There is something very unique about staying in a historic hotel or inn. Each of these places are unique as they have hosted a part of our history. The Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck N.Y. is one of those special historic inns that has been a witness to the history of not only the Hudson Valley but America as well.
Located right on Rt 9 in the heart of Rhinebeck, the Beekman Arms has been in operation since 1766 and lays claim to the title of “America’s Oldest Inn”. During the American Revolution the Inn hosted George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Benedict Arnold (who was a General in the Continental Army at the time). In the 20th Century, President Franklin D. Roosevelt completed several of his major political campaigns with a speech from the front porch of the inn.
We recently had the opportunity to stay an evening in the inn while visiting the charming village of Rhinebeck. Upon opening the door you know you are in a special place. The ceilings are low, the floors are clad in wide plank hardwood and the public rooms on the first floor are intimate. There is the reception area and a comfortable parlor with fireplace and next to that is a cozy room that looks part sitting room, part library with its wood paneling and wing back chairs.
The main floor also houses the Tap Room which is the original part of the inn which dates back to its origins as a tavern. The room is clad in wood paneling, wide plank wood floors, a long bar and wooden chairs and tables. The large hearth dates from 1704. The Tap room is the meeting place in Rhinebeck for locals and visitors to enjoy an ale or a cocktail with friends. The walls are adorned with historic photos and prints which remind one of the history that has taken place within these walls.
Also on the first floor is a several small dining areas, the main dining room, and the garden greenhouse where we enjoyed our continental breakfast. The greenhouse was a charming spot to enjoy coffee overlooking the garden.
Our room was on the second floor, up the charming but steep staircase. The room was very charming, clean and comfortable. It had a poster bed with quilts, 2 chairs for sitting and reading, a small desk, a non working fireplace, a Keurig coffee maker, and a small television. The ceiling is low at just about 7 feet which reminds you that you are in an antique building. The bath was modern and updated. The floors are over 200 years old and they will creak, but that is just part of the charm of the hotel. The room was air conditioned. A decanter of sherry and two glasses are also provided.
Down the street the Beekman Arms also owns the Delamater House and Conference center which is a collection of seven guest house buildings. The Delamater House dates back to 1844 and was designed by the famous 19th century architect, Alexander Jackson Davis whose designs dot the Hudson Valley and was responsible for such famous buildings as Lyndhurst in Tarrytown.
The village of Rhinebeck has a charm of its own with its Antique barn, farmers market, cool shops and great restaurants. It is also a great place to stay and explore this area of the Hudson Valley with its wineries, farms, hiking, and historic venues. If you love history and unique properties, than check out the Beekman Arms.
Route 9 Rhinebeck NY tel: 845-876-7080
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