This past weekend was one of the best I’ve had…ever. My boyfriend and I drove up to Woodstock, NY on Friday evening, where we spent two nights in a charming bed and breakfast. On Saturday, after brunch and strolling around the town, we drove to Bethel so I could see where the 1969 Woodstock festival took place – something I have been wanting to do for years. I had butterflies in my stomach as we approached the field… I can’t really explain why seeing it meant so much to me, but it left me speechless.
Saturday night we went to Levon Helm’s midnight ramble, something that takes place at his home and barn in Woodstock. The guests, Mumford and Sons, were phenomenal – a highlight was “Long Black Veil” with Levon’s band, but there was no comparison to when Levon took the drum kit and sang Ophelia. Sunday morning we drove by Big Pink, the house in West Saugerties where Levon and The Band composed Music from Big Pink and recorded the legendary Basement Tapes with Bob Dylan, before hiking up Overlook Mountain (more on that later).
Yes, this weekend will be difficult to top.
We stayed at the Woodstock Inn on the Millstream – I highly recommend it, the setting and the quaint rooms were perfect – and they had the best coffee.
This wax sculpture started out as a coffee table ~ one drip candle led to another; it’s been a work in progress since 1969.
Site of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Festival
Looking up from where the stage was.
Driving through the woods to Levon’s barn… no camera’s were allowed inside.
Prayer flags on the road to Big Pink
Photos by Julia.