"The owners of Astor Courts, Kathy Hammer and Arthur Seelbinder, have done a beautiful job restoring it. I have been on the property. I have been in the house. It is absolutely beautiful, what they have done there, and I have to give them a lot of credit," Reardon said. "It's so nice, in fact, that now it's in demand as a location, whether it be for a movie, whether it be a photo shoot and now this type of event."
Okay, back to non-wedding reality.
Most visitors to town are likely to check into one of its charming bed-and-breakfasts. There aren't tons of attractions per se in town, but a lot of places to take a stroll and relax. Plus, it makes a great jumping-off point to explore other communities in the Hudson River valley.
"I don't think you're not going to find another town like it," said Nancy O. Amy, head of the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce. "The people are friendly here. People go out of their way to help you. It's just a really great vibe here."
While it's a small town, it doesn't mean that you can just stroll into any restaurant and get a table. Amy says folks like to dine out here and reservations are a must. For a classic old-school meal consider the Beekman Arms or The Rhinecliff.
For some after-dinner entertainment, head to Upstate Films which screens a mix of blockbusters and independent films and is sure to delight.
The next morning head to Pete's Famous Restaurant (34 East Market Street) or Bread Alone for breakfast.
Then take a stroll through town. Self-guided walking tours are available through the chamber of commerce's information cottage at 6372 Mill St. On a walk through town, make sure to pop into the galleries and boutiques.
Now it's time for some history.
Just a short drive away are two spectacular homes that bring visitors back to another time in our nation's history. First is the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt at Hyde Park.
Tour Springwood, the lifelong home of America's only four-term President, pop into the presidential library and museum and then stroll the grounds and gardens of the 300-acre estate. This was FDR's summer White House, a place that he used to escape the heat and politics of Washington.
Two miles north is the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, a great example of the country estates to which titans of industry retreated during the gilded age.
For your final day in town, maybe play a round of golf at the nearby Red Hook Golf Course or get a treatment at the Haven Spa. There might also be something happening at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in town. The site hosts a flea market, car shows, rodeos and a host of other events, including a pigeon show.
Another show in the area -- a bit more noisy than a quiet mansion -- is at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. The museum is home to one of the largest collections of early airplanes in the world, many which regularly take to the air during weekend airshows. There are also plenty of automobiles, motorcycles, early engines and memorabilia from 1900-1935.