I went to the Rhinebeck this year, my first time. I had a great time but the next time I go, I'll do it differently. Here's the deal...
One of my LYS, Tangled Web, chartered a bus to Rhinebeck. It was scheduled to leave Philadelphia at 6:45am. I left my house at at 4:55am. I took a bus, the sub, and another bus just to get to the chartered bus. We left Philly at 7:00am and arrived at the fairgrounds around noon. We stayed for four hours. We left the fairgrounds at 4:45pm or so and arrived back in Philly at 9:00pm. I cabbed it home and crossed my threshold at 9:30pm. Long day. What it broke down to was 10.5 hours of travel time for 4 hours of festival time. So next year, we (me and the boyfriend) will make it weekend getaway.
Here's the haul.
So, all in all, a wonderful time.