While driving across the State of New York, I found a town that has absolutely captured my heart -- Bethel, New York.
|Beautiful scenery of Bethel, New York|
|Bethel Woods Center for the Arts|
|The kids loved the peace signs at Bethel Woods|
|Charlie driving the bus whose front windshield is a documentary about the difficulties of getting to Woodstock.|
|Orange County Chopper Bike made for Bethel Woods|
My favourite part of the museum was a small enclosed case that held some of the notes and letters festival goers taped to the information booth during that fateful weekend in order to attempt to find their lost friends and travel companions. I've included a picture here of a note left on a paper plate as it struck me as what might have been one of the very first incarnations of the now well-known Craigslist's missed connection post. I for one would love to know if these two ever met again.
|Original Craigslist post|
The museum and main building sit on the main site of Woodstock and once you have seen the inside, you should take the time to also tour the grounds outside. Although I have always been interested in Woodstock, I wouldn't in any call myself a fanatic but standing on the top of the hill looking over where this historic festival occurred, I must admit I had chills. Oddly, its as if you can still feel the excitement and energy in the air. There is a plaque at the base of the hill located near where the stage sat and it is fun to go see the site and this land marker.
|Me, Charlie and Will checking out the original site of Woodstock|
|Couldn't resist a Woodstock t-shirt|
Once your tour of Bethel Woods is done, you will be hungry. Luckily a short drive from the museum we found one of Bethel's best treasures-- Big Kev's BBQ. I am not quite sure if the location of the BBQ changes (or if its even technically in Bethel) so check the above link before going or follow them on their Facebook page to be sure. They also travel to BBQ competitions and you may be able to catch them closer to home one day.
|Big Kev's BBQ|
Big Kev's BBQ is literally a shack-on-wheels on a country road with a few port-a-potties and picnic tables. I have travelled extensively in the US and have eaten a whole lot of BBQ and this is some of the best I have had. The kids dug into the ribs and pulled pork and absolutely loved the atmosphere as bikers, construction men, and locals all poured into the parking lot to order lunch. The two men working in the shack were kind and funny and this is a definite not-to-miss lunch spot for anyone interested in some melt-in-your mouth deliciousness. Order the kids a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade and they will make it on the spot for you.
|Charlie loving the ribs|
Seeing the Woodstock museum was a little more for me than Will and Charlie, I was really excited to find something I knew they would love- Upper Room Farms. Located near Bethel at 186 Airport Road in Mongaup Valley, the farm features a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce house, and horse riding in the most serene environment imaginable. They are open all summer and on weekends in the winter.
|The picturesque Upper Room Farms|
|The Petting Zoo at Upper Room Farms|
|Not sure who was more excited--Will or Penelope|
|The animals saying a sweet goodbye.|
Hopefully my wish to return will come true and I can post more about this tiny town, that I simply fell in love with, in the summer of 2014!