If you like to cook, hike, swim, visit farmers markets and be surrounded by animals, this is the place for you. Woodridge is a rural community located in the southern Catskill Mountains. It is the place to get away from it all.
Bring camping air pads, sleeping bags, pillows and towels. There is a wooden floor in the dome and screen windows for airflow and to keep out bugs.
For an extra fee the Dome can be used for workshop space, shoots, rehearsal space, or sleep over parties :)
For guests who stay in the dome, there are outdoor double hot showers, a sink, and a claw foot bathtub. Also, a complete outdoor kitchen and grill, fridge, sink, and big fire pit are available for your use.
We are located on a farm in beautiful Sullivan County, close to Bethel Woods, the Catskill Park, Neversink Unique Area and Sam's Point.
There are many animals on the farm. Merino sheep, angora goats, angora rabbits, oberhasli dairy goats, chickens (running free so please leash dogs!), one cat and a dog named Lali. We have a greenhouse and vegetable garden, a pond for doggies to go swimming, and a lake across the street.
There is a full-service recording studio on the premises as well as a fiber arts workshop space. The fiber from our Angora bunnies is shorn and hand-spun into winter accessories. In June, a vintage clothing store is opening on the property. Come and browse through Ambika Boutique's collection of vintage clothing, shoes, bags, and hats.
Check out is no later than noon on Sunday as there is a weekly yoga class at 12:30. It is donation based and anyone may join. Bring a mat!
Guests are encouraged to explore the 12 acre property, relax by the pond, cuddle the bunnies, sheep, and goats (please ask how to turn off the electric fence), and go for a hike on the 6 mile rails-to-trails path across the street.
There is access to a communal outdoor fire pit (wood is available for purchase), a 6 burner outdoor stove and grill, a hot double outdoor shower and an outhouse.
High-speed internet is provided free of charge.
It only works closer to the main houses, so you may have to sit outside to access it. Download those movies!
We recommend stopping for groceries on your way. (If you're driving from the city, the Fairway at 125th Street is an excellent stop!) Our own eggs and vegetables are available for purchase. Price per night does not include breakfast.
Interaction with Guests
We will welcome you and give you a tour of the property upon your arrival.
If you will be arriving at a late hour, we will greet you in the morning!
If you have any questions about the property please ask.
Sullivan County was the site of hundreds of Borscht Belt hotels and resorts, which had their heyday from the 1920s through the 1970s. When air travel became more attainable, the area's tourist industry declined and left many camps and resorts vacant.
Recently, many artists and small farmers have moved into the area and are working to bring it back culturally and economically. The county is extremely diverse with a mixed population that is similar to that of the South Williamsburg area of Brooklyn.
The natural offerings given by this area are prized by residents. There are hikes that will lead you to rivers, waterfalls and look-out points. Lakes are everywhere and offer great fresh water swimming. The Basha Kill wetland is the largest wetland (over 3,000 acres) in southeastern New York and is home to a diverse population of wildlife and plants.
Many beautiful and sustainable farms are close-by and welcome visitors. Information can be found in the guidebook.
We recommend renting a car to get to the property. It is the easiest method of transportation and gives you the freedom to explore the natural offerings of the area. The Neversink Unique Area, Sam's Point, and many farms and farmers markets are close-by and make great day trips.
If public transportation is the only option, you can take the New Jersey Transit to Otisville, NY (you can make a stop at our favorite raw milk dairy on the way!) and then take a taxi to Woodridge. A one-way train ticket costs $18.50. Four Eigths Transportation is the taxi service available in Otisville. The estimated taxi cost is around $50. We recommend calling to pre-arrange your pick-up.
The Shortline Bus from Penn Station stops in Monticello and also makes a few stops in Woodridge. Tickets cost around $30 each way.
Bus schedule NY to Monticello:
8am, 10:15am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm, 11pm
Monticello to NY:
5am, 6am, 8am, 10:30am, 1pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
NY to Woodridge:
1:15pm, 2:30pm, 3:10pm, 4:30pm
Woodridge to NY:
7am, 9:30am, 5:15pm
We can pick you up in Woodridge, but if you arrive into Monticello we suggest calling Yellow Cab to bring you to the farm.
Other Things to Note
If you want to relax in a rural environment and experience a food-based, makers community then this is the place for you.
The property has multiple dwellings and many shared spaces. We often host yoga retreats and have musicians recording in our full music studio. Please ask us if you would like to know what is happening during your stay.
No (email hidden)rry. DOGS may come with you, but are not allowed in the Dome. You can bring their crate/bed and they may sleep on the porch to join you on hikes.
Dogs must be on leash at all times, as we have free roaming animals. Dogs may not be left in your space while you are not present. The Neversink Unique Area is a great off-leash area for your pup to roam free.
We are extremely energy conscious and expect you to be as well. All doors and windows must be closed when the heat is running. Thermostats must be set at 60 degrees when you are out exploring and kept at 68 max when you are inside. If excessive energy is used we will use your deposit to pay for the additional costs.
Be mindful of turning off lights and computers.
No smoking indoors.
As we are a farm and things get dirty fast, we ask that you please leave your shoes at the door.
Here at the farm we compost and recycle everything that we can. We have a compost area in the garden.
ORGANIC only scraps can be fed to the sheep and goats. (please ask us to turn off the electric fence or feed through the blue gate.) They love banana peels, most all fruit peels, and any greens and herb stems. The egg shells can be crushed up and fed back to the chickens for calcium to produce more :) Absolutely no onion, avocado or pits.
Paper, plastic and metal must be recycled. Be mindful of the trash you create, if you have questions please ask.
Please do not pick anything (veggies, berries, flowers, etc.) unless we are with you. Our eggs, vegetables and fruits are available for purchase.
If anything gets stained or broken, please report it asap. Don't be shy. The earlier the better, as stains set in.
Please be careful of the electric fencing that surrounds the animal pasture!
Guests have access to the many shared spaces on the property. Please keep these areas clean and respect others that are enjoying them.
We had a lovely time on the farm.
Josh and Ambika were so kind to us and great host. They are very special people and I loved getting to know them. My 5.5 year old had a great time. He loved sleeping in the Geo Dome. We made a camp fire and roasted marshmallows and went on hikes that Josh told us about. There is a lot of fun things to do around there and Josh and Ambika know a lot. They are both very talented people. Make sure to check out Ambika's boutique and Josh's recording studio. :)
Thank you for a memorable weekend.
Our stay at Joshua and Ambika's geodesic dome was even better than we anticipated. My boyfriend and I were looking forward to a weekend escape from the city and found that and more. Joshua and Ambika were very welcoming, super helpful and friendly yet gave us space whenever we wanted. The property was lovely, the animals were adorable and having meals in the outdoor kitchen was charming at any hour (whether it be cooking up a storm with the free range animals running around by day or snacking over wine and cheese while listening to the crickets by night).
Waking up in the dome was fantastic and really felt private even though there were many others staying in other parts of the property that weekend. By the second night, we stopped using the screen that Joshua gave us to shield for privacy. It was a little chilly one night but nothing unbearable. Some musts: groceries purchased on the way up and/or a few basics that can be bought at the farmers market (I enjoyed eating on the property more than at local restaurants), foam pads for sleeping, organic bug spray and biodegradable toiletries for the outdoor shower - though Ambika supplied the latter.
I don't usually frequent the same travel spots but would definitely return here!
As usual, we had the best time at Josh and Ambika's farm. The Geodesic Dome was AMAZING. Josh and Ambika could not have been more accommodating and welcoming. We had quite a large group (13), and Ambika was patient and helped me with the planning process. We also were able to bring our dogs, who LOVED being on the farm. We are turning this into a yearly trip and can't wait to go back! Thanks J&A!
Waking up in the dome is an experience that I will never forget. Josh and Ambika are great hosts, and their property is charming and just easy enough to get to from the city. A perfect getaway all around. Definitely recommend staying for the yoga class Sunday morning-- you'll leave Josh and Ambika's in 100% better spirits than when you arrived.
There are no words to explain the magic of the place. It's a true outdoor experience, particularly if you stay at the Dome. Ambika and Josh are the most amazing hosts you can ever find. They truly are genuine people and propably that's the one thing you'll still remember about your stay 20 years from now. We drovefrom Manhattan. The scenic drive took about two hours. We were greeted by Josh and Ambika upon arrival and they showed us around. We purchased their amazing organic eggs for breakfast and got more to take home. We cooked outdoor, swan in lakes, played with goats, showered outdoor and BBQ under a sky full of stars. Everything was better than we imagined. We also met really nice people who were staying there. It was a great break from city life and we are definitely going back. We can't thank our hosts enough for the attentiveness and care they provided.
We had a great time at the geodesic dome although one night was particularly cold but as a seasoned camper it was definitely not the coldest night I've slept through.
There's a reason we return again and again to stay with Ambika & Josh. A stay with them is not only fun and welcoming but always leaves us laughing and feeling inspired! Our latest stay in the dome was terrifically unique! Waking up with the misty morning view of the farm was incredible. We loved it — and we loved the outdoor shower even more!
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The Outlier Inn is 90 miles from NYC in the foothills of the Catskill mountains. For fun things to do in the area search:
Sullivan County Visitors Association
In addition to being available to general guests, the Inn features a recording studio and fiber farm and hosts bands and fiber workshops. All guests are encouraged to take walks in the woods, bike along the 8 mile rails-to-trails, and pet the myriad of animals on the farm.
What we do in ALL our spare time :)
Josh is originally from Florida. He runs his retreat recording studio on the property...outlierinnrecording
Ambika is originally from Australia, and grew up in India. She runs her fiber design business and also hosts retreat textile workshops... Ambikaboutique
See you soon!
Ambika and Josh