A couple of weeks ago we spent a few days of peace (well, as peaceful as you can get when travelling with a toddler and a baby) and rock & roll in Woodstock, where the music festival famously didn’t take place. The legend says the original Woodstock Festival’s organisers wanted to plan their concert there; however, the town turned down their permit, and the “Woodstock” Festival was actually held almost 60 miles away in the town of Bethel.
I feel like we only scraped the surface of everything to do in Woodstock since we didn’t have much time, which only means a return trip will have to take place soon. A few photos from our trip below…
We stayed in a cabin in the woods that we found on Airbnb, located in the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, one of the country’s first utopian arts communities. Legend has it that Bob Dylan and George Harrison once gathered at the cabin for a jam session.
We visited the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and our 2 year old absolutely loved it. Hundreds of farm animals rescued from slaughter live the good life on that animal rights oriented farm. Dylan the Cow, Tony the turkey, Benny the goat and their friends roam free and are cared for and loved by volunteers. Word to the wise: unless you seriously plan on becoming vegan, skip the guided tour. 😢
Food-wise, we loved Cucina. This Italian spot offers delicious pizzas and pastas made from seasonal ingredients and served in a stylish restored farmhouse. Other Woodstock institutions we tried and liked are Bread Alone, a European style bakery which serves good coffee and addictive pastries, Shindig for the burgers (although you might want to skip that after visiting the animal rights farm), and Yum Yum Noodle Bar. The Garden has great vegan options but we didn’t get to try it.
Bread Alone’s French Toast, so simple but they do it so well. I think it was the brioche bread. It was delicious.