Bethel, New York, occupies an unassuming little spot in the westernmost regions of New York’s Catskills; Pennsylvania and the Delaware River are within 20 miles. There’s a long history here of the Catskills summer resort type: hotels, summer camps, and well-to-do families escaping the heat of July and August in the city.
Oh yes, and there was that small music festival in the summer of 1969.
Bethel - or a field just outside of it - was its hometown. The town today has both adopted and refined the legacy, its website routing visitors to the shiny Bethel Woods Performing Center site for information about its new music venue. Instead of the summer of love, it’s a family-friendlier place, with music ranging from scaled-down operas to country.
If you’re interested in vacationing in the area, there’s more than just music on the play list. You can enjoy the natural sights that have attracted visitors for the better part of a century, or you can spend some time with family and friends in you vacation rental home. (Not to mention the reaction you get when you tell them your vacation rental is near the site of the original Woodstock.)
When the music stops, there’s other activities, like December’s Holiday Market. You can enjoy shopping for artisan crafts, food - or enjoy live music. I guess the music never really does stop in this historic town.