The historic village of Rhinebeck NY is less than two hours away from New York City. The town has about 400 registered historical landmarks, but today, it is best known for the fairgrounds where the Dutchess County Fair is held annually. But there is so much to do in Rhinebeck New York even when there is no fair.
Spring through fall is the best time to enjoy this town that has a landscape of mountains, river and farmland.
Things To Do and See In Rhinebeck New York
Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, this area has attracted notable guests like George Washington, Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, Richard Montgomery, and, much later, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Much of the architecture is well preserved and there are still many “Violet Houses”, since this is the major violet growing industry that was started in 1890.
This is located in a red barn behind the Beekman Arms Hotel. Known for antique souvenirs, there are many items that are truly antique and some that are second hand. There are multiple dealers selling their wares. The market is worth a visit to browse even if not to buy anything.
The fire tower offers great views of Hudson Valley. Ferncliff Forest is a short drive from Rhinebeck and the hiking trails are well marked. The trail is open through the year for hiking, walking, mountain biking, camping, skiing and fishing.
With one of the largest early aeroplane collections in the world, The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome also houses automobiles, motorcycles, and early engines. You can see the early World War I planes and even take a 15 minute ride in a vintage aircraft to see the cockpit as well as Hudson Valley from the sky. The weekend air shows are quite the spectacle but you will have to wait for the 2021 season to catch one.
The Staatsburgh State Historic Site or Mills Mansion, the Vanderbilt Mansion, and the Wilderstein Mansion are also short drives from the village of Rhinebeck. They offer tours and the history museum sheds a light on the Gilded Age.
Located just 20 minutes from Culinary Institute of America, Rhinebeck is home to many great restaurants in the Hudson Valley Region. The Amsterdam is an award winning restaurant and a fine food provisions market. Terrapin is another highly ranked Hudson Valley dining destination that is owned and operated by a chef, Josh Kroner.
Of course, if you happen to be visiting during the fair, it is a must visit. The historic fair has been open for over 160 years and hosts a number of events.
Rhinebeck is accessible by road, by bus, or train. Accessible by Metro North and Amtrak.