The Beekman Arms is older than the United States itself, and its counterpart, the Delamater Inn, dates back to 1844. Originally built in 1706 and rebuilt in 1766 after a fire, the Beekman Arms hotel has a long history of welcoming folks to Rhinebeck—in fact, it was the catalyst for the formation of the town. “You build a bar and an inn first, and then people come,” says Corinne Galioto, sales manager at the Tavern, the inn’s Chronogrammie-winning hotel restaurant.
Legend has it that the Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn once hosted George Washington. The Tavern’s history is on display in its architecture and style; there are exposed wooden beams, low ceilings, and dark wood. The further customers walk into the restaurant, the further back in time they go, finishing with the bar and a few open-hearth fireplaces.
Diners can eat in many different spaces, such as the Pewter Room, whose walls are lined with portraits of old innkeepers, and the Atrium, a greenhouse which is a favorite for Sunday brunch. Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, the Tavern boasts a variety of dishes, from comfort foods like pot pie to fancier fare like prime New York strip steak to bar bites like nachos or sliders. The Tavern’s rustic ambiance has made it a date night hotspot, and its history continues to attract customers both within the Hudson Valley and around it. “We’re not fancy, but welcoming,” says Galioto. “We treat everyone like family.”