What to do in Woodstock in the fall

The fall season is beautiful here. The weather is so invigorating you just want to get up early and embrace the day. With so many activities and options it’s hard to decide just what to do first, but here are a few of the favorite activities locals enjoy. 

A hike or a walk is the perfect way to get the body moving.
Enthusiastic hikers hit Overlook Mountain Trail. The trailhead is  just a seven minute drive from the Inn, and your effort along the 4.5 mile trail will be rewarded with amazing views from the fire tower (on a clear day you can see five states!) The start of the trail is steep, but it really is worth the climb. There is a ruin of an old hotel, as well as awesome views from the summit.  
A special treat is also at the trailhead, as it is directly across from the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra  Buddhist temple, which welcomes guests and offers an awe-inspiring visit for all. (Insider’s tip – Park only in the designated parking lot. Parking tickets here are $150 each!)
People wanting an easier saunter are encouraged to enjoy a walk or bike ride along the paved trail on the Ashokan Reservoir. The setting is ringed by the  Catskills, and it’s not uncommon to see eagles, deer and other wildlife nearby. (During spring nesting season part of the 5 + mile trail is closed to protect the eaglets.) Go as far along the trail as you want, and simply turn around, as it’s an out and back trail that is part of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. 

Galleries and art studios abound in Woodstock. The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum right on Tinker Street is a great place to start. The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild offers an ever-changing array of exhibitions, demonstrations and programs. A highlight is the quarterly open studio  tours for current artists in residence. And the Woodstock School of Art offers classes, workshops and studio tours for established and budding artists. 

Options for food and beverage in the Hudson Valley have been expanding for the past two years, and Woodstock is a proud destination spot for people who value the farm to table, local movement. New and established eateries offer everything from quick snacks to full-course meals. 

And, of course, our favorite activity is watching the leaves change right in our backyard. The stream is a beautiful sanctuary enjoyed by our guests. With chairs, hammocks and picnic tables throughout the grounds, there are plenty of places to sit back, enjoy nature’s show and simply relax. in fact, that may be the most rewarding fall activity anyone can experience.