A Guide to Visiting Rhinebeck | Community Spotlight | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine

With a historic heart and gourmet flair, Rhinebeck stands out from the scenic bordering Catskills as a first-rate dining destination and relaxing Hudson Valley retreat. Town-wide traditions, a flourishing art scene, a renowned shopping district, and a country-chic core give the opulent town an irresistible glow.


Every year, the town of Rhinebeck gathers in early December for Sinterklaas, a celebration honoring its Dutch heritage and the eponymous patron saint of children and sailors. After a day of art, theater, workshops, music, and dance, locals and visitors alike parade the streets in gorgeous handmade costumes. Perhaps best known for its Children’s Starlight Parade, in which youngsters wearing Sinterklaas crowns carry illuminated paper stars through town, the event offers a modern take on the Dutch traditions by honoring children as the light of the future.

Shop Around (And Around)

Rhinebeck’s shopping scene is rich with high-end boutiques, designer jewelers, and specialty stores that cater to any taste or preference. With the holiday season right around the corner, Rhinebeck has something for everyone on your list. Shopping for a dad, brother, uncle, or son? The men’s clothier Changes combines swank and comfort in every outfit, item, and accessory. For women, Joovay offers luxury, designer items you won’t find in any mall or department store. Land of Oz carries treats, tricks, and toys for the kids, with entire sections for dress-up, science, building blocks, babies, and more.

A Fine Feast

Rhinebeck is lush with restaurants serving fresh, local fare given five-star treatment by world-class chefs. The award-winning Terrapin combines elegant, organic New American cuisine with innovative French, Asian, Southwestern, and Italian influences. Step out of the cold and into the warm dining room at Le Petit Bistro, where fresh seafood and rotating specials pleasure the finest palates.

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