Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

RHINEBECK – The Rhinebeck Area Chamber would like to encourage the public to take advantage of Rhinebeck’s town and village activity areas to go outside and play during the cold weather season.

Chamber Encourages Outdoor Fun in Rhinebeck

Ice boat. Photo provided

A special attraction will be the ice boat, ORION. On display at the Delamater Inn during the Presidents Day weekend, Feb 17-18.  Weather permitting sails will be up and lit with beautiful white lights for a wonderful evening photo op.

The ORION was built in 1906 in Saugerties. Her current owner is Robert Wills, vice Commodore of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club.  

Mr. Wills will present a slide show and Q&A about the history of ice boats on the Hudson, at the Delamater Conference Center, 25 Garden Street, Rhinebeck at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill, offers one of the highest points in the Town of Rhinebeck. From the peak of the Hill you can glimpse the Hudson River, see the spires and silos of the surrounding countryside, and enjoy a magnificent view of the Catskill Mountains to the West and the Taconic Mountains to the east. Leashed dogs are welcome. Ellen Henneberry of Winnakee Land Trust adds, “On a snowy day, what better way to refresh your spirit than to visit Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill for an invigorating sled, snowshoe, cross country ski, or hike. The 76-acre park is open from 9 a.m. – sunset daily.” NY-9G, Rhinebeck.

Chamber Encourages Outdoor Fun in Rhinebeck

Sledding at Burger Hill. Photo provided

Ferncliff Forest Ranger Knick Staley reminds us of all the activities at Ferncliff Forest, “We have cross-country skiers, ice skaters, hikers, snow-shoers, Fat Tire Bikers and winter camping. And we still have people who come just to climb the Tower or walk their dogs at Ferncliff Forest.” The Park is located at 68 Mt Rutsen Road, Rhinebeck. The 200-acre forest preserve is open 24 hours.

The Rhinebeck Area Chamber is hopeful after all this outdoor activity you’ll be cold and hungry and ready to visit local restaurants and shops.  Dinner reservations are encouraged, for a complete list Rhinebeck restaurants, shops, hotels and experiences please visit RhinebeckChamber.com or call RACOC 845-876-5904.

Executive Director Claudia Cooley adds, “These are the “growing up in Hudson Valley moments” that instill a sense of ownership in our children for their hometown. Memories of sledding at Burger Hill, or climbing to the top of the Ferncliff Fire tower in the snow, are magnificent touchstones. Work can wait on a weekend, spend your time wisely with the next generation of caretakers of our community.  There’s a phrase, “If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.” With that said, all the activities we mentioned are free due to the communities’ financial support of Winnakee Land Trust, Ferncliff Forest & Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce. Special thanks Robert Wills, and The Beekman Arms Delamater Inn for hosting and feeding our Ice Boaters.”


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