A visit to Woodstock, NY

Yesterday was a gorgeous Saturday weather wise here in New York. We had been really wanting to take a day trip out of the city, but it is always a little tough when we want to bring our dog Ellie along to find just the right outing. Ellie loves car rides ever since our cross country experiences, so we do like giving her the treat of a trip from time to time.

We weren’t really in the mood for a hike, although there are countless options for that. We wanted someplace where there was some cool stuff to see and where we could bring Ellie to sit with us outside for lunch. We decided to take a two hour trip up the thruway (I87) to Woodstock, NY.

Of course when anyone thinks of Woodstock, they always equate it with the original music festival (which actually took place on a farm in Bethel, NY which is actually in Sullivan County, 60 miles away {due to the fact that Woodstock rejected the permit request for the festival}). But these days, it is still thriving as a really cute artist colony with a “hippie dippie” feel.

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Photos of some shop fronts along the main streets…lots of tie dye and Patchoulie still for sale, but also beautiful art pieces, jewelry and other really fun stuff.

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The inside of Taco Juans, that doubles as an ice cream shop. The town is very vibrant with lots of colors, music on the streets by local musicians and good people.

We went to have lunch at Laudau’s. They were really accomodating with Ellie and we were given a great outside table and even a little water bowl for her. She sneaked a sip of beer under the table.

actually, she didn't drink the beer - it just looks like she did :)

actually, she didn’t drink the beer – it just looks like she did 🙂

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Outside of Landau’s, Woodstock, NY

Landau’s has a great menu with good options for lunch and not too expensive. Roberto had the 1/2 rack of bbq ribs with grilled bbq chicken and I had a shrimp quesadilla. Highlight of the meal was a warm slice of peach pie with whipped cream.

After lunch we poked into more shops and I bought a blue pretty glass bottle for 10 bucks at thiscute antiques shop:

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Overall, a fun trip was had by all. And we made it back to NYC to catch the Kentucky Derby on TV.