In Vogue’s October issue, longtime Manhattanite Jonathan Van Meter writes of his recent decision to leave the city and relocate to Woodstock, “where the 1969 music festival famously didn’t take place.” Jonathan already owned a house in Woodstock, which he’d bought five years earlier, after having visited the town only once. The place seems to have this effect on people. I too rashly bought a house in Woodstock after visiting only once. My husband and I first went four years ago to see a friend who was recording an album there. On a perfect fall night, a group of us went to the Midnight Ramble, the concert series held at the late drummer Levon Helm’s home studio, where for a few hours we watched Levon play withSteve Earle and shuttled between a potluck spread inside and a bonfire outside under the stars. That was it. On our second trip to Woodstock, we laid down our life savings on a cabin in the woods that we found on Craigslist. It’s an often repeated joke that Woodstock is made up of people who don’t realize the concert is over, but the truth is it’s filled with all kinds of people—an “oddball menagerie,” as Jonathan puts it—and was a haven for artists long before the festival that wore its name. Did we mention it’s only two hours from New York City? Below, we’ve compiled a list of the places you’ll want to visit over a weekend there. If afterward you find yourself combing real-estate listings, don’t say we didn’t warn you.