Your Arrival/Travel Info

Delos Inn, Menla Mountain Retreat CenterArrival Info
We recommend that all participants arrive at the Menla Mountain Retreat & Conference Center's Delos Inn in the afternoon of Monday, August 24. There, you will meet with Open Center staff and receive your conference packet, which will include maps, conference schedules, locations and directions. Guest rooms will be ready for check-in from 3:30pm on, through Menla's Reception Desk. If your travel plans have you arriving before 3:30pm, please know that you will be able to store your luggage at reception until your room is ready. There will be time to relax or explore the beautiful grounds before our evening orientation and welcome dinner in the Menla dining room at 6pm.

Travel Info
Our main conference begins and concludes at the Menla Mountain Retreat Center, and participants must make their own travel arrangements to and from Phoenicia, New York. You'll want to arrange your travel to arrive at Menla between 3:30pm and 5pm on Monday, August 24. We will depart Menla after lunch at 1pm on Friday, August 28.

Menla is conveniently located:
  • Two hours north of New York City by car
  • Three and a half hours from Boston
  • One hour from Stewart Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., and Albany International Airport
  • Fifty minutes from the nearby Rhinecliff Amtrak Station
  • Three hours by bus from New York City on Adirondack Trailways to Phoenicia, N.Y.

Menla Mountain Retreat & Conference Center
375 Pantherkill Road
Phoenicia, NY, 12464

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By Air:
For those of us flying into New York, Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY and Albany International Airport are closest to Menla (each about a 1 ¼ hour's taxi ride). There is no public transport to Menla at either Stewart or Albany International. Participants flying into these airports will need either to rent a car or arrange for car service to Menla (see "Taxi and Car Service" below for contact phone numbers and sample fares).

More flight options will be available through NYC area airports (JFK, LaGuardia and Newark). Ground transport connects these major airports to NYC's Penn Station for trains to Rhinecliff, and to Port Authority Bus Terminal for buses to Phoenicia (sees "By Train" and "By Bus" below for directions, schedules and fare information).

By Train
Amtrak runs train service to nearby Rhinecliff, NY (approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from NYC's Penn Station), where taxis are available for the 50 minute drive to Menla. Call Amtrak, 800-872-7245, or visit for information, fares, and train schedules. Menla does not provide taxi service from the Amtrak station. Taxis are generally available at Rhinecliff; you may also reserve a car service in advance (see "Taxi & Car Services" below for contact phone numbers and sample fares).

By Bus:
The Adirondack Trailways bus comes directly to the town of Phoenicia from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. Call Trailways, 800-858-8555, for information, cost and departure times to Phoenicia, NY. The bus ride from Port Authority to Phoenicia takes about 3 hours, and costs approximately $60 round trip.

Trailways Website/Schedule:

With advance notice, Menla provides a shuttle to and from Phoenicia up until 8 pm. There will be a $5 fee per person for each pick-up or drop-off, payable directly to Menla at Reception.

You may also call any of these local car services to reach Menla from Phoencia:
  • Catskill Taxi 845-688-1065
  • Blue Mountain Limo 845-246-4404 | 800-31-LIMOS (800-315-4667)
  • Janet's Taxi Service 845-254-6105
Taxi and Car Service
For service between the Rhinecliff Amtrak station, or Albany, Stewart, JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Airports, and Menla:
  • Janet's Taxi Service
  • Woodstock Transportation
  • Kingston Kabs
  • Blue Mountain Limo
  • New Cabs
  • Misty Mountain
    Menla to Stewart Airport: $132.50 for 3 Passengers
    Menla to Albany International: $165 for 3 passengers
    Menla to Newark Airport: $240 for 3 Passengers
    Menla to Rhinecliff Amtrak station: $85 for 3 Passengers
  • Catskill Taxi
    Menla to Stewart: $120
    Menla to Albany: $150
  • Airport Transportation
    518-374-4840 or 518-441-1523
    Service from upstate New York to JFK, LaGuardia, Newark, Logan (Boston), and Montreal. Also provides service between Stewart and Albany Airports and Menla.
    Albany International to Menla: $125
  • Town Car Taxi Service
    Service from JFK or LaGuardia Airports

By Car from New York City:
  • - Cross the 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, take first right at traffic circle onto Route 28 West toward Pine Hill
  • - Continue about 22 miles until you see signs for Phoenicia
  • - Continue approximately 1/2 mile beyond the Phoenicia signs and take a left onto Woodland Valley
  • - Make right at T, continuing on Woodland Valley
  • - After approximately ½ mile, take a right onto Pantherkill Road (immediately after a "Dangerous Intersection" sign)
  • - Continue to the end of road and enter gates of Menla Mountain Retreat
  • - Bear right up the hill into the parking lot at the Delos Inn (the yellow and blue building directly in from of you)
  • - Follow signs for Registration

By Car from NYS Thruway North or South: Take Exit 19 then follow directions above.

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