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One-Day Vacay: A Bohemian Romp in Beacon

This upstate escape is more than just an art lover’s paradise.

Photo by Sayaka Ueno

If you thought Central Park was the best place to walk about during peak foliage season, you haven’t experienced the fiery reds and yellows that take over the quaint Hudson Valley town of Beacon.

EAT: Baked Goods at Beacon Bread Company

Begin your day the way most New Yorkers would: with carbs. Beacon Bread Company specializes in all kinds of baked masterpieces—Brioche! Sticky buns! Caraway rye loaves!—made to nibble on the go. If you prefer a more leisurely start, go for the challah French toast with a side of Cheddar-y grits. 193 Main Street

Beacon Bread Company Beacon NY
Photo courtesy of Beacon Bread Company/Facebook

BROWSE: Quality Page-Turners at Binnacle Books

Leave it to former writers, editors, teachers, and booksellers to partner up and open a new/used indie bookshop on Beacon’s main strip. Aside from giving bookworms some much-needed shelf awareness, Binnacle also acts as a meeting center, offering a variety of community-oriented programming for all ages. 321 Main Street

ADMIRE: Unusual Contemporary Art at Dia:Beacon

What was once a Nabisco factory is now one of the country’s largest exhibition spaces for multidisciplinary art. Currently on long-term display are Sam Gilliam’s drape paintings and Lee Ufan’s industrial-inspired sculptures. 3 Beekman Street

Dia:Beacon NY
Photo by Sayaka Ueno

STROLL: Through the Beacon Farmers’ Market

It’s not a real upstate trip until you acquire some goods from the farm. The Sundays-only, open-air marketplace is home to more than two dozen local vendors selling small-batch baked goods and bevvies, micro-dairy cheeses, pasteurized meats, and enough produce to last throughout the workweek. Veterans Place

DRINK: Oak-Aged Ales at Hudson Valley Brewery

Hopheads aren’t sour about the goses and farmhouse ales brewing inside this rustic brewing space. Those not waiting on line for the weekly can release tend to make friends with local pups on the outdoor patio. 7 East Main Street

Hudson Valley Brewery Beacon NY
Photo courtesy of Hudson Valley Brewery/Facebook

HEAR: Local Sounds at Dogwood

This low-key watering hole has a robust draft list (16 at any given time), which makes for a perfect pairing for its reiteration of the classic Canadian poutine and chicken pot pie. Live music and open-mic nights are also prime opportunities to befriend some of the locals before you hop back in the car (or on Metro-North). 47 East Main Street

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