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Esopus Studio, where serenity reigns
Esopus Studio, where serenity reigns
2 guests
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bed
1 bath

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We'd like everyone to enjoy this cool property so we are offering a special mid-week rate for this lovely studio of your dreams. It's perfect for experiencing the beauty of the Catskill Preserve. Hike, eat, chill ... and leave completely restored!

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Welcome to Catskill Getaways in Phoenicia!

Your fabulous getaway starts with a scenic drive to the Catskills and a stop at one of the farm stands for provisions. Once you breathe in this glorious mountain air and see the Esopus Creek (really a river) you'll agree -- the living is easy!

Catskill Getaways is a former half acre bungalow property at the base of Woodland Valley. We're located in a safe, historic and quaint neighborhood almost a mile from Phoenicia.

The Esopus Studio was thoughtfully renovated and features a modern kitchen, a crisp clean bathroom with a heat lamp, a front open porch and back screened-in porch for your exclusive use, and a queen size bed with quality linens. There's an ottoman that converts to a small twin bed. If you've never experienced a gas cast iron heat stove, it heats and looks like a wood stove, but you don't have to feed the fire. There is also a seasonal flower / organic veggie-herb garden.

We use high quality, non-toxic cleaning products to ease our footprint on the environment and to help guests with chemical sensitivities.

No need to compromise. You have the best of all worlds. It’s all good … nice, fresh, clean lodgings, impeccable attention to your needs, perfect location and competitively priced.

There are amenities galore. Have breakfast on your porch or backyard. Make 'smores in the fire pit. Pick salad from the vegetable garden. Visit at the Pony Bar(n). Skip rocks along the Esopus Creek. Meander along peaceful country roads. Ride a bike. Walk down the street and take a dip in the Esopus. Take advantage of the multitude of activities like tubing, skiing, swimming, fishing, hiking and much more. Watch a movie on the TV (no cable TV access); select from a small library of DVD movies or stream from your computer or smart phone.

Take a break from the city without having to travel far. It’s just 1 hour and 50 minutes from the George Washington Bridge to our quaint and cool hamlet of Phoenicia.

While booking please remember that we have a 3-day minimum for holidays. Our rates are based on a 2 person occupancy, and we have weekday/ weekend/seasonal rates. Please let us know if you are bringing children and their ages to make sure we can accommodate everyone comfortably.

If the dates don't work with the Esopus Studio, go to our profile page on Airbnb and check out: Esopus Cottage: perfect for a last minute getaway and the Zen Cottage ... a retreat to nature.

We'd be happy to accept one night stays if it's sandwiched between two longer says. Just send us a note and we will do our best to accommodate you. The Esopus Studio shares one wall with the main house.

Please note that while we accept bookings from first-time Airbnb users with no reviews, we do expect you to have fulfilled the basic verification requirements and profile info as well as provide a note about yourself and others traveling with you.

If you want to stay local, Phoenicia is self-contained with a variety of restaurants, all sorts of shops, some quirky, a cooperative gallery and a community theater. We're known for our friendly, artsy and unpretentious small town charm combined with great restaurant and pub choices.

If you want to venture out, the Hudson Valley has a treasure chest of cultural offerings. This is a perfect time for all sorts of summer activities. Go tubing on the Esopus Creek. Relax by the water hole down the block, take a scenic drive, check out one of the farm-to-table restaurants, get cozy in front of the gas fireplace in the cooler evenings and take in the night sky by the Pony Bar(n) at night ... restorative and magical.

One dog (crated if left alone) is okay with prior approval; we charge a $40 pet fee. There is $25 charge to replace lost keys.


Here are some of the things that make Phoenicia special:

In 2017 we were rated as the No. 1 destination outside of NYC by Curbed New York, a real-estate and travel blog.

Phoenicia was voted one of Ten Coolest Small Towns in America by Budget Traveler.

Phoenicia was featured in Travel and Leisure's 25 Easy Weekend Getaways.

We are part of the watershed that supplies water to 9 million customers including all of NYC--the Ashokan reservoir.

Our hamlet of Phoenicia has a population of around 300 yet hosts monumental events like the International Festival of the Voice with panache.

We are near four ski resorts: Belleayre, Hunter, Windham and Plattekill.

The Phoenicia Library lends out fishing poles and ukuleles.

You are always near a world-class hiking trail.

Our beloved local poet is a candidate at every presidential election.

Most of our friends think Phoenicia has a vibe that’s cooler than Woodstock.

We keep the location of swimming holes secret until we’re sure you will respect our pristine waters...really.

Farm-to-Table foodies will be in good company.

The first ski area in the state of NY was located just down the street.

Birding is great. Hummingbirds visit us in the summer.

We get excited about the annual garden tour and the the yearly artists tour.

Visit with the local peeps at the Arts Upstairs openings and community gatherings every month.

For culinary treats buy local: Migliorelli's Farm Stand on Route 28 is now open.

Most of the area is a protected forest preserve.

There is a plethora of sports and cultural activities, a world-class spa, fabulous restaurants at all price ranges, fun shops, awesome bakeries, and to meet the needs of the most discerning travelers.

Our guests hail from all parts of the world to this very small hamlet.

For these reasons and many more, we think we have an awesome place to live. Our goal is to share it with you and make sure you have an enjoyable and restorative stay.

Guest access

Guests have private parking and access to the shared back yard that has an organic garden, fire pit, grill, picnic tables, the Pony Bar(n) and mountain views. It's a 2 minute stroll to the river.

Interaction with guests

We give our guests total privacy. We welcome guests to interact with us if they want additional information or just to visit.

Other things to note

We provide a house guide which lists our "Best Picks" for a variety of restaurants and activities. We revise it constantly to provide up-to-date information for our guests.

Business travel
This listing has essential business travel amenities.
Pets allowed
Family/kid friendly
Wireless Internet
House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with lockbox

Simple: No shoe policy. Leave shoes at the door. No smoking anywhere except at the fire ring or Pony Bar(n). Dispose of butts in garbage. When in nature walks: garbage in, garbage out. In general, treat this vacation rental and our nature preserve with respect. Enjoy, chill, have a great time.


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Christine User Profile
June 2016
We had a wonderful stay at Alma and James's place! The studio was super clean, tastefully decorated and had everything we needed, including a big yard with a grill. It's located right on the Esopus Creek, close to Phoenicia and 5min from the Phoenicia Diner. We had the opportunity to meet both Alma and James, and they were perfect hosts -- flexible, communicative and so generous. We had a great time and hope to be back soon!

Judith User Profile
December 2017
Lovely, close to main street Phonencia. A quiet studio that has everything you need, while minimalistic and stylish. Only thing is (not the host's fault) no service for miles so contact the host in time!

Anu User Profile
December 2017
The studio is quaint and cozy. The gas fire makes it really toasty and we loved that. The lights have controls on them to make them brighter or dimmer.. A fab feature which we discovered on the last day of our stay! Hencd adding it in the review. Alma and James are super air bnb hosts and very helpful and friendly

Helen User Profile
December 2017
We had a wonderful time in Phonecia and hiking at Kaaterskill Falls. James and Alma’s website and binder of tips were really helpful. We enjoyed our stay in the Studio and hope to come back next year to take advantage of their fire pit and grill. If you’re debating between the Esopus Studio and the Cottage, keep in mind that the Studio is attached to their home, so you’ll hear a bit of noise from them and they most likely heard us too. The Cottage is unattached and is more private. Besides that, the Studio is still a great getaway spot.

Stephen User Profile
November 2017
They are amazing hosts very responsive to whatever your needs are. The studio is very cozy and clean

Deb User Profile
November 2017
Really enjoy my stay in the studio. It has everything one needs and a gas fireplace for heat. The studio is connected to the main house and there is a lovely porch on back and a nice back yard. The unit is very nicely located near the creek and there are several hiking trails near by. The town is a nice ~1+ mile walk. Very enjoyable!

Elysabeth User Profile
November 2017
Our stay at the Esopus Studio was absolutely wonderful! My husband I got away for a short two-night birthday trip and left the kids with grandma. The space was perfect for two adults. It was clean, modern, and very comfortable. James even dropped off a birthday card, which was very sweet. James and Alma were very accommodating hosts with our check-in time, and they provided a great experience for us. Thank you!

Phoenicia, New York, United StatesJoined in March 2013
Alma & James User Profile
My husband, James and I focus on healthy living, the environment and sustainability. We enjoy the simple pleasures of living in this culturally-rich community surrounded by the majestic Catskill Forest Preserve. Every day something in nature, a flock of turkeys, an autumn la…
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