Beacon is a quick, fun, and easy trip to do if you’re looking to get out of the city. About an hour and a half away from NYC, and filled with art and cute little shops, Beacon can easily be seen in a day!
YOUR QUICK GUIDE TO BEACON
The town of Beacon is accessible by the Metro-North, or by car. The city is extremely walkable, with the majority of stores on Main Street. There is a wide variety of food options, from more formal, to casual, to cafes.
- Beacon Bread Company – A quaint bread shop, although they are known for their baguettes, I recommend ordering a Philly cheese steak.
- Homespun Foods – Homespun Foods, which also has a concession at DIA:Beacon, has plenty of healthy food options and a nice outdoor garden area in the back.
- The Roundhouse – Located at the end of Main Street, The Roundhouse was at the top of the list for the views overlooking the waterfall at Fishkill Creek and its cozy lounge vibes. In the warmer months, there are tables overlooking the waterfall. If you are going in the winter, head to the lounge instead of the dining room (where it is usually closed for private events) because of the cozy winter vibes. With most ingredients sourced locally from the Hudson Valley, the menu always has fresh and interesting spin on options. The Roundhouse is also THE place to stay in Beacon!
- Tito Santana Taqueria – A great option for tacos and a quick lunch option.
- Glazed Over Donuts – Glazed Over Donuts is a make-your-own donut shop where you are able to pick your base, topping, and drizzle and make your own donut. They have a viewing area where you are able to watch in the back them making the donuts for you!
- Hudson Valley Marshmallow Company – All things marshmallow, including homemade marshmallows and smores!
- Zora Dora’s Micro Batch Ice Cream and Paletas – This hole in the wall sells only ice pop a few doors down Beacon Bread Company, with funky flavors.
- Bank Square Coffee House – Located at the beginning of Main Street, make sure to order a Vanilla Chai. Almost everyone in line got one!
- Big Mouth Coffee Roasters – An airy space with a nice selection of pastries. I recommend the almond croissant and oatmeal raisin cookie.
- Explore DIA:Beacon – Originally founded to help artists achieve visionary projects that might not otherwise be realized because of scale or scope, DIA: Beacon now hosts artists ranging from Flavin to Warhol. Coming from the greek word “through”, DIA:Beacon has helped transform the city into a vibrant arts destination.
- Make your own creation at Hudson Beach Glass – Located in a restored firehouse a short walk from DIA:Beacon, this locally owned shop offers handblown glass ornament making. Make sure to book ahead because they were sold out a month out! They also take a limited amount of walk-ins.
- Travel to Bannerman’s Island to explore Bannerman’s Castle – Read all about the history of the island, how to get there, and what to eat, see, and do here.
Walk along Main Street and window shop! Main Street includes local restaurants and small businesses, including antique stores, clothing, art, and more. A few notable stops on Main Street include:
- Beacon Artist Union – Art Gallery in Beacon featuring art from the Hudson Valley and beyond.
- Binnacle Books – Binnacle Books has a great line up of new and used books.
- Beacon Bath & Bubble LLC – Fun handmade soap, bath bombs, and make your own soda-pop-floats.
- Colorant – High-end fashion boutique with hand-dyed garments.
- Drink More Good – Produces small-batch soda syrups, tisane concentrates, and cocktail bitters.
- Lewis & Pine – Beautiful delicate jewelry pieces.
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