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Upstate Utopia: Beacon’s Best

New Yorkers are falling for this Husdon Valley town. Where to go and what to do for an autumnal weekend-long city escape

Without summer Fridays, the fall weekends are shorter—which means more day trips instead of long weekend getaways. Thankfully, tri-state area denizens have a few fantastic options not too far from home. Below, the top spots for shopping, eating and beyond in Hudson Valley’s Beacon.


Since its renovation in 2014, the Roundhouse’s six-acre hotel and spa has been Beacon’s premier place to stay. The 14 modern rooms and three dining outposts that are currently open are complemented by the Hudson Valley’s picturesque landscape; 27 additional guest rooms in a converted mill were added during the renovation for those seeking a rustic, authentic stay. 

2 East Main Street, roundhousebeacon.com


Designer Erin Murphy moved her burgeoning womenswear line, {EM} Reservoir, from NYC to Beacon in 2012, leading her to open a boutique, Reservoir & Wood. It features Murphy’s own flirty dresses, plus blazers in vibrant prints and sharply tailored shirts from Brooklyn-based label Fischer.

460 Main Street, em-reservoir.com


Burger joint Poppy’s from Chopped winner Paul Yeaple reopened in June. The expanded space can accommodate the throngs who visit this local hangout for the grass-fed beef patties (sourced from nearby Kiernan Farm) and addictive sweet-potato chips.

184 Main Street, poppyburger.com


The 2003 arrival of Dia:Beacon—a satellite of the original in NYC’s Chelsea—cemented the town’s identity as a contemporary-art destination. Exhibitions include the work of Robert Irwin in the current show, Excursus: Homage to the Square3.

3 Beekman Street, diaart.org