Sometimes getting away is good for the mind and soul...and we talk to recent travelers...even travel packagers...for great ideas on "the ultimate recharge."

Getting away is never easy...sometimes you can re-charge the batteries by a little weekend staycation...but sometimes you really have to get away...we will serve up some ideas...out of area ports of departure...just by listening you can take a little journey!

Rhinebeck, NY

Category: Travel


on: Oct 3, 2015

Breakfast! Rhinebeck view2  Jonna and Dave

Rhinebeck, NY in Dutchess County, NY (half hour from Woodstock)

Rhinebeck is a charming small town in upstate New York, rich with history, and an array of cultural offerings and outdoor fun!

The Trip: From Old Saybrook, CT it’s about 137 miles (2 hours and 50 minutes) … from Middletown, CT it’s about 112 miles (2 hours and 20 minutes) … a pretty drive as you weave through the CT town of Sharon and into NY through Stanfordville

Bring: camera, comfortable walking shoes (a lot to explore!) and an appetite


(1) History: within 15 minutes of Rhinebeck enjoy walking tours of the Vanderbilt Mansion … the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt (and rose garden) … Valkill (Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic site) … Montgomery Place Historic Estate in Annendale on the Hudson

(2) Nature and R& R: from the center of Rhinebeck it’s 5 minutes to Fern Cliff Forest where the fire tower offers spectacular views … enjoy bike tours, sailing, flyfishing, horseback riding … plus there’s Innisfree Garden in Millbrook … the formal gardens at the Wethersfield Estate in Amenia … and the Omega Institute; a nonprofit educational retreat center …

(3) Culinary and Peforming Arts: the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park … Wineries offer farm-to-glass tours … microbreweries including Millbrook Vineyards and Winery… Rhinebeck alone boasts 12 restaurants including Market Street, Gigi Trattoria, The Local and more (enjoy Italian, Tai, French and Mediterranean cuisine!) and Terrepain is a restaurant uniquely located in what was an old church (… the macadamia nut encrusted calamari with pineapple sauce!) … the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck … and Dia Art Foundation Galleries

(4) The Aerodome Museum and Air show (June to mid October) …

(5) Special events: head to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds for the annual Hudson Valley Food & Wine Festival and the Hudson Valley Arts Festival … at Riverfront Park in October enjoy the Pumpkin Festival

The Olde Rhinebeck Inn is an Early American B&B farmhouse c 1745, just 3 miles south of the village of Rhinebeck and the area of Hyde Park — lovingly restored by Innkeepers Jonna, Dave and Cindy who will connect you to the area’s rich history: Cindy’s paternal uncle was Eleanor Roosevelt’s chauffeur, her grandmother was Eleanor Roosevelt’s cook and her grandfather was Eleanor’s houseman! … delicious breakfast … sightseeing tips!