I went snowboarding and I didn’t die! And I ate food so good I almost died!

Woo hoo! I’m alive!!! Our trip up to Belleayre this weekend was a lot of fun and I didn’t melt into a blubbering puddle. As I mentioned before I have a major fear of heights and falling and I was having a lot of anxiety about the weekend due to my fears but it wound up being ok. I can’t lie – I’m pretty proud of myself. Sure I never made it up the mountain and only did the lesson and two runs down the bunny slope but that’s about 78% better than the last two times I tried skiing, so I’ll take it! The day was perfect to be on the mountain for a beginner – it actually wound up being in the 50s by the time we left! Craziness.

Conditions were only ok though. During the lesson we were on this tiny side hill and the snow was nice and perfect to be learning on. When we went to the bunny slope it was super icy! They had a magic carpet to get you up the hill and when I hit the top I could barely get my board around the top to get sure footing to snowboard down. If the trail was better I probably would have gone down more. That and I wiped out a small child and the mother berated me so I was hiding after that. Oops.

Another great highlight of the weekend was the food! We stumbled upon two AMAZING restaurants that I couldn’t wait to share. If you’re ever in Highmount or Phoenicia, NY, hit these up! You won’t be sorry!

After a day of snowboarding and skiing we headed back to our cabin, did a quick shower/change and then headed out to dinner! I spotted Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room on the drive to the cabin the night before and thought it was going to be a pub type restaurant with a lot of good beer but it wound up being a farm to table restaurant with a lot of good beer!

Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room, Big Indian, NY

The place is filled with interesting architecture and decor. I felt like everywhere I looked there was something else to see. I didn’t get to see everything since the place was packed but it all looked so cool!

I have to compliment the staff at the restaurant. We had no idea how popular this place was and walked in with a party of eight. At first we were told it would be an hour wait but then the bar manager came over and said a table in the tap room would be opening up and could we wait 30 mins or so? Perfect. There was a little area for the kids to play and he brought over drinks while we waited.

We went to town ordering apps and our entrees (we were starving after a day on the slopes). My family freaked over the onion rings (they were HUGE) and I had a bite of the Wood Grilled Squid appetizer which was fantastic. I stuck with the 12 Ingredient Salad to start and it was delicious! I love a good chopped salad and everything tasted so fresh!

Sadie couldn’t hang – she passed out on me right when the appetizers came!
For my main dish I had the Pan Seared Beaverkill Hatchery Rainbow Trout. It was pretty good, but I was disappointed that I couldn’t really taste the truffle vinaigrette – that’s what really sold me on the meal and it seemed to get overpowered by the braised red cabbage. Overall a solid dish though.

Dave stuffed his face throughout the entire meal and left saying this was quite possibly the best meal he’s had in his life. He was that impressed! I was definitely impressed by the food but I think what really took it over the edge was the ambiance and the service.

The next day we stopped at the Phoenicia Diner on the way home. We spotted it in a what-to-do or what-to-eat pamphlet and it sounded really good and was on the way.

We got there right around lunch time and were told it would be about a 25 minute wait, but we could have coffee and play games while we waited. Sold!


My cute dining companions

The wait went by pretty quickly and after we were seated we got right down to ordering two bloody Marys! Man they were good! There was a garnish on the top we couldn’t place and forgot to ask the server about… jicama? Rutabaga? No idea.


The place was so busy but our server was great about getting our food out fast and was very attentive. We were never out of coffee!! I ordered the Farmer’s Skiller – bacon, phoenician potatoes, cheese and two sunny side up eggs and then a side of cheese grits! I can’t deny myself cheese grits when I see them on the menu! Everything was AMAZING. Cooked to perfection and my only complaint was that the food was so delicious I was mad at myself for being full and not being able to finish!


This meal really was fantastic. I’m a sucker for great, local breakfast places and Phoenicia Diner had that and wonderful atmosphere. Deal with the wait – it goes by quickly. Appreciate the wonderful staff and cute decor!
Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room Phoenicia Diner, Phoenicia, NY

Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room
8373 State Rt 28
Big Indian, NY 12410

Phoenicia Diner
5681 SR 28
Phoenicia, NY 12464


  1. I’m drooling all over my keyboard! Everything looks amazing! What a fun little adventure!

  2. Yum!!


  3. All of the food looks so amazing! We actually have a ski hill in our town but I have never gone because I have way too much anxiety about heights/riding the lift/falling down/breaking a bone, so I definitely understand where you are coming from. Good for you for actually going though!

    • We totally share the same fear! But I don’t know, I felt safer on snowboard than I did on skiis? So weird. And if my almost four year old can do it, then I better try!

  4. Your title just about wraps up my every attempt at snowboarding. I switched back to skiing after two seasons, life is too short to spend on things I did not enjoy.

  5. This looks like such a great family trip, love the cute family photo. Also, now I’m super hungry, ha.

  6. Growing up, my dad always said he’d take me skiing, like he did with my brother, but it never happened. Possibly a good thing as I would have spent the entire time eating snow. I can cross country ski, though! And those restaurants? Look amazing! It’s one of my favorite things about traveling, getting to try new restaurants and foods.
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