A group of 9 of us are planning on spending a week in a house in the Hudson Valley in October. We're looking at two houses: one in Woodstock (1.5 miles outside of town) and one in Big Indian (~30-40 minutes drive time west of Woodstock).
I don't know much about the area, but Woodstock, from what I can gather, seems to be more in the heart of many interesting things to see and do up and down the HR valley. Big Indian seems to be related to the ski areas nearby. So, that's my first question.
Is Woodstock more in the heart of things worth seeing/doing in the HRV area?
Houses are very similar, but one has several more bathrooms (a big issue for the women, 4 of the 9, though not so much for the men, not terribly surprisingly). And based on that and *possibly* slightly bigger bedrooms are bigger, it's being argued that the extra drive time is no big deal, and there's likely plenty to do in/around Big Indian as well.
So, just trying to get a sense of the which home/area area would be better as a base if we're interested in checking out cool small towns, wineries, antiquing, hiking, good restaurants, etc.
Both houses have great reviews on their respective sites.
Thanks for any input!