to higher profile, nearby destinations like Hunter or Woodstock. But this picturesque Catskills hamlet is brimming with activities to fill a weekend itinerary. With creekside lodging, farm-to-table dining, and shops that run the gamut from rustic to hip to quirky, here’s a glimpse at what to see and do in Phoenicia.
The Graham & Co. is a 20-room hotel set back on three acres around the corner from Main Street with amenities aplenty: a swimming pool, hammocks, fire pit, and even bikes you can borrow to troll around town. Each room is thoughtfully designed with a nod to Catskills heritage, but with modern comforts in mind like luxe bedding and Tivoli bluetooth radios.
- A Room At Graham & Co
Designers will geek out over the new CMYK-themed accommodations at Norsdale, with its nine chromatic bedrooms, each with its own color and distinctive sleeping configuration.
- C. Malsatzki
- Shortcake From Phoenicia Diner
For those craving Italian, it’s hard to resist the wood-fired pizza at Brio’s. They’ve also got a short menu of gourmet sandwiches that are pleasing to both the palate and the wallet.
Home chefs and gourmands should swing by the Phoenicia Farmers' Market, every Sunday from 10am to 2pm across from the Post Office, for a selection of seasonal produce and flowers from local producers like O'Connor Farm Flowers, Windfall Farms, Wrights Farm as well as apothecary products, locally roasted coffee, artisanal nutmilks, and more.
SHOPPhoenicia’s Main Street is lined with locally owned businesses, each with its own unique wares. Find contemporary housewares and gifts at Tender Land Home, vintage and artisan-crafted goods at Mélange, and casual-yet-trendy clothes at Catskills Clothing Company.
The Nest Egg is a longstanding, old-fashioned country store offering a range of useful and unusual items, from locally made jam and fudge, to hiking guides, and even moccasins for the whole family. Next door, browse curated collections of rare finds, tchotchkes, antiquities, and oddities at Mystery Spot Antiques, including used records, vintage clothing, old cameras, black-and-white postcards, and more—with some weird, weird stuff sprinkled in (ask about Desdemona, the Devil Girl of Phoenicia). But give a call first; true to its name, Mystery Spot’s hours vary. [Editor's note: As of July 2021, Mystery Spot remains closed due to pandemic precautions. Follow their Instagram page for updates.]
Catch community theater performances at Phoenicia Playhouse, home of the Shandaken Theatrical Society. In summers past, adventurous types could take to the Esopus Creek in to tube down the rapids with Town Tinker Tube Rental. The business is currently on the market, and will hopefully get purchased soon, so whitewater fun can resume.
If you still want to get in the creek, plan an expedition with fly fishing company Catskill Outfitters, who will equip you with everything from waders, boots, and fly tying materials to a seasoned guide to show you the ropes, err, lines. If you want to stick to dry land, take the moderate year-round trek up Tremper Mountain, whose 2,740-foot peak offers ample views of the Catskills from atop a fire tower.
Enjoy a post-hike beer at Woodstock Brewing; though its name might harken to the famous town nearby, the family-friendly microbrewery serves IPAs, lagers, and pub grub right on Route 28 in Phoenicia.
- The Tap Room At Woodstock Brewing