Byrdcliffe is a humble place to immerse yourself in wooded tranquility, Woodstock’s history, or your own creative endeavors.
The Airbnb’s profile understates the historical significance (and cool factor) of the property. The host only briefly alludes to it, describing the cabin as a place where “theater companies were launched, cartoon characters drawn, and famous books written.”
The cabin is part of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, which dates back to 1902. The colony was created and envisioned to be a self-sufficient, utopian community of artists. From Boby Dylan to John Burroughs, Byrdcliffe has hosted painters, photographers, authors, musicians, sculptors, poets and more throughout the years. (HV Mag has a really interesting look back at the history of Byrdcliffe and other Hudson Valley artist colonies.)
The studio is one of 30 buildings from the original colony. It’s about as “cabin-in-the-woods” as it gets. Located within a 300-acre nature preserve, the property is complete with trails, streams, and ruins to explore.
The compact but spacious interior includes a library, kitchenette, and a writer’s desk. In other words, you have everything you need to get started on that novel. The town of Woodstock is just a short drive away.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The cabin is located in the woods behind the hosts’ main house. You can also book the guest suite at the main house, which sleeps 6.
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, who own the property, presents local artist exhibits and performances in town. If you’re interested during your stay, walking tours and classes (including ceramics, writing, and weaving) are also possible.