The SpaceEscape to paradise to this private and charming home in Woodland Valley overlooking a rushing year round stream and surrounded by state land.
Our house is warm and toasty for the winter with lovely cast iron gas wood stoves in the kitchen and living room/ bedroom for a warm and cozy winter stay.
The house is ideally located on a quiet, dead end, dirt road far away from Woodland Valley Road (and way far away from any main roads like Route 28). No cars, no noise, only the sound of the year round Muddy Brook Stream and the birds in the surrounding forever wild state forest.
The house is decorated with antique and contemporary furnishings and details, including antique barn beams and antique wood paneling paired with contemporary designer appliances and light filling skylights throughout the house and balconies overlooking the stream.
HIgh ceilings downstairs and high pitched cathedral ceilings upstairs give the house an open and airy feel throughout.
Leave your busy life behind and get away from it all here but be close to Phoenicia (Sweet Sue's pancakes, Brios pizza, numerous shops) and skiing, hikiing, tubing, fishing, etc. Guest AccessHere's what parts of the house are yours to enjoy:
The Kitchen, Living Room/ Bedroom and Bathroom on the first floor and the bathroom on the second floor. The two large rooms downstairs offer lots of space and light. We have balconies off the kitchen and living room/ bedroom plus a screened in porch plus lots of windows and skylights to let the light in and enjoy the surrounding forest and stream.
We have cast iron gas "wood" stoves in the two large rooms downstairs and electric heat upstairs to keep you warm and cozy inside.
Note in the colder temps we are closing off the upstairs bedroom. The upstairs den may also be closed off- please ask if it is important to you to have a TV and we will do our best to accommodate but prefer to keep the den closed. We would prefer to close both rooms so we can keep our heating costs down and keep our rates the same. There is plenty of room to enjoy- a cozy, warm and roomy kitchen downstairs, bath and the large living room/bedroom downstairs and the light filled bathroom upstairs.
Our unfinished basement is a bit of a hazard. It's the door across from the downstairs bathroom. Please do not go in the basement- it's a mess and we don't want you to judge us! Interaction with GuestsYou have my cell- (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) email, (EMAIL HIDDEN) and David's phone: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) if you need us. The NeighborhoodOut of the Phoenicia area, on or around Route 28:
Highly recommend Phoenicia Diner! Just.Go.Often. 5681 Route 28 not far from the town. Prepare to wait on weekends and it’s worth it. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN)
Migliorelli’s Farm Stand: (URL HIDDEN) Route 28. Locally grown and regional specialties.
Boiceville Supermarket: Route 28, Boiceville. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Marked (2) on the map. Hours: Monday- Thursday: 7AM- 8PM/ Friday- Saturday: 7AM-9PM/ Sunday: 8AM-8PM. This is the closest grocery store and is about 8 miles from the house. A decent grocery store with deli, bakery, fresh produce and meats. Coming from the thruway, it is on the left, there is a small group of stores and it’s just past the garden store and if you pass the public school on the right, you missed it.
Bread Alone Bakery: on a road parallel to Route 28, Boiceville- coming from the thruway, going west on Rte 28, shortly after you see the road sign for Boiceville, the turn is a veer to the right, just past Fabulous Furniture, there is a small sign that says Bread Alone on the turn as well.(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Hours 7AM- 5PM. An excellent bakery with fresh baked breads, sweets, soups, sandwiches, coffee, tea.
Hurley Market: 295 Route 375, Hurley/ Woodstock. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Hours: Monday- Friday: 630AM- 9PM/ Saturday: 7AM- 9PM/ Sunday: 7AM-8PM. Marked (1) on the map. This is the best grocery store in the area and worth shopping on the way in if you can. They have a great butcher and fresh fish department as well as deli, bakery, produce, etc. Route 375 is about 5 miles down Route 28 after you get off the thruway. You will see a sign for Woodstock/ Route 375, get in the turn only right lane, turn right and the store is about 1 mile on the right. It’s about 15 miles from the house.
This restaurant is a little further west of Phoenicia but highly recommended:
Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room: 8373 Route 28, Big Indian. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
Swimming and Wading in the Area:
The stream at our house is running all year round so if you don’t want to leave the house, cooling off is just a few steps away. Some of our guests have fished and caught trout here as well! The woods on the other side of the stream and across the road are stateland and you are free to roam and explore.
There is swimming and wading in the Woodland Valley Stream as well as many parts of the Esopus. Unless marked "no trespassing", most of the streams are on stateland and open to the public. Many people park alongside the bridges and also in the town of Phoenicia there are many spots to lounge and wade and swim by the stream.
In the town of Phoenicia, there are places where you can rent inner tubes and kayaks for the Esopus, (URL HIDDEN) This site is also good for other local activities.
Pine Hill Lake part of Belleayre has a nice lake for swimming: (URL HIDDEN) - it is a left turn on 28 coming out of Woodland Valley about 10 miles or so on the left.
A little further away near Tannersville in Jewett is a lovely lake called Colgate Lake that is great for swimming and in a beautiful remote setting. Spend the day there swimming laps in the 26 acre lake, sunning or kayaking/ canoeing (bring your own). There are also some good hiking trails in the forest preserve there.
The link below mentions Colgate Lake as well as all waters in the Catskill Park for fishing but with the exception of the reservoirs, most are available for swimming.
LOCAL HIKING GUIDE FOR PHOENICIA AND WOODLAND VALLEY
WOODLAND VALLEY TRAILHEAD/CAMPGROUND
Two major trails are available from this trailhead:
Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail (also known as the Burrow Range Trail) and the Phoenicia-East Branch Trailhead, which links up with the Giant Ledge trails.
Take a right onto Route 28, and take your first quick right onto Woodland Valley Road. Cross the Esopus Creek and take a right at the “T”. Bear left at the fork and continue on Woodland Valley Road 5.8 miles to the campground and trailhead. Day-use parking fee applies.
Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail (or Burroughs Range Trail) Phoenicia
9.75 miles (one-way) red markers
3,620-foot elevation gain
to Terrace Mountain Trail: 2.6 miles, 1 hr 30 min
to Wittenberg summit: 3.9 miles, 2 hr 30 min
to Cornell summit: 4.7 miles, 3 ht
to Slide summit: 7.0 miles, 4 hr 30 min
to Slide Mountain prkng area: 9.75 miles, 5 hr 30 min
Accessed either from the Woodland Valley Campground on the east or the Woodland Valley- Denning Trail on the west, this trail provides a challenging route through the heart of the Slide Mountain Wilderness, ascending Wittenberg, Cornell and Slide Mountain. The eastern approach is notably more difficult, often requiring the use of one's hands to negotiate several rock ledges. At higher elevations, thick stands of balsam fir channel the hiker upwards, adding an element of surprise to the beautiful panorama that unfolds on the various summits.
Phoenicia East Branch Trail
A short trail connecting the Woodland Valley Trailhead with the Giant Ledge-Panther Mountain- Fox Hollow Trail. Accessed from the Woodland Valley Campground Trailhead.
Curtis-Ormsbee Trail Olivera
Branches off the lower part of the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail. Often referred to as the scenic route up Slide Mountain, the Curtis-Ormsbee trail provides the hiker with three panoramic vistas to the south and west and a moderate "terraced" ridge hike through stunted northern hardwoods. It links the Phoenicia-East Branch Trail with the Wittenberg-Slide-Cornell Trail. The total length is 7.35 miles or 8.65 miles if you visit Slide Mountain. You will enter on the Phoenicia - East Branch Trail that is blazed in yellow. In 3.25 miles you will find the junction to the North East (on the left) to the Curtis-Ormsbee Trail, blazed in blue. Follow those markers for 1.6 miles to the junction with
Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail. This trail is blazed in red. If you turn right and walk .65 mile you will reach the summit of Slide Mountain. If you turn left you will pick up the Phoenicia-East Branch Trail (marked in yellow) that you originally came in on. From here, the parking lot is about 2.5 miles. Remember: Yellow, Blue, Red, and Yellow.
GIANT LEDGE Giant Ledge-Panther Mountain- Fox Hollow Trail Shandaken/Olivera
7.45 miles (one way), blue markers
2,620-foot elevation gain from Fox Hollow
Take Route 28 to Big Indian, turning south onto County Road 47. Drive past the parking area at the hairpin turn on
47 to the next parking area and park
This trail follows along a north-south ridge that offers spectacular views to the north (the Devil's Path) and to the east (Woodland Valley) from both Giant Ledge and the summit of Panther. The ascent from either direction is interspersed with level stretches suggesting a "terracing" effect through mixed hardwoods at lower elevations and ultimately through the scent-laden balsam fir. Popular in part but noticeably less traveled north of Panther Mountain, this section of trail provides the hiker with a sense of solitude. Blue Markers.
Giant Ledge Olivera
1.6 miles (one way)
1,100-foot elevation gain
Take Route 28 to Big Indian; turn south onto County Road 47. Travel about 8 miles to the hairpin turn. Park in the area there.
The shortest and easiest route up Giant Ledge is from the Giant Ledge Trailhead. Begin by crossing the road and following the yellow marked Woodland Valley-Denning Trail east .75 miles until its juncture with the blue marked Giant Ledge-Panther Trail. Turn left, heading north .85 miles to the summit, with excellent views to both the east and west.
Terrace Mountain Trail Phoenicia
0.9 miles (one way), yellow markers,
Accessed from the Burroughs Range Trail, the Terrace Mountain Trail is a short and easy hike with a very gradual descent, ending at the Terrace Mountain Lean-to. Bare rock outcroppings and low blueberry bushes best characterize the open "meadows" interspersed along the trail. NOTE: there is no water source at the Terrace Mountain Lean-to.
Tremper Mountain Fire Tower Phoenicia
2.75 miles to summit, red markers
The Tremper Mountain Fire Tower can be reached from two different directions. The shortest, and most popular route begins at the trailhead of the redblazed Phoenicia Trail along County Route 40 outside the hamlet of Phoenicia. The tower may also be reached via the 4.2-mile, blueblazed, Willow Trail. This trailhead is located along Jessup Road in Willow.
PHOENICIA SNOW AND SKI INFO
LOCAL ski mountains- check the websites for downhill, cross country, night skiing, snow tubing, etc.
I include these all year round since they often have non winter and off season activities like concerts, bike riding, festivals, etc.
There are area ski shops that offer discount lift tickets and equipment- esp. since you wanted to x-ctry ski- if you just want to go into the woods by the house- here is one: (URL HIDDEN)
If you want the easiest and closest to get to then go to Belleayre- it's a great mountain.
Belleayre Mountain is less than 15 miles and about 24 minutes away in the town of Highmount. From Woodland Valley, turn left on Route 28 going west towards Pine Hill. You will be on 28 for about 12 miles. (After passing the Village of Pine Hill and at the top of the hill, Belleayre will be a left turn- you will see a sign as well on the left. Belleayre Mountain, 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount, NY (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
Hunter Mountain is about 21 miles and about 34 minutes away in the town of Hunter. 1-800-HunterMtn.
Windham is in the town of Windham, about 27 miles and 45 minutes away. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Windham Mountain P.O. Box 459 Windham, NY 12496 (Located on C.D. Lane Rd. in Windham)
Plattekill Mountain is in the town of Roxbury, about 30 miles and about 50 minutes away.
Plattekill Mountain 469 Plattekill Mountain Road, Roxbury, NY 12474. phone: ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
(URL HIDDEN) Other Things to NotePHOENICIA AREA LOCAL INFORMATION, GROCERY STORES, RESTAURANTS, ETC.
Keep in mind it will be much cooler in the mountains- especially in the evenings so bring layers and check the weather for Phoenicia 12464 before packing. The weather can be unpredictable and we suggest you pack accordingly and be ready for all weather conditions!
All numbers start with 845 and you don’t need to dial 845 from a local phone. Places below are listed with the stores closest to the house first. We recommend calling for hours.
This link has other links for just about everything you need to know about the immediate area of Phoenicia and the town of Shandaken: (URL HIDDEN)
Check out (URL HIDDEN) for loads of info on the area around Woodstock, Phoenicia and beyond- food, music, festivals, etc. Woodstock Times, too: (URL HIDDEN)
Here’s the Woodland Valley Community blog: (URL HIDDEN)
Seasonal Farmer’s Markets: (URL HIDDEN)
(URL HIDDEN) one is west, one is east. But they both close for the winter after Thanksgiving.
Also in Kingston is Fleishers- all grass fed meats and artisanal cheeses- a husband and wife run this amazing butcher shop and they provide a lot of the grass fed meats to top restaurants in the city- all in Kingston! (URL HIDDEN)
Woodstock also has lots of shops, restaurants and a good natural/ organic grocery store called Sunflower 75 Mill Hill Rd (Route (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Phoenicia- all on Main Street.. There is a sweet library (check for kid’s programs and other info: (URL HIDDEN) and other stores in Phoenicia as well as a liquor store, a great German deli (closed on Sunday), ice cream shop, video/ dvd shop, other restaurants, great shops for various interests, etc.
Brios- (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Hours: Sunday- Thursday: 7AM-930PM/ Friday- Saturday: 7-1030PM. The BEST brick oven pizza ever plus a tasty varied menu. Next door and connected to the restaurant is the Sportman’s Alamo Cantina ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) you can have food over there from Brios as well as great Mexican dishes and they both serve alcohol.
Sweet Sue’s: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Check Hours as they recently reopened. The BEST pancakes you will ever eat plus great omelets and lunches. Prepare to wait at peak brunch times on weekends.
Tavern 214: (URL HIDDEN) Farm to table. Just around the corner from Main Street. Have not tried it yet but I hear it’s very good!!
Phoenicia Country Store: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Hours: 6AM-11PM. Gas, convenience store items.
Phoenicia Market: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Hours: 8AM- 1055PM. Market/ convenience store. Some local foods seasonally.
Below are two shops in Phoenicia we highly recommend and a great way to kill time while you are waiting for your table at Sweet Sues:
The Tenderland Home: 64 Main Street: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)AM- 6PM closed Tues. & Wed. Stop by and shop at our friend David Pillard’s shop for that perfect gift or personal indulgence.
Homer & Langley’s Mystery Spot: Right by the Paul Bunyan statue- if you see clothing hanging on the boardwalk, it’s open: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN): call for hours and go visit our friend Laura Levine and her eclectic and fabulous antique emporium and odditorium. Check out her website for more information (URL HIDDEN)