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A few weeks ago, I decided to head up to New York City and tag along with my boyfriend on one of his photo shoots. I spent the day catching up with friends in the city, and he spent all day downtown shooting one of the coolest celebrity chef pop-ups in town.
We were going to spend the rest of the weekend in the city but by this point, we were a little exhausted. I hadn’t been home in a week, and I flew from Chicago to DC, then swung down to Charlottesville, then went up to New York. We both knew we wanted to have a bit more of a relaxing weekend and NYC is not the best place to chill out. My BF grew up in the Hudson Valley, so he suggested that we spend a day in Beacon, New York. It was super, super easy to get to, incredibly quaint and overall a place that I’m dying to visit again.
How to Get There
Beacon is right off the MetroNorth, and it is only an 80-minute train ride from Grand Central. If you’re driving, it’s about an hour and a half of a drive from New York on the Palisades Interstate Parkway. We ended up driving since my boyfriend takes his car to photo shoots, but we ran into a ton of traffic on the way. Personally, I’d opt for MetroNorth. MetroNorth also has a getaway package where you can buy round trip train tickets and an admission ticket to Dia:Beacon for only $39.50.
If you take MetroNorth to Beacon, Dia:Beacon will be right next to the station. Dia:Beacon is the quirky art museum where most of these photos above were shot, and it is a must. This one of a kind gallery is housed in an old printing factory and has tons of natural lighting and a variety of exhibits. Beacon itself has plenty of other smaller art galleries in town, but you could spend hours roaming around this spot.
After you’re done roaming around Dia:Beacon, head over to Main Street for shopping, food and a quaint-small town environment. Every Sunday from April-November, they have a flea market from 8 am-3 pm, weather permitting, where you can shop pieces from 50+ different vendors. Main Street also has dozens of delicious farm-to-table restaurants, eclectic boutiques, and a pretty incredible distillery.
If you opt to drive or get a carshare up to Beacon, you can easily access other gems in the Hudson Valley. We swung a trip over to Storm King Art Center after we were done strolling on Main Street, and we also took a trip over to nearby Newburgh to try out Graft Cider. You’re also not far from Woodbury Commons if you’re craving some outlet shopping.