• The Catskills: Explore Our Local Region

Local Region / Activities

Among the oldest mountain ranges in the world, the Catskills are home to iconic settlements such as Woodstock and our very own Phoenicia, recently named one of the top 10 coolest small towns in America!  Once an immensely booming vacation resort region, the Catskill region fell relatively dormant in the latter half of the 20th century but is now undergoing a monumental rediscovery. Explore the many rich experiences the Hudson Valley has to offer, including some of our suggestions below.


Live Music, Art, Food, and Craft Festivals

Our region has an active music and art scene. Drive or take a local bus into Woodstock or Kingston, each 30 min from Menla, to treat yourself to live music on t...

Hiking in the Catskills

Phoenicia is about exploring the great outdoors. The Catskill Forest Preserve is 300,000 acres of unspoiled woods, which the New York State constitution has dee...

Tubing on the Esopus

Tubing on the Esopus is the most popular activity in town. The Esopus Creek follows Route 28 and winds through the bottom of town. There’s a quiet, calm s...

Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snowtubing

Tubers should head to Romer Mt. Park, off Route 28, at the foot of the mountain from Menla. The closest place to ski is Belleayre Mountain, the highest skiing p...

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding on Indian paths and old logging trails in the Forest Preserve is also a pleasant past time. The Saddle up Ranch, on Kinsey Street off Route 28,...

Flyfishing

The flyfishing is good in Phoenicia! The Esopus Creek is noted for its rainbow trout in the spring and its native brown trout in the fall. There’s even a ...

Antique Treasure Hunting

Our region also has numerous excellent antique shops to peruse. For a very local option, visit Country Gallery and Acorn Antique’s Craftsman’s Galle...

Catskill Mountain Railroad

The Catskill Mountain Railroad offers a 45-minute scenic rail ride along the Esopus Creek on weekends and holidays during summer. One of the train’s stops...

Best Restaurants Around

For being dropped out in the middle of the Catskill Park, there are some pretty amazing places to eat in our local area. If you’re on a day outing into th...

World’s Biggest Kaleidoscope

On your way home, stop at Catskill Corners, just a few minutes south of Phoenicia on Route 28, home to the world’s largest kaleidoscope made of a sixty-fo...


Environs & Amenities

Seated on the world’s oldest known meteor crater, our 325 acres of tranquil mountain forests and streams are nestled deep in the heart of the Catskill mountains and feature a range of indoor and outdoor amenities ...

Cuisine

Enjoy healthy cuisine expertly prepared by our dedicated French & American chefs, using produce from our organic vegetable garden and the best local offerings. Plant-based diet with meat dishes available by advanced request ...

Meeting Spaces

From the biggest conference hall in the Castkills to an intimate septagonal meditation space suspended above the valley, Menla offers fully equipped facilities to accommodate a wide range of programs and groups of every size ...

MENLA

375 Pantherkill Road, P.O. Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464
845-688-6897 ext 101