A Day Trip to Woodstock Offers Fun for the Whole Family
Woodstock is a day trip that offers something for nature lovers, foodies and appreciators of art and shopping.
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Woodstock Brewing: After your visit to the World's Largest Kaleidoscope, drive across the road to Woodstock Brewing. Inside, you’ll find board games that the kids can play as well as outdoor seating with corn hole. The menu features favorites like chips and salsa, soups, tacos, sandwiches, desserts, and of course beer from their on-site tap room. 5581 NY-28, Phoenicia, NY 12464.
Garden Cafe: For a healthy lunch or dinner, visit the Garden Cafe. Here, you’ll find vegan and organic selections like sandwiches, entrees, salads, smoothies, and healthy options for the kids like PB&J, quesadillas, pasta with un-meatballs, and fried rice. 6 Old Forge Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498.
YumYum Noodle Bar: Noodle fans are going to want to check out YumYum to try their fusion of Japanese noodle bowls and Southeast Asian street-food. This includes noodle bowls, small plates like dumplings and steamed buns, and platters such as Pad-Thai, burgers, wraps, and more. 4 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY 12498.
The Mud Club: Featuring a tree-house-esque backyard, this coffeehouse/pizza joint is your go-to point for delicious pastries, coffee, bagels, and woodfired sourdough pizza. There is some outdoor seating where you can sit on wooden tree stumps and chairs as well as a nearby swing that the kids can enjoy while you wait for your food. 43 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498.
Phoenicia Diner: Enjoy a comforting and locally-sourced brunch at Phoenicia Diner. A very popular restaurant, they don’t take reservations, so be sure to get there early. If you happen to get there during a rush, they do have board games and a waiting area to sit before your name is called. Hearty egg skillets are a great option before a hike and kids will love the French toast or buttermilk pancakes. 5681 NY-28, Phoenicia, NY.
Catskill Mountain Pizza Co: Most families can’t travel that far without access to great pizza, and you’ll certainly find it at the Catskill Mountain Pizza Co. Dubbed as having “the best pizza this side of Brooklyn,” you’ll find a selection of classic and gourmet pies, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and more. 51 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498.
Little Apple Cafe: For a mid-day juice, check out Little Apple. They offer fresh juices, acai bowls, smoothies, coffee & tea, and cocktails. 21 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY 12498.
Bread Alone: Known for their artisanal breads found at many local farmers markets, you’ll definitely want to try a wider selection of their signature loaves or pastries at their Woodstock outpost. They also have indoor seating and serve breakfast, lunch, and brunch everyday. 22 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498.
Ice Cream: There are many places to get ice cream in Woodstock. Taco Juan’s (31 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY) is your place to find Jane’s Homemade Ice Cream. There’s also Nancy's Of Woodstock - Artisanal Creamery (31 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY) and Sweet Dreams Organic Ice Cream (74 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY) to find local, artisanal flavors.
Peace, Love & Cupcakes: On your way home, don’t forget to stop by Peace, Love & Cupcakes to try their award-winning cupcakes, cakes, or cookies. They were on the Food Network for their Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake and a Rich Chocolate Frosting but there are so many options to choose from, including their ode to the area with the The Jerry Garcia cupcake, Signature Tie-Dye cupcake, The Janis Joplin cupcake, and more. 54F Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498.
WHERE TO SHOP
You’ll find tons of places to shop in Woodstock along Tinker Street, featuring family-operated and small boutiques. Some favorites:
Tinker Toys: The ultimate toy store to find trinkets and toys of all sizes. A relevently small space, Tinker Toys does a good job at using nook and granny in the store. They also have some fun tester toys out and offer selections for babies to teens. In the summer, you might find bubbles out in front as well. 5 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498.
The Golden Notebook: Looking for a good book? Check out the Golden Notebook to discover new and classic books as well as a selection of books from local authors. The kids’ section in the back is filled with the latest titles – both fiction and nonfiction – activity books, trinkets, and more. There is also a seating area to relax and browse. 29 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY 12498.
Fruition Chocolate: Bring home a sweet treat (or two) from this small-batch and ethically-sourced chocolatier. The award-winning brand offers rich and luscious treats like dark chocolate, caramels, chocolate-covered almonds, milk chocolate, and so much more. 17 Tinker Street Woodstock, NY 12498
Woodstock Farm Festival: If you’re visiting in the summer, be sure to visit the Woodstock Farm Festival to shop from local vendors from all over the area. This includes fresh, organic farmers, food trucks, cheese, kombucha, bread, meat, cider and beer vendors, live music, family events, and more. A great place to stop before your hike or to stock up on before you head home. Parking Lot, 20 Mountainview Ave, Woodstock, NY 12498
Mower's Flea Market: You never know what you might find at Mower’s Flea Market. Located right near the main strip, there’s tons of things to see and find, including vintage, local artisans, food, drinks, art, paintings, handcrafted wool, knick knacks, woodwork, and more. 11 Maple Lane, Woodstock, NY 12498.