- 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
DINEA stay in Phoenicia is incomplete without a from-scratch breakfast at Sweet Sue’s. Try their fluffy, secret-recipe buttermilk pancakes or brioche French toast for a savory and satisfying meal. On Route 28, Phoenicia Diner’s gourmet twist on traditional diner fare has attracted a steady fanbase, hungry for favorites like a goat cheese and spinach omelet, or the Catskills Po’Boy with cornmeal crusted trout, remoulade, tomato, and lettuce on a baguette.
- 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, recently highlighted in our 2020 Cheap Eats feature as being pleasing to both the palate and the wallet.
Phoenicia’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.
Catch community theater performances at Phoenicia Playhouse, home of the Shandaken Theatrical Society. In summer, adventurous types can tube the Esopus Creek in summer with Town Tinker Tube Rental, or take a moderate hike year-round up Tremper Mountain, whose 2,740-foot peak offers ample views of the Catskills from atop a fire tower.
- The Tap Room At Woodstock Brewing
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.