Historic Rhinebeck Hosts “Wedding of the Millennium”

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There is much excitement in downtown Rhinebeck on Market Street, with local storefronts and marquees posting signs congratulating Marc and Chelsea—the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Bill Clinton leaving lunch July 30 at GiGi's in Rhinebeck

It’s that little small town that everybody would like to live in

There is much excitement in downtown on Market Street, with local storefronts and marquees posting signs congratulating Marc and Chelsea—the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The genteel town 90 miles north of New York City is presently bursting with major media and pedestrians, many of whom may indeed be guests on a list that is purported to be close to 500. It’s rumored that notaries attended may include Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Streisand, Ted Turner, Steven Spielberg, and former British Prime Minister John Major, among others.

It has not been officially confirmed, but the wedding itself is reported to be taking place at Astor Courts, a 13,000-squre-foot mansion located on 50 pastoral acres by the Hudson River. The lavish affair is thought to have a price tag of $3 million—or more—with a per-guest plate estimate of $1,500. For the grand finale of the meal, the bride, who is a vegan, has ordered a five-tier gluten-free wedding cake. Amenities include deluxe, air-conditioned port-a-potties outfitted with designer wallpaper and wired with piped in classical music. There is speculation about whether or not father-of-the-bride Bill Clinton will step up with his saxophone and serenade the happy couple.

A short car or train ride from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, the Hudson Valley is steeped in history, and Rhinebeck itself boasts 437 buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places. In the middle of town stands the legendary Beekman Arms, which is known as the oldest inn in America and is expected to house many of the A-list wedding guests. But the inn is no stranger to luminaries. In the past, it’s hosted George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and even Benedict Arnold. And Franklin Delano Roosevelt favored the inn’s front porch start his political campaigns.

The area is steeped in history, and Rhinebeck itself boasts 437 buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places. In the middle of town stands the legendary Beekman Arms Hotel, which is known as the oldest inn in America and is expected to house many of the A-list wedding guests. But the Inn is no stranger to luminaries. In the past, it’s hosted George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and even Benedict Arnold. Later in history, Franklin Delano Roosevelt chose the inn’s front porch to start all of his political campaigns.    

Besides historic significance, Rhinebeck is culturally rich, with world class restaurants, boutiques, independent film house, and theaters. “It’s that little small town that everybody would like to live in,” says Mayor James Reardon.

“We chose Rhinebeck as our headquarters for its wonderful quality of life, beauty, and proximity to Manhattan,” says Lou Paradise, president and chief of research of Topical BioMedics, Inc., a firm that specializes in topical regulated medicines for pain relief, including Topricin natural pain relief and healing cream. “We have been here since 1994, and are very honored and excited to be hosting this spectacular event.”

Nancy O. Amy, head of the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce, agrees. “I don’t think you’re going to find another town like it. It’s just a great vibe here.”

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