Recently Phoenicia was voted by Budget Travel one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America."  And it certainly is! It is also called The Water Tubing Capital of the World. In addition to tubing on the Esopus River, fishermen flock to the Esopus too for great trout fishing. Phoenicia, smack in the middle of 7000,000 acres of Catskill State Park, a lot of it "forever wild." feels very much like a frontier town. Yet only a few minutes away is the high-end Emerson Resort and Spa, where many celebrities come to cool off from the celebrated life. And it may be one of the few frontier-like towns that has an opera festival!  There are some great little shops and the legendary Sweet Sue's for breakfast. Around Phoenicia, including gorgeous Woodland Valley, are miles and miles of unspoiled hiking trails, a scenic railway, secluded swimming holes and Bellayre Ski Resort and Hunter Mountain not so far away.