A few weeks back I was surprised with a day trip. I had no idea where we were headed until we got to the train station. When we arrived; I could hardly believe I was still in New York. Beacon is an incredibly quaint city that reminded me a lot of small towns in Louisiana and overall a place I could see myself going again to escape the city.
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 took the MetroNorth which was the best option for us because after eating and site seeing a quick nap on the way home was much needed! 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.