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Summer Escapes Series

If you’re looking for a Summer Escape, but a day at the beach just isn’t your style, look a little North to the Hudson Valley. This week, we’re taking you a little upstate to our favorite artsy Summer Escape, Beacon, NY.

With fantastic views of the Hudson river, plenty of outdoor activities, and a thriving art and culture district, Beacon has everything you need to make the most of your Summer Escape. And the best part about Beacon? It’s only an hour and a half away via train!

So pack those hiking boots or get your artistic side ready for a fun Summer Escape without the messy sand.

Looking for other Summer Escape Ideas? Check out our Montauk Adventure, NYC by Boat, and Catalina Excursions.



Beacon is the great Summer Escape for a day or the weekend because it’s so close to NYC. Hop on the MetroNorth for about an hour and a half straight into Beacon or take a quick drive up for the day. Unless you’re planning to do a hike a ways away from town, we recommend taking the train. Everything is so close, and you’ll get the best views while walking.



Beacon is known for its thriving art community. From galleries designed specifically for the art displayed, to glass blowing workshops, you’ll be in for a visual feast. Want to spend some time antiquing? There’s spots for that. Want to get your pulse racing and adrenaline pumping? Check out the trails, falls, and amazing views. Here is our list of things you won’t want to miss!

For the Art Lovers:

Dia:Beacon – For all you art lovers out there, you won’t want to miss Dia:Beacon. It’s a renowned art mecca upstate and it’s only a short walk from the train. The unique draw is that each gallery display is specifically designed to highlight and focus on each artist’s work.

Second Saturday – With a thriving art scene, Beacon hosts a vibrant city wide celebration on the Second Saturday of every month. The next Second Saturday will be held on August 13th. If you’re visiting, you definitely will not want to miss out!

Beacon Theatre – If you like art of a different kind, be sure to check out this gorgeous art deco theater originally opened in the 1930s. It’s still a site for performing arts, so be sure to catch a show.

For Some Great Shopping:

Hudson Valley Maker and Artisan Collective – As if Beacon couldn’t get more adorable and artsy, they have an Artisan Collective providing a venue for local artisans and craftsmen to showcase their goods. Check out some of the intriguing hand crafted goods and décor and take a piece of Beacon home with you!

Hudson Beach Glass – Ever wanted to learn how glass is made? At Hudson Beach Glass, you can watch it in action! Located in a restored firehouse, this cool shop has glass blowing demonstrations and hands-on classes. Be sure to take home something from their collection of hand blown items available for sale.

Beacon Flee Market – Care to search for some vintage items and see if you can find a gem to call your own? Check out the Beacon Flea Market! Open every Sunday, the market offers a variety of vendors selling vintage collectibles, household items, vinyl books, hand-made jewelry and more!

For the Adventure-seekers:

Mt. Beacon – For the adventure seekers amongst us, check out some of the beautiful scenery and vistas from atop Mt. Beacon! With varying levels of hiking difficulty, you can make a quick trip to see the Hudson Valley, or you can try climbing all the way to the top of Mt. Beacon for unparalleled views.

Beacon Reservoir – The Beacon reservoir offers an alternative hike for views of some burbling waterfalls on your way to large, multilevel waterfalls.

Kayak on the Hudson with Mountain Top Outdoors – Want a little more active way to experience the Hudson River? Check out Kayak on the Hudson with Mountain Top Outdoors. You can rent by the hour or for the day. Tours are available on Wednesday nights where you can take a 2-hour sunset tour for a romantic journey.



Beacon is right on the Hudson River, so picturesque vistas and natural beauty are all around. If you choose to stay the night, be sure to find a place that highlights those awesome views!

You can stay in rustic bed and breakfasts that offer waterfall views or inns at the foot of Mt. Beacon. Whatever your taste, there is a place in Beacon that will satisfy your needs. Here are some of our favorite places to stay in Beacon.

The Roundhouse – Have you ever fallen asleep to the sound of a natural waterfall? Now you get the chance! The Roundhouse is a really cool historic property located at the foot of Beacon Falls. Built in the 1800s, it was recently renovated and turned into a luxurious spot that’s the destination in Beacon.

The Swann Inn – If you’re looking to spend your time in Beacon hiking and exploring Mt. Beacon, The Swann Inn is your destination. This adorable B&B is just steps from the trails and hiking of Mt. Beacon.

Air BnB – As always, AirBnB offers some really great places to suit your needs in this beautiful town, whether it be for an intimate get away for two, or just a trip with the girls!



Before you start your exploration of the town, fuel up on some yummy breakfast! Has trekking through the town got you hungry? Beacon has some great snack options as well as food that’s quick to grab and go! Ready to settle down for a beautiful dinner? Beacon has got you covered. Check out some of our favorite spots to grab a bite!

Beacon Bagel – We love the hilarious “vegan and almost vegan” section of the menu at the Beacon Bagel. They have some great options for grabbing a quick bite before heading out to explore the town. And they have gluten free options as well!

Tito Santana – Craving a bit more flavor? Check out Tito Santana, where they have delicious Mexican dishes and vegan options.

The Hop – Some say the best way to quench a mighty thirst during the summer is a nice cold craft beer. Test out that theory at The Hop with their wide selection of craft beers and artisanal fare. With 15 draft beers available on top, you’re sure to find a beer that is perfect for you. While you’re there make sure you try their Vegan Rueben!

Dogwood – Dogwood pays homage to the thriving arts scene of Beacon. There’s live music and karaoke in the back, and it’s a great spot to catch some of the local talent. Organic, locally sourced ingredients, rotating seasonal beers, and some delicious food mix with the live music to make a really good time. Our recommendation? The Black Bean Burger!

Roundhouse Beacon Restaurant – The Roundhouse’s Restaurant is a beautifully repurposed industrial space that offers views of the Beacon waterfall. With seasonal menus, this restaurant is often quiet busy, so we strongly recommend reservations. Want a quick bite and drunk? Check out The Lounge at the Roundhouse Beacon’s on Fridays and Saturdays, or hang out no their patio!