Rhinebeck Plan Your Holiday Getaway Now! 

 News from Dutchess Tourism

From tours of our lavishly decorated Great Estates to each town’s tree lighting ceremony, a getaway to Dutchess will put you in a festive mood. From Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Eve, tour historic sites dressed in their finest.

  • Vanderbilt Mansion returns with grand decorations and a special free open house on 12/3, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. See an exhibit of gifts the Vanderbilts gave to their staff.
  • Locust Grove’s lavishly decorated mansion opens for tours Thanksgiving Weekend November 24-26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. December Sundays mean scavenger Holiday House Hunts. Kids follow a poem to search for the tiny homes of elfin residents and hear storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi.
  • Staatsburgh State Historic Site hosts A Gilded Age Christmas, with sumptuous decorations and special craft and children’s programs. The mansion’s lavish decor evokes a turn-of-the-century style. Each Sunday in December, children become detectives to solve a “history mystery” by talking with costumed interpreters in the mansion, getting clues to discover “whodunit.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Home and Eleanor’s Val-Kill are decorated in the traditions of the Roosevelt Family and host historic Hyde Park Christmas open houses with free tours on 12/9.
  • FDR Presidential Library & Museum’s Children’s Reading Festival & activities are also 12/9. Florists and designers transform the Wilderstein mansion (FDR’s cousin Daisy’s Rhinebeck home) into a magical holiday wonderland!
  • Christmas at Clermont kicks off the holiday season with guided tours, candlelight receptions, and children’s activities.

The simple elegance of the colonial era lends itself to Candlelight Tours at night at Mount Gulian in Beacon and Pawling’s John Kane House. Look for holiday programs at the historic Elmendorph Inn in Red Hook and Van Wyck Homestead Museum in Fishkill.

Make forever memories on a road trip to choose and cut the family Christmas tree! Take a hayride to the field! Warm up afterward with hot chocolate or chili. Fill your home with evergreen with a fresh wreath, swag, or centerpiece.


Feeling nostalgic for an old fashioned holiday? Check out our town tree and Menorah lighting ceremonies. The 24th annual Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks in Poughkeepsie is Fri., Dec. 1st! It’s followed by a screening at the Bardavon of “The Princess Bride.” Stay over for Sinterklaas Rhinebeck, a village-wide Dutch celebration with music, activities, and the Starlight Parade on Sat., Dec. 2nd.

Shop Hudson Valley! Our museum & estate shops stock an assortment of stylish, unique gifts. Visit Dutchess Handmade pop-up shop at Arts Mid-Hudson, arts & craft fairs, such as the ones at Van Wyck Homestead MuseumDCC & Arlington High, and galleries that yield distinctive gifts, AND support area artists. Give the gift of locally made food and beverages from the Taste NY Market (Todd Hill rest area on the Taconic Parkway). Get 20% off regular prices in the Vanderbilt & Val-Kill museum shops during their open houses!

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