A view of downtown Rhinebeck

Rhinebeck is a township in Dutchess County, New York. The township encompasses the village of Rhinebeck as well as the hamlet of Rhinecliff. The downtown area of Rhinebeck is not tiny, but it is small enough to walk around within an hour or so, and well worth it, as it is full of beautiful, lovingly decorated houses. It also has a beautifully preserved, functioning Roosevelt-era post office (built from 1939-1940) with murals that depict the history of the area and other interesting documentation.

The Maples, one of many buildings in Rhinebeck that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the United States

Get in

By air

By train

By car

US Route 9 is the main north-south road in the area. The major east-west route is called Market St. in downtown Rhinebeck. It is East Market St./State Route 308 east of Route 9 (Mill St./Montgomery St.) and West Market St./State Route 85 west of Route 9. West Market St. becomes Rhinecliff Rd. and enables access to the Amtrak station in Rhinecliff.

Get around

Downtown Rhinebeck is easily walkable for people with an average level of fitness, but if you need to get to or from the Rhinecliff train station, you will need a car or taxi or at least a bicycle, unless you want to walk 3 miles on roads without sidewalks.


Wilderstein sits on a hilltop overlooking the Hudson River.



The Beekman Arms Inn, where George Washington stayed, is the oldest continuously-operated inn in New York State if not the United States as a whole


View across the Hudson from near Rhinecliff, with some of the Catskills visible in the background



Go next

In addition to visiting other places in the Hudson Valley, consider going to the Catskills for some good hiking.

Routes through Rhinebeck

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