Beacon, New York

Beacon, New York


Beacon is probably our favorite small town we’ve ever been to. It was literally named the “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel in 2018, so that just goes to show you how much it has to offer. This “hipster” town is only about 2 hours away from New York City and there is an abundance of things to do. We do trips to the Hudson Valley all the time, Beacon is always our number one recommendation for a perfect weekend getaway.

How to get to Beacon

If you’re lucky enough to own a car in NYC (like us) you can make the 2 hour drive to Beacon. But Beacon’s location to the Metro North is what makes it ideal for a quick getaway. It only takes a little longer than an hour to get to here on the Metro North which makes it accessible to everyone.

Where to Stay

We stayed at an Airbnb not to far from Main Street (where all the shops and restaurants are located) which was perfect for us. We did visit the grounds at The Roundhouse just to explore and they were absolutely beautiful so if that’s in your price range, we would recommend staying there.

Best Things to Do

  • Hike Mt. Beacon

  • Look at the amazing contemporary art at Dia:Beacon

  • Walk down Main Street

  • Listen to some live music at the Towne Crier

  • Be amazed by the glass blown art at Hudson Beach Glass

  • Explore Bannerman Castle

  • Nerd out at the Doctor Who themed restaurant The Pandorica

  • Drink some craft beer at Draught Industries

Where to Eat & Drink

  • Bank Square Coffeehouse

  • Tito Santana Taqueria

  • Towne Crier Cafe

  • Homespun Foods

  • Beacon Creamery (they had sorbet as well!)

  • Draught Industries

  • Glazed Over Doughnuts

  • The Pandorica

Beacon has everything you could possibly need for a short getaway. We actually visited during the weekday so a lot of things were closed (like Dia:Beacon) so we will definitely be making the trip back to check out the things we missed. For a more detailed itinerary, check out our Beacon vlog below where we show you almost all the places we went, including our epic hike up Mt. Beacon!

Our first vlog! | BEACON, NY

AHHH, Our first actual vlog! Let us know what you think in the comments! We took a road trip up to Beacon, NY for a few days to get out of the city and explore. It was a really easy getaway from NYC and we highly recommend it!
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