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Population (2010 census) of the Town of Red Hook: 11,319
Median Age: 38.1
Median Income: $69,408
% of Population with Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 46.4%
% Households with Children Under 18: 31.2%
The town of Red Hook in Dutchess County, New York (not to be confused with Red Hook, Brooklyn) is in the Northwest corner of the county. Driving North from Red Hook and you will enter Columbia County.
The town of Red Hook includes the Village of Red Hook, the Village of Tivoli, and 8 hamlets. It is a charming country town, and offers lush country landscape and an assortment of beautifully restored old Victorians. Like the chic Rhinebeck five miles away, Red Hook is a popular weekend spot for New Yorkers.
In the fall, the foliage is spectacular. Purportedly Red Hook is named after color of those red leaves. One major attraction in Red Hook includes the Aerodrome, a museum of antique airplanes. The aerodrome holds weekend air shows from spring to fall, where you can experience the era of early aviation.
View from the Poet's Walk Park
The historic Montgomery Place is best known for its scenic views and formal gardens. The Poet's Walk is a popular park and hiking trail that provides beautiful views of the Hudson River. The trail is only two miles and an easy stroll, but along the way you will find woods and meadows, footbridges, special pavilions and Hudson River views that makes it very rewarding.
There are a few shops and restaurants located mostly in the village of Red Hook, but there is not much nightlife. Most of the fun activities are during the day, for example checking out all the antique shops in Red Hook, or visit the many farms and farm stands for fresh produce. The farms in Red Hook include you-pick farms, organic meat farms, horse farms, Christmas tree farms, and more.
To maintain its authenticity, there are no big strip malls or shopping centers except for maybe the Stop and Shop supermarket in the town of Red Hook. The closest big box store and chain restaurant will be in the nearby Kingston or Poughkeepsie.
Shops in the Village of Red Hook
76% of the homes in the Town of Red Hook are detached single family homes, and 3% are attached single family homes. You will find around 15% of the homes in Red Hook to be multi-unit buildings. Close to 30% of the homes were built before 1950. But you will still be able to find newer homes and land in Red Hook.
73.7% of the homes in Red Hook are owner occupied, and 26.3% are rentals.
The major local road in Red Hook is Route 9, which runs North to South thru Dutchess County. Going South on Route 9 from Red Hook, the village of Rhinebeck 5 miles away, and the City of Poughkeepsie is around 22 miles away.
The closest city to Red Hook is probably Kingston, on the other side of Hudson River, in Ulster County. Crossing the Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge, and Kingston is around 10 miles, or 15 minutes drive away.
Red Hook is approximately 100 miles North of New York City. Red Hook is not served by the Metro North rail system, but Amtrak provides service to the Rhinecliff Amtrak station 8 miles South of town. The empire service of Amtrak provides daily trains going from NYC up to Albany.
Students attend the Red Hook Central School District. It is known to have an excellent sports and drama program.
There are two schools of higher education in the town of Red Hook. The hamlet of Barrytown is the site of the Unification Theological Seminary. Annandale-on-Hudson, another hamlet, is home to Bard College.
Red Hook is a great town to take a stroll and get something to eat. Below are some of the local's favorites. Did we miss something? Please let us know!
Historic Village Diner
The town of Red Hook website: www.redhook.org
Victorian home in Red Hook
Bed and Breakfast in Red Hook
Photos from the Poets Walk Hike
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