After a day outdoors, check out some of Rhinebeck’s cultural diversions. Start with a bowl of the specialty citrus oatmeal—rolled oats, flaxseed, and dried fruit simmered in fresh-squeezed orange juice—at Bread Alone Bakery, also known for its artisinal breads. Then head over to Wing & Clover, a storefront, gallery, and workshop space that features the work of Hudson Valley artists. The spot offers two- to three-hour workshops ranging from oil painting to paper-cutting (reserve a month in advance). Then kick back at the four-month-old Grand Cru Beer & Cheese Market, a storefront café that sells a rotating selection of New York State craft beers, like farmstead-brewed Ommegang from Cooperstown. Next, swing by Upstate Films, an intimate theater that attracts ardent film buffs, showing first runs of foreign and art-house films on two screens ($7.50). This month’s selection includes Winter’s Bone, winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury prize. Then pull up a stool at the wraparound copper-topped bar of Terrapin for dinner, a church turned boisterous bistro specializing in comfort food like Asian barbecued pork po'-boys and burgers. Cap off your night to the tunes of Miles Davis and Chet Baker at the month-old Zen Dog Café, a multi-room bar, bookstore, and jazz-themed art gallery serving specialty cocktails and wine tasting flights.
5. Oddball Day
Published on Sep 10, 2010 as a web exclusive.