A few weeks ago, my husband and I stayed at the Woodstock Country Inn, a charming bed-and-breakfast tucked into a hillside in the rural town of Bearsville, a few miles from the storied Woodstock, New York…
Carol, the proprietor, is the perfect host—accommodating, helpful, and full of stories. Her joy for this house and property is contagious; she bought the house with the idea of running an inn, and lovingly updated this home, room by room, into a charming hideaway.
We started the morning with a pot of coffee from this cozy kitchen...
... that we took up to our balcony off our room. Look at that vista! A few more views from the common living room:
The house was the former residence of Jo Cantine, an artist whose paintings of the tropics have been exhibited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Whitney. Her work still hangs in the Presidential Palace of Panama (and at the Woodstock Country Inn!)
If you get a chance to visit Carol and stay at her lovely inn, here are some good things worth noting...
- The village of Woodstock, full of restaurants, shops, and yes, hippie charm, is just a few miles away. Be sure to check out Woodstock General Supply. And pick me up a pair of these shoes, pretty please?
- Staying the weekend? Day-trip it on over to Red Hook or Saugerties.
- Enjoy dinner at La Cucina, an Italian restaurant in a restored farmhouse, or at the Bear Cafe. (Peter Cantine, Jo Cantine's grandson, is co-proprietor of the Bear Cafe).
- What's a stay in Woodstock without some live music? The Midnight Ramble sessions are still going strong after The Band's Levon Helm's passing.
Photos by Rebecca Pitts.