A fun-filled day in these neighboring Dutchess County towns

me-profileBy Kathy Ng

When the weather gets warm, the Rhinebeck and Red Hook area in Dutchess County is our family’s favorite weekend destination. With lots of kids family activities, space to run around and explore, charming shops and great food, it is not hard to spend a fun-filled day in these two small towns.

Things to Do in Dutchess County

The Rhinebeck Farmers Market, which runs year round on Sundays from 10am-2pm, is probably one of the best in Dutchess County. In addition to farm fresh foods, kids can try the tasty Aba’s falafel, fresh tacos, ciders, and more. The farmers market moves outdoors after Mother’s day, which makes it even more fun for the little ones.

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The Poets Walk Park is a beautiful hike at any age. The trail is only 2 miles, but you will find woods and meadows, footbridges, special pavilions and Hudson River views.

The Rhinebeck Aerodrome opens from June to October. It is like a time machine where you can see airplanes as well as automobiles, motorcycles, and early engines from 1900-1939. Weather permitting there are exciting air shows every weekend, transporting you in time to the WWI and Lindbergh area.

Shopping in Dutchess County

On the main streets on Rhinebeck, you will find the Al Stickle’s Variety Store, which has been at its Market Street location since 1946. While your children look through all the charming old-fashioned toys like Slinkies and whoopee cushions, you can relive your childhood with its fun selection. In addition to toys, you will find interesting items like craft supplies and fabric, unique household items and cooking supplies, and more.

We also love Oblong Books, the best independent book store in Dutchess County. Not only do they carry a good selection of children and teen books, they also host lots of author events, including hosting famous authors like Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor and Park) and Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid). red-hook-new-york-diner

What To Eat:

Our favorite place to eat at Rhinebeck is Bread Alone. With its fresh bread and fluffy pancakes, you cannot really go wrong. If you are looking to dine at a fun place, try the Historic Village Diner, housed in a Silk City dining car from 1927. The food there is also pretty good and affordable.


If you are up for dessert, the Red Hook ice cream shop Holy Cow is a local favorite. It was named one of the top ten ice cream shops in the country by Trip Advisor. There are also other great ice cream choices. Village Pizza in Rhinebeck serves locally made Jane’s Ice Cream, and the gourmet chocolate shop Oliver Kita serves amazing (mostly chocolate) ice cream as well.

Kathy lives with her husband, two boys, and her well-traveled dog (who has been to three continents) in Dutchess County. She enjoys traveling, photography, and trying the strangest thing on the menu. You can find her blogging on goodhomeshudsonvalley.com and realestatehudsonvalleyny.com