Category Archives: Rhinecliff

Groupon Deal for the Rhinecliff Hotel

We thought this Groupon deal was worth mentioning, since the Rhinecliff has great views, beautiful rooms and an extremely convenient location, steps to Amtrak (which doesn’t bother guests nearly as much as you’d think). Good for getting away and house hunting!

Rhinecliff Cottage for $289, 900


Oh, how I love you Rhinecliff! You’re Rhinebeck’s cool, goth little sister—literally edgier, as you’re right on the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River. (Get it?) Pretty, glossy Rhinebeck is just a couple miles away, so your residents can take easy advantage of her charms, while enjoying your ready access to the Rhinecliff Amtrak stop and gorgeous river views. Plus, you have the best white person Chinese restaurant in New York, with its porch overlooking the river.

As Rhinecliff is a tiny hamlet of relatively tiny Rhinebeck, it doesn’t have a huge selection of real estate stock, so I was thrilled to see this pretty little country house on the market. We often get asked by our readers (and I get asked by my renters), “Do you need a car to access this one?”  While the answer is always yes—honestly, basics like grocery shopping and going out to eat are impossible in most Upstate counties without wheels—-this one is within walking distance of the train station. The house is small, on a small-ish lot, but it has a nice established garden and that American Gothic feel so common in Rhinebeck. I’m not crazy about some of the updates, but it is in move-in condition. Stats on the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Friday Real Estate Porn: 304-year-old Rhinecliff Cottage, $729,000

While it’s far out of my price range, 6 Long Dock Road seems like a really good deal to me. It’s in the lovely little hamlet of Rhinecliff, a few strokes from the Amtrak station and less than a 10-minute drive to downtown Rhinebeck. Yes, yes, the ceilings are low, which is always the case in these very old stone houses of upstate New York, but those beams are quite amazing. This is a place to take your friends and impress the heck out of them. It’s on five acres, very close to the Hudson River, with lovely landscaped grounds, and — score! — a great little one-bed guest cottage (the kitchen in the guest house is far more appealing to me than the teal-slathered kitchen in the main house) and artist’s studio. I imagine that the upkeep of such a place is rather strenuous. You’ll need some version of a caretaker if you’re not going to live here full time, or if you’re going to live here full time but still have some room in your schedule for, you know, work. (We do plan to do a post on caretakers for second homes soon, btw). Taxes, alas, look to be above $13,000. Save some room in the budget for that.

Here’s one incredible thing about this place: central air! In a 300-year-old house! For some reason, that gives me extra faith in the renovation. Please buy it and let me have the guest house! Slideshow below, and stats on the jump.

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Where to Stay When House Hunting Upstate

The Tivoli B&B

We had a reader request for upstate accommodations, places to shack up when out house hunting or just getting fresh air for a weekend. Below you’ll find a starter list, places we’ve stayed, visited or just heard really good things about, to suit a variety of budgets. We’ve broken then up by county. Please help us compile a master list by adding your own, in the comments or by emailing us.

Hudson Merchant House
Four rooms to let in a restored, modernized Federal-style brick home, three blocks from the train station
$165 to $295

The Inn at Hudson
A restored, grand 1903 Mansion
$200 to $225

More Hudson options here.

The Roxbury Motel
Super hip-ified motel with spa
$99 to $345

The Rhinecliff
Fancy and tasteful hotel, delicious restaurant, steps from train station
$259 to $359

Madalin Hotel
Fancy inn, center of town, delicious food

Suminski Innski
Amazing restored mansion filled with art, on the Hudson
starting at $125

Round Top
The Winter Clove
Wonderful family mountain house with pool and bowling alley, stuck in time
starting at $95 per person

Rebounded borscht belt holdout
Starting at $145

Minnewaska Lodge
Poor man’s Mohonk, rooms like a Target showroom, but great locale
$169 to $225

High Falls
Clove Cottages
Adorable, affordable, pet-friendly, recommended by a reader. They bring hot scones in the morning!
$110 to $180

Mt. Tremper
Kate’s Lazy Meadow

Airstream trailers and cabins, tended to by a former singer from the B-52s.

Simpler Times Cabins
Pretty self explanatory
$60 to $125

Carless Country Houses: On the River in Rhinecliff, $3,500/month

We’ve had a lot of requests to profile places you can escape to without a car. So how’s this one? I’ve driven by it a zillion times since it’s two seconds from the Rhinecliff Amtrak station and perched right on the Hudson. This means great views, even if the house is a humble 60’s ranch with wall-to-wall carpeting and some dour olive paint. Decently-sized, though, with three beds and two-and-a-half baths, washer/dryer and a dishwasher (my idea of heaven). You can walk to the newly shmancy Rhinecliff Hotel (delicious) or the Chinese restaurant (never eaten there, but an amazing location along the railroad tracks) for dinner, or bike into Rhinebeck (aka the Hamptons of Dutchess County) for groceries. The big questions is: what will you do with that garage if this is your car-free getaway? (More local info on the jump)
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