About the Olde Rhinebeck Inn Bed and Breakfast
Through the Generations
A classic example of an Early American Telescoping Colonial Farmhouse, the home that is now the Olde Rhinebeck Inn was built in stages. The B&B dining room was originally built in 1738 by Johann Michael Pultz, a German Palatine, who became a tenant farmer to local land baron, Henry Beekman.
As his family grew and the farm prospered, Pultz and his wife added a room at a time – every 5 to 10 years. They raised 10 children here, and the house remained in the family for 12 generations (or nearly 240 years). In 1760, they carved out a piece of land to start the Wurtemburg Lutheran Church, and everyone who has lived in the house is buried in the church’s graveyard just up the road.
MEET THE INNKEEPERS
I’ve wanted to be an innkeeper since I was 7 years old, my mother turned our home in Park Slope, Brooklyn into the city’s first official B&B, and I became the youngest innkeeper in America when I opened the inn. Livin’ the dream, you might say, I think so. I get to share this place with my best friend who has been connected to this building since she’s 15 and I even met my handsome husband, Dave through a guest. I love magic, surprises, real estate, games, fluffy animals, good food, discovering cool, off-the-beaten-path places, sailing and white water rafting, waking up somewhere new, and leaving people and places better than you find them. I am passionate about doing the right thing by one another and am charged up about mobilizing against corruption in politics. Enamored with the beauty of flowers, am happy to plant them, but don’t like watering them, that’s where Cindy comes in.
I was living across the street raising a family along with goats, horses and the family dogs when Jonna bought the Inn. After instantly connecting, she inspired me to open my own B&B in the village of Rhinebeck. Six years and many memorable guests later, my children went off to college and the timing was right for a bit of travel and adventure. The decade since has been filled with incredible opportunities managing some amazing properties in Kauai, on the Olympic Peninsula and even a Llama farm in New Zealand! Wanting to be nearer to those dear to me, I felt the tug of home. This special place is home to me. I am thrilled to be back doing what I really love- innkeeping. Sharing the inn’s responsibilities allows me to enjoy the time to reconnect with my family’s history to the Roosevelts volunteering with ERVK to support their mission of equality and humanitarianism. I have scheduled time off to visit my newest obsession, my grandson Hudson. When I am not cooking breakfast at the Inn, some mornings I am a greeter at the nearby Omega Institute. Our creative arrangement is working beautifully.
I’m Jonna’s hubby, Dave. While still busy with a 30+ year career in software, I take care of the grounds and vegetable garden, will occasionally handle the night shift, and enjoy meeting and chatting with guests. As an avid runner and biker, and a member of the Catskill Mountain 3500 Club, I’m happy help provide ideas for walks, hikes, bike rides and other fitness activities. Check out my blogpost about some local short hikes to inspire you