Update 9/1: This event was featured in Brooklyn Magazine as one of “The Best 15 Things in Brooklyn That’ll Help You Forget Summer is Ending.” (phew, that’s a mouthful.) Lucky for us, the campground is large and we still have a couple open spaces! Join us by calling the campground, telling them you’re with us for the group rate. We’ll be sharing several large spaces by the creek. Please remember to let George know if you need a tent, and please shoot us an email to let us know you’re coming! See below for the original post.

Since summer officially began and we did our first group trip, we’ve wanted to do another one. Lucky for us, we found yet another location that we think our readers will be psyched about, just in time for summer’s end.

Phoenicia is on most New Yorkers’ short list of vacation destinations. (See: Escape BrooklynNew York TimesDesign SpongeVacant NorthHudson Valley Magazine, etc.) But what to do, when you’ve finally saved up the money and The Graham and Co. is booked until kingdom come?! You camp there instead–that’s what.

A cool $109 will get you to Phoenicia, with a tent, for two nights, on the Esopus Creek at the Phoenicia Black Bear Campground. (Price breakdown: $23 per person, per night, for tent rental at your campsite; bus tickets from Port Authority are $63.) Campsites all have their own grills and fire pits; facilties (showers/toilets/small building to hide from bears) are on-site. You can’t shake a goddamn stick at that.

We’ll be planning some fun group activities that are also fun and inexpensive, too: tubing, hiking, and bar take-overs. (Because yes, you can walk to the bars from the campground. You can also walk to a coffee shop, a diner, and some of the best pizza in the Catskills.) Upon check-in, you’ll receive a paper map of the area with the weekend itenerary. One last detail: the campground is dog friendly. Fido is most certainly welcome.

As usual, booking will be handled directly though Phoenicia Black Bear Campground. Campground-specific questions can be answered by them. The Trailways Bus leaves several times from Port Authority a day and drops you two blocks from the campsite. Groceries, booze, bug spray, and anything else you forgot or don’t want to take on the bus, can be bought in town.

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