Stay & Explore
A Beacon, New York Day Trip, or a Longer Stay…?
Beacon is the perfect town to get you outside and moving from hiking, kayaking, sailing, yoga, pilates, and shopping. One of the great allures of Beacon is the large amount of Hudson Valley hiking available. You can experience the views from Mt. Beacon on a steep hike and visit the peaks where our town got its name. During the Revolutionary war beacon fires were lit to give warnings that the British were coming. If you love history, hiking and kayaking you can take a guided kayaking tour to Bannerman Castle and walk the grounds of the ruins. Visit Bannerman Island Gallery to set up your trip.
Kayaks are also available to be rented at Mountain Top Outfitters at the beginning of Main Street. You can launch the kayaks in the water down at Long Dock Park. After your kayaking trip you can stroll down the river front from Long Dock Park to Madame Brett Park to see more scenic views. If you have sailing on your mind, then check out the famous Sloop Club and look at the website for sailing!
When you head back to Main Street don’t forget about the local yoga studio beBhakti and Pilates Studio both in the heart of town. beBhakti is always having fun events, special classes, and lectures. If you are in a shopping mood we have that too. Start at the beginning of Main Street and make your way to the waterfall and enjoy all of the many varieties of stores. We have a little bit of everything from hiking gear, jewelry, art, clothing, cooking supplies, vintage clothing, kids toys, and pet supplies. To see the complete list of stores check out the link on A Little Beacon Blog. Beacon is the perfect place to get outside in nature and relax.
Hudson Valley Arts & Culture
Calling all art lovers!
Beacon is full of a rich diversity of art and galleries. We have our own Beacon Arts council which keeps our town in an ever-evolving art scene. Check them out at beaconarts.org for events. This exciting art scene was complimented by the opening of the Dia museum in 2003 which exhibits art from the 1960s to the present. The Dia also connects Beacon to many visitors from New York City who might first have experienced the original Dia in Chelsea, NYC. The art galleries represent a beautiful tapestry of artist who live in the Hudson Valley. The long list of galleries make a fantastic way to fill a weekend of art education or shopping for that perfect piece of art over the mantle. Another great day of Art is to experience Storm King, one of the world’s largest outdoor sculpture parks. Storm King is a 30-minute drive from Beacon and is located New Windsor, NY. Our town is a creative nest of art enthusiast who love to share their stories and work with visitors.