Rhinebeck New York is an amazing retreat 100 miles north of midtown Manhattan in the beautiful Hudson Valley. The village of Rhinebeck is a sort of haute hippie place located close to the Hudson River. This region boasts an eclectic collection of lodgings ranging from lovely historic inns to cozy family run bed and breakfasts. It does not offer any big-shot five star names but does provide some of the most alluring country inns in and around New York.
Rhinebeck attracts visitors year-round and is an excellent summer destination with some of the best farmer shows, country fairs and antique shows in the country. Getting to Rhinebeck is a simple matter by taking Amtrak from the Penn station in New York City to the Rhinecliff-Kingston station in Rhinebeck. However, the most scenic route is to drive from downtown Manhattan following the Hudson River north.
Once in Rhinebeck, it is time to choose a place of stay. There are plenty of places that will rival the very best hotels in New York not because of the urban luxury but because of they are steeped in historical significance. Point in case is the centrally situated Beekman Arms Inn, which holds the distinction of being the oldest continually operating hotel in the United States. Near to the inn is a great croissant and coffee joint called Bread Alone, a newspaper store, some antique shops and Stickles – a five and dime shop that kids would love to frequent for all the hidden treasures.
For those who love to stay in more modern surroundings, the Madalin Hotel, further north in Tivoli has newly renovated rooms. These rooms bear the mark of designers from the city famous for their work with the NYC Chelsea Hotel. The number one attraction of this hotel is its restaurant cum diner where folks can treat themselves to grass fed beef hamburgers, steaks, farm vegetables, fresh cod and pasta delights. A large porch adorns the entrance which is perfect for watching sunsets along the horizon while sipping lightly on cognac or bourbon.
There are plenty of diners and eateries out in Rhinebeck particularly famous for their selection of homegrown ingredients and unique tastes. Some of the well known spots include La Petit Bistro, famous for its Ice Creams and baked goods, Gigi’s Trattoria famous for its Italian cuisine with a New York finish. Some of these bakeries and diners are in fact so amazing in their offerings that they easily outshine the world renowned restaurants of Manhattan’s best hotels.
There are many things to do in Rhinebeck that will keep families and couples entertained. With so many antique and boutique shops that shopping will be fun. Kids should enjoy the nice country atmosphere, friendly folks and great scenery. A visit to the Aerodrome is also a must to see vintage Pioneer Era aeroplanes, automobiles and motorcycles.
About The Author: Yordan Drumev is the guy standing behind the travel blog Channel Voyager. On this blog you can find additional information about trips to New York (it is interesting to know that the term in Resor till New York).
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