As you can tell from the map, we are kind of in the middle of nowhere.  Here are the best ways to get to HVSS for the conference.

Those Flying

You have 5 possible airports.  In order of closest to furthest, they are:

  • Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY.  The airport is 45 miles from the the school and it will take about 45 minutes to get from the airport to the school.  From the airport, you take New York State Thruway (also known as I-87) north for 2 exits.  You take Exit 19 from the Thruway to Route 28 West.  After 5.4 miles, you turn right onto Zena Road.  We are 1/4 mile down on the right.
  • Albany International Airport in Albany, NY.  The airport is 64 miles from the school and will take approximately 1 hour to get from the airport to the school. From the airport, you take New York State Thruway (also known as I-87) south for about 50 miles.  You take Exit 30 from the Thruway to Route 212 West.  After 7.1 miles, you turn left onto Zena Road.  You stay on Zena Road for 1.9 miles, then turn right onto Zena Road (yes, you take a right hand turn to stay on the same road!), after another 1.6 miles you will see the school on the left.
  • Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, NJ. The airport is approximately 108 miles from the school (yes, it is a bit closer than the NYC airports).  From the airport, if you are renting a car, I suggest you use a smart phone to get directions to the school.  There are many, many different ways to get from NYC to Woodstock, and the best way is often a matter of the time of day and the traffic conditions.  The trip will take between 2 to 2 1/2 hours.  If you need driving directions see, Drive from the South below.
  • LaGuardia Airport, New York, NY.  The airport is approximately 111 miles from the school (remember, I did say we are in the middle of nowhere).  From the airport, if you are renting a car, I suggest you use a smart phone to get directions to the school.  There are many, many different ways to get from NYC to Woodstock, and the best way is often a matter of the time of day and the traffic conditions.  The trip will take between 2 to 2 1/2 hours.  If you need driving directions see, Drive from the South below.  One alternative is to take public transportation/taxi/Uber to either Penn Station and then take a train or to the Port Authority to take a bus (see Bus/Train travel below). 
  • JFK Airport, New York, NY. The airport is approximately 118 miles from the school (remember, I did say we are in the middle of nowhere).  From the airport, if you are renting a car, I suggest you use a smart phone to get directions to the school.  There are many, many different ways to get from NYC to Woodstock, and the best way is often a matter of the time of day and the traffic conditions.  The trip will take between 2 to 2 1/2 hours.  If you need driving directions see, Drive from the South below.  One alternative is to take public transportation/taxi/Uber to either Penn Station and then take a train or to the Port Authority to take a bus (see Bus/Train travel below). 

For those flying it probably makes sense to go in together on renting a car.  If you find yourself in New York City and don't want to rent a car you can take a bus NYC to Kingston or a train from NYC to Rhinecliff.  Either of these will put you close to the school and we can have someone pick you up.  See bus/train information below.

Those taking a bus or train from NYC

There is a frequent bus from NYC to Kingston, NY.  Taking this bus will get you to about 7 miles from the school.  to see the bus schedule, go to: http://trailwaysny.com/index.php/bus-between-kingston-nyc/.  The round trip is $52.50.  If you decide to do this, let us know and we will arrange for a pickup at the bus terminal.

There is train from NYC to Rhinecliff, NY.  Taking this train will get you to about 16 miles from the school.  To see the train schedule, go to: https://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=am/am2Station/Station_Page&code=RHI and fill in the From (Penn Station NYC) and the To (Rhinecliff, NY).  There are various prices based on time of day.  If you decode to take the train, let us know and we will arrange for a pickup at the train station.

those Driving

Probably the best way to get driving directions is to ask Google Maps, mapquest or some other mapping service. For those who do not wish to use such a service, the following should get you to the school.

  • From the North - Take the NY Thruway (I-87) south to exit 20 (Saugerties exit).  From the exit, take the immediate left onto Rt. 32 South.  At the stop light, take the right on Rt. 212 toward Woodstock.  Stay on Rt. 212 for about 7 miles.  Turn left onto Zena Road.  If you miss this, you will be end up in Woodstock (you will know this has happened by the number of tie-dye shirts that you see - don't panic, just turn around and go back to Zena Road).  Follow Zena road through its twists and turns for about 1.9 miles.  At this point, you will see a 4-way intersection.  Take the right hand turn - this is still Zena Road (yes, you turn right to stay on the same road - if you go straight you will be on Sawkill Road.  Again, if this happens just turn around an get back to Zena Road).  Once you turn onto this section of Zena Road, you can't miss the school.  It is about a mile down from the 4-way on your left.
  • From the East - If you are coming from the east you will more than likely end up getting on the NY Thruway going either north or south for the last bit of the trip. Take what ever road you need to take to get to the NY Thruway (I-87).  If you are taking the Mass Pike follow the directions from the North.  If you are taking I-84 or other road through Connecticut, follow the directions from the South.
  • From the South - This will be most of you. You will want to find your way to the NY Thruway (I-87) while also staying as far away from NYC as possible.  From the Philly area, I have found the best way is using I-95, to I-80, to NJ-17, to I-87.  This also works from the Maryland area.  Once you get on the Thruway, you will take it to exit 19 (Kingston/Woodstock).  For those like me that like to watch mile markers, it is around mile maker 91.  Once you have paid NY for the right to use the road (I am getting a bit punchy - sorry), take the immediate right onto Rt. 28. While on Rt. 28, obey the speed limit of 45 miles per hour as it is heavily patrolled.  At the 3rd light (approximately 7 miles), take a right.  You will know this is the correct road because there is a Stewart's shop on the corner.  The school is approximately 1/4 of a mile on the right.
  • From the West - If you are coming form the West, you probably have a long drive.  Depending on how far north you are, you will end up going through Pennsylvania or through NY State.  If you are going through Pennsylvania, your best bet is to take I-84 from Scranton to I-87 and then follow the directions from the South.  If you are going through NY State, then you have a choice of the northern route (I-90 to I-87) or the southern route (I-86 to Rt. 17 to Rt. 55 to Rt 28).  If you choose the north route, follow the directions from the North above.  If you take the route through the Southern Tier, you will want a map as you will be on itty-bitty roads.  Either route takes about the same amount of time.  The only real difference will be the scenery.