The Grand Dutchess is a beautiful Victorian mansion built in 1874. It sits on a landscaped acre in the Village of Red Hook. The B&B sits in the heart of the Hudson Valley, minutes away from historic Rhinebeck. Red Hook is the home to the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and Bard College . Close to many of the other main attraction in the Hudson Valley, the Grand Dutchess is a perfect starting off and stopping point for those visiting the area, whether it’s for the arts, the culinary offerings, to tour the many historic properties in the region or to enjoy the outdoors.
The Grand Dutchess has 5 airy sunlit rooms, one room located on the second floor and the rest of them on the third floor of the house. The house has several parlors in which to relax, and a large dining room in which to embrace the morning smells of fresh coffee and delicious breakfasts. The B&B is also available for conferences, gatherings and meetings and can host up to 20 people, the B&B is a perfect location for a romantic getaway or a business meeting.
Innkeeper Elizabeth Pagao shared with us some of her favorite places to send guests. She said local Flatiron Steakhouse, which is a a one minute drive or five minute walk from the inn, and Mercato, which is a two minute drive or seven minute walk are two of her favorite restaurants.
Flatiron is an American style restaurant with a full service bar and outdoor patio seating. They support many of the local farms in incorporating local produce and other local foodstuffs into their menus. Check their Facebook page for daily specials.
Mercato is run by Chef Owner Francesco Buitoni, originally from Italy and a with a long history in pasta making and at many fine dining establishments, this two time James Beard nominee brings his skills to the Hudson Valley for all to enjoy the tastes of Italy.
Elizabeth likes to send guests to Wilderstein (http://wilderstein.org/) a historic site just under 20 minutes from the inn. Wilderstein is a non-profit site providing a cultural destination for visitors, striving to educate and preserve the site’s history for generations to come.
Innkeeper Elizabeth has owned the inn since 1995 and has greatly enjoyed innkeeping for the last 23 years. She says, “I had worked in the financial industry, but planned to leave finance after my son was born. So I was looking for a home-based business that I could build while I stayed home to raise my son. When visiting Carmel, California and staying at a bed and breakfast, it hit me that I could start a business and be a mom simultaneously.” When asked about what she did prior to owning the The Grand Dutchess, she passes on the she has a Masters Degree in Finance and worked in New York City for 15 years.
When asked if there is a signature dish at the B&B, Elizabeth says, “Eggs Florentine. I think I have given this recipe out the most, ” She also passes on that her favorite thing about being an innkeeper is all of the interesting people we have met from all over the world, and her favorite things about the Hudson Valley is its diversity… the people, the landscape, the river, the restaurants. The myriad of activities within a 30 minute drive for visitors and locals alike.
The Grand Dutchess
7571 Old Post Road, Red Hook, NY 12571