Our last stop on our recent road trip was Woodstock, NY. I knew little about the place before (except for the obvious ’69 festival – which, by the way, did not take place in Woodstock), but was pleasantly surprised. Except for the few hippies left, this place was a mishmash of touristy spots, great nature and Greatful Dead t-shirts.
We had splurged on inns in Maine, so this time we decided to do airbnb, which was the right choice. We stayed in a lovely cabin with a separate entrance and our hosts were amazingly friendly and helpful. Would recommend anyone going to Woodstock to stay here.
Day 1: Exploring
We had breakfast at home our first morning. There was a bakery just down the road called Bread Alone where we picked up some bagels (amazing) and croissants (not so much). We had breakfast at the same place the day after, see further down for review.
Our cabin was located in downtown Woodstock (which is literally just one street) so we decided to just walk around for a bit. It was _so_ hot outside on this particular day.
Hence, the water hole. There is one just 5 minutes from the main street, where all the cool kids hung out (and when I say kids, I really mean kids). I loved this place! I’m sure there are other even better ones if you decide to put your googling skills into it, but this was perfectly convenient because of the location.
We sat here for a while, just enjoying the cold water.
We continued on to visit the old Bearsville Studios, now converted into a theater (amongst some other things). The studio was opened in 1969 by Albert Grossman, Bob Dylan’s manager. My boyfriend would be able to tell you all about this – I literally just used Wikipedia to see why we were even here. Anyway, it was probably cool to see for someone like him who is really into Bob Dylan and The Band.
At night, we went to a local grocery store and bought stuff to make a simple pasta. We had not had a home cooked meal in three weeks time, so this was the only thing we were craving. Woodstock has a lot of good restaurants nearby but we only went to one – the local pizza joint. I’ll do a separate review on that, but it was average at best.
Day 2: Hiking
This time we had our breakfast at Bread Alone. I had french toast (my go-to whenever there’s a breakfast menu) and they were ah-mazing. They came served with maple syrup and this amazing cinnamon butter??! I have to try making this at home. We also ended up next to a friendly local man who looked like he definitely had been to the festival some 50 years prior. He gave us some useful information about Woodstock, much of which I’ve already forgotten.
After breakfast it was time to move our bodies. We hiked up the Overlook Mountain, part of the Catskill mountains and very close to the Woodstock centre. The hike itself was about 5 miles (8 km) round trip, and pretty difficult at it was very steep. At one point I was convinced I wouldn’t be able to go any further, but then we met an old couple in their 70’s on their way down so I figured hey, if they can do it, surely I can.
Once we got up there it was all forgiven and forgotten. The view was amazing. No pictures can do it justice – just go up and see for yourselves.
Oh, don’t mind me carrying an old juice container filled with water. We actually forgot water (on the hottest day ever!!) so my boyfriend had to knock on the door to the buddhist temple next to the hiking trail to ask for some. Luckily those monks are friendly people.
And that was Woodstock, ya’ll. All in all a great place, no matter what music you’re into.