One of my favorite day trips or overnight excursions from NYC is the lovely and very charming village of Rhinebeck, NY. Sitting prominently along the Hudson Valley and at the crossroads and center of Rhinebeck Village on historic Route 9 is The Beekman Arms. Listed as the oldest Inn in America; the Beekman Arms dates back to the early 1700s when Judge Beekman, a prominent land owner began to develop the area around the intersection which later became one of our nation’s first Post Roads. Today the same colonial structure stands proudly at the center of town and at this historic crossroads. The Beekman Arms is a member of Historic Hotels of America. There are 73 rooms very charming and colonial rooms to chose from. Down the street just about a half block away also on Rte. 9 is The Beekman’s Delamater Inn; a lovely Victorian gabled home with an additional 50 rooms. The Inn also has a back annex with a few rooms that have an outdoor patio garden. Out back which is where the parking lot is located is also an Antique Barn with various vendors and a great collection of American and vintage antiques for sale.
The Beekman Arms offers outdoor patio terrace dinning overlooking the front lawn and gardens. Last weekend the weather is ideal and a great Sunday lunch was enjoyed with all the flavor and color of watching the town/village life from across the lawn. Indoor dinning offers the front glass enclosed garden room or the very colonial charm of the Tap Room in the back. Both offer excellent quality and very well prepared American cuisine. There is also a wonderful colonial shop with homemade jams and preserves and lovely handicrafts. The Inn is a great compliment to a visit to Rhinebeck which I highly recommend any time of the year.
The peace and tranquility of the Delamater Inn which is part of the Beekman Arms is another option just down the street from the major intersection of the village.
This could very well be “Main Street USA” an idyllic village with wonderful shops and restaurants not to mention the numerous attractions and cultural activities of the surrounding area. Rhinebeck is easily reached via rail on Amtrak from the Rhinecliff Station where one can then take a local taxi service about 15 minutes away. Driving is ideal and recommended as there are several routes and options from NYC. If you plan to arrive quickly I would suggest taking the New York Thruway I-87 North towards Albany and exit in Kingston and then follow the signs heading East for the Rhinecliff-Hudson Bridge. You will pay a small toll to cross the Bridge which has a lovely view. You will then arrive an the intersection of Rte 9 which you will then make a right heading south about 10-15 minutes to the center of the village and the lovely Beekman Arms. The Village is abundant and keeps growing and re-invited itself: wonderful little shops have opened over the years including a great Bakery and Cafe called “Bread Alone.” If you decide to return to NYC in a leisurely way: I would suggest heading south on Rte. 9 and making a stop at The Vanderbilt Mansion with vast parks and laws overlooking the Hudson, then just a few miles south is the famous Hyde Park and Val-Kill Cottage. The former home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. Also worth visiting at any time for Lunch and/or Dinner is the CIA just north of Poughkeepsie.
One of my favorite shops in the center of the village of Rhinebeck: The Honey Bar with an incredible variety of locally produced organic honey. Samples are available to taste!!
Allow approximately 2 to 2.5 hours to travel to Rhinebeck from NYC!!!