Inside Chelsea Clinton's Wedding in Rhinebeck

Didn't score a ticket to one of this summer's hottest weddings, the marriage of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky?

That's all right, neither did we. But that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy the quaint village of Rhinebeck, N.Y., where the couple are expected to say their vows this weekend.

The tiny village 100 miles north of New York City is filled with independent stores, grand Victorian mansions -- 437 buildings in town are on the National Register of Historic Places -- charming bed-and-breakfasts and enough restaurants to appease any appetite.

VIDEO: The former first daughter and fiance Marc Mezvinsky prepare for their wedding.
Chelsea Clinton Prepares for Her Wedding

"It's just a pleasant, peaceful village to live in. It's clean. It's got culture," said Hal Dora, a clothing designer who runs a small boutique downtown on East Market Street. "It's a sweet village."

Don't expect to find a Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, Gap or Taco Bell here.

"We've been very lucky that over the years. We've had very diligent planning and zoning boards that have protected us," said Mayor James Reardon. "Corporate America has been kept out. It's just a really quaint downtown area that's very pedestrian-friendly."

Nobody is quite sure what this weekend's wedding will bring. Reardon fears "a crush of press, paparazzi and curious onlookers coming to the village and really causing us some problems."

"Of course there's a lot of curiosity about what's going on," he said.

Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Ted Turner and former British Prime Minister John Major are among those rumored to be on the 500-person guest list.

On a typical week, Rhinebeck is significantly quieter. And that's part of its appeal.

"It's that little small town that everybody would like to live in," Reardon added. "Just a gorgeous area."

Before Clinton Wedding, Rhinebeck Was a Quiet Town

That said, Annie Leibovitz, Natalie Merchant and other famous folks have discovered the hamlet but keep a low profile.

To get a taste -- literally -- of the Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding, book at table at Terrapin Restaurant. Owner Josh Kroner is said to be catering the rehearsal dinner at the Grasmere farm estate on the edge of town.

For a real bit of history, check into the Beekman Arms Inn, said to be America's oldest continuously run hotel. The wedding guests have booked every spare room at this inn, which opened in 1766. They aren't the first famous folks to stay at the Beekman Arms. It has hosted George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Benedict Arnold. It was here that Aaron Burr and Hamilton exchanged the insults that led to their famous duel and Hamilton's death. Two centuries later, Franklin Delano Roosevelt used the inn's front porch to start every one of his political campaigns.

More famous names are sure to be added to the list this weekend.

Unfortunately the reported wedding site -- Astor Courts, a sprawling mansion designed by Stanford White in 1902 for John Jacob Astor IV -- is a private home and you probably won't be able to stop by. But nothing says you can't drive past it and some of the other spectacular mansions that line the hills overlooking the Hudson River.

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