Since moving to New York City, Beacon has been high on our list of places to visit. After living here for 3 years (where has the time gone?!), we finally made the trip up north to visit Beacon and Storm King Art Center!
Beacon is a small riverfront town, just 60 miles north of New York City. From post-industrial decay, Beacon has transformed itself into a hip and artsy destination. The center of Beacon is Main Street, lined with shops, cafes, galleries, and breweries. And, if you’re into all things nature and hiking, Beacon might just be the perfect little getaway for you!
Alright, first things first — how to get to Beacon! If you have a car, great; if you don’t, MetroNorth will be your best bet! From Grand Central Station, catch the train to Poughkeepsie and enjoy the beautiful scenic ride along the Hudson River. And hopefully, you will have a much more enjoyable experience than we did…
We planned our trip to Beacon on a Saturday… a Saturday that also happened to be absolutely beautiful and the first real day of “fall” (cue fall foliage and pumpkin spice lattes). We even left early and caught the 9:56am train, but it never once occurred to us that maybe all of New York City had the same idea to escape the city. Our train was a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y packed, and I mean worse than catching an Express 4 or 5 train in the city during rush hour. After 50 miserable minutes, we gave up. We got off the train in Peekskill — not even close to our final destination of Beacon, and we ordered an Uber to Storm King Art Center. Our Uber driver even laughed at us for getting off the train so early! But hey, at the time, air-conditioning and room to stretch our legs seemed like a little piece of heaven.
If you’ve never heard of Storm King Art Center, turn on Netflix and watch season 2, episode 9 of Master of None, and you will completely understand why we decided to visit! Storm King Art Center is an open-air museum containing the largest collection of contemporary art sculptures in the United States. With over 500 acres of open-air goodness, you are free to explore at your own pace and take in all of the amazing views. Although Storm King Art Center is open all year round, I highly suggest visiting in late September or early October. Fall foliage may seem a bit basic, but Storm King Art Center takes fall foliage to a whole new level. Both Alex and I were in awe with how pretty every corner of the park was.
After exploring Storm King Art Center, you’re probably hungry, thirsty, or both! If you’ve relied on public transportation up to this point, order an Uber and head to Beacon! Our Uber dropped us off at Hudson Valley Brewery, which is located on one end of Main Street. The brewery is known for their Sour IPAs but they have something to please everyone — from beers to ciders and wines!
After relaxing at Hudson Valley Brewery, we set out to explore Main Street. There are so many cute boutiques and art galleries, it’s hard not to lose track of time. We eventually made our way down Main Street to 2 Way Brewing Company, and oh my, if you love BBQ, you must stop here! The brewery had such a fun vibe — so many board games, lots of beer, delicious food, and music. Plus, its a 5 minute walk to the train station, so it’s the perfect last stop in Beacon!
We had so much fun visiting Beacon and Storm King Art Center, we’re already planning our return! Next time, we’re hoping to stop by DIA:Beacon (an art gallery housing art from the 1960s to present) and Mount Beacon Park (hiking trails with amazing views of the Hudson River). What’s your favorite getaway in New York State?!