My knowledge of Woodstock, NY has long been limited to a combination of prejudice and hope: I watched clips and seen photos of the legendary festival and have since imagined the streets of the town to be walked by long-haired hippies in acid-magenta flannel shirts with guitars and smokes in their hands. Knowing how urban culture evolves over time I couldn’t leave those thoughts unproven, so I headed up to Woodstock to explore the scene.
Entering the town, one immediately knows they are in Woodstock Long fought for liberal values present themselves in the signs like these I stopped by at Bread Alone, a charming bakery serving excellent espresso and sandwiches
The Tea Shop serves soothing blends from Harney & Sons and other brands Grace Tokyo is a hat shop — designer and owner lives in Tokyo and sends out the latest hat designs to Woodstock Some of the hats are beyond creative, in any sense of that word Colony is Woodstock’s primary music and event venue, or as the locals call it “The Smartest Rendezvous in The Catskills” Upcoming performances at Colony Shindig, a minimal lunch spot Old Spokes Home is a bike shop and a non-profit with a most wonderful sense of humor
The Golden Notebook, Woodstock’s only general bookstore Woodstock General Supply offers design goods and minimal basics Shop Little House is my favorite discovery — filled with a well-curated selection of new and vintage goods, books, and a record player that is actually plying records
Owner of Shop Little House Jojo Ans A step out, and I’m reminded that I’m in Woodstock Another wonderful discovery — Pacama Handmade offering a minimal selection of hand-crafted furniture and locally made home goods Owner of Pacama Handmade Cedric Martin One of the world’s most charming police stations is located in Woodstock D-DAY is an avant-garde concept store — owners Asa and Jodi have collaborated on custom-made leather goods, textiles and jewelry D-DAY label Woodstock amuses with city details, like this pavement section handmade by an artist Buy for now, Woodstock Getting to Woodstock, NY Bus: Approx. 3 hours | $60 round trip ( See schedule) Car: Approx. 2 hours
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