Woodstock Wanderings

With nothing but wanderlust and a yoga mat, I hit the road with a girlfriend and headed upstate to New York's famed Catskills with only one destination in mind, Woodstock. 

While most famous for the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1969 (which actually took place in Bethel), the now somewhat-sleepy town still has music and history pacing its streets - two things I can't get enough of. Along with yoga and tequila. 

Woodstock is the kind of place you want to go to record an album - I settled for buying some vinyl at the flea market. It's the kind of place you might find yourself headstanding on a deck under a canopy of trees which I definitely did and it was a world away from my usual NYC yoga destination amidst noise pollution and skyscrapers. 

A girlfriend and I rented the upstairs of a skylit little cottage only a few minutes from the main town and Tinker Street. We brunched at vegan destination The Garden Cafe, sampled craft beer at hot spot Commune Saloon, lunched at Shindig, shopped vintage homewares at Little House and visited nearby Saugerties for an afternoon of antique shopping. 

I sure do love a road trip.. so does the guy! Peace out. 

Yule Love This

Union Square Holiday Market is aflurry with trinkets, eats, sips and treat for young and old. Rug up and brave the cold to meander through this European style alfresco Christmas market that has 150 vendors vying for your shopping dollar. 

The impressive selection of gifts you could snap up for loved ones (or yourself) include locally-crafted jewellery, a 'brew your own beer' kit from Brooklyn Brew shop, tree ornaments imported from Indonesia, fresh-baked cookies with flavours as delectable as 'Earl Grey almond choc chip' and hot apple cider to wrap your gloves and your lips around.