Welcome to Beacon! Beacon is a wonderful city to visit, large enough to be diverse, small enough to get around easily and enjoy. All with spectacular Hudson River views!
Down By the Riverside: This makes an excellent day trip from the city since the train station is the perfect starting point for this adventure. From historical Denning's Point to art at DIA: Beacon, to the inspiring beauty of the river itself, this stroll will connect you to Beacon's riverfront, past, present, and always. Don't forget to leave time to come up to town for a great meal and a little shopping.
Second Saturday Night Out: It need not be Saturday, or night, but the second Saturday of every month many of the shops, galleries, and restaurants stay open late, and special events are planned. Whether you start from the east end or the west end, if you're traveling by car, we suggest parking at the train station (west) or one of the municipal lots in town and enjoying Beacon on foot. A typical Second Saturday, whatever the time of year, might include some antique browsing, an apéritif, a fine dinner, a gallery tour, a nightcap and a musical interlude.
Hike Mt. Beacon: We have our own mountain in our backyard and we love it! Mt. Beacon has played host to Revolutionary signal fires alerting George Washington of British movements, getaway cottages for silent film star era celebrities, and, at one time, the world's steepest incline railway. Those reaching the top (by foot only these days) are rewarded with views of the town below and sweeping vistas of the valley and river.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Come watch our home team, the Hudson Valley Renegades, play at Dutchess Stadium, just a mile north on route 9D. Start a feud: Invite guests to come watch their home team play ours! (Know any fans of the Brooklyn Cyclones? the Staten Island Yankees? The Vermont Lake Monsters?) There is a great picnic area and more often than not fireworks, too.
Historic Tour of Beacon: A walk through town will confirm Beacon's role during the Industrial Age, and the city considers these old factory buildings monuments to our heritage, and is actively protecting them. Also right in town is Madam Brett's Homestead, which predates the Revolutionary War. The Howland Cultural Center may be the best-known historic structure in the city. On the outskirts you'll find Mount Gulian, Stony Kill Farm, and the Van Wyck Homestead Museum.
Walking, Driving or Biking Tour of Beacon: The Tioronda Working Group has created a walking, driving or biking tour of Beacon. You can access the tour at www.tiorondaworkinggroup.com. There is a print version, an interactive map and an audio tour.
These are some highlights. If you'll be visiting for more than a day, check in to one of the B and B's in town and get ready to explore. Beacon has many hidden gems—ask a shopkeeper or any locals you bump into for their ideas and suggestions.
All You Knead Bakery, 308 Main Street
Bank Square Coffee House, 129 Main Street
Beacon Bread Company, 193 Main Street
Beacon FAlls Cafe, 472 Main Street
Brothers Trattoria, 465 Main Street
Cafe Amarcord, 276 Main Street
Chill Wine Bar, 173 Main Street
Culture Cafe Bar, 157 Main Street
Dogwood Bar & Restaurant, 47 East Main Street
Ella's Bellas, 418 Main Street
Gerardo's Seafood Cafe, 244 Main Street
Homespun Foods, 232 Main Street
Lucky's, 102 Beekman Street
Max's on Main, 246 Main Street
Poppy's Burgers and Fries, 184 Main Street
Sukothai Restaurant, 516 Main Street
The Beacon Bagel, 466 Main Street
The Hop Beacon, 458 Main Street
Towne Crier Cafe, 458 Main Street
Tito Santana, 142 Main Street
Yankee Clipper Diner, 397 Main Street
Madam Brett Homestead, 50 Van Nydeck Avenue
Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street
Dia:Beacon, 3 Beekman Avenue
Beacon Barkery, 192 Main Street
Beacon Bath and Bubble, 456 Main Street
Beacon D'Lites, 327 Main Street
La Bella Rosa, 474 Main Street
Clay and Wood Cotton, 133 Main Street
Echo Boutique, 484 Main Street
Lady Gray, 274 Main Street
Lauren and Riley, 462 Main Street
Mountain Tops Outdoors, 114 Main Street
Notions-N-Potions, 175 Main Street
People's Bicycle, 430 Main Street
Play Toys and Gifts, 167 Main Street
Scenic Hudson Kayak Launch at Long Dock Park on the Beacon riverfront -- tours and rentals available in season.
Bike Rentals -- available through People's Bicycle near the Ferry Dock during the summer months and through People's Bicycle's Main Street location the rest of the year. 430 Main Street.
Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, 2 East Main Street
Botsford Briar B&B, 19 High Street
Mt. Beacon B&B, 829 Wolcott Avenue 9D
The Swann Inn of Beacon, 120 Howland Avenue