How to get there
Rhinebeck, N.Y., is about 190 miles from Boston, about a -hour drive. Take Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) west to the Taconic State Parkway south in New York state. Take the exit for Route 199 west, and in about 7 miles, bear left onto Orlich Road, then almost an immediate right onto Norton Road.
What to do
Old Rhinebeck AerodromeNorton Road
Museum 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, air shows 2 p.m. weekends through Oct. 16. Adults $15, seniors $10, children ages 6-10 and scouts in uniform $5, children under 6 free. Biplane rides $40 for a 15-minute, grin-inducing spin over the treetops.
Where to stay
WhistleWood Farm52 Pells Road
High on a hill, this 40-acre working horse farm is a treat. Find solitude or good company, savor gardens, miles of trails, and a hearty farm breakfast. Rooms $120, up; (two-night minimum on weekends).
The Veranda House6487 Montgomery St.
This comfortable, 1845 Federal house is in the heart of Rhinebeck near shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Diet-busting gourmet breakfast is a must. Rooms $150-$200; two-night minimum on weekends.
Where to eat
Max's Memphis Barbecue136 South Broadway, Red Hook
More wings, smoked and grilled. This is some of the best barbecue in the East. Tuesday-Sunday, 5-10 p.m. Dishes $1.45-$23.
You'll make the right choice at either of the two eateries (a casual bistro and a more formal restaurant) in this former 18th-century Baptist church. Order horseradish-crusted ahi tuna with miso aioli. Dishes $9-$28.
Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce