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From the South (NYC/NJ)

 

VISITING HOURS ARE WEEKENDS 11 – 4
APRIL THROUGH THE END OF OCTOBER

Overview by car: 87 North to exit 19, 28 West to 375, 375 ends at 212, take 212 west to Van Wagner Road (about 2 hours from NYC).

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

From Manhattan’s West side: take West Side Highway to GW Bridge *UPPER LEVEL* to Palisades Pky (if you accidentally take lower level it’s much harder to get on Palisades). Take Palasades about 20 minutes to exit 9W (NY State Thruway/87 North). Don’t be thrown by earlier signs for Route 9W — you want EXIT 9W.
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From Manhattan’s East side: you can take FDR/Harlem River Drive north to 95 south/GW Bridge (aka Cross Bronx Expressway), take GW Bridge Upper Level and the Palisades exit off the bridge. Take Palasades about 20 minutes to exit 9W (NY State Thruway/87 North). Don’t be thrown by earlier signs for Route 9W — you want EXIT 9W.
Now go to step 2.

Brooklyn/Queens: take 278 or Grand Central Parkway to Triboro Bridge to 287 west. Follow 287 across Hudson River, will become NY State Thruway/87 North.
Now go to step 2.

From New Jersey: take the Garden State Parkway to NY State Thruway/87 North.
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2. Follow NY State Thruway (87 North) it’s about an hour to exit 19. Be warned: bathrooms are far apart, and as you approach exit 19 this is your last chance for reliable cellphone reception. After exit toll there are a myriad of options off of exit 19 — navigate carefully to 28 West.

3. Follow 28 west about 10 minutes and don’t drive faster than 50mph, there are a few speed traps. The exit for 375 / Woodstock is marked by a giant sign, impossible to miss. Take 375 to the end.

4. 375 ends at the intersection of 212. Take a left onto 212 (West) and voila, you’re in Woodstock.

5. In the center of downtown Woodstock there is a small green area with benches. Zero out your mileage counter there — you’ve got about 7 miles to go.

6. Continue on 212 West through town. VERY IMPORTANT — about 2.5 miles along, in Bearsville, 212 takes a right turn while route 45 is straight. The sign is confusing and seems to indicate a right turn that is too early. Take the SECOND right just over the little bridge to stay on 212. You’ll immediately see a post office and a sign confirming you’re still on 212. Around dusk and at night watch for critters! The road is busy with deer, beavers, squirrels, and hippies.

7. Follow 212 thru Shady and Lake Hill. After 4 or 5 winding miles you’ll see a sign for Willow. When you pass the white church you’re exactly 6/10 mile from Van Wagner Road. The sign for Van Wagner is small but it’s easy to spot because there is a Flagstone/Bluestone dealer and a car repair place at the intersection. Also there’s a big sign for the Willow Post Office. At night it’s easy to spot because it’s one of the few streetlamps. Turn right on Van Wagner and you’ll see a big field and barns on the left. The entrance to the Sanctuary is 35 Van Wagner, second driveway on the left, and the B&B is next door at 39.