Rhinebeck, village (1990 pop. 2,725), Dutchess co., SE N.Y., in the foothills of the Berkshire Mts. near the Hudson River settled before 1700, inc. 1834. It is the site of Beekman Arms, said to be the oldest hotel in the United States a pre-Revolutionary Dutch Reformed church and cemetery and the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, a museum of early aviation. The Dutchess County Fair and a well-known crafts fair are held annually in Rhinebeck.

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