One of the best things about weekends in New York City? Escaping the city for a day! Just an hour’s journey along the Hudson River, Beacon is the perfect escape whether its a hot summer day, or a chilly Autumn escape.
Travel Up The Hudson River
Head to New York’s Grand Central Station and wander around the architectural icon while you wait for your train. See if you can spot the hidden black tile covered in cigarette tar from before the station’s major renovation. As you board the Metro North train, make sure to sit on the Port side (left) so that you can enjoy the river views as you hurtle up along the Hudson.
When you arrive at Beacon, head to Bank Square Coffee, just at the tip of Main Street. Refuel with their extra large portioned mugs and then head back towards the train station and on to the city’s main attraction: The Dia Beacon art museum.
This former Nabisco factory is the perfect museum for art lovers and skeptics alike. Housed in a beautiful, industrial building with large windows along the walls and roof, the Dia’s white rooms are soaked in light, and skirting the perimeter offers lush views of the surrounding gardens. The museum is the perfect size to wander through for an hour or so, enjoying Richard Serra’s fluid steel shapes, Dan Flavin’s light installations, and more.
Break for lunch and head towards Main Street. Stop at Homespun Foods for a satisfying sandwich in a floral scented garden. Birds, bees, and butterflies will accompany your meal, and as you look around at the flowering mess, it will seem hard to believe that New York City is only an hour away.
Part of the charm of a small town is its charming movie-like features. The thrill of walking down an actual street named Main Street, a hub of all the town’s major shops, stores, galleries, and events never gets old when you are escaping big city living. Take a glass blowing class, learn about the local green initiatives, explore Hudson art, and search for antique treasures.
End On A Sweet Note
When you’ve had your fill of small town living, head back towards the start of Main Street and grab a cone for the road at Beacon Creamery. Then amble back down the road to the train station and New York City.