In the world of music, Woodstock is legendary. The modest upstate New York town unwittingly became a creative landmark in 1969 when the Woodstock Music Festival took the region by storm. Although the fest itself went down in nearby Bethel, Woodstock earned the title spot thanks to its local reputation as an artistic haven.
Nowadays, the famous city continues to attract innovators of all sorts. Crafters sell their wares while foodies whip up delectable eats and musicians strum their stuff. With so much going on in one zip code, Woodstock is a day tripper’s paradise.
Read on to see how to make the most of a day in town.
At Oriole 9, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s why the eatery offers the morning menu at all hours. If you love eggs, go for the Poached Artichoke, stuffed with truffled scrambled eggs, or the Kale and Mushroom Bread Pudding Skillet, served with two eggs and mushroom gravy.
17 Tinker St
Mon-Wed, Fri 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat-Sun 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
If the weather cooperates, venture on over to Overlook Mountain for a challenging hike that rewards you with one of the most picturesque views in all of the Hudson Valley. Although the full hike takes about three hours, feel free to go at your own pace. The trail is great for dogs and kids, making it an ideal option for families. As you approach the top, make a detour to the abandoned hotel for a few creepy but beautiful photos. Be warned — parking is a challenge, since the designated lot only holds 20 or so cars.
Ohayo Mountain Road
Open daily, sunrise to sunset
With locations in Kingston, Red Hook, and Woodstock, Yum Yum is a Hudson Valley staple. Take advantage of the noodle bar options by customizing your bowl with different noodles, broths, and protein options. With vegan and gluten-free dishes scattered throughout the menu, this ramen joint is perfect for anyone with dietary restrictions.
4 Rock City Rd
Open daily, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
With its rich creative history, it’s no surprise that Woodstock is home to art galleries galore. Spend an hour or two hopping from one art space to the next, taking in everything from photography and sculpture to ceramics, contemporary art, and more. If you visit with family or friends, make a game out of it as you pick and choose your favorite works in each locale.
All roads in Woodstock may not lead to Tinker Street, but they should. The city’s main drive is a must-visit during any trip into town, simply because it provides such a strong snapshot into community life. Stop into any of the clothing, home goods, and jewelry stores that line the road to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts and goodies. If you happen to spot something for yourself, snag it while you still can. Many of the goods for sale in Woodstock are artisan originals.
If you plan your day trip in advance, do yourself a favor and call in a reservation to Cucina, Woodstock’s fan favorite Italian restaurant hidden inside a farmhouse. Savor Mediterranean classics like stracciatella soup, burrata salad, and thin, crusty pizzas served hot from the oven. If you don’t have room for dessert, don’t be surprised. The food is just that good.
109 Mill Hill Rd
Sun, Wed, Thurs 5 – 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 5 – 10:30 p.m. for dinner
Sat, Sun 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for brunch
Celebrate the end of an eventful day at A&P Bar, the worldly cocktail bar housed in a former grocery store in Woodstock. Skip the eats and go straight for the drinks, which are enough of a treat on their own. Try the Dungaree, with Hudson Baby Bourbon, fresh apple cider, allspice, and orange zest, or the Rum Lavender Sour, with Brugal rum, egg white, lavender syrup, and a little bit of lime juice. There’s no better way to round out the evening.
83 Mill Hill Rd
Tues-Sun 5 – 10 p.m.
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