Best Cultural Getaway: Beacon, New York
Once an old factory town, Beacon has completely remade itself into both an art and food destination. Though it’s just an 80-minute rail ride up the Hudson River, boutique newcomers like the Inn & Spa at Beacon and the Beacon Hotel make it worthy of an overnight stay (if you’re into hammocking on a rooftop garden and waking up to views of Mount Beacon, that is).
On Main Street, fuel a day of gallery-hopping -- or refuel if you hiked nearby Breakneck Ridge -- with a cold brew from café-cum-gallery Bank Square Coffeehouse, a donut from Glazed Over Donuts, or a bacon, egg & cheese from Mr. V’s Deli. Between visits to the myriad galleries, quirky independent shops, and hand-blown glass studios like Niche Modern and Hudson Beach Glass, pause at the Hudson Valley Brewery for a crowler (32-ounces in a can) of Hudson Valley Pirouette: a sour IPA brewed on-site.
Leave a few hours (and plenty of phone storage space for impromptu photo shoots) for Dia:Beacon, a 300,000 square foot former Nabisco factory that houses a collection of monumental contemporary works Like Richard Serra’s Torqued Ellipses, Dan Flavin’s light installations, and Sol LeWitt’s Isometric wall drawings.
For dinner, opt for Roundhouse Beacon, where you’ll find yourself in front of floor-to-ceiling views of Beacon Falls while dining on charcuterie, cast iron octopus, and duck breast. Afterward, head to Denning's Point Distillery, for the $5 tour and tasting of three different spirits, or try a refreshing cocktail at the bar -- and make sure to bring home a bottle of the award-winning Beacon bourbon made from New York-farmed grains.
By public transit: Take an 80-minute Metro-North ride on the Croton-Harlem line to Beacon Station. It’s a five-minute walk to Dia:Beacon and 10 minutes from the hotel and Main Street.
By car: One hour, 45 minutes