America's Oldest Hotel
America's oldest continually operating hotel since 1766, "the Beek" remains a symbol of Rhinebeck's Dutch and English heritage and still retains much of its colonial charm and structure. It also is a fixture in American history having welcomed guests such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Benedict Arnold, Aaron Burr, Franklin D. Roosevelt (he began each of his gubernatorial and presidential campaigns from the front porch), and Bill and Hillary Clinton. According to Beekman Arms lore, George Washington stayed in what is now rooms 21 and 22 during the American Revolution. After hearing about that, I kindly asked the front desk for keys to take a peek, provided no one was staying there, and he lent them to me.
By Christian Mirasol, AFAR Local Expert
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6387 Mill St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572, USA