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Woodstock, NY

Updated on April 7, 2017

All about this great little town.

This hub is about the town of Woodstock. I have loved this town my whole life, and am excited to share it's many great qualities with the world. Many people confuse this town with the place the Woodstock festival took place, but it is not. It's a special place in its own right!

"The most famous small town in the world!"

Woodstock, NY

Woodstock is located in Ulster County, northwest of Kingston, NY. It was established in 1787 and is famous for having been home to many Hudson River School artists. To this day it is considered an active arts colony. It is also commonly mistaken as the town that the Woodstock Festival of '69 took place. The festival actually took place in Bethel, NY. To learn more about it, check out the rest of this article.

Personally, I absolutely love hanging out in Woodstock on a nice day. It's a summer tradition that my mom used to bring my brother and I there to visit the shops and take in the sights. Now I make it a point to visit whenever I can, I love the vibe and atmosphere of this awesome little town. There's always an exciting little buzz, and it's always fun!

Did You Know?!

One of the most common mistakes people make is assuming that the Woodstock Music Festival took place in Woodstock, NY. In reality, it occurred on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, NY which is about 60 miles away.

It's on the Map!

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Woodstock, NY, USA
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This is the town we've been talking about! Grab some directions and visit!

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Museum At Bethel Woods, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY 12720, USA
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This is the location of the Woodstock Music Festival. It is now a fantastic concert venue and museum.

Been There, Done That

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Woodstock History And Hearsay
Woodstock History And Hearsay

This book, first published in 1959, is a fantastic official history of the town of Woodstock, and the events that led up to the famous festival. It is full of excellent research and a great resource to learn about the great artists that make Woodstock the wonderful place it is.

 

Sustainability through Art

"Woodstock is an arts and cultural mecca in the Hudson Valley. Galleries, museums, crafts shops, art, photography, film, theater, music, poetry and dance performances celebrate Second Saturdays (of each month) throughout the year as a way to promote the unique talent that lives nearby. Who better than artists can create and resource their love of beauty to envision a more sustainable world?" (source)

Visit here to see some of the not-for-profit arts organizations that are located here in Woodstock.

Sustainability is something I care greatly about and I am very excited and happy that Woodstock has decided to make it a part of their town.

Drip Candle Mountain (photo from Candlestock.com)
Drip Candle Mountain (photo from Candlestock.com)

Candlestock

My Favorite Place!

Candlestock is a little candle shop in Woodstock, and by far my favorite place to visit while I'm there! The have so many amazing handmade candles in all different styles. They also have the most amazing drip candle mountain ever. Seriously. It's been burning every day for over 40 years now. It's over 8 feet tall, and is made up of over 200,000 drip candles!

I've started my own drip candle bottles over the years, and I have to tell you I can't get enough of them. They always turn out differently, and it's so much fun to watch!

I wrote a step-by-step guide to creating a drip candle bottle, including photos, so anyone can try it at home!

Another one of the great shops in Woodstock

Shop Til You Drop

Arts & Crafts

  • Byrdcliffe Shop
  • Clouds Gallery
  • Freewheel Pottery
  • Timbuktu

Books

  • The Golden Notebook
  • The Reader's Quarry

Clothing

  • BirchTree Fashions
  • Not Fade Away Trading Company
  • Pleasures
  • Sorella
  • Woodstock Trading Post

Jewelry & Accessories

  • Cameron Design Wildlife Fine Jewelry
  • Shellie David

Specialty Shops

  • Anatolia Tribal Rugs
  • Candlestock
  • Emerson Country Store
  • Free Spirit of Woodstock
  • Gilded Carriage & Basil Garden Supplies
  • Heart of Woodstock
  • Jean Turmo LTD
  • Lily's
  • Pondicherry Yoga Arts
  • Talisman of Woodstock
  • The White Gryphon


Fantastic Food

Shops and Restaurants

  • Chez Grand' Mére
  • Cucina
  • Garden Cafe on the Green
  • Joshua's Cafe and Caterers
  • Landau Grill
  • Oriole 9
  • Peace, Love & Cupcakes
  • Sunflower Natural Foods Market

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Local Landmarks

  • Artists' Cemetary
  • Ashokan Reservoir
  • Byrdcliffe
  • Echo Lake
  • Overlook Mountain
  • Radio Woodstock
  • Saugerties, NY
  • Woodstock Artists Association and Museum
  • Woodstock School of Art

Recreation - Things to Do

Woodstock is a great place to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Here's a small list of activities you can partake in here.

  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Sportsmen
  • Water Recreation

Questions, Comments? - Tell me what you think!

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      Alicia 5 years ago from New York

      @Charmcrazey: It really is great. Sorry about your friend. My mom's best friend lives in Saugerties, which is only minutes away. I have fond memories of going there as a child, and love to visit still!

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I had a friend that lived in Woodstock. Never visited her there though. She's passed on now and I wish I had gone up to hang out with her. Sounds like a beautiful place.