The Town of Rhinebeck is in the northwest part of Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Rhinebeck also refers to the Village of Rhinebeck, located within the town. Rhinebeck residents living within the village are citizens of the town as well, but residents living only in the town are not citizens of the village. U.S. Route 9 passes through the town. It also includes the hamlet of Rhinecliff, which has an Amtrak station, Rhinecliff-Kingston (Amtrak station), with service to Chicago, Cleveland, Buffalo, Albany, and New York City.
It is part of the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown metropolitan area as well as the larger New York metropolitan area.
President Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea married Marc Mezvinsky there in July 2010.
Rhinebeck is also home of the Dutchess County Fair, which is a very popular agricultural fair.