Once you set foot in the charming village of Rhinebeck, you’ll forget you ever had to brave Penn Station to get there—a good nature walk is the perfect tonic to the hustle and bustle of the city. For views of the Hudson Valley below, you’ll have to climb the fire tower at Ferncliff Forest
. Fear of heights? The well-manicured stroll up Burger Hill
affords a panoramic view of the Catskills that’s just as good.
Back in town, you’ll marvel at the ornate Victorian houses—turrets and all. Stroll along Market and Montgomery Streets, where you’ll find dozens of shops and restaurants. Samuel’s
, an old-timey candy shop, is great for a sweet, post-hike pick-me-up, and Paper Trail
is the place to lose track of time poring over books and design knickknacks. We can almost guarantee you’ll want to take home a few bar stools from Sawkille
, where everything is handmade to your specifications.
And there’s no shortage of restaurants in Rhinebeck: Newcomers Market St
and The Amsterdam
are our picks for lunch, while Le Petit Bistro
, with its black leather banquettes and blocky marble counters, is perfect for dinner. Dinner and a movie? Upstate Films
shows indie and art house films, and your hotel is just down the street: The Beekman Arms
, which first opened its doors in 1776, is the oldest continuously running inn in America.