North America

Woodstock (Catskills NY)

For those not familiar with upstate NY, there is a lot to explore in the Catskills for the outdoor enthusiast. Let Woodstock, Saugerties & Phoenicia surprise you.

Woodstock it pretty much everything you want it to be. Pretty, lush with trees, sprawling country side, low key, laid back, singing guitarists, great food, hiking trails & antiquing (in neighboring Saugerties & Phoenicia too). Before you know it you will find you find  yourself lingering by the many real estate centers debating a cabin on a 10 acre estate. And horses (maybe).

Do: Hike Overlook Mountain or Kaaterskill Falls,, cool off in the Mill Stream, visit the  KDT Tibetan Buddhist Monestary (free tour & meditation class on Saturdays), visit the local Woodstock farm animal sanctuary or one of the many artist studios, like the sculpture park and museum, There are often plays and bands performing in the summer too so check out The Byrdcliffe Arts ColonyThe Woodstock Playhouse, and the Bearsville Theater,

Eat: I liked breakfast at Oriole 9 and Phoenicia on Route 28, even Sunfrost Farms, and for someone who isn’t big on Vegan food, I had a great dinner & sangria at the popular Garden Cafe on the Green.

Shop: There is some cute shopping along Tinker Street, but that’s not really what you are here for….is it?

Stay: It is my suggestion that renting a house on Airbnb in this area is ideal. You will want the space, and it’s fun as a group, and there are many options – not just in Woodstock but in nearby Saugerties and throughout the Catskill mountains. But some very charming hotels have oped nearby as well:

Hotel Dylan, 320 Maverick Road, Woodstock NY, 845-684-5422

The Graham & Co., 80 NY-214, Phoenicia, NY, 845-688-7871

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)