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Summer is the perfect time for a weekend getaway especially when faced with the city’s crowds and sweltering heat. Enter Beacon, New York. This upstate escape is easily accessed through the Hudson line on Metro North and you can get there in under an hour and a half.

Dia:Beacon

One of the biggest attractions in Beacon, New York and its in walking distance of the train stop! With over 240,000 square feet of gallery space (and growing in the next few years, recently announced by Dia’s director, Jessica Morgan), Dia:Beacon is the perfect place to spend an afternoon (or the entire day). This museum is located in a converted Nabisco factory and is dedicated to minimalist and conceptual artists from the 1960’s and 1970’s. I promise you, this is unlike any NYC museum. A worthwhile pilgrimage for any art lover.

Dia

Picture from Dia Art Foundation

Long Dock Park

Another site just minutes walking distance from Dia:Beacon or the Metro North stop. Long Dock is a beautiful park that is a great taste of Upstate and absolutely breathtaking at sunrise or sunset. It also often has water sport rentals for fun activities like kayaking and water boating. A perfect spot for a picnic or a quick hike after a visit to Dia.

Beacon Park

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Bank Square Coffeehouse

The perfect neighborhood coffee shop located at the end of Main Street. With speciality drinks (including delicious smoothies and craft beer), small snacks or treats, and indoor and outdoor seating (finished with an eclectic array of couches and art), Bank Square is a great place to catch up with an old friend or a new book.

Beacon Coffee

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The Restaurants

Beacon has a collection of restaurants for any pallette. Some of the highlights include Beacon Bread Company (the place for brunch), Tito Santana’s Taqueria (a must on Taco Tuesdays), and Roundhouse (farm to table dining with outdoor seating overlooking a waterfall). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner: Beacon has you covered.

Beacon Roundhouse

Picture from Beacon Roundhouse

The Galleries

Beacon’s amazing arts scene is not limited just to Dia:Beacon, it has almost twenty galleries and art spaces around town! Be sure to stop into a few along Main Street and ask the owners for more recs. Some hidden gems include Hudson Beach Glass and the Marion Royael Gallery (and its incredible outdoor installations), be sure to check this one out.

Beacon Glass

Picture from Tripadvisor.com

The Stores

Support small businesses and buy unique gifts for others (or treat yourself) at the dozens of local shops on Beacon’s Main Street. You can find everything from essential oils at Notions-N-Potions to outdoorsy gear at Mountain Tops, and finally on to Play, the toy store for adults and children!

Downtown Beacon

Picture from Long Island Weekly

Festivals and Markets

Be sure to check online ahead of time and see if you can catch one of Beacon’s outdoor festivals. Annual festivals include Spirit of Beacon day and the Gardiner Cupcake Festival. If you happen to be in on a Sunday, go to the Beacon Flea Market and Farmers’ Market for something old or something yummy.

Beacon Cupcakes

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Go on, plan that weekend getaway, and share it with us at #artbinder!