Way in Woodstock! - Birch Cottage simple & easy
From $220 / night
Description from the owner
Description from the owner
A new listing! Sweet, cool, updated, retro, Classic 1947 Cape with Scottish touches! Has a great vibe. It has character, is comfortable, compact, cheery, convenient, and tastefully equipped with natural furnishings -- antiques to IKEA! The property is a mile from the heart of the village on almost an acre with mature plantings -- white Dogwoods, Silver Birches, Rhodedendrons, Azalea, Forget-me-nots, Lilac, Peonies, Clematis, a big old pine tree, and a big old maple out front and lots more besides. Plus is has its very own distinctive and symbolic Planet Earth flag waving on the pole in the middle of the front yard!
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Way in Woodstock! - Birch Cottage simple & easy Woodstock, New York
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Woodstock is the center of so much and yet away from it all! “Birch Cottage” is right there in the thick of it, easy to locate It's a distinctive white Cape with a double garage, located right next to the golf course on Rt 375 which is also West Hurley Road and recently named Levon Helm Boulevard! Ours is between the two entrances to Birch Lane and the last house on the right hand side going toward the village, and this side of the Creek where Rt 375 meets Route 212 which wends its way through the center of the hamlet. That makes it less than a mile from the village green and about 8 miles from the Interstate 87/ NY Thruway. Head north toward Albany and East to the Mass Pike -- heading south you're 100 miles north from Manhattan. An excellent Trailways bus service from New York City to Woodstock, or Kingston, can, with notice, even stop at the door. There's also a smooth and scenic Amtrak train ride from Penn Station to Rhinecliff, across the river
For outdoors there's stuff all over! Swim ponds, like Big Deep in the Creek, trail hikes with Dave Holden (594 4863), tubing on the Esopus, horseback riding at Green Heron Farm, rent a boat on the Hudson. For live music there's Bearsville Theater and Wok and Roll and across the river at the Frank Gehry Fisher Center and the sometimes wild and wonderful Spiegel Tent over there -- Alan Cumming for one performing this season! For kids Fibre Flame on Rt 212 has creative classes and of course Yoga everywhere! Don't miss the drumming circle on the Green on Sunday afternoons. Be sure to check out the area Almanac that comes with the weekly Woodstock Times, or Chronogram calendar so you don't miss out. You wont belive how much happens in this very blessed little corner of the world!
Everything is minutes from Birch Cottaeg door. Lots goes on along the main street through Woodstock (Rt 212) which morphs from Mill Hill Road into Tinker Street and back to 212 beyond the village. Festivals galore! Here goes with a list! -- first off, the beautiful 9 hole Woodstock Golf Course & Club House; Cucina -- one of the best restaurants in the region for great brunch and dinner; Woodstock Playhouse for concerts and plays; Sunflower, the excellent health-food store; the good local Woodstock deli; there are two banks; an art store. There's a psychic of course, and then Mirabai which is a peaceful new-agey bookstore, as well as The Golden Notebook which holds regular weekend readings from top authors. Vintage stores are -- Re-Source and Castaways; Mountain Gate is the Indian restaurant; Wok and Roll = Japanese; plus there's Catskill Mountain Pizza with outdoor eating, and Bread Alone -- the best coffee shop bakery; Maria's Bazaar is tucked around the back where locals hang out for an array of home cooked goodies for lunch and breakfast. Pegasus -- is the best no frills shoe shop; H. Houst & Sons, the all-time best-in-the-world-old-fashioned-has-everything, hardware store. Oriole 9 a good local hang-out for breakfast and lunch; Yum Yum for a truly yummy Asian sidewalk dinner; Pondicherri for all things beautiful and Indian; Joshua's for fine middle-eastern food; The Garden Cafe for freshest vegetarian; Taco Juan's for a decent burrito where they also serve Jane's, the best local ice-cream; Dharmawear -- is all things hippie and Woodstocky; Timbuktu for classy gifts; the Tibetan store is authentic; and an absolute favorite -- Anatolia -- is a magical other world of a store full of glorious and rustic tribal rugs and weavings.
That's just one end of the village! Be sure not to miss the other end, Byrdcliffe Gallery; The Center for Photography; the wine store, The Apothecary for the best supplements, good natural stuff and the favorite local pet food; also Woodstock Hardware is the other source for hardware if you can't find what you want at Housts; The Woodstock Library has a great annual book sale plus it hosts different literary events and readings; there's Overlook Mountain Bikes, for sales, repair, or rentals; the colorful Varga Gallery; Upstate Theater's Tinker Street movie house for the best art films; the Post Office; and on up beyond the village center on Route 212, is another favorite -- SunFrost -- for the best outdoor breakfast under the awning and a classy selection of cheese and fish and fruit and veggies and the best raspberry slices on the planet! Thence on toward Bearsville -- and its Theater -- a renowned concert and music venue along side two restaurants -- The Bear, which is first class, and The Little Bear is a good Chinese with tables that look over the creek. SO much to do! Hope you treat yourself to savor and explore what's pretty much right on the doorstep!
You can see that Woodstock is in the center of a lot while it's also away from it all! This part of the historic Hudson Valley is a world apart from the great metropolis, yet close enough to have much of the best of the Big Apple's cultural influence. Not to be forgotten -- "Woodstock" -- iconic symbol of the Sixties and the summer of peace and love ....and mud! The Festival -- a wild gathering of 450,000 folk -- headlined Hendrix, The Who, The Band, Grateful Dead, Arlo Guthrie, Janice Joplin, Joan Baez, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Crosby Stills & Nash, Jefferson Airplane, Richie Havens, Ravi Shankar, Santana et al, and...er...it didn't exactly happen here! As Joni Mitchell's lyrics to 'Woodstock' remind us it took place at Yasgur's Farm -- 60 miles away! There's now a terrific museum and concert venue dedicated to the1969 Festival about an hour away at what was the actual (last minute) location -- Bethel Woods. Talking of lyrics -- way back when -- Woodstock was home to a certain Mr. Bob Dylan who famously then reflected upon how times were a' changin'. So...like the song says... come gather round people!
Yep, there's still tie-dye and peace symbols and colorful characters to come upon in the village. And Woodstock is still known for (email: hidden) music -- chamber to classic to folk to jazz to classic rock. Since 1916, atmospheric -- mostly classical -- concerts still take place in the marvelous old, half open, rustic building in the woods at The Maverick; then there's the Bearsville Theater, and The Woodstock Playhouse among other noteworthy locations. Arts & Crafts are still going strong, and since the turn of last century the Byrdcliffe Guild has hosted summer classes and studios for pottery and painting. The Woodstock Artist Association and Museum first hosted exhibits of its collection in 1919, and 1969 saw the Woodstock School of Art become a functioning offshoot of the famed Art Student's League in New York. Not surprisingly, as home to many writers and poets, the Woodstock Writer's Festival and Workshops are a very popular series of annual spring-time events.
And there's much more! Close by or within, say, about a thirty five minute drive from the house you can find: boat trips or kayaking on the Hudson; tours of wineries and the new Tuthilltown distillery; scenic Catskill Mountain Museum and train-rides; book-binding courses; fruit-picking orchards and farm stores; rock climbing, a corn-maze to get lost in; equine assisted therapy in Saugerties; Farm Animal sanctuaries; outdoor Shakespeare theater; hang-gliding and sky diving; Woodstock's nine-hole golf course; fiddle and dance camps and educational environmental camps at the Ashokan Center; The Phoenicia Festival of Voice; Esopus River tubing and kayaking; Woodstock Transition Town's local activities; and the oft-times star-filled Woodstock Film Festival in the Fall. Come winter -- for skiing, snowboarding, mogul trails, cross-country, nursery slopes, downhill and week-end racing, Belleayre and Hunter Mountain are just 25 minutes away. More trails at Windham and Catamount, closer to an hour. Enough!?!
For more meditative peace, and quiet, the Zen Mountain Monastery is about ten miles up the road toward Mount Tremper and for 'KTD' the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, wind up the steep mountain road from the center of Woodstock. Both are open to visitors and have monastery stores. Park you car beside KTD and you land beside a well trodden path to Overlook Mountain -- a Woodstock landmark.
The hamlet (which is what Woodstock officially is) is right on the edge of the Catskill State Park and the (Dutch named) Catskill Mountains -- provided the inspiration that gave birth to the prolific Hudson River School of painters -- Thomas Cole, Alfred Bierstadt, Frederick Church, George Inness, Jasper Cropsey, to name but a few. What better testimonial for the beauty of the area, its hills and mountains, creeks and waterfalls, woods and lakes, dotted with fields and little towns. The Hudson Valley is an ideal region to see why great artists were so inspired by the glorious American landscape. Good local guidebooks can point you in the right direction for places to explore -- to photograph or put up an easel, to contemplate or nap, or to find fun trails to hike -- gentle to strenuous.
The breathtaking Ashokan reservoir that supplies New York City with water is one of the jewels of our region -- not to be missed. Another is the serene and still Cooper Lake. One more special spot is in the town of Saugerties -- less than 20 minutes away -- where the old brick lighthouse, built in 1869, is a peaceful place to walk to. There, on the edge of the Hudson, you'll find outdoor tables ready and waiting for your summer picnic. Saugerties is also "home to the richest weekend in show jumping". From May to September some of the top US horse shows take place here, courtesy of HITS (Horse Shows in the Sun). Having access to spectacular international show-jumping and dressage competitions right on our doorstep is a must for horse-lovers. Children under 12 can attend for free. Parking is free too.
For American history buffs, there's history a plenty that had much to do with the shaping of these United States. It was 1609 when the Dutch East India Company's tiny ship, 'Half Moon', captained by Henry Hudson sailed this way instead of finding the Northwest Passage to Cathay! Later, action that took place up and down the Hudson River played a pivotal role in the progression of the Revolutionary war. North of New York's capital --Albany, the famous 18C Battles of Saratoga, and further north, Fort Ticonderoga was captured from the British in 1775. Close by Kingston, New York's old capital, was burned by the British in 1777! And down river from here, Fortress West Point came into being in 1778.
Going further afield, head a bit north and east into Massachusetts for day-trips to the Berkshires -- Tanglewood, Shakespeare & Company, Kripalu, and the Norman Rockwell museum in Stockbridge -- all well worth a visit. Closer to home, crossing the Kingston/Rhinecliff Bridge over the mighty Hudson River can take you to the Rhinecliff Hotel where eating al fresco (try the fish 'n chips, or Toffee Pudding!) with its expansive view of the river is a delicious treat. Its in Rhinebeck where major, large, week-end events featuring Antiques, Crafts, Sheep & Wool, Antique Cars and the extensive County Show take place at Duchess County Fairgrounds. Between Red Hook (that has the best classic diner, and Me Oh My, the pie shop) Rhinebeck is Bard College's Fisher Center, stunningly designed by Frank Gehry, and home to the American Philharmonic Orchestra. A little further south, look out for the Omega Institute's brilliant new Center for Sustainable Living, or hit Rt 9 for Hyde Park and The FDR Museum, Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill, the opulent and gilded Vanderbilt Mansion and the famed Culinary Institute of America. If contemporary art and sculpture is your gig, don't miss DIA Beacon and Storm King.
There's so much more not listed here. But as well as the world class performers at the Great (issue centered) Hudson River Revival, and the New Hudson River School, on your travels, keep an eye open for the icon of stewardship -- the beautiful Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. She's “America's Environmental Flagship” -- as conceived by the one and only Pete Seeger -- and if you're lucky you may spot her under full sail gracing the spirit of the river and this very special corner of the world.
More About This Location
Rural retreats, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Albany, Newburgh, Newark, JFK etc, 40.39 miles
Nearest ferry port: excellent bus service direct from New York City
Nearest train station: Rhinecliff, NY, 14.98 miles
Car is recommended