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As we inch closer and closer to summer’s arrival, it’s impossible not to become enlivened at the thought of attending the ultra-popular, long-awaited Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival in New York’s picturesque Dutchess County. This annual Hudson Valley gathering is surging ahead toward its 29th rendition. It remains one of the most alluring events for returning guests here at Beekman Arms & Delamater Inn, “the oldest inn in America.” Beekman Arms, in particular, was established in 1766. Thus, it remains a long-lasting Dutchess County staple. Every July, in the golden days that follow the celebration of our nation’s independence, tens of thousands of people congregate in the rolling hillside along the north edge of peaceful Rhinebeck, NY, to observe over 100 vibrant, uniquely-designed hot air balloons drift through the early-evening, mid-summer sky.

Beekman Arms & Delamater Inn is nestled in the historic Hudson River town of Rhinebeck, NY. The town itself rests along the eastern edge of the Catskill Mountains. Yes, Rhinebeck boasts Colonial architecture and quintessential Dutchess County charm, but it also provides travelers with sprawling views of the neighboring mountains. Beekman Arms, the oldest inn in America, typically attracts history buffs, foodies, and loving couples from New York City. However, it’s not uncommon for an adventurous type or two to utilize Beekman Arms as their hub for mid-day exploration. In fact, many of the best hikes in the Catskills are within 40 minutes of our historic respite.

Corporate Retreats Near NYC

Nestled along the easterly banks of the wide Hudson River rests the historic town of Rhinebeck, NY, an idyllic Dutchess County destination. Throughout the year, this picturesque community allures travelers of all types, including couples, families, and large groups. In fact, Rhinebeck is home to one of the premier corporate retreats near NYC. The Delamater Inn, a 176-year-old marvel, has retained its old-world charm while undergoing modest renovations. Today, groups utilize this unique destination for weddings, fundraisers, conferences, dinner seminars, and, of course, corporate retreats. Together, the team here at Beekman Arms & Delamater Inn covers everything from catering to preparation and overnight accommodations. We also keep a handy list of potential team-building activities for such occasions.

Romantic Getaways in New York

Hidden in the heart of the Hudson Valley, just a 90-minute train ride north of New York City, lies Rhinebeck, a historic, undeniably romantic small town that hugs the serene Hudson River. Rhinebeck is home to the oldest inn in America: Beekman Arms & Delamater Inn. During all four seasons, this picturesque destination attracts thousands of couples in need of a well-deserved, long-overdue romantic getaway. Beekman Arms retains its original colonial charm while also providing sophisticated modern amenities just steps from the town’s central shopping and dining mecca. In fact, Beekman Arms has remained one of the most desirable romantic getaways in New York for two centuries, even amid winter’s snowy peak.