This President's Day weekend we ventured off to a little known town with a big history and a population under 6,000 residents in upstate New York to soak up nature, a little peace, pause & quiet with a dose of giggles & memories with two of our closest friends. We were lucky to see, taste & do a few hipster activities while there, which we've curated for you guys here!
To start, our Airbnb was ridiculously cute & comfortable! Her name was Ophelia (not kidding, like a lumineers EP or something). All that research, teamwork & curation certainly paid off. It was the perfect space for two couples (or a family with a child) to hang out, make dinner, watch movies, nap by the fire, hike the grounds or build a snowman. We literally did all of the above. We also ate our body weight in cheese, molly's morsels (our very own Molly's recipe, which is easy & simple. We'll snag it from her and post about it later!), turkey balls with a coconut, ginger, lemongrass broth, garbanzo & kale salad and a slew of other things which filled us to the brim. The only way to manage the over-indulgence was to nap it off. #adulting
This is the cozy sitting room we spent a lot of time in hanging around the fire. Morning coffee, afternoon wine & pre-dinner gin & tonics all fit in perfectly in this setting.
The kitchen was definitely a focal point throughout the weekend & very functional might I add. It had all the bells & whistles you need for breakfast, lunch & dinner, and came equipped with a Bertazzoni stove, extra wine storage, french press + coffee maker and a look-out point.
Equipped with two bedrooms, one large open bathroom, a sun drenched dining room, sitting room, TV room (also where The Band shot the sleeve cover for "Stage Fright" above!), look out point, vaulted ceilings, beautiful grounds, pre-cut wood & an amazing host. Highly recommend you guys check this place out!
So many food options! Here's our list of breakfast, lunch, dinner & grocery options:
- Oriole 9 - great service, charming spot & in the heart of Woodstock. I had the avocado, arugula, truffle-oil & poached egg toast (very millennial) with a glass of fresh squeezed OJ. AMAZE
- Phoenicia Diner - this diner feels like a Brooklyn transplant from the 70's in the middle of the country. It's way cool & the food is delicious. I had the tuna melt on gluten free bread (yes!! they have GF bread! I was finally able to eat a damn sandwich in an establishment.) I paired my sandwich with a bloody mary that had the perfect balance of spice
- Bread Alone - Delicious Almond-milk cappuccino & from what I understand yummy (un-gluten free) treats
- Woodstock Meats - though not a restaurant, this place had everything you needed to make dinner at home! We bought ground turkey & made turkey balls in coconut broth which was the perfect comfort food for a snowy night in.
- Sunflower Natural Food Market - This local grocer filled in the gaps for breakfast foods & our side dishes for our homemade dinner. They had the freshest veggies, local cheeses, granola & every other hipster treat you can imagine. Highly recommend.
- Bear Cafe - We ate dinner here on our last night. The food was pretty damn good, but the service, not so great. It may have been a really busy night but the experience didn't leave us wanting to return.
- Alcohol - Partition Street Wineshop in Saugerties (20 minutes east of Woodstock) is where we picked up our loot. We snagged some Barrhill gin from VT. Each batch is distilled in their custom-built botanical extraction stills. It has a juniper-forward taste and they've figured out the perfect balance by using raw honey. Does anyone feel like summer yet? Cue up the VT gin & juice
Places to see!
- Pacama Handmade - Holy Cannoli, this husband and wife team is legit. Their craft is clean, minimal & utilitarian. I loved everything about their showroom, energy & creations. I cannot wait to use one of their products in our projects. It's now a legit mission!
- Vintage - Honestly, this place is the mecca of all things renewable & repurposed. There are too many to name but Saugerties Furniture Market was definitely my favorite. That's where I spotted these rounded, high-pitch, rattan chairs & Turkish rug. I wish we had the space for these or maybe even a beach house to squeeze them into... just sayin'
- Drive through the Catskills - we went off the beaten path a few times & landed ourselves on some pretty gorgeous scenery. From rivers, streams to lush forests pushing their green through, it was a breath of fresh air to see the country. We tend to lose sight of how wonderful life is outside our NYC bubble, so it was great to explore & stumble on these types of settings.
It was so nice to finally take a minute for ourselves & our friends. It's a quintessential part of our personal & professional growth, especially in what we do. Being in a completely new setting, enriched by nature, a home that's an old build with modern essentials was something I definitely capitalized on towards our craft. Overall, it was a great weekend, and we could not have asked for a better turnout. We even got snow! What did you guys do during the long weekend? xo