Woodstock

Home and haven for artists and musicians, Woodstock is also a launch point for recreation in the beautiful Catskills, including skiing at Windham and Hunter Moutains.  As you'd imagine, there are good vibes in this colorful small town, which is home to the Woodstock Playhouse, Bearsville Theater, and Byrdcliffe Art Colony.  Stop in at the Bread Alone Bakery for coffee and pastries before checking out the many artist Studio Tours.

From Wikipedia:

The first non-indigenous settler arrived around 1770. The Town of Woodstock was established in 1787. Later, Woodstock contributed some of its territory to form the towns of Middletown (1789), Windham (1798), Shandaken (1804), and Olive (1853).[citation needed]

Woodstock played host to numerous Hudson River School painters during the late 1800s. The Arts and Crafts Movement came to Woodstock in 1902, with the arrival of Ralph Radcliffe WhiteheadBolton Brown and Hervey White, who formed the Byrdcliffe Colony. In 1906, L. Birge Harrisonand others founded the Summer School of the Art Students League of New York in the area, primarily for landscape painting. Ever since, Woodstock has been considered an active artists colony. From 1915 through 1931, Hervey White's Maverick Art Colony held the Maverick Festivals, "in which hundreds of free spirits gathered each summer for music, art, theater and drunken orgies in the woods."[6][7]

A series of Woodstock Sound-Outs were staged at Pan Copeland's Farm just over the town line in Saugerties from 1967 to 1970.[8] These featured folk and rock acts like Richie HavensPaul ButterfieldDave van Ronk and Van Morrison and were identified with Woodstock's reputation as a summer arts colony. The Sound-Outs inspired the original Woodstock Festival's organizers to plan their concert at the Winston Farm in Saugerties; however, the town turned down their permit,[9] and the "Woodstock" Festival was actually held almost 60 miles (97 km) away at Max Yasgur's Farm in the town of Bethel.[10]

Woodstock is also home to the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Buddhist monastery, situated at the top of Mead's Mountain Road.