I adore Rhinebeck. It's authentic, it’s the country, and far enough away that it’s a true escape yet easy to reach. It’s on the main train line heading north from New York City, which is, if you ask me, one of the most scenic trips around. Riding the train to Rhinebeck you're taken back in time to the era of the great New York families (as in Astors and Vanderbilts) as you ride past castles and bridges from that era. Rhinebeck is rustic yet sophisticated, which is why I call it home.