Woodstock

Raw Cuisine in Woodstock

The October  2004 issue of Travel + Leisure featured an article on raw cuisine which it says "may be the ultimate slow food:  making 'bread' by dehydrating nuts and grains can take up to three days.  Devotees insist that the health benefits of raw food are work the effort."  In the Raw, located in Woodstock, is one of the four restaurants mentioned in the article, with "celeb" fans including Meg Ryan, Liv Tyler and Shalom Harlow..."Don't miss Barbara Banfield's flourless and frosted lemon-coconut cake."

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Woodstock Revisited

Tours for 4 or more.  Contact us for tour schedule.

Woodstock gets credit for hosting the famous 1969 Woodstock Festival that was actually held in Bethel, some 60 miles away. We don’t know why Woodstock’s name is synonymous with this rock ‘n roll concert  and we don’t care, just be glad that Woodstock’s today defines itself as an arts community.

They have every right to do so by virtue of Byrdcliffe, the first arts and crafts colony in the United States founded in 1902 by Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead, an Englishman who studied under John Ruskin.  Byrdcliffe flourished briefly until roughly just before World War 1 as a commune, a haven for artists to work, and produce furniture, pottery, metalwork, etc.  Artists described as egoists balked at Whitehead’s restrictions and rules and moved on, many of them elsewhere in Woodstock.  Today we can visit White Pines, the former home of Whitehead and see the some 30 artists cottages that dot the landscape around White Pines.

Our Day in Woodstock

A selection of the following determined by interest, concert, and exhibit schedules.

  • Byrdcliffe is a must.  Byrdcliffe visit and tour of White Pines

  • Opus 40, close to Woodstock, is an intriguing sculptural destination on a 6 acre site of an abandoned bluestone quarry. This amazing structure built by one man, Harvey Fife over 37 years, is a maze of platforms, ramps and bridges marked by a 15  foot monolith.  The catskill, Overlook Mountain, is your vista.  (For more information on Opus 40, click here to see an article from the New York Times). 

  • Maverick Concert Hall, opened in 1916, was built from trees on the grounds. This National Historic Site, a rustic venue is the longest continuous summer music festival in the United States.  All chamber music concerts.

  • Visits to art galleries and an artist’s studio whose work we love.

  • Brief stops at Woodstock Artists Association Museum and the Center of Photography, home of nationally-recognized photography workshops and exhibits.

  • Time to visit the shops of Woodstock.

Cost

Tours for 4 or more.  Price depends on number in group.

Themed Tours for Larger Groups

  • Family Farms:  An overview of the vigorous farm scene in the Hudson Valley.  Farmer’s market, premium apple grower, a winery, and a jeep ride through a small herd of Black Angus cattle.  Finally, a Salute to the Pie Ladies of the Hudson Valley, a sampling of the best.

  • Private Garden Tours:  The Garden Conservancy runs summer tours of the most incredible home gardens.  Schedule available in March 2009.

  • Art Trail:  Introduction to the Hudson River School of painting at the homes of two of its most prominent painters, Frederic Church’s Olana and Thomas Cole’s Cedar Grove.   See the actual landscapes they painted.

  • Antiquing in Hudson:  No one can visit the more than 60 antique stores in one day.  We’ll lead you to the best with brief talks by some of the owners.  Walking tour of historic Hudson’s Warren Street.

  • Stately Homes along the Hudson:  Clermont, Staatsburgh, Wilderstein.  Garden views at Montgomery Place, glorious Hudson River vista at Bard College.

Challenge us to create a tour just for your group to reflect your interests.

Prime time for these tours is May through October. However, some tours are available year round. Tours can be booked every day of the week.

Cost depends on number in group, where you are coming from, etc.   Contact us for more information on our Themed Tours or to plan a day for your group.