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Rhinebeck Country Charm

Editor’s Note: New York by Rail updated this past blog experience to include current information.

Upstate adventures are a breath of fresh air, especially for those coming from the hustle and bustle of New York City. It is the perfect opportunity to catch your breath and unwind. Let Rhinebeck be your ultimate escape during any season.
Farm to Table

Come hungry! The latest addition to the local dining scene is Kip’s Tavern in Rhinecliff. The stylish new eatery, opened in fall 2022, is in walking distance from the train. (Reviewers are raving about the Chicken Pot Pie!)  Along Montgomery and East and West Market Streets, you can find restaurants like the Italian-style Pizzeria Posto, local favorite Terrapin, old-style dining at Foster’s Coach House Tavern and innovative eats at Bia Rhinebeck. 

The Milea Estate Vineyard is an ideal destination for wine-lovers, with unique views and scenic landscapes across the 98-acre property. The Vineyard produces crisp, balanced, approachable wines. Visit the tasting room and see for yourself. 

Stick around on Sunday for the Farmers’ Market; it offers a variety of goods from several local farms. 

Not only are there good eats but also good boutique shopping. Stop in at Winter Sun & Summer Moon, Hammertown, Paper Trail or Oblong Books and Music. Warren Kitchen & Cutlery is a one-stop destination for food enthusiasts to purchase the best kitchenware. 

Health and Wellness

Rhinebeck has many opportunities for those focused on health and wellness. After all, you are probably upstate to destress. The Omega Institute focuses on personal growth and social change to provide hope and and healing for individuals and society. Izlind Integrative Wellness Center and Institute also provides a place to engage your body, mind and spirit. The Mirbeau Inn and Spa offers relaxing massages, organic facials, biotech technology, body treatments, hand and foot therapy and more. The meditation pool and fireplace, oversized whirlpool with a private bar and menu, eucalyptus-infused steam room and Himalayan Salt sauna will surely leave you feeling renewed and rejuvenated. 

Dutchess County Fairgrounds

The nearby Dutchess County Fairgrounds hosts a variety of events between May and October, including the ever-popular Hudson Valley Wine and Food Festival, where you can celebrate wine and food with wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and live music. Consider one of Rhinebeck’s own homegrown events like Porchfest, a day of music and food through the community, or the Sinterklaas Festival, with storytelling, puppetry, a parade and more. 

If you’re visiting in the summer, particularly August, you’ll want to stop by the Dutchess County Fair, a staple event filled with fun and excitement that brings the county together.

Ferncliff Forest
Ferncliff Forest | Ferncliff Forest's fire tower | Photo Courtesy of Fercliff Forest

If spending time in the great outdoors is your preferred way to relax, head to Ferncliff Forest, which provides 200-acres for trekking, mountain biking, skiing and fishing. Climb the fire tower for an unforgettable view, especially at sunset!

For more views of a gorgeous Rhinebeck sunset, sit atop Burger Hill. Other Rhinebeck outdoor attractions include Wilderstein Historic Site, Southlands Foundation and local parks.


Enjoy the great outdoors in the Hudson Valley, walking, hiking, biking and camping.

Ferncliff Forest offers 200 acres for skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, and fishing and mountain biking in the summer. Climb the fire tower for unforgettable views.

Poet’s Walk, a quick car ride away from Rhinebeck, celebrates the connection between beautiful landscapes and poetry

Mills Norie State Park, a serene, woodland with glimpses of a nearby river, is the perfect place for camping.

Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill gives panoramic views of the Berkshires and the Catskills and is ideal for wildlife watching, sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Wilderstein Historic Site, located on Morton Road, has beautiful walking trails, perfect for history lovers looking to spend time outside.

Thomas Thompson/Sally Mazzarella Community Park is a perfect spot for children to roam around and enjoy the outdoors.

Brook n Wood Family Campground is the place to stay for a complete outdoor experience. It’s set on 62 lush acres with Dover Kill Creek running through the area.

The Rhinebeck area has everything you need to forget the city and enjoy the crisp upstate air. Whether you visit in the fall, winter, spring or summer, there is something to enjoy in the great outdoors of Rhinebeck. Pack your hiking boots or running shoes and start your adventure today.

Further Information Regarding Travel

Amtrak has taken several initiatives to ensure the safety of its passengers. They have committed to requiring face masks for all passengers, converting the cafe car to takeout only, adding social distance signage, and much more.