Catskill Journals

Camping and Stuff in the Catskills

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A July 2005 trip to Catskill by KDKerr

The Town Tinker (Tubing) Photo, Catskill, New York More Photos
Quote: While the Hamptons lay claim to NYC's beach lovers, the Catskill Mountains are for those who enjoy the great outdoors. For the past two years, my friends and I have traded a weekend within NYC's urban jungle for a retreat among the blue-green hills of Phoenicia, NY.

Camping and Stuff in the Catskills

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Overview

Catskill Mountains Photo, Catskill, New York
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The Catskills, northwest of New York City and west of the Hudson River, lie within the boundaries of Ostego, Delaware, Sullivan, Schoharie, Greene, and Ulster counties. Despite being referred to as mountains, the Catskills are actually a continuation of the Allegheny Plateau. Located within Ulster County, Phoenicia is a hamlet in the town of Shandaken. According to the 2000 US Census, Phoenicia has a total population of just 381. As you can imagine, there are not too many entertainment options available within a town of this size. If you don't love making your own fun in an outdoor environment, this probably isn't an ideal place to visit. Each time my friends and I have visited Phoenic...Read More

Sweet Sue's

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Restaurant

Sweet Sue's Photo, Catskill, New York
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I've only been aware of Sweet Sue's for two years, but this little gem of a restaurant has delighted diners visiting Phoenicia for more than twenty. It is owned and managed by Susan Taylor who is quite confident that she is serving you the best pancakes available anywhere. To verify that statement, I always have the pancakes! On Sunday, the last day of our annual camping weekend, my friends and I head into the small village that is Phoenicia for breakfast. Sweet Sue's is easy to spot because there is always a throng of people milling around the entrance awaiting an open table. The typical 10-15 minute wait gives you enough time to grab the morning paper and wander in and out of the adjacent stor...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 2, 2005

Sweet Sue's
49 Main Street
Catskill Mountains, New York
845/688-7852

Sportsman Alamo Cantina Tex-Mex Bar & Grill

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Restaurant | "Sportsman Alamo Cantina Tex-Mex Bar & Grill"

Sportsman Alamo Cantina Tex-Mex Bar & Grill Photo, Catskill, New York
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After two and a half hours of tubing, my friends and I like to secure an outdoor table and enjoy some cold beverages and pub grub at the Sportsman's Alamo Cantina Tex-Mex Bar & Grill. The restaurant is in a convenient location just up the street from Town Tinker Tube Rental. To be honest, it would be hard to find an out-of-the-way place in the small village. The Sportsman Alamo Cantina is a Phoenicia institution that has been serving food and drink for over sixty years. The restaurant is hard to miss due to the large statue of a woodsman sporting a coonskin cap standing guard at the entrance. While Sweet Sue's attracts the brunch crowd, the Sportsman draws in patrons during the late afternoo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 2, 2005

Sportsman Alamo Cantina Tex-Mex Bar & Grill
70 Main St
Catskill Mountains, New York 12464
845/688-9922

Ice Cream Station

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Restaurant

Ice Cream Station Photo, Catskill, New York
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Amidst the restaurants and shops crowded along Main Street in Phoenicia, a dessert oasis awaits you inside the Ice Cream Station. The name of the place says it all. A bounty of traditional and unique ice-cream flavors is ready to be scooped into a dish, cone, milkshake, or whatever else strikes your fancy. The selection of flavors isn't quite as vast as that of Baskin Robbins or Ben & Jerry's, but I've yet to encounter anyone put off by the limited smorgasbord available here. I had a waffle cone with two scoops of the "Snickers" recipe, a blend of chocolate ice cream mixed with caramel and an abundance of chocolate-covered peanuts strewn throughout. I was SOOOOOO happy! My friend raved about...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 3, 2005

Ice Cream Station
Main Street
Catskill Mountains, New York 12480
(845) 688-9932

The Town Tinker (Tubing)

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Attraction | "The Town Tinker - Tubing the Esopus"

The Town Tinker (Tubing) Photo, Catskill, New York
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The five-mile Esopus Creek winds through the beautiful Catskill Mountains and will probably be the highlight for any trip to Phoenicia. Unless you are a tubing professional (and I'm sure there isn't such a thing), you will need to secure equipment from one of the two outfitters based in the hamlet. My friends and I have continued to use the services of the Town Tinker. The Town Tinker has everything you need and a bit you don't for your tubing expedition, such as: inner tubes ($10), inner tubes with a seat ($12), life jackets ($3), helmets ($3), creek sneakers ($3), wetsuits ($15), and tube taxi transportation ($5). Typically, you will only need to spend $20 to rent an inner tube with seat, life...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2005

The Town Tinker (Tubing)
10 Bridge St
Catskill Mountains, New York 12464
845-688-5553

Woodland Valley Camping

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Attraction | "Woodland Valley"

Woodland Valley Camping Photo, Catskill, New York
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I was born in Knoxville, TN, and at a young age, I discovered my aversion to nature. I'm not fond of sleeping on hard surfaces, creating a fire, going without a daily shower, serving as food for wild animals and insects, etc. Subconsciously, it was probably the primary reason for my move to New York City. On rare occasions, I like to dabble in the great outdoors, but I much prefer having the creature comforts of the industrialized world at my disposal. For the past 2 years, my friends have motivated me to join them for a weekend excursion to Woodland Valley campground in Phoenicia, NY. Woodland Valley offers city slickers like me the opportunity to go car camping. Not far behind pitching a tent ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 3, 2005

Woodland Valley Camping
Woodland Valley Road
Catskill Mountains, New York