Woodstock and New Paltz

I have yet to state this in my previous posts, but I am beginning my Teach for America commitment, starting next Tuesday, and will be moving to Orlando, FL this summer. That being said, my time in New York and the Hudson Valley Region is limited. It is funny but not unusual that when you are about to loose/say goodbye to something you appreciate it the most. That is basically what is happening to me with my home state. I am trying to take in as much of it within this last week as I can.

Many of the places I having been taking day-trips to are places I have been many times before. It has just been nice to visit local spots I grew up going to. Everyone raves about the  Hudson Valley in the fall, but this time of the year is when I find it at its most beautiful.

I am making it sound as though I’ll never be back. I can be very dramatic.

I am just a New Yorker at heart, and leaving makes me appreciate all the things that make the place I grew up so dear to me.


Iced coffee in hand and a nice sunny day available, my family and I took the trip to Woodstock and New Paltz.

Woodstock, despite the name, is not where the famous 1969 festival took place, but is, shall we say, a hop-skip-and-a-jump from the town of Bethel where Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix once drew 500,000 happy individuals.

Woodstock, NY

It has been quite a bit since I last visited Woodstock, and since that time a lot has changed. There are a bunch of great new shops and restaurants that have popped up.

There is an awesome bookshop, and a significant number of touristy shops selling tie-dye clothes and homemade items.

As many of the shops are small local businesses, the items sold are usually made and produced by the shop owners and workers themselves. It is amazing to walk in and talk to the owners and see their passion about what they do and what brought them to Woodstock.

“Not all who wander are lost” -J.R.R. Tolkien

On the way out of Woodstock, we stopped at a beloved health food store of ours called Sunflower Natural Food Market. Sunflower is such a treat to come to because of the immense amount of local products and produce they have available. From fresh butter from the Catskills to local produce grown close by. They even have fresh Kombucha you can bottle up on the spot!

Next stop was New Paltz.


A college town filled with local bars and shops with one-of-a-kind items, such as a homemade birthday card featuring Snoop Dogg. The town is small but busy, and its a treat for me because they have some of the best used bookstores around. Barner Books standing as my favorite, because their selection is massive. Today I picked up a copy of A Vindication of the Rights of Women, by Mary Wollstonecraft. Most of the books are under $5, and are in nearly perfect condition. I make the trip often times just to buy books.

Barner Books

So ends my day-trip to some of my favorite places in the Hudson Valley.


Couldn’t resist ending this post with a snapshot of my cute little fella.


Author: elementsofhill

Feminist, coffee enthusiast, writer.

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