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6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

One of our favorite areas in the Hudson Valley comes alive with these can’t-miss experiences.


The Charming Town of Rhinebeck

Not all towns are created equal. And while you might be wondering why you should visit Rhinebeck, well, think of what it has in store for you. A 30 minute drive from Buttermilk Falls Inn (or, from NYC it’s about an hour on the train or a 90 min by car), this town is a more down-to-earth version of the Hamptons. In fact, I’d say it’s very similar to Sag Harbour in that it’s got a lot of mom-and-pop stores, no chains, is beautifully designed, and is centered around a big quaint-but-glamorous hotel called the Beekman Arms in the center of town (where Chelsea Clinton held her wedding rehearsal dinner).

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

Chelsea Clinton held her wedding in Rhinebeck, NY

Rhinebeck is home of the Dutchess County Fair, the Northern Dutchess Botanical Garden, and the intimate Center of Performing Arts. Here, you can enjoy an enlightening workshop at the Omega Institute, or peruse the town’s fabulous indie bookstore. In Rhinebeck you can be exhilarated by the sights in the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, and spend two hours wandering around the Wilderstein Historic Site.

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

Rhinebeck, an uber-charming town in the Hudson Valley, about 30 minutes from Buttermilk

Some of our favorite must-see spots in Rhinebeck:

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

A cool bar down an alley, where the bartender is serving on the side of a boat

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

The very cool Liberty restaurant, pub and bar in Rhinebeck

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

Hammertown – a must-visit store selling home decor, books and trinkets. Gorgeous!

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

Rustica is a great shop in Rhinebeck where you can get extoic teas, jewelry and gifts

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

The Shelter is under Rustica, and is a great place for a specialty cocktail, cheese plate, or 2AM grilled cheese

It might be a lot to fathom now that you’re reading it. But when you’re there, a quick walk from one place to another just falls naturally.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 34 Comments

  1. Avatar of Caroline Zalog

    You’ve really convinced me to book a stay there. I really like how the Buttermilk Inn looks like. It’s plain and nothing really too fancy, but the surroundings and the views are really great. I will literally turn off my phone just so I can really relax during my stay here. No social media or gadgets aside from taking pictures. No WiFi for me and no data connection either. I just want a vacation that’s away from all the pressures of daily life and I just want to chill!

  2. Avatar of Lorena Suarez

    It must be very fun to travel to a lot of places. If only I had that luxury too.

  3. Avatar of Carol Ribeiro

    Sorry, but I’m not a fan of historic places. It’s just nice to take pictures but it just doesn’t feel fulfilling for me.

  4. Avatar of ERICA


    Rhineback looks like a very colorful place to visit. It’s an eye-candy to look at. I bet pictures and OOTDs would be amazing here. But I prefer the scenery in Buttermilk more than the Hamptons style one. Sometimes, luxurious hotels aren’t the key to a great vacation. It’s the amount of lush greenery that I see around me. We’re always surrounded by hotels in the city anyway and I want a change of scenery when I’m on a vacation. I don’t even mind sleeping in wooden beds.

  5. Avatar of Lorena Tucci

    Where’s the falls? Of all the things… That’s what you didn’t show.

  6. Avatar of Caroline Leonora

    I didn’t think drive-in theaters still existed. It’s a nice thing though! I want to experience it.?

  7. Avatar of Jeanette Cobb

    Jeanette Cobb

    A facial sounds really good right now. I agree with your philosophy that our skin will reflect what’s on the inside. I’ve never encountered Babor products, but if I ever encounter them I’ll avoid it because I don’t want toxic products on my skin. Cucumber toner sounds really great and refreshing on the skin, I would also want to try that apple honey mask. It probably smells like delicious pie. I really want to try. I’m asking my friends to go here with me.

  8. Avatar of KELLY


    If you enjoy places like this or museum like visits, this can be a good place. But if I wanted R & R, I would rather go elsewhere.

    • Avatar of Carol Hopkins

      Carol Hopkins

      I kind of feel the same. This place looks beautiful but there isn’t much to do.

  9. Avatar of Debora Candiotto

    The Vanderbilt mansion looks really cool. It looks like something from the movies. It would be really great to take pictures here.

  10. Avatar of Lorena Yoshi

    Llamas are so cute. I like that the wildlife here is very abundant. I really think that there should be more places that are like this– a sanctuary for wildlife and a haven for people to enjoy nature at its finest. I find it really rare for places like this to be frequently be visited by people, unless you’re a nature lover and you’re in a vacation. But places like this need regulars so they can appreciate the beauty of having nature around us instead of skyscrapers.

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