So, you re from out of town. Where are you staying? a clerk or server would ask.
The day before we left, I stopped at the impossible to resist Peace, Love and Cupcakes. Set back on the main drag of Tinker Street, the compact shop showcases a series of handheld treats that take their names from 60s icons. Two are nods to our homestead s former owner: the Band (strawberry cake and frosting) and the Big Pink (strawberry cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting).
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For the prior two weeks, I d been toiling from the predawn hours to well past midnight to clear my schedule. I was hoping to ensure that my four days away from work and first time fatherhood would be uninterrupted and restful. I was ready to take a load off.
Easing up the gravel driveway that hooked in front of the house I d rented with three friends, I was pleased at Prada Tote Black
These albums are a nod to the property s real noteworthiness, which began in the 1960s, when it was purchased by ber manager Albert Grossman. He handled a high profile roster, including Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and the Band, all of whom used the place as a crash pad when they were in town. In my first floor bedroom, there were several framed black and white photos of the Band, which looked to have been taken out on the side lawn.
As I pulled out of town on Monday morning, another Band lyric, this one from The Rumor, the closing track to Stage Fright, came to mind: Open up your arms and feel the good/It s a comin , a brand new day.
In the mood for New York style slice, we grabbed a table in the backroom at Catskill Mountain Pizza Co. that evening. Plenty of beers on tap helped wash down two large pizzas spangled with fresh produce, including basil that I saw one of the chefs plucking from the small herb garden out front.
So go the opening lines to The Weight, the Band s folky, country tinged slow burner from its 1968 debut, Music From Big Pink. It s a song I ve heard a thousand times, since I first bought the album my sophomore year in college.
After a walk through town, we picked up New York strip steaks and ears of fresh local corn at Woodstock Meats. When dusk fell, we cooked dinner on the outdoor stone grill, dressing the meat simply with salt, pepper and a couple of pats of Kerrygold Irish butter. The corn got similar treatment. Both were simple and satisfying.
the sight of our choice. It was just about two miles off the main downtown drag, tucked away from the main road on a quiet, heavily wooded side street. There was a charming man made water lily pond teeming with frogs, a saltwater swimming pool and a sprawling lawn perfect for a game of cornhole or a Frisbee toss.
However, it was the triple shot espresso cake Jimi Hendrix with mocha buttercream and the lemon times two Santana that ultimately made it into the carryout box. The fetching pastries were slightly the worse for wear the icing sliding off sideways by the time we enjoyed them that afternoon, but that didn t matter. They were the perfect sweet reward to bookend a restful jag in Woodstock.
that day, we strolled through Mower s Saturday Market, an outdoor gathering of artisans, antiques dealers and bric a brac salesmen. The offerings were eclectic. One booth was selling a pipe smoking garden gnome painted to look like a skeleton, replete with a bright red pointed hat and a harlequin green jacket; another had a taxidermied eagle on display. I bought neither, though the gnome tempted me.
Back at the house, we lounged in the pool, played plenty of poker on the covered back porch and set up a giant inflatable screen on the lawn to watch the 1984 sci fi epic Dune in all its grandiose glory. I even managed to squeeze in a few writing sessions at the desk surrounded by Band albums. I m not sure whether it was the spirit of the house or the time spent with friends, but every time I sat down I found inspiration coming easily.
sleep, I saw a quartet of wild turkeys ambling through the back yard along the tree line. A little later, someone spotted a pair of deer grazing off in the distance behind a tangle of foliage.
The house was later taken over by the Band s guitarist, Robbie Robertson, and his wife, Dominique Bourgeois, but they no longer live there. Though the house is officially known as Goodbrooks, I found out when we went into town later that day that locals simply refer to it as the Robertson House.
We sought out breakfast at Sunfrost Farms, a short walk from the house. The nursery/produce market/cafe offers a menu of morning favorites, fresh pressed juices, salads, sandwiches and smoothies, including the invigorating Iced Coffee Caribe iced coffee blended with banana, half and half and a liberal dose of maple syrup.
A small writing desk tucked into a corner gave me pause. On the wall above it was a Woodstock poster and a vertical row of three framed records The Best of the Band ; the Band s eponymous second album; and Bob Dylan s 1974 LP, Planet Waves, which features the Band playing backup.
Conversations would go something like this:
Woodstock was the perfect destination for a little relaxation and rejuvenation. A charming community of artists, aging hippies and agriculturalists, it s a two hour drive north of New York City. Though the Woodstock Festival actually took place 60 miles away in Bethel, its namesake town still embraces the festival s freewheeling spirit. Tie dye isn t uncommon; neither are images of Jerry Garcia or Jimi Hendrix. One bumper sticker I spotted read: Welcome to Woodstock: Now Leaving the Known Universe.
We re over on Speare Road in the stone cottage, one of us would answer.
The century old two story stone cottage boasted white accents and a pair of weather pocked concrete lions on either side of the front steps. Another leonine face peered from the front door in the form of a heavy knocker. Designed by architect Myron Teller, the house was built in 1917 for noted painters Caroline Speare Rohland and her husband, Paul. The couple originally used the high ceilinged room with exposed beams at the northern Wallet Prada end of the cottage as a studio, but it has been converted into a second living room.
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The questioner s face would light up with a fond smile. Ah, yes, the Robertson House.
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