Experience | Woodstock, New York: Garden Cafe + Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Monday, October 16, 2017


"And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, 'This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!' And each day, it's up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, 'No. This is what's important.'"- Iain Thomas

Dayv and I visited Woodstock, New York, while staying in New Paltz. The town is very quaint, and I instantly fell in love with its abundance of trees, flowers, and Victorian-style buildings. The main street is lined with local shops, galleries, and restaurants. The area is so artsy, happy, peaceful, and lovely, I kept telling Dayv that we should move there. Maybe I would sing a different tune in the middle of winter, though. While our trip was short, Woodstock definitely left a strong impression on me as a place I'd like to return. 

Eats

Garden Cafe on the Green | This cafe was an absolute must visit; even non-vegan related travel websites recommend Garden Cafe as a Woodstock highlight. I had pretty high expectations when we arrived and it did not disappoint.

The vegan restaurant has a pretty expansive menu with many gluten-free items to choose from, as well as a chalkboard menu with the daily specials. After a lot of deliberating, I decided on the Indian chickpea blinis and half baby spinach salad, which the server assured me would be enough food. Dayv, who said he wasn't very hungry, ordered the pasta marinara with un-meatballs, which came with garlic bread and a side salad.

I was extremely hungry from our hike the day before and had to exercise extreme self control not to scarf my entire meal down in two minutes. The servings were a bit too small for my large appetite, but I savored every bite. The blinis were similar to small curry spiced pancakes with a firm texture. The topping added a nice, rounded out flavor. The spinach salad was tossed with the most delicious dressing I've ever tasted and topped with walnuts, which are my favorite salad topping. I was still very hungry after eating my dishes and told the server. She was very understanding and offered to have another half salad made and only charge us for one large salad (a discount) since she had recommended I only order the half salad initially.

Although Dayv claimed he wasn't very hungry, he ate all of his garlic bread, pasta, and side salad. His portion size was extremely generous and I was kind of blown away that his traditionally small stomach could eat it all. He raved about his meal the entire time; he said the salad dressing was delicious and the un-meatballs tasted great. After he finished his meal, he decided to order the brownie a la mode while I ate my second salad. The brownie looked super gooey and had a little scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Dayv ate his entire dessert, too.

Dayv and I absolutely loved this restaurant and would definitely go back. Dayv regularly refers to it as "the best restaurant in the world." If only it wasn't three hours away. The one critique I give Garden Cafe is that the amount of time it takes for them to prepare your dish, even a salad or dessert, is exceptionally long. We were there during the lunch rush, but it felt like it took forever for us to get our dessert and second salad. However, the wait was worth it.

9/10

Sights



Woodstock Farm Sanctuary | I had never been to a farm sanctuary before, so this excursion was extremely exciting for me. The tour lasted about an hour and was extremely informative, especially for individuals not familiar with factory farming. Dayv thought that the guide went into very graphic detail during her talk, but I felt it was very professional and knowledgable while keeping in mind some of the individuals in our tour were children. We visited the chicken and turkey areas, as well as the cow and pig areas. We were able to feed the chicken and turkeys, but the cows were far away in the shade due to hot sun, and the pigs remained gated because it was almost meal time.

I loved the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary so much and was even planning on attending their Thanksliving event. However, tickets are a bit too expensive for me at this time. Maybe next year!

10/10

2 comments:

  1. It sounds like another amazing adventure! I love the idea of a farm sanctuary and giving back to animals. Did you have a favorite animal?

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  2. Oh I love WFAS! I have only been to the new location twice so far and I missed visiting season this year, which is a bummer.

    I also love Garden on the Green and Lagusta's. I haven't been to Commissary yet but I'd like to. If their ramen night is even half as good as Ramen Hood's ramen, it will be worth it!

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