Beekman Arms & Delamater Inn

6387 Mill Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572


Courtesy: Historic Hotels of America

George Washington slept here . . . and so have a lot of other people.

Opened in 1766 and continuously operating since then, the Beekman Arms is the oldest inn in these United States of America. Hospitality in Rhinebeck goes back even further to 1704 when William Traphagen opened a tavern for weary travelers. His son relocated the tavern to the town’s crossroads and opened The Beekman Arms in 1766, and the rest, as they say, is history.

And a doozy of a history it is. The Beekman Arms could easily be called the Inn of Presidents or the Inn of Founding Fathers or the Inn of Celebrities.

Let’s name drop a bit. George Washington has already been mentioned, but let’s add Benedict Arnold (that scoundrel). Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton (Uh oh. We know how that ends.). Horace Greeley (Go west, young man.). William Jennings Bryan. President Benjamin Harrison. Thomas Wolfe. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton.

From Angela Lansbury to Jon Bon Jovi, it seems the known names flock to the Beekman Arms. Located in beautiful Rhinebeck, New York, the Beekman Arms maintains much of its original colonial character juxtaposed with modern-day amenities and style.

With a building this old and with this much daily activity, there are bound to be spirits who want to stay behind. While orbs may or may not signal that company is present, it is quite easy to snap a photo just about anywhere in the inn dotted with at least one orb. Shadows have been seen in the hallways and several sightings of human forms have been reported in guest rooms. The Tavern is an active location, so if you decide to dine there, you should expect company.

Visit their website to make a reservation.

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