Last weekend, my boyfriend Zach and I, headed upstate to Beacon, NY to escape the city for a day. We got this day trip idea from a blog called, Escape Brooklyn, which features posts on various day and weekend trips that you can take around New York.
We chose Beacon because it’s only an hour and a half trip from Grand Central on MetroNorth and there are TONS of different things to do there. So on Saturday morning we stocked up on coffee and snacks and boarded the 9:43am train up north. Though we had some specific activities in mind, we took the trip without a set plan, which ended up being the best idea.
Luckily, Main St., which runs right through town, is only a 5 minute walk from Beacon Station and has pretty much every restaurant, bar and shop that you’ll ever need. See below for an outline on recommendations for what to do, where to eat/drink and what you need to see when visiting this quaint little town.
Where to Eat:
- Beacon Bread Company – When we first arrived in Beacon, Zach and I were both STARVING, so we walked a few blocks and stumbled into one of the first breakfast spots that we saw. Zach got an omelette and I chose the breakfast burrito. I kid you not, we did not speak to each other until both of our plates were clear. The food was SO good, especially the bread, which was some of the best that I’ve had in a while. If you find yourself in Beacon, I highly recommend stopping by here for breakfast, or a pastry!
- Poppy’s Burgers & Fries – Since we hadn’t eaten since breakfast (it was that filling), we decided it was a good idea to grab a quick bite before heading back to the city. We had heard that Poppy’s was a good spot for a burger and fries so that’s exactly what we got. Now, I’m not one to eat red meat often, so I wouldn’t say that I’m well versed on the art of the cheeseburger, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one and it ended up being a great choice before the hour and a half train ride back home.
- Beacon Creamery – On our way back to the train station (right at the end of Main St. before you turn the corner to head to the station), I of course had to make a pitstop for some ice cream. We opted for the cookies and cream with a waffle cone and it was exactly what we needed. The Beacon Creamy is a great local ice cream shop with the friendliest staff!
Where to Drink:
- The Hop – This was one of the restaurants/bars that Escape Brooklyn had recommended, and it did not disappoint. We headed there in the early afternoon to try out some of their craft and local beers and all were fantastic. There’s also a great outdoor patio in the back of the restaurant that has select beers on tap, along with BBQ truck. We had a great time enjoying a few beers and I know Zach loved beating me TWICE at cornhole – clearly, not one of my strong suits.
- Dogwood – After we spent the afternoon walking around town, we were in dire need of another drink (duh!), so while we were at The Hop we had heard someone also recommend Dogwood, describing it as a more local spot. They were right about that one – while it was less crowded than The Hop, we loved the old school bar vibe and the large selection of craft beers on tap. Definitely a must when visiting the area!
What to Do:
- Main St. – This is the street in the middle of town where we pretty much spent all of our day. It has all of the best stores, restaurants and bars. While the town seems small when you’re just starting out, it took us all day to make our way through this one street. We had such a great time checking out all of the handmade/vintage clothing and antique shops along the way. A few of my favorites were Clay Wood & Cotton, Reservoir, Dickinson’s Antiques and After the Barn, where I snagged the cutest vintage tray to display my perfume.
- The Round House – This is the main hotel in the area and not only is it gorgeous, but the outdoor patio where they serve food and drinks overlooks a small waterfall close by. While we didn’t spend much time here this trip, we had a great time exploring the nearby area and taking a peek at the back patio, which is the perfect spot for afternoon drinks.
Overall, we had such a great time exploring this small town and look forward to many more trips upstate this season!