Our little town is nestled at the base of the Catskill Mountains (about 2 hours north of NYC), with about 5,000- 6,000 full time residents. Vogue called it “the most famous small town in the world,” in its travel guide - most of which is because of a little concert held nearby - and we just love living here…
It's had many lifetimes... long before white settlers arrived, it was originally home to the Esopus and Lenape Native Americans, then became a typical mountain settlement for trappers, loggers, etc. Dutch settlers arrived in the late 1700’s, and the storybook looking town is largely what they created - including the picturesque white church with its towering steeple, and the lovely village green.
The Hudson River Valley is a remarkably beautiful area, and world renowned landscape artists began coming up in the mid 1800’s, and eventually founded the Hudson River Art School . A more bohemian group of artists came specifically to Woodstock, and founded the Woodstock Arts Colony at Byrdcliffe, and the Maverick Art Colony (knowing for being a bit debaucherous) - with annual costume parties in the woods that seemed to get a bit more naked as the day went on… The artist who built our home was part of that group!
“It’s always been a bit of a “free love" type of place - kind of the counterpoint to the elegant town of Rhinebeck across the river - and we like it that way!”
The music scene of the 60’s and 70’s really defined our town, and it remains a place of live music, hippies, and peace, love and rock-n-roll. It kind of began when Bob Dylan visited his manager, Albert Grossman, at his home in Bearsville. Dylan liked it here so much here he bought a house, and others soon followed. It became much more of a hippie scene after the concert, and with the establishment of Bearsville Studios - a recording studio where many A-list musicians of the 70s recorded their albums. You can read more details about how our house played into all that in our “Goodbrooks” blog post.
Another of my favorite spots is the KTD - Karma Triyana Dharmachakra which is the center for Tibetan Budhism in North America. I'd strongly suggest coming up for one of their weekend meditation retreats - it's one of the most centering places in the world for us. So lucky to have it in our backyard!
All in all, we love it here - a charming old town with a hippy vibe - the perfect place for crafts and home goods!
Come visit and see what the fuss is all about!