Hot time, summer in the city. It’s enough to make you run for the hills — or at least to Rhinebeck, New York.
So we asked former Brooklynite, mom, and shop owner Jenn LaBelle (Romp), who traded subway steam and bodegas for fresh air and farm stands, to share her favorite family-friendly spots in her new, adopted hometown.
Meet the Locals
And taste their bounty at the Rhinebeck Farmers Market. Sample everything from cakes and crepes to quiche and falafel, all while catching a live music performance.
A favorite upstate summer pastime: berry picking. Take a scenic drive to Thompson-Finch Farm in nearby Ancram to gather your own organic strawberries. There’s always something doing at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. The summer calendar includes craft shows and car exhibitions, and culminates in August with the ultimate county fair (pictured).
Just up the road from the center of Rhinebeck, you’ll find Poets’ Walk, a beautiful jaunt through woods and pastures. Several trails mean you can take it easy or choose a challenge. Pack a picnic and head to one of the area’s many historic estates. Clermont, fifteen minutes away and set on the Hudson River, has well-tended gardens, ponds, and amazing vistas.
Make Yourself at Home
Bunk up at the country’s oldest operating inn (since 1766), the Beekman Arms. It oozes period charm and is located smack-dab in the center of town. Dig in at Bubby’s Burrito Stand (194 West Market Street, Red Hook). The rural version of a food truck, the airstream trailer is parked at Hardeman Orchards off Route 199. There are only four things on the menu, but the secret spot can’t be beat.
We’re feeling cooler already.
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Curious George: Let’s Get Curious
What: Fans of the mischievous monkey make like George and problem solve with hands-on experiences in math and science.
Why: They love him; they learn from him.
When: Sun.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., b/t Broadway & Amsterdam Ave. Children and adults, $11.
Renegade Craft Fair
What: Hundreds of crafters peddle adorable artwork, pottery, clothing, and playthings.
Why: Not a Dora image in sight.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: McCarren Park, Bedford Ave., at N. 12th St. Free.
Baby Got Bach
What: An intro to classical music designed for kids ages 3-6.
Why: Tots get to touch and play the instruments before the performance.
When: Sun., 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Where: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., b/t Thompson & Sullivan Sts. (212-505-3474). Tickets online at babygotbach.org. Adults and children, $20.
Photo: NYCArthur / Flickr