Red Hook, New York
Eat well and shop smart

From the April 22, 2002 Issue of New York

Red Hook lives in the shadow of its flashier neighbor, Rhinebeck, but the quiet farming community two hours from the city and 25 minutes from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) deserves your attention. Stay at the Red Hook Inn, a Federal-style B&B with a cozy fireside bar, and request room No. 5 -- outfitted with a fireplace and a Jacuzzi. Start the new day with breakfast at Billie's, then walk through the Annex Antique, browse Hoffman's Barn Sale (a junk shop next to the movie theater), and hit the local farm stands, Montgomery Place and the Greig Farm. Have dinner across the street at Mina, or at Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck -- both are owned by CIA grads. Later, stop in at the Black Swan Pub in nearby Tivoli, popular with Bard College students and weekenders alike.

The Red Hook Inn (doubles from $125; 845-758-8445 or; Mina (845-758-5992); Gigi (845-876-1007); Billie's Family Restaurant (845-758-5589); Annex Antique (845-758-2843); Black Swan Pub (845-757-3777).


Photograph: Kenneth Chen