Menla is a serene sanctuary located in a 320 acre valley in the Catskill Mountains of New York state. Surrounded by a national forest preserve, you will be provided with a wondrous and tranquil experience. Throughout the year visitors can enjoy the fresh mountain air, abundant wildlife, and natural beauty of our valley’s exquisite landscape. Designed to meet the highest standards of comfort and convenience, their modern eco-friendly facilities are an ideal setting for group retreats, conferences, and spa vacations.
The Nalanda Conference Center features a 250 seat, 4,000 square foot main hall, several break-out rooms, a lounge, a Wifi Cafe and a Book and Gift Shop. The Delos Inn and surrounding buildings offer comfortable accommodations. Menla also has a yoga studio, a meditation sanctuary, a vintage barn, a fitness center, extensive hiking trails, tennis courts, and a swimming pool.
For pictures and descriptions of the facilities, visit menlamountain.org.
Menla Mountain Retreat Center
375 Pantherkill Road
Phoenicia, NY 12464
Phone: (212) 807-0563
Website: www. menlamountain.org
Lodging: Reservations for the Menla Mountain Retreat are made directly through The Four Winds Society. Please contact Andrea Bernstein at (435) 647-5988 x13 or toll-free at (888) 437-4077 for reservations and lodging-related inquiries.
Please Note: If staying off-site there is a nominal commuter fee that is paid to the venue.
Included in your accommodations fee are three delicious gourmet vegetarian meals per full day, beginning with dinner on arrival day and in most cases lunch on departure day. Menla’s Head Chef specializes in a wide variety of organic, protein-balanced vegetarian and international cuisine served in two dining rooms and an outdoor dining deck with views of the surrounding valley. While the majority of the meals are vegetarian, fish or chicken dishes may be added for an additional fee if you request them in advance. People with special dietary restrictions (e.g. vegan) or food allergies (e.g. wheat/gluten intolerant) must notify Menla in advance to ensure that their needs can be accommodated. The staff at Menla is accustomed to a wide range of needs and can accommodate most dietary restrictions.
Transportation to Menla Mountain Retreat Center
375 Pantherkill Road
Phoenicia, NY 12464
Menla is located:
- Two and a half hours north of New York City by car, three hours by bus
- Three and a half hours from Boston by car
- One hour from Stewart Airport in Newburgh, N.Y. and two hours from Albany Int’l Airport
- Three hours by bus from New York City on Adirondack Trailways to Phoenicia, NY
BY CAR FROM NEW YORK CITY:
Cross George Washington Bridge (upper level); take an immediate right onto the Palisades Parkway; continue to exit 9 West (NYS Thruway Albany 87). Drive for about 1 hour to exit 19 (Kingston exit); after toll booth stay to the right and take first right at traffic circle onto Route 28 West toward Pine Hill. Continue about 22 miles to Phoenicia. Continue approximately 1/2 mile beyond the Phoenicia sign on right and make first left onto Woodland Valley Road. After you cross a small bridge, you will come to a T. Make a right, continuing on Woodland Valley Road for about 1/2 mile. Immediately after the “Dangerous Intersection” sign on right, turn right onto Pantherkill Road. Continue approximately 2 miles to the end of road where you will enter the gates of Menla Mountain Retreat. Through the gates, bear slight right uphill to the main parking area in front of a large three-story beige building with a blue roof, fire escape, and trim (Delos Inn). Park in the parking lot, and enter Delos through the middle of three doors to find the Front Desk.
BY CAR FROM NYS THRUWAY 1-87 SOUTH:
Take exit 19 and follow directions above.
The closest airports are Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY and Albany International Airport in Albany, NY. The Trailways bus in Albany can take you to Phoenicia. With advance notice, Menla provides a $5 shuttle to and from Phoenicia up until 8 p.m. Please call 845-688-6897 ext. 0 to arrange for pick-up.
You may also fly into any of the major New York City airports and take the Trailways Bus from New York City, departing from Port Authority. All New York City airports connect to Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Call Adirondack Trailways, 800-776-7548 or visit their Fee Chart, for information and departure times to and from Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City to Phoenicia, NY. Reservations not required. The trip takes about 3 hours from NYC and 2 hours from Albany. With advance notice, Menla provides a $5 shuttle to and from Phoenicia up until 8 p.m. Please call 845-688-6897 ext. 0 to arrange for pick-up.
TAXI & CAR SERVICES
Taxis are quite expensive in the area. Please call the Front Desk (845-688-6897 ext.0) in advance to arrange for our $5 shuttle service to Menla from Phoenicia.
Car Service: Woodstock Transportation: 845-679-8294
Local and Airport
- Kingston Kabs: 845-331-8294
- Blue Mountain Limo: 845-246-4404
- New Cabs: 845-336-2400
- Town Car Taxi Service: 718-392-9191