Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday Favorites: Small Town USA

Over the years, my family and I have taken frequent trips to the Catskill Mountains. Every summer we’d spend a few days at Pleasant Acres in Leeds, NY – a throwback resort that always reminded me of Kellerman’s from Dirty Dancing. Some of the first vacation memories I have are playing Bingo poolside and taking little day trips to places like the Catskill Game Farm and Carson City – all of which no longer exist. :(

When my mom’s best friend moved to the town of Shandaken a few years later, our trips became more frequent. This gave us the perfect chance to explore some of the cute little towns tucked away in the mountains. Out of all the small towns we have been to, my absolute favorite is Phoenicia. It’s so tiny that it isn’t even an actual town; it’s considered a ‘small hamlet.’ And according to the 2000 census, not even 400 people live here, so it certainly has the quaint ‘small town’ feeling you’d expect.

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Walking down Main Street, the first thing you’ll see is a giant Davy Crockett statue. He stands guard over Homer & Langley's Mystery Spot Antiques, which I surprisingly have never been in! Along Main Street, there are tons of cute country craft stores and art galleries. My favorite is The Nest Egg on the corner that is so much fun to just browse through.

pic via google images

One of the more popular things to do in Phoenicia is to rent a tube from the Town Tinker Tube Rental and ride it down the Esopus Creek. Legend has it that gangster, Dutch Schultz buried millions of dollars worth of treasure in a safe someplace in the Catskills – possibly the Creek. You can also visit the Empire State Railway Museum and take a ride on the Catskill Mountain Railroad. So much fun!

2 comments: said...

oh i remember going here as a little girl!! i thought it was so cool. and my dad totally told me the story of the gangster hahahah. love this! :)

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