the 1969 woodstock festival will go down in history as the most famous contemperary music venue in 20th century america. this event was not held in woodstock new york but in nearby bethel. for those of my generation a short list of the acts at woodstock: joan baez, arlo guthrie, ravi shankar, richie havens, jimi hendrix, the grateful dead. joe cocker, janis joplin, country joe & the fish, the band, santana and so on. in my opinion not a must see site in the catskill region of new york but for lovers of 1960's music and culture it might be worth a pilgramage.
the springwood mansion was originally built in 1800 in the federal style of architecture. in 1845 this mansion on the hudson was remodeled in the italiante style which was popular at the time. in 1866 the father of franklin roosevelt. james roosevelt bought springwood. franklin d roosevelt was born there in 1882. this mansion on the hudson became famous as the the "summer white house" during franklin d roosevelt's presidency. franklin d roosevelt was buried at springwood after his death in 1945. a must see site when visiting the rhinebeck/hyde park area of new york.
a very interesting place to visit in the rhinebeck area is the vanderbilt mansion. built in 1895 on six hundred acres on the the east bank of the hudson river is one of america's best examples of "gilded age" architecture. the vanderbilt family was one of the "robber barons" who profited from the post civil war posperity in the northern states. while the south was recovering from the civil war radical reconstruction the northern states experienced an economic boom. family's like the vanderbilts, the morgans, and goulds made millions during this period in american history.
a must do stop when in the rhinebeck/hyde park area of new york. one of the best dinning values in america. see my restaurant tip for more information. if you like fine dinning the culinary institute can not be missed. reservations are a must.
the beekman arms is the oldest inn in constant operation in america. worth visiting is the tavern at the beekman to get a taste of life in the late 1700's. george washington was once a guest at the beekman arms.
located a short drive from rhinebeck across the hudson river is the hunter mountain ski resort area. hunter mountain is in the catskill mountain range about a two hour drive from new york city. for more information visit www.skitown.com and search hunter mountain, new york.
Climb Burger Hill and get the best view in the entire county. Located just off Route 9G (East and South of the village) its an open part that provides a 2 min walk up a sloping green pasture...bring a lunch and a blanket.
pictured is the grave of franklin d roosevelt, the 32nd president of the united states. located on the grounds of springwood it is an important place to visit for students of 20th century history.