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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Diner
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“Also a little further afield but worth the trek. Breakfast and brunch. Everything is delicious. Best chicken sandwich you ever had. Basically it's a twist on a classic diner- a chef came in and made diner fare a bit more interesting & delish. It's rocking the diner aesthetic and there may be a wait”
  • 208 locals recommend
Ski Area
“I like Belleayre. Nice mountain. Has a gondola. About 40 minutes away if you’re looking to explore a little. ”
  • 137 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“A little further afield but worth the drive. Oh my their bread and butter that they start you with will make you dream of it for days. This place is full of character and whimsy. Food is great. Bar area makes you feel like you're in a magical forest. They give you marshmallows to roast on their fire outside after your meal. You might want to move in. Unless taxidermy puts you off, in which case you should forget everything we just said and not go here!”
  • 160 locals recommend
Trail
“Minnewaska is a beautiful state park with lakes, waterfalls, trails to explore. Check the website for detailed info on trails. ”
  • 133 locals recommend
Resort
“The Mountain House is a stunning 1869 resort voted the #1 Spa in America. Horseback riding, 85 miles of hiking trails, swimming, breathtaking panoramic views”
  • 140 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Great brunch and great place to celebrate special day. Also I recommend their Chicken Parm and hamburger. Yum.”
  • 121 locals recommend
Park
“Amazing environmental sculpture, worth an afternoon visit - they have concerts too! And...you can book your wedding at Opus 40.”
  • 92 locals recommend
Park
“Feast your senses on some of the Hudson Valley’s most amazing mountains, trails, forests, lakes and adventure.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Trade School
“The famous CIA is extremely close and has a few restaurants to enjoy while on the breathtaking campus along the Hudson River bank. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Popular hike and great to pair with a daytrip to Woodstock. Not too challenging but still feels like a good hike. You'll go past the ruins of the former Overlook Mountain House. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“This is a restaurant, but we go for 2 for 1 happy hour. Great views of the creek with live music every night. ”
  • 90 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Great music acts play here often, on the site formerly owned by Dylan's manager, Albert Grossman. Check online for schedule.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Office
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“Lovingly prepared, delicious vegan food with in and outdoor seating right in the center of Woodstock.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Town Tinker Tube Rental has been a favorite summertime activity in Phoenicia for over 30 years. Check it out and you’ll see why. Heads up: it’s not a lazy river.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Great bakery, lunches, fresh food, and friendly place to meet fellow travelers and locals. Also good coffee and vegan options”
  • 85 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The grounds have spectacular views of the Hudson River and Catskills Mountains. There is a 45-50 min waking loop that is one of my favorites. The gardens are a must see in season”
  • 62 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Diner
“Also a little further afield but worth the trek. Breakfast and brunch. Everything is delicious. Best chicken sandwich you ever had. Basically it's a twist on a classic diner- a chef came in and made diner fare a bit more interesting & delish. It's rocking the diner aesthetic and there may be a wait”
  • 208 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“A little further afield but worth the drive. Oh my their bread and butter that they start you with will make you dream of it for days. This place is full of character and whimsy. Food is great. Bar area makes you feel like you're in a magical forest. They give you marshmallows to roast on their fire outside after your meal. You might want to move in. Unless taxidermy puts you off, in which case you should forget everything we just said and not go here!”
  • 160 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Great brunch and great place to celebrate special day. Also I recommend their Chicken Parm and hamburger. Yum.”
  • 121 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“This is a restaurant, but we go for 2 for 1 happy hour. Great views of the creek with live music every night. ”
  • 90 locals recommend
Office
“Lovingly prepared, delicious vegan food with in and outdoor seating right in the center of Woodstock.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Bakery
“Great bakery, lunches, fresh food, and friendly place to meet fellow travelers and locals. Also good coffee and vegan options”
  • 85 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A casual fine-dining restaurant featuring homemade pastas, fresh seafood, soups, and an extensive beer and wine menu. ”
  • 82 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
“Small local farm shop with local and organic fruits and vegetables. Sandwich and juice bar in the back.”
  • 89 locals recommend

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