Focus on Rhinebeck

Antique Airplane

With over 20 restaurants in Rhinebeck, and dozens more in neighboring towns, Rhinebeck is one of the culinary hubs of the Hudson Valley. The world famous Culinary Institute of America (only about 20 minutes due South of town in Hyde Park, NY) has produced many talented chefs, and many of them have chosen to settle locally and run restaurants in the area. For some more information and details about some of the local restaurants, we would recommend checking out Enjoy Rhinebeck  and Tripadvisor.

The town offers a selection of shopping venues as well for all interests, from a wide variety of antique shops and local art galleries, to a local bookstore that frequently hosts famous author book signings.

Rhinebeck has a long history in the Hudson Valley and if you are a history buff and want to learn more, we would suggest checking out the Rhinebeck Wikipedia page  and the Rhinebeck Historical Society’s newsletters.

Rhinebeck itself also offers something for everyone, some of the other highlights of interest for people visiting the Rhinebeck area are the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, the Rhinebeck Year Around Farmers Market, Ferncliff Forest (great for day hikes!), The Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Upstate Films, the Wilderstein Historic Site and The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck.

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
9 Norton Rd, Rhinebeck (Red Hook Line), NY
The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome has examples of aircraft spanning from World War 1 to the Golden Age of Aviation prior to World War 2. Airshows at the Aerodrome run mid-June through mid-October, and biplane rides are available before and after the shows. The non-profit obtains and restore antique aircraft and vehicles as well as other artifacts that are historically significant. The museum offers educational classes and events seeking to educate the public on the scientific and technological advancements that it represents. The museum also has an extensive collection of antique automobiles and motorbikes.

Rhinebeck Year Around Farmers Market
61 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY
Voted Best Farmers’ Market in the Hudson Valley, the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market is open year-round with over 30 vendors providing fresh farm products from a variety of organic and natural meats, organic vegetables, to fresh cheeses, dairy, local honey, plants and flowers and other edibles. The market frequently has culinary demonstrations, food tastings, activities for kids, local live music and many other events.

Ferncliff Forest
Located off of Mount Rutsen Road in Rhinebeck, Ferncliff Forest Preserve is a 200 acre old growth forest perfect for the nature lover or hiker to check out. Along the 4 miles of trials are the remains of wells and old foundations, along with a recently built fire tower that hikers can climb to view the surrounding area. The trails are fantastic for day hikes with a picnic or mountain biking, cross country skiing and fishing as well. The trail map of Ferncliff Forest is downloadable in PDF for hiker’s convenience. 

Classic Car Show

Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Open for over 160 years, the fairgrounds are open year-round, and host a number of events spanning their 147 acre event space. Hosting dozens of events each year, the fairgrounds offers some specific events that tourists and visitors coming to appreciate the Rhinebeck area might be interested in.

The following are some of the most popular events that visitors attend:
-May 4, 2018 – May 6, 2018 Rhinebeck Antique Car Show & Swap Meet
-May 19, 2018 – May 20, 2018 Northeast Outdoor Show
-June 1, 2018 – June 3, 2018 Country Living Fair
-June 8, 2018 – June 9, 2018 Good Guys Rod & Custom Car Show
-June 23, 2018 – June 24, 2018 Rhinebeck Crafts Festival
-August 21, 2018 Dutchess County Fair
-September 8, 2018 Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival
For more events and details about the events during the year please visit their event listing page.

To give visitors an idea of how many people visit the Fairgrounds, some statistics from their website, The Annual Dutchess County Fair, which runs for 6 days, has an average attendance of 300,000, the 3 “wheel” shows (car and motorcycle) 2 days each have an Average attendance of 5,000-12,000 people and the 3 Crafts /Antiques shows that run 2 days each have an average attendance 2,000-5,000 people, so the fairgrounds are an institution in it’s own right!

As some information on their Facebook page provides, “Whether enjoying a day at one of the nation’s leading agricultural fairs, a shopping spree at a Rhinebeck Crafts or Antique Fairs, a wonderfully “wooly” experience that celebrates the sheep industry, or a stroll through acres of classic cars, we invite you to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds to become “children again for at least one day.” We have to say, we couldn’t have put it better!

Upstate Films (there is also a second location in Woodstock, NY)
6415 Montgomery Street (Route 9), Rhinebeck, NY 12572
(845)-876-2515 or Toll Free 1-866-FILMNUT
Upstate Films opened in 1972 aiming to offer diversity from mainstream films, offering films from the Sundance Film festival, independent movies, foreign films and more. The cinema now shows over 700 films per years. Upstate films has also hosted public forum speakers from International climes to address topics relevant to the community, the economy and Mother Earth.

Wilderstein Historic Site
330 Morton Rd, Rhinebeck, NY
(845) 876-4818
Wilderstein Historic Site, with it’s timeless and historic Queen Anne mansion and Calvert Vaux designed landscape, is widely regarded as one of the Hudson Valley’s most important examples of Victorian architecture. The estate was the home of Margaret Suckley, whose close relationship with Franklin Delano Roosevelt has been well-chronicled. The regular season for guided tours is May through October. In addition, the mansion is open and decorated for the holidays from Thanksgiving weekend until the end of December. The estate itself is open for tours and special events, plus it offers extensive hiking trails. A favorite picnic spot for Culinary Institute of America students, you may find some culinary students dressing in Chef’s whites frequenting the picnic areas. The trail guide can also be downloaded in PDF for hiker’s perusal.

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck
661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY
(845) 876-3080
The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck opened its doors in 1998. Known locally as the CENTER, it serves as a regular performance venue for local theater companies including CENTERstage Productions (12 Angry Men, Into The Woods) Kids on Stage (The Wizard of Oz, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Rhinebeck Theater Society (She Loves Me, Camelot, 1776) and Up In One Productions (Chicago, Hairspray, Spring Awakening, Les Miserables). The CENTER also hosts appearances by artists such as Jeff Boyer, Jeff McBride, The Puppet People, Solas, Tanglewood Marionettes, Barbara Rankin, and David Temple and many more. Since 1998, over 300,000 patrons have attended performances of over 2,000 different productions.

We hope that when you come to visit Rhinebeck you will enjoy the multiple of things to do and see here.

Here are a few of our members that have Bed and Breakfasts in Rhinebeck for your lodging pleasure:
Primrose Hill Bed And Breakfast
567 Ackert Hook Rd, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
(845) 698-0370

WhistleWood Farm Bed And Breakfast
52 Pells Rd., Rhinebeck, NY 12572
(845) 876-6838

Olde Rhinebeck Inn
340 Wurtemburg Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
(845) 871-1745

Visitors to the Hudson Valley can search our website for inns, bed & breakfasts, cabins and unique lodging facilities up and down the Hudson River Valley. Don’t forget to check out our other Hudson Valley Lodging Association members in the surrounding towns! 

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