Rock & Roll Haven
The White Dove Rockotel, Woodstock
Insider's Tip: Book any suite for two or more midweek nights and receive a 12 percent discount (Friday/Saturday and holidays excluded).
It appears like a tie-dyed mirage on Tinker Street, a funky Victorian painted in gradations of purple, magenta, pink, and red. Opened in October 2014 and continuing to evolve, this Woodstock business is owned by Brooklyn transplants Erin Cadigan, a fashion designer/illustrator, and Martin Mills, a real estate project manager.
The rock music theme was a no-brainer: “Martin and I met while following the band Phish, and I had also followed the Grateful Dead when Jerry Garcia was alive. Both of us were heavily involved in music, including music of the ’60s and ’70s, our whole lives,” says Cadigan. “This project was very DIY.”
That’s for sure. Using details from album covers and other authentic sources, Cadigan personally designed the draperies and wallpaper in the suites. Each pays tribute to an artist, era, or event — but there’s nothing kitschy about it. “The idea was what it would have looked like if an artist lived there,” she says. “Experience,” a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, is bathed in shades of purple and includes mod furniture and baroque details. “Heart,” the Janis Joplin quarters, is all pinks and oranges, with a six-foot home theater screen. “Station,” a loft-like space with a sweet tie-dyed sofa, honors the Grateful Dead. The theme for “Garden” is the Woodstock festival itself. Around the corner and down a country lane, the ’70s-inspired “Rocket Room” has a cabin-in-the-woods feel, and Queen-themed “Bohemian Rhapsody” dazzles with a gold metallic bathroom. “We wanted to do something special in each bath,” says Cadigan. Some have rainfall shower heads, while others feature clawfoot slipper tubs.
Each room is stocked with a record player and vintage vinyl to enhance the vibe (or you can plug into a retro-look radio/MP3 speaker). Some suites have surround sound so you can really crank the volume. Stay tuned for more details, as the couple looks to expand.
Eat: Guests can preorder meat and vegetarian breakfast sandwich delivery from Provisions in town, as well as snack trays from Cheese Louise. Rick’s Wood-Fired is just a few doors down and makes a mean mushroom pizza. Borrow one of the inn’s free bikes and head to the Village Green, where vegan Garden Café offers lunch and dinner. They have a zippy new juice bar and a pretty patio for enjoying summer breezes. Patrons line up at Shindig, also in town, for homemade cinnamon buns and donuts at breakfast and at Bread Alone for lunch fare like burgers on brioche buns.
Do: You can simply hang out in the guests’ courtyard and stoke up the firepit. Or embark on an adventure: Take the trail from the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery to Overlook Mountain for a gorgeous view of the Hudson and surrounding Catskills. You can also poke around the ruins of an old hotel. Visitors love the local watering holes, and the inn provides towels to take along; Millstream, Big Deep, and Little Deep are favorites (Cadigan is putting together a map of them). On the weekends, Mower’s Flea Market — one block away from the Village Green — is a fun outing: vintage goods but also funky new clothes and a farmer’s market all wrapped into one.
Take a morning yoga or Pilates class at Euphoria Yoga. And in the evening, Upstate Films, practically next door, always has something interesting on the screen.
The White Dove Rockotel
148 Tinker St., Woodstock
Price range: $135 to $265 per night.