Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary: Sample Itinerary

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary: Sample Itinerary

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Farm sanctuaries are wonderful places to visit and perfect for summer family trips. I thought it would be fun to compile a few sample itineraries for the various farm sanctuaries in New York to help you see some of the activities you can do with your loved ones around visiting a sanctuary.

This itinerary is for Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY.

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary: This sanctuary provides shelter to cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, and goats who have been rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment. It is surrounded by the Catskill Mountains in the beautiful town of Woodstock. When you visit here you will not only learn abut each animal’s story of survival you’ll also learn about the devastating effects of factory farming on animals, the environment, and human health. You’ll give pigs belly rubs, snuggle with sheep, and cuddle with chickens. You’ll even meet Felix the sheep with his new prosthetic leg!  

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Photo courtesy of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Please note: This itinerary is just for inspiration, I have not tested out all of the activities, hotels, restaurants, etc.

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Arrive at Woodstock, NY
Day 2: Farm Sanctuary / Volunteer
Day 3: Enjoy a Tour around Town
Day 4: Concert at Maverick Concert Hall
Day 5: Visit Catskill Trail Park
Day 6: Leave Woodstock, NY

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Woodstock, NY 

Today you’ll arrive in Woodstock, NY where you will spend the next few days getting to know the animals and volunteers at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and exploring the beautiful surrounding town.  

You’ll stay at the sanctuary’s very own brand new Guesthouse. This charming eco-friendly pre-Civil War farmhouse is owned and operated by the Sanctuary. The profits go directly to the care of their 200+ rescued farm animals and to their advocacy work. You’ll enjoy hearty vegan continental breakfasts, the luxury of restored claw foot tubs with showers, free WiFi, live rooster “alarm clocks”, and be steps away from all the other rescued farm animals. You can watch the sun set over the Catskill Mountains with animals roaming in the pastures right from your porch. Note: if you volunteer at least 4 hours a day, you’ll get a 20% discount! Click here for more information the Guesthouse.

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary Guesthouse

Day 2: Farm Sanctuary / Volunteer 

You’ll spend today volunteering at the Sanctuary caring for cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, and other rescued animals.  Over 200 animals need to be fed, given water, and have their barns cleaned 7 days a week – volunteers are needed!  As you help with barn chores you’ll get to know the animals and learn their stories of survival. If getting dirty isn’t your thing, you can also help out in the office or the visitor center. For more information on how to volunteer, click here.  

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Day 3: Enjoy a Tour around Town 

Spend part of your day volunteering and then take a break to explore one of the most culturally-rich small towns America has to offer.  Enjoy the unusual art galleries, unique shops and beautiful boutiques in the downtown area. When you get hungry stop at the Garden Cafe, an organic vegetarian restaurant.  See www.woodstockchamber.com for a detailed town description including dining, activities and gallery descriptions.

Day 4: Concert at Maverick Concert Hall 

Spend another day volunteering at the Sanctuary and then treat yourself to a summer concert in one of the most unique concert venues around! The Maverick Concert Hall is a beautiful rustic barn with an all-wooden interior that was built by artists and other volunteers back in 1916.  It’s in the middle of unspoiled woods and has perfect acoustics. Past performers featured in the Maverick Concerts Series include jazz pianist Fred Hersch and The Tokyo String Quartet. Click here for their current concert schedule.

Maverick Concert Hall Woodstock NY

Day 5: Visit Catskill Park 

Catskill Park is state-owned land covering approximately 300,000 acres of forests with meadows, lakes, springs, waterfalls, cliffs, and wildlife. Among the wildlife you might spot include: white-tailed deer, moose, red foxes, gray foxes, beavers, muskrats, otters, porcupines, squirrels, opossums, ospreys, eagles, hawks and owls. Strap on your hiking boots, connect with nature, and explore the numerous hiking trails. After your hike, refuel your body at the vegan-friendly Yum Yum Noodle Bar in downtown Woodstock where you can design your own tofu or seitan-based noodle bowl.  

Day 6: Leave Woodstock, NY

Say goodbye to your new friends at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary!

For more information on Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary visit http://woodstocksanctuary.org.

 Photos speak louder than words!
Here are some photos my husband & I have taken at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

 

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

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