Updated: Oct 8, 2019
Ready to hit the road but have nowhere to go? Then feel frazzled no longer, because there’s a scenic destination that has more to offer than you might imagine. Bringing you down along the Hudson where there’s plenty of breathtaking scenery, Dutchess County features a gem hiding in plain sight that you’ll want to check out. As the leaves begin to change and the temperatures begin to cool, this makes the ideal time to visit the trendy, hipster, and artsy town of Rhinebeck. Rhinebeck offers a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere with a quaint town center and main street with Victorian architecture, gourmet dining, unique shopping, and history at every corner.
Rhinebeck is a roughly two-hour drive from New York City or forget the drive and take the train which quickly puts it into the category of appealing weekend trips from NYC. New York City, as we all know, comes with a certain amount of chaos, and you could put forth the argument that Rhinebeck is an ideal antidote to said chaos.
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You could argue that what’s around Rhinebeck is even more exciting than what you’ll find in Rhinebeck proper, so let’s talk about that, shall we? What can you do within let’s say a twenty or so minute drive of the centre of Rhinebeck (or less)?
Home to many festivals and events head to Dutchess County Fairgrounds, located just north of the town center on the grounds of roaming farmland and hills where you can find unique one-of-a-kind events from antiques to food to family-oriented. This makes a great start to your visit to Rhinebeck. Be sure to check the website for the next upcoming events and festivals at dutchessfair.com.
The fairgrounds are also home to the Sheep & Wool Festival held on October 17th from 9 AM to 4 PM for basketry and artisan craftwork.
If you’re looking for somewhere to relax, unwind, or just get away from it all, visit the Omega Institue for Holistic Studies, a non-profit educational retreat for yoga, health and wellness workshops, and healing. For more information please visit eomega.org.
The Wilderstein Historic Site offers a glimpse into the past of the town’s history in a 19th century Queen Anne style country home located on protected land just outside of the town center where you can learn about the former occupants of the property and how it has become known as a museum today. The structure almost resembles a castle or Victorian mansion of the era, intriguing for history buffs and architectural lovers alike. For tickets and inquiries visit