So, we love going to Woodstock. Why? Good question. Let’s look at the facts.
- The hubby and I are not hippies. We are “blandies”. Yes, it’s true. It bears mentioning that neither he nor I are old enough to have been hippies – although I did spot a few in my youth. I remember watching “them” walk out of “their” high schools literally with flowers in their hair. No joke. They were mystical and kinda scary to me, actually. I’m not really sure why, but I imagine it had something to do with my parents.
Anyway, back to the facts.
- The hubby and I are not counterculture. No, we are culture… ish? Culture-some. Culturated. Pro-culture. Ach – whatevs.
That’s all my facts. Not a lot.
So why do we love to go to Woodstock? Probably because in some little corner of our beings we secretly wish we had what it takes to be a hippy, counterculture, free-spirited and all that. There’s something romantic about the idea of it. And so it is that we go once a year.
This time around we had a blast. Before leaving we packed some nice picnic food. We brought along wine, foie gras, chorizo, jamon serrano, brie, olives and a good loaf of bread. The kids loved it. It certainly is not because there are no restaurants in town. There are quite a few restaurants and cafes there as well as in Bearsville, one of the famous neighboring towns. Gratefully there is also a public bathroom by the main parking lot in town, a must have when your travelmates have tiny bladders. (NOOO. Not me.)
After eating and visiting said bathroom, we hit the pavement… and dirt… and grass. It’s still pretty rural there.
There’s a lot to see. Sadly a lot of the area is commercialized, but happily not by chain stores. The merchants do like to capitalize on the lore of Woodstock and so much of what is sold is either tie-dyed, 60s retro or a throwback of some kind. But there is also a flea market which is fun to visit, and there you can find a lot of genuine artists and artisans.
The area around the town is beautiful, too. I’ve believed for some time now that the Catskills are vastly underrated. New York State is majestic and its natural beauty is something to behold.
In any event, if you want to take a short trip out of the NY metro area, grab a few old CDs – or if your car actually has a casette player bring a casette – and go for a cruise. Our recommended Woodstock cartrip soundtrack includes CSNY, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors. (You can pretty much bring The Doors anywhere.)