What to Do in Red Hook, NY
Walking trails abound with a local fav, Poet’s Walk. This beautiful walk on a well-maintained path offers wildlife sightings, natural flowerings and beautiful views of the Hudson River. Blythewood Mansion on Bard campus offers one of my favorite spots to picnic and is never crowded (don’t let the word out!) The expansive rolling lawns with gardens and beautiful Hudson River views are tough to beat.
The Village of Red Hook Chamber has a full schedule of events throughout the year, including the yummy chocolate festival. The Red Hook Community Center has ongoing events, volunteer efforts and fundraisers. Rose Hill Farms offers a more natural setting for apple and other produce picking and winter sleigh riding complete with hot chocolate in the winter. Montgomery Place Orchards is beautiful and also offers a large variety of produce picking. Along with pick your own produce and weekend breakfast, Greig Farm has a well-stocked store with animals generally lingering around for a casual pet. Just down the street from Greig’s Farm is Ozone with a variety of goods, services and workshops all geared to a sustainable existence. If you’re into mushrooms that straddle art form, check out Tivoli Mushrooms.
The Tivoli Sailing Company offers kids and adult programs along with charters on the Hudson River. Tivoli is a smaller Village than Red Hook and has interesting shops, fresh foods and produce. Not to miss is YogaMat for aerial yoga with a particular offering that gets my Zen going: floating sound meditation.
Red Hook - Rhinebeck’s Sister Town
Red Hook Overview
With only five miles between the center of the Village of Rhinebeck and the center of the Village of Red Hook, prepare to release Rhinebeck’s upstate bustle for its low-key historic sister, Red Hook. Along the way, grab a bucket at Brittany Hollow Farm Flowers and fill up with an abundant choice of pick your own flowers. Don’t miss ice cream at local favorite Holy Cow on the approach into the Village.
The Town of Red Hook includes two villages: Red Hook and Tivoli. The walking Village of Red Hook offers specialty shops (Little Pickles makes me smile just walking in), Red Hook Wellness Center with services and special events and programs, casual and fine dining, delicious bagels, my favorite vegan burger @Wildflower Café, Migliorelli farm stand and if you catch the timing right, a donut truck with fresh cider and other yummy treats. May want to grab a delish smoothie from Bliss Juice Bar or a little something from J&J’s Gourmet while strolling through this quaint and historic Village.
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Education in Red Hook, New York
Bard College, an internally recognized liberal arts college, is right next door in Annandale-on-Hudson. The Bard College campus offers an indoor pool available during certain hours to the public and is a beautiful campus for a stroll with community and sculpture gardens. Red Hook schools also a swim team slated to commence utilizing the Bard pool. Watch the Superintendent of Red Hook Central School District interview below for more.
Red Hook Central School District continually rates among the top schools in Dutchess County. The Red Hook Central School District is larger than its sister town, Rhinebeck, by approximately double. The total student population as of January 2021 was 1,826. The District houses four educational buildings. The elementary is divided between two buildings: PreK-2 and 3-5 with one middle school and one high school.
Get to know the Red Hook School District with Janet Warden, Superintendent of the Red Hook Central School District. The below video breathes life into the school district beyond the ratings to offer perspective on school integration within the community, special programs and initiatives on tap. Hope you find informative!