Explore Rhinebeck and More

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  • photo of woman photographing sunset in Ferncliff Fire Tower
  • photo of ride in motion at Dutchess County Fair
  • photo of Northern Dutchess Hospital
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There’s so much to do in the area, you may not get to it all! Check out the local links of interest to the left, and here’s some background on how Rhinebeck evolved.

Some History

Rhinebeck is a popular, charming and stylish destination nestled in the heart of Northern Dutchess County, in the scenic Hudson Valley.

The village was founded in 1686 as a result of a land transaction between Dutchmen and Indian tribes.  In 1713 the name ‘Ryn Beck’ appeared for the first time, thanks to the area’s Judge Henry Beekman, referencing his accumulated landholdings.

Rhinebeck has been the scene of many historic events, and the home of dozens of America’s most prominent families – the Livingstons, the Astors, the Delanos, Aldriches and Chanlers. Franklin Roosevelt began his campaign for the presidency from the steps of the Beekman Arms (America’s Oldest Inn, established in 1766), and the list of pioneers, statesmen and dignitaries who have lived and visited in Rhinebeck is impressive. Rich in its’ past, Rhinebeck comprises one of the largest historic districts in the United States.

There are perhaps few towns in America that can boast such a colorful and varied history with so many illustrious eccentric inhabitants.

You can always find something to do in Rhinebeck village, town and throughout the region. Rhinebeck offers shopping, dining, arts and entertainment, outdoor sports, recreation, family-fun and so much more. The nearby Amtrak station in Rhinecliff (and the Metro North station in Poughkeepsie) offers access from New York City and beyond. Rhinebeck thrives in its service to visitors and the community, highlighted by its diverse business landscape. With a history dating back over 300 years and a style of casual elegance, Rhinebeck welcomes you to the gem of the Hudson Valley.

Historical details from RHINEBECK: Portrait of a Town

By Sari B. Tietjen  (1990)