Taking in the Country Living Fair

We recently returned from the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY and boy did we have a blast!

Country Living Magazine sponsors four Country Living Fairs around the US (Rhinebeck, NY; Atlanta, GA; Columbus, OH; Nashville, TN). Billed as bringing the pages of Country Living Magazine to life, the fair features over one hundred vendors of antiques, vintage and vintage inspired wares, beautiful artisan-made clothing & jewelry, and so much more!

The Rhinebeck event is held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, just a stone’s throw from the Hudson River and nestled on the edge of the Catskill mountains.

Besides the many vendors there are presentations throughout the day. This year we were inspired by seeing Nora Murphy from the Connecticut Country House, Mary Randolph Carter, author of “Never Stop to Think..Do I Have a Place for This” on the CLF stage. We also took in an informative talk by Matthew Meade on the Wagner paint sprayer and now of course, I think I need one!

Here are a few hints if you decide to go.

Plan for a full day and possibly more if you want to see the entire fair. We spent about three hours Friday afternoon and all day on Saturday.

For the best rates book lodging well ahead of time. We booked at the last minute, and while we found a lovely hotel about fifteen minutes away, we missed out on the hotel discounts available through the show website.

Wear comfortable shoes, and bring hats, umbrellas, sunscreen and plenty of water.

Bring cash. Many vendors take credit cards, but not all. If you forget, they do have an ATM.

Carry a large tote to hold your purchases or pull a small cart if you plan to shop big. If you buy large pieces the fair will transport your purchase to your car via golf cart or truck. If you need to ship something home, that can be arranged on site as well.

Need a break and want to get out of the sun or off your feet? Be sure to take in one of the many inspiring presentations offered throughout the day. Topics include DIY projects, recipes & cooking, decorating and country life. The presentation pavilion is centrally located and it’s delightfully breezy there.

Be sure to leave time to hunt for treasure on the drive to and from the fair. There are many lovely antique shops in and around the Rhinebeck area.

Hope you're able to get to a Country Living Fair near you!

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