Rhinebeck is a beautiful, historic area nestled in the lush, rolling hills of Dutchess County, in the scenic Hudson River Valley.
With 437 sites listed on the National Historic Register, Rhinebeck comprises one of the largest historic districts in the United States. It boasts eight miles of an area known as 'The Sixteen Mile Historic District' which is composed of thirty contiguous riverfront estates associated with the landed aristocracy in the Hudson Valley during the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
Rhinebeck was founded in 1686 as a result of a significant land transaction of 2,200 acres between four Dutchmen and six Indians of the Esopus (Kingston) and Sepasco (Rhinebeck) tribes. The Dutch settlers called their community Kipsbergen and still have relatives residing in the area today. It was not until 1713 that the name 'Ryn Beck' appeared as a result of the area's Judge Henry Beekman's reference to his accumulated landholdings.
The Rhinebeck area has numerous inns, welcoming Bed and Breakfast establishments, and other lodging accommodations to suit the needs of its many visitors. In fact, Rhinebeck is the ideal base for touring the entire Hudson River Valley - one of the most historic and picturesque regions in the United States!
You can always find something to do in the Rhinebeck area! Numerous recreational opportunities and year-round events abound. The Hudson River offers opportunities for sailing, cruising, and kayaking and the open space found in Northern Dutchess County provides some of the best camping sites, hiking areas, and cross-country skiing.
The Beekman Arms, built by Arent Traphagen, is a beautiful country inn and restaurant that has been welcoming travelers since it opened in 1766 and is the oldest inn in America. The 'Beek' retains a great deal of its eighteenth and nineteenth century character through some of its original structural features.
The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is famous worldwide for its daredevil sky show and vintage World War I planes and museum. One can even take a ride in a biplane! The Dutchess County Fairgrounds host the Dutchess County Fair, craft and antique shows, and other events from spring through the fall season. The CENTER for Performing Arts, which includes the Rhinebeck Theatre Society, and the Bard College Music Festival offer a wide variety of programming throughout the seasons. Upstate Films shows the finest of international cinema.
Rhinebeck's Town Landing in Rhinecliff provides waterfront views and a boat launch. And The Rhinebeck Community Center houses the Starr Library, a state-of-the-art library, and a recreational complex consisting of a swimming pool, tennis courts, playground and ballfield.
Wilderstein is an 1888 Queen Anne country home and 40 acres on the banks of the Hudson River. The house and trails are open to the public from May through October, Thanksgiving weekend and weekends in December.
Rhinebeck thrives in its service to visitors and residents, highlighted by the many and varied restaurants and shops. The variety of shops and restaurants cater to every need, want or whim and many businesses are located in historic buildings.
With a history dating back over 300 years and a style of casual elegance, Rhinebeck welcomes its visitors and is sure to stay in their hearts forever!