NYC Day Trips // Beacon, NY

If you live in a dense concrete jungle like New York City, you know how important it is to get out every now and then. Luckily for NYC residents, there are so many amazing places right outside our city to day-trip to (or stay overnight). Weekend getaways are one of my favorite things. I love taking a day or two to explore, clear my head, and spend time outside. I've been to a lot of great towns around NYC but still have so much more to discover. With that in mind, I want to start a new blog series to share some of my favorite weekend getaways, all within a few hours drive (or train ride) of Manhattan. First up is Beacon, NY.

Beacon is a town in the Hudson Valley. In the past few years it has gone from a working-class quiet town to a very popular weekend trip destination. The highlight in Beacon is the huge modern art museum, Dia: Beacon. It's a perfect getaway option for art lovers, but also offers awesome farm-to-table restaurants, lively bars, and an adorable main street lined with locally owned shops.

Getting There: Beacon is about an hour and a half from Manhattan. It's an easy drive, or you can hop on the Metro North train. The train station is a short walk to Dia: Beacon and there are tickets available that include your entry to the museum.

What To Do: As mentioned, Dia: Beacon is a big draw. The museum is housed in an old Nabisco box factory and it's a huge space. The interior is serene and gorgeous with a lot of windows and high ceilings, and it's dedicated to large scale installations. This is a modern art museum, and it's important to keep that in mind before you go. The exhibits are going to be minimalistic and perplexing... making you ponder what constitutes as art. I loved it, but people who don't enjoy contemporary art should skip it.

wearing: fringe sweater // scarf 

Beacon is home to some great restaurants and bars. I love Homespun for sandwiches and lunch fare. There are so many delicious vegetarian options which I appreciated. The Hop is a must-do for craft beer lovers.  Poppy's serves up the best burgers in town, and I had a yummy meal at tapas restaurant, The Vault.

Main Street in Beacon is full of cute boutiques, antique shops, and specialty food stores. This website has a good list of the town's best shops. Don't miss After The Barn for unique antiques and Lauren & Riley for women's wear.

Stay The Night: Beacon is a very doable day-trip, but if you want to spend the night I recommend Roundhouse. It's set in a gorgeous location along the Fishkill Creek and is walking distance to the best restaurants and shops on Main Street.

Do you live in or near NYC and have day-trip recommendations? I'd love to hear!


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