This is my favorite time of year to visit upstate New York, when the leaves are beginning to change and the region's small towns are at their best as they host their respective fall festivals and markets. This weekend, we headed to Woodstock and checked into the 11-room Hotel Dylan, opened just this June by Woodstock native Paul Covello.
The hotel has really captured the bohemian vibe that makes the town so unique. The interiors, designed by Cortney and Bob Novogratz, are chock-full of thoughtful touches, from Crosley turntables and assortment of vinyl in every room to photo posters from the famous '69 Woodstock festival. When you arrive, a guitar-shaped sweet from Lucky Chocolates sits atop the reclaimed wood bed, dressed up in colorful throw pillows and set against graphic arrow wallpaper. Rooms come stocked with C.O. Bigelow bath products, a few novels and games like Trivial Pursuit for playing in the Adirondack chairs stationed around the outdoor fire pits. There's a bocce court and room for croquet, too. All in all, it's a fun but mellow place, like summer camp for grown-ups.
The onsite restaurant in front of the hotel is unoccupied as yet, but the town's residents were all abuzz with news that farm-to-table fare and an event space for live music is on the way.