How to Spend a Saturday on the Beacon Riverfront
If you're going to treat yourself to a fun-filled weekend getaway in Beacon, this is how to do it.
Photo by Daniel Case
Torch jokes aside, there are so many things to see and do in this “sleepy” Hudson River town, that a rough guide is absolutely necessary. While there’s far too much to cram into just one day trip, consider the following itinerary an exemplary foundation around which to plan your own holiday.
9:30 a.m. – Breakfast at Beacon Bread Company
Delicious, classic breakfast items at more than reasonable prices, all cooked and baked fresh in their scratch kitchen. Get some homemade yogurt, a PB&J with homemade peanut butter and jam all on baked-in-house bread, or nature’s perfect meal: challah French toast. Add on a side of “Kiss My Grits (with cheddar)” because how could you not?
193 Main St
Open daily 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
10:30 a.m. – Hike the Dennings Point Trail
Located on a small peninsula at the Southwestern edge of town, the Dennings Point Trail is a 1.2 mile circuit of fairly level terrain with absolutely gorgeous views of the Hudson. Park your car in the nearby lot, and enjoy a few majestic vistas while working off that French toast from breakfast.
12 p.m. – Grab a slice at Sal’s Pizzeria
Locals and visitors alike rave about the slices at Sal’s; they’re bigger than your plate and loaded down with flavorful toppings. A solid recommendation: the bacon-ranch slice might just change your outlook on life.
1020 Wolcott Ave
Open daily 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
2 p.m. – Take in arts and culture at Dia:Beacon
A permanent location in the Dia Art Foundation network, this former box printing factory sports a gallery, hosts speakers, and even offers tours at 12:30 and 2 p.m. on weekends, free with admission. (Admission itself is only $15 for adults, $12 for students, seniors, and Foundation members. Kids under 12 get in free.)
3 Beekman St
Thurs-Mon 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
5 p.m. – Dine with friends at The Pandorica
Assuming time isn’t being all “wibbly-wobbly,” you’ll probably be ready for dinner at this point. Casual diners and die-hard Whovians both will enjoy the food and funky décor at one of America’s most well-known Doctor Who themed venues, and — yes — the bathroom is bigger on the inside. Fare is mostly inexpensive and traditional American, with a few English staples thrown in by owner and expatriated Brit Shirley Hot. Patrons are welcome to come in costume, so just don’t get irked if a tall, raggedy man offers you some of his fish fingers and custard.
165 Main St
Sun – Mon 12 – 5:30 p.m., Wed – Sat 12 – 8:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m. – Sip on drinks at 2 Way Brewing Company
This small craft brewery opened in 2014 and sports a rotating assortment of mainstays, seasonals, and a few experimental options. Grab a Beacon Brown or one of their other brews made with locally sourced ingredients, and be sure to ask about The Hop Project beers brewed specifically to showcase the unique flavor of individual hops varieties.
18 West Main St
Tues – Wed 5 – 10 p.m., Thurs 5 – 11 p.m., Fri 3 – 11 p.m., Sat 12 a.m. – 12 p.m., Sun 1 – 8 p.m.
9 p.m. – Overnight at Chrystie House Bed & Breakfast
If you’re too tired to head home at this point, don’t! Chrystie House is a fully restored federal-style 19th century mansion on about 4 acres of gorgeous garden landscape. It’s only a short walk from Main Street, with dual occupancy rooms starting at just $175 per night. (Yes, including either continental or catered breakfast in the morning.) Stay the night and hit up anything you didn't get the chance to try in the morning, or just explore what else Beacon has to offer.
300 South Ave
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