Welcome Message from Town Supervisor Tom Traudt
Welcome to the Town of Rhinebeck, a community of 8,000 established in 1688, has a rich historic and cultural past. Perched along the bluffs of the majestic Hudson River, this river town has a legacy of historic and scenic resources. There are more than 400 homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Rhinebeck residents are proud of its designation as a National Landmark District as well, one of the largest and most prestigious in the country.
Rhinebeck's rural character and open spaces are most notable when traveling along the local roads and enjoying the natural landscape with views of the bucolic countryside. There is increasing awareness of the viability and sustainability of agriculture in Rhinebeck. Efforts are being made to promote and enhance the agricultural opportunities for local farmers. "Pick your Own" farms, a farmer's markets and farm stands dot the landscape selling fresh produce and marketing wholesome homemade products.
Tourists flock to Rhinebeck to enjoy its historic treasures and its architectural and cultural qualities. They are attracted to its quaint bed and breakfasts, some of the finest restaurants in the northeast, antique fairs and arts and crafts shows held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds and its stellar performing arts center, Rhinebeck is a special place for visitors.
Rhinebeck's strong sense of place has been well established by the success and vitality of its Village center. The Beekman Arms, located in the center of the village, dates back to the 1700's. It is recognized as one of the oldest continuously operating hotels in the country. It preserves the flavor and character of colonial America. Void of big-box national chains, Rhinebeck validates its small town image by supporting its home town businesses, and support of local artists, the Chamber Music Society, a theatre that plays host to independent films. High quality medical services are available in its local hospital. The diversity and skills of the people of Rhinebeck help to create a distinctive community that all are proud to call home.
I invite you to visit Rhinebeck to enjoy the richness of its unique qualities, its warm and welcoming residents and the many attributes that make Rhinebeck the gem of Hudson Valley.
Thomas J. Traudt
Rhinebeck Town Supervisor
Click here to view History of the Town of Rhinebeck: http://www.rhinebeck-ny.gov/files/History%20of%20Rhinebeck.pdf