Rhinebeck, NY in Dutchess County, NY (half hour from Woodstock)
Rhinebeck is a charming small town in upstate New York, rich with history, and an array of cultural offerings and outdoor fun!
The Trip: From Old Saybrook, CT it’s about 137 miles (2 hours and 50 minutes) … from Middletown, CT it’s about 112 miles (2 hours and 20 minutes) … a pretty drive as you weave through the CT town of Sharon and into NY through Stanfordville
Bring: camera, comfortable walking shoes (a lot to explore!) and an appetite
(1) History: within 15 minutes of Rhinebeck enjoy walking tours of the Vanderbilt Mansion … the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt (and rose garden) … Valkill (Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic site) … Montgomery Place Historic Estate in Annendale on the Hudson
(2) Nature and R& R: from the center of Rhinebeck it’s 5 minutes to Fern Cliff Forest where the fire tower offers spectacular views … enjoy bike tours, sailing, flyfishing, horseback riding … plus there’s Innisfree Garden in Millbrook … the formal gardens at the Wethersfield Estate in Amenia … and the Omega Institute; a nonprofit educational retreat center …
(3) Culinary and Peforming Arts: the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park … Wineries offer farm-to-glass tours … microbreweries including Millbrook Vineyards and Winery… Rhinebeck alone boasts 12 restaurants including Market Street, Gigi Trattoria, The Local and more (enjoy Italian, Tai, French and Mediterranean cuisine!) and Terrepain is a restaurant uniquely located in what was an old church (… the macadamia nut encrusted calamari with pineapple sauce!) … the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck … and Dia Art Foundation Galleries
(4) The Aerodome Museum and Air show (June to mid October) …
(5) Special events: head to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds for the annual Hudson Valley Food & Wine Festival and the Hudson Valley Arts Festival … at Riverfront Park in October enjoy the Pumpkin Festival
The Olde Rhinebeck Inn is an Early American B&B farmhouse c 1745, just 3 miles south of the village of Rhinebeck and the area of Hyde Park — lovingly restored by Innkeepers Jonna, Dave and Cindy who will connect you to the area’s rich history: Cindy’s paternal uncle was Eleanor Roosevelt’s chauffeur, her grandmother was Eleanor Roosevelt’s cook and her grandfather was Eleanor’s houseman! … delicious breakfast … sightseeing tips!