Escape Brooklyn Weekender: Woodstock, NY

By Erin Lindsey
On September 10, 2015

For many, the word Woodstock conjures up images of tie dye, hippies, and free love at the 3-day outdoor music festival… that did not actually take place here. (It actually took place in Bethel, which is about an hour and a half southwest, close to Narrowsburg.) That didn’t stop Woodstock from becoming a bohemian destination though; for many years, the streets were lined in touristy gift stores and head shops. Presumably, like many others before us, we had stopped through on occasion–but didn’t ever spend much time here. There just wasn’t much to do. But during the past couple years, Woodstock has taken a major turn for the better. With great new shops, restaurants, and lodging available, it’s a definite contender for the coolest destination in the Catskills. (Plus, it’s home to one of the best hikes in the region!)

To get here by public transit, you can take the Trailways Bus directly into town; it drops off in the center of Woodstock. That said, we’re big fans of renting cars to enable so you’re able to explore the area a little more or go on the nearby hike.

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