Once referred to as the ‘Parlor of Dutchess County’, Rhinebeck still supplies shady tree-lined streets and exudes the old New York, Americana ambiance that earned it this nickname. Sitting east of the Hudson River with views to the Catskills, it was originally settled by the Sepasco Native Americans and later by the Dutch in the 1680s, frequented by the likes of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton during the American Revolution, and was the country estate destination of yesteryear’s prominent historic families. Its rich architecture unfolds like a picture book timeline -from the Benner House to Beekman Arms to the Wilderstein mansion and beyond.
Today, it boasts boutiques, restaurants, galleries, inns, and spas -and still bears a striking street-side resemblance to the village map of 1890 while now catering to a modern crowd hungry for local fare and flair. You’ll find eateries with menus that reflect the seasonal offerings of outlying farms, furnishings that harken back to the area’s once nationally recognized woodworking prowess, and specialty shops with objects for the home, curated clothing, gifts and more. This scenic Hudson Valley town offers historic charm with all the creature comforts of today.
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Rhinebeck was originally Ryn Beck in Dutch.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt worked closely with architects for the Rhinebeck Post Office’s design and even helped lay its cornerstone.
Built around 1739, the Benner House is the oldest building in the village of Rhinebeck.
Famous bastions of the American Revolution stayed at local inns as they traversed between key battles- we’re talking Washington and Hamilton.
Thomas Wolfe’s 1935 classic novel Of Time and the River was inspired during his extended stays at Beekman Arms.