"Cape Cottage" At the gateway to Woodstock!

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Woodstock, NY

Overview

Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5
Sleeps 4
Per night $200 - $300
Per week $1,500
Type: Home
Description of the Woodstock vacation home rental
Sweet house! Has a good vibe. It has character, it’s comfortable, compact, cheery, convenient, and tastefully equipped with natural furnishings--from antiques to IKEA. The property is almost an acre with mature plantings -- white dogwoods, silver birches, rhodedenrons, forget-me-nots. And a big old pine tree, a big old maple, and a Planet Earth flag waving on the pole in the front yard!

Hardwood floors throughout the house. The nice, large, airy, master bedroom is upstairs. It’s beside the wainscoted full-bathroom with its beachy colors, great bath and new bamboo floor. The twin bedded room is also upstairs, plus both bedrooms have good closets. Loads of bed and bathlinens too, and hair dryer and iron. Downstairs is a third sleepable room with comfy, full size, LLBean futon in a space that also serves as an office with its large desk and office chair. The living room, with original real birch panelling, has a fireplace and a door leading to a little porch at the north end of the house that has seasonal views to Overlook Mountain and the golf course. The half-bath & laundry is downstairs. The kitchen has an electric oven, double sink, coffee-maker, toaster, electric tea-kettle, stick blender and decent selection of cooking utensils. It is open to the full dining room that seats 6. There’s wifi/cable/flatscreen TV/ceiling fan/AC unit. A breezway leads off the kitchen with screen doors out to both the front yard, and the spacious backyard that has outdoor chairs, table and umbrella, Weber grill and a charcoal grill.

The house on, but set back from the main road that leads into the heart of Woodstock, and right next to the beautiful Woodstock Golf Course. The circular driveway is an easy in and out to everywhere -- 2 minutes to the village one way, 8 miles from the Thruway, the other. Even the New York City bus can drop you off right at the door and it is walkable, or a quick bike ride to, say, the excellent village health-food store. There's bike rental in the village.

Need a good place to have a yard sale and get rid of some of your stuff?! Here's your chance! The large front yard has great roadside visibility. Ideal laying things out + for signs you can post which makes it wonderfully inviting to cars driving by! It make the perfect location with a lot of space and good shade spots. A bunch of us had big yard-sales on weekends last summer and it paid dividends! With notice, we can supply 4 trestle tables, and signs!

As it’s at the gateway to the village, if you think about it, since 1946 this little house has watched the world according to Woodstock go by its door! From Bob Dylan to the The Band, Johnny Cash to Mick Jagger, Daniel Day Lewis to HH The Dalai Lama, David Bowie to the Cowboy Junkies, Uma Thurman to The Clintons, Judy Collins to Pete Seeger -- who knows whose eyes may have been cast upon this little dwelling as they’ve driven past over the years! Come see for yourself!

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Area Info
“Cape Cottage” is easy to locate in Woodstock. It's on Rt 375 which is also West Hurley Road and perhaps soon to be named Leon Helm Boulevard! Ours is the last house on the right hand side, right before the Golf Course which is on the corner of Rt 375 and Rt 212 that wends its way through the village. That makes it less than a mile from the center of the village one way and about 8 miles from the Interstate 87/ NY Thruway, 100 miles north from Manhattan, the other. An excellent Trailways bus service from New York City to Woodstock, or Kingston, can, with notice, even stop at the door. There’s also a smooth and scenic Amtrak train ride from Penn Station to Rhinecliff, across the river.

The best of everything is minutes from door. Much is on the main street through Woodstock (Rt 212) which morphs from Mill Hill Road into Tinker Street. Here goes with a list! -- the beautiful 9 hole Woodstock Golf Course & Club House; Cucina -- one of the best restaurants in the region for great brunch and dinner; Woodstock Playhouse for concerts; Sunflower, the excellent health-food store; the good local Woodstock deli; there are two banks; an art store. Mirabai is peaceful new-agey bookstore, and The Golden Notebook holds regular weekend readings from top authors. Vintage stores are -- Re-Source and Castaways; Mountain Gate is the Indian restaurant; Wok and Roll = Japanese; plus there's a Pizza place with outdoor eating, and Bread Alone -- the best coffee shop bakery; Maria's Bazaar is tucked around the back where locals hang out for an array of home cooked goodies for lunch and breakfast. Pegasus -- is the best no frills shoe shop; H. Houst & Sons, the all-time best-in-the-world-old-fashioned-has-everything, hardware store. Oriole 9 is good for breakfast and lunch; Yum Yum for a truly yummy sidewalk dinner; Pondicherri for all things beautiful and Indian; Joshua's for fine middle-eastern food; The Garden Cafe for freshest vegetarian; Taco Juan's for a very decent burrito where they also serve Jane’s, the best local ice-cream; Dharmawear -- is all things hippie and Woodstocky; Timbuktu for classy gifts; the Tibetan store is good; and the absolute best of all -- Anatolia -- a magical other world of a store full of tribal rugs and weavings.

That’s just one end of the village! Be sure not to miss the other end, Byrdcliffe Gallery; The Center for Photography; the wine store, The Apothecary for the best supplements, good natural stuff and the favorite local pet food; also Woodstock Hardware is the other source for hardware if you can't find what you want at Housts; The Woodstock Library has a great annual book sale plus it hosts different literary events and readings; there's Overlook Mountain Bikes, for sales, repair, or rentals; the colorful Varga Gallery; Upstate Theater’s Tinker Street movie house for the best art films; the Post Office; and on up beyond the village center on Route 212, is another favorite -- SunFrost -- for the best outdoor breakfast under the awning and a classy selection of cheese and fish and fruit and veggies and the best raspberry slices on the planet! Thence on toward Bearsville -- and its Theater -- a renowned concert and music venue along side two restaurants -- The Bear, which is first class, and The Little Bear is a good Chinese with tables that look over the creek. SO much to do! Hope you treat yourself to savor and explore what’s pretty much right on the doorstep!

You can see that Woodstock is in the center of a lot while it’s also away from it all! This part of the historic Hudson Valley is a world apart from the great metropolis, yet close enough to have much of the best of the Big Apple's cultural influence. Not to be forgotten -- "Woodstock" -- iconic symbol of the Sixties and the summer of peace and love and mud! The Festival -- a wild gathering of 450,000 folk -- headlined Hendrix, The Who, The Band, Grateful Dead, Arlo Guthrie, Janice Joplin, Joan Baez, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Crosby Stills & Nash, Jefferson Airplane, Richie Havens, Ravi Shankar, Santana et al, and...er...it didn’t exactly happen here! As Joni Mitchell’s lyrics to 'Woodstock' remind us it took place at Yasgur’s Farm -- 60 miles away! There's now a terrific museum and concert venue dedicated to the1969 Festival about an hour away at what was the actual (last minute) location -- Bethel Woods. Talking of lyrics -- way back when -- Woodstock was home to a certain Mr. Bob Dylan who famously then reflected upon how times were a’ changin’. So...like the song says... come gather round people!

Yep, there’s still tie-dye and peace symbols and colorful characters to come upon in the village. And Woodstock is still known for great live music -- chamber to classic to folk to jazz to classic rock. Since 1916, atmospheric -- mostly classical -- concerts still take place in the marvelous old, half open, rustic building in the woods at The Maverick; then there's the Bearsville Theater, and The Woodstock Playhouse among other noteworthy locations. Arts & Crafts are still going strong, and since the turn of last century the Byrdcliffe Guild has hosted summer classes and studios for pottery and painting. The Woodstock Artist Association and Museum first hosted exhibits of its collection in 1919, and 1969 saw the Woodstock School of Art become a functioning offshoot of the famed Art Student’s League in New York. Not surprisingly, as home to many writers and poets, the Woodstock Writer’s Festival and Workshops are a very popular series of annual spring-time events.

And there's much more! Close by or within, say, about a thirty five minute drive from the house you can find: boat trips or kayaking on the Hudson; tours of wineries and the new Tuthilltown distillery; scenic Catskill Mountain Museum and train-rides; book-binding courses; fruit-picking orchards and farm stores; rock climbing, a corn-maze to get lost in; equine assisted therapy in Saugerties; Farm Animal sanctuaries; outdoor Shakespeare theater; hang-gliding and sky diving; Woodstock's nine-hole golf course; fiddle and dance camps and educational environmental camps at the Ashokan Center; The Phoenicia Festival of Voice; Esopus River tubing and kayaking; Woodstock Transition Town's local activities; and the oft-times star-filled Woodstock Film Festival in the Fall. Come winter -- for skiing, snowboarding, mogul trails, cross-country, nursery slopes, downhill and week-end racing, Belleayre and Hunter Mountain are just 25 minutes away. More trails at Windham and Catamount, closer to an hour. Enough!?!

For more meditative peace, and quiet, the Zen Mountain Monastery is about ten miles up the road toward Mount Tremper and for ‘KTD’ the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, wind up the steep mountain road from the center of Woodstock. Both are open to visitors and have monastery stores. Park you car beside KTD and you land beside a well trodden path to Overlook Mountain -- a Woodstock landmark.

The hamlet (which is what Woodstock officially is) is right on the edge of the Catskill State Park and the (Dutch named) Catskill Mountains -- provided the inspiration that gave birth to the prolific Hudson River School of painters -- Thomas Cole, Alfred Bierstadt, Frederick Church, George Inness, Jasper Copsey, to name but a few. What better testimonial for the beauty of the area, its hills and mountains, creeks and waterfalls, woods and lakes, dotted with fields and little towns. The Hudson Valley is an ideal region to see why great artists were so inspired by the glorious American landscape. Good local guidebooks can point you in the right direction for places to explore -- to photograph or put up an easel, to contemplate or nap, or to find fun trails to hike -- gentle to strenuous.

The breathtaking Ashokan reservoir that supplies New York City with water is one of the jewels of our region -- not to be missed. Another is the serene and still Cooper Lake. One more special spot is in the town of Saugerties -- less than 20 minutes away -- where the old brick lighthouse, built in 1869, is a peaceful place to walk to. There, on the edge of the Hudson, you'll find outdoor tables ready and waiting for your summer picnic. Saugerties is also "home to the richest weekend in show jumping". From May to September some of the top US horse shows take place here, courtesy of HITS (Horse Shows in the Sun). Having access to spectacular international show-jumping and dressage competitions right on our doorstep is a must for horse-lovers. Children under 12 can attend for free. Parking is free too.

For American history buffs, there’s history a plenty that had much to do with the shaping of these United States. It was 1609 when the Dutch East India Company’s tiny ship, 'Half Moon', captained by Henry Hudson sailed this way instead of finding the Northwest Passage to Cathay! Later, action that took place up and down the Hudson River played a pivotal role in the progression of the Revolutionary war. North of New York's capital --Albany, the famous 18C Battles of Saratoga, and further north, Fort Ticonderoga was captured from the British in 1775. Close by Kingston, New York’s old capital, was burned by the British in 1777! And down river from here, Fortress West Point came into being in 1778.

Going further afield, head a bit north and east into Massachusetts for day-trips to the Berkshires -- Tanglewood, Shakespeare & Company, Kripalu, and the Norman Rockwell museum in Stockbridge -- all well worth a visit. Closer to home, crossing the Kingston/Rhinecliff Bridge over the mighty Hudson River can take you to the Rhinecliff Hotel where eating al fresco (try the fish 'n chips, or Toffee Pudding!) with its expansive view of the river is a delicious treat. Its in Rhinebeck where major, large, week-end events featuring Antiques, Crafts, Sheep & Wool, Antique Cars and the extensive County Show take place at Duchess County Fairgrounds. Between Red Hook (that has the best classic diner, and Me Oh My, the pie shop) Rhinebeck is Bard College's Fisher Center, stunningly designed by Frank Gehry, and home to the American Philharmonic Orchestra. A little further south, look out for the Omega Institute’s brilliant new Center for Sustainable Living, or hit Rt 9 for Hyde Park and The FDR Museum, Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill, the opulent and gilded Vanderbilt Mansion and the famed Culinary Institute of America. If contemporary art and sculpture is your gig, don't miss DIA Beacon and Storm King.

There’s so much more not listed here. But as well as the world class performers at the Great (issue centered) Hudson River Revival, and the New Hudson River School, on your travels, keep an eye open for the icon of stewardship -- the beautiful Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. She's “America’s Environmental Flagship” -- as conceived by the one and only Pete Seeger -- and if you’re lucky you may spot her under full sail gracing the spirit of the river and this very blessed corner of the world.
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Apr 26 2013 Dec 31 2014 $200 $300 $1,500 $4,500 2 nights
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Other Fees: cleaning fee $100 non-refundable deposit 10$
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