When the Hudson River Railroad opened in the mid-19th century, men used to stable their horses and stay the night at a clapboard rooming house, The Rhinecliff, located along the scenic waterscape. Over time, that structure morphed into a raucous music hall before eventually shuttering its doors. But a few years ago, new owners took over and restored the hotel to its original glory. Today, The Rhinecliff—which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places—balances its charming rusticity with luxurious touches. Refinished vintage doors open up to rooms outfitted with antique hardwood floors and views of the river.
In each premier room, a private balcony looks to the Hudson River and its verdant surroundings. Downstairs in The Bar, chefs whip up a complimentary full breakfast each morning, and Tuesday evenings and during Sunday lunches, local jazz musicians add to the low-key vibe. For dinner, the restaurant draws on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to concoct European-influenced dishes. During nice weather or particularly bright solar flares, you can dine on the bluestone outdoor patio.
Hudson River Valley, New York: Natural Beauty Surrounding Quaint Towns
The Rhinecliff resides in the Hudson River Valley, a hilly and scenic region filled with charming towns such as Red Hook. About 15 minutes away by car, Red Hook's Poets' Walk Park offers almost 2 miles of forested trails—some of which look out to panoramic views of the valley. There's a wide appreciation for local produce in the area—you'll find farmers' markets, wineries, and eateries sprinkled throughout the region.
In the town of Rhinebeck, you can hunt for antiques at a number of shops and marketplaces. The Museum of Rhinebeck History outlines the hamlet's long history through cultural exhibits and musical reenactments performed by security guards.