State Five: New York (upstate)

Woodstock storefront
Typical Woodstock

You can’t help but think of The Big Apple whenever you say New York, but there’s much more to third most populous state in the Union than just its largest city (which we’ll come to later).

As part of our loop around the North East we made a stop in the tiny town of Woodstock, NY. It is of course most famous for lending its name to the music festival held 60 miles from down the road in Bethel. That insignificant fact hasn’t stopped the town cashing in on the name! There are lots of little shops selling hippy-tat so tie-dye and Jimi Hendrix fans will feel well at home.

We stayed at the Woodstock Inn on the Millstream which is a five minute walk from the shops and restaurants (although it is along a road without a pavement/sidewalk so take sturdy shoes and a torch/flashlight). Its a renovated motel set alongside a stream and the rooms are basic but really great and clean. The homemade granola for breakfast was probably the best we’ve ever eaten. The grounds are nice to have a walk around, they have a bunch of hammocks to laze around in and you can get right down to the stream.

Inn
Woodstock Motel

Apart from the hippy stores there are some nice drinking and eating spots. We stopped at Joshua’s for a spot of Pictionary with a beer and hot cider, before walking along the main street to the Landau Grill, an unfussy pub that serves up excellent chicken tenders!

New York is so enormous that you could spend a fortnight here and only see a tiny part of it. There are a bunch of quirky little towns like Woodstock for you to pick from but if you are looking for a quick stop on the way to Niagara or before moving on to one of the neighbouring states you can do a lot worse.

Rate the State

Good for: Small town America, leaf-peeping, peace and quiet

Bad for: Those in a hurry.

Overall: 8/10

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