Rhinebeck, N.Y. — A vibrant Upstate New York village has been named among the top spots in the United States for shoppers searching for small-town retail therapy.
Rhinebeck, a bustling village in the Hudson Valley, has been rated the No. 2 best small town for shopping by USA Today’s 10Best. The community was listed behind Ocean Springs, Mississippi — the winner of the reader’s choice contest — and ahead of eight other towns, including Bath, Maine and Highlands, North Carolina.
The contest aimed to pinpoint small towns that “deliver big on their shopping opportunities.” And Rhinebeck, home to dozens of unique shops, easily fills that order.
Over 40 specialty shops call Rhinebeck’s tree-lined streets home, according to the village.
“The variety is endless,” 10Best wrote, highlighting six examples:
- Adel Chefridi Studio & Gallery, crafter of handmade jewelry (including weddings rings)
- Oblong Books, the Hudson Valley’s largest independent bookseller and music store
- Hammertown, a self-described “home and lifestyle store” (and furnisher of the unique Sleeve House)
- Land of Oz Toys, seller of high-quality toys and gifts
- Rhinebeck Vinyl Vault, where audiophiles can buy new and used records
- Pause Dog Boutique, a shop for humankind’s four-legged best friends
Rhinebeck is also home to Samuel’s Sweet Shop, a beloved candy store owned in part by Paul Rudd, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton.
There is plenty to do in Rhinebeck, which was recently included on Architectural Digest’s list of the 55 most beautiful small towns in America, beyond visiting the village’s eclectic array of shops. If you plan of visiting the Hudson River-adjacent village, enjoy a locally-focused brunch at The Corner by Hotel Tivoli and book a stay at Beekman Arms, America’s oldest operating inn.