Beacon is a city located in Dutchess County, New York, in the heart of the lush Hudson Valley. Once declining industrial town, Beacon is now up and coming artist community with many galleries lining up the thriving Main Street. Dia: Beacon is a museum established for the Dia Art Foundation's collection of art created from the 1960s to the present. Catalyst Gallery is an artist-run space established in order to provide an opportunity for individuals or groups to show and sell their work. Maria Lago Studio 502 is a beautiful 1000-square foot gallery space and studio overlooking magnificent views of Mt. Beacon Falls where artist Maria Lago creates and shows her art. Denning’s Point Distillery crafts the finest artisanal spirits , in a historic downtown 19th century building. The Madam Brett Homestead is a historic 1709 Dutch-style home and the oldest standing building in Dutchess County . The Beacon Historical Society was established in 1976 to discover, preserve and showcase the heritage and history of Beacon, New York.


1.Dia:Beacon

Dia:Beacon
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Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries is the museum that opened in 2003 in Beacon, New York, on the banks of the Hudson River. Dia: Beacon was established for the Dia Art Foundation's collection of art created from the 1960s to the present. The museum occupies a 160,000-square foot former Nabisco box-printing facility renovated by the artist Robert Irwin and architects Alan Koch, Lyn Rice, Galia Solomonoff, and Linda Taalman. Besides Dia's permanent collection, Dia:Beacon also shows temporary exhibitions and presents public programs that complement the collection and exhibitions. They include Merce Cunningham Dance Company Events, monthly Gallery Talks, Community Free Days for neighboring counties, and an education program for area students.It is one of the country’s biggest exhibition spaces showing modern and contemporary art.

3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY 12508, Phone: 845-440-0100

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2.Denning's Point Distillery

Denning's Point Distillery
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Located in Beacon, New York, in a historic downtown 19th century building, Denning’s Point Distillery crafts the finest artisanal spirits using only the highest quality grains from local farms. Following the rich tradition of the Hudson Valley, the award-winning distillery strives to create classic spirits with unique depth and character. They offer a tour every Saturday at 2:30pm. Tours are informal and last about 25 minutes. Their rustic industrial tasting room is connected to their production space, which is known for great cocktails made with their own craft spirits and live music every second and fourth Saturday. The Beacon Bourbon is the winner of the "Best Spirit", 2016 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition.

10 N Chestnut St, Beacon, NY 12508, Phone: 845-476-8413

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3.Madam Brett Homestead

Madam Brett Homestead
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The Madam Brett Homestead is a historic 1709 home located in Beacon, New York. It is the oldest standing building in Dutchess County and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is on the NYS Independence Trail. The Dutch-style home was built for Roger and Catheryne Brett and their children and stayed in the family until 1954. It is today managed by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The house has original scalloped shingles, a number of Dutch doors and sloping dormers. The interior is decorated with the family’s original Georgian, Empire, and Victorian furniture. The home has a collection of 18th-century Chinese porcelain, several silver tea sets, an early doll collection, rich textiles, various tools and much more. The house is surrounded by five acres of perennial gardens.-***

50 Van Nydeck Ave, Beacon, NY 12508, Phone: 845-831-6533

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4.Beacon Historical Society

Beacon Historical Society
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The Beacon Historical Society was established in 1976 to discover, preserve and showcase the heritage and history of Beacon, New York. The Society’s collections include more than 2000 books, prints, photographs, documents, postcards, paintings, artifacts and maps . Its headquarters is located in the former rectory of St Andrew’s Church. The Society has an active calendar of events and programs, holds monthly presentations on local history and and publishes an informative newsletter. Their office, exhibition galleries and research library are open to the public, with volunteers available to assist with research about Beacon’s history.

17 South Ave, Beacon, NY 12508, Phone: 845-831-0514

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5.Church of St. Joachim

Church of St. Joachim
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The Church of St. Joachim and St. John the Evangelist is a Roman Catholic parish church in Beacon, New York, under the authority of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. The church was established after a merger of the Church of St. Joachim and St. John the Evangelist. The merged parishes now share a pastor, clergy and administrative staff. The two church buildings both continued to be used for worship. The history of St. Joachim – St. John the Evangelist Parish started in the Village of Matteawan in 1853. The church opened in 1861. The parish included the Village of Fishkill Landing. The two villages merged into the City of Beacon in 1913.

31 Willow St, Beacon, NY 12508, Phone: 845-838-0915

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6.Catalyst Gallery

Catalyst Gallery
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Established seven years ago in Beacon, New York, Catalyst Gallery is an artist-run space established in order to provide an opportunity for individuals or groups to show and sell their work in a lively community that supports the arts. This centrally-located storefront is perfect for organizing art exhibitions, installations, curated projects, as a short-term showroom for craft or design, for galleries and curators who need an additional or alternative venue, or similar uses. Besides the highly visible location, the gallery offers about 400 square feet of space in the main gallery, light-wood floors, white-painted well-built walls with track lighting, free street parking, tables, folding chairs, local promotion online and more.

137 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508, Phone: 845-204-3844

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7.Mount Beacon

Mount Beacon
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Beacon Mountain, locally known as Mount Beacon, located behind the City of Beacon, New York, is the highest peak of Hudson Highlands,. Its two summits tower above the Hudson River and can be seen from across the river and other places in the region. The northern peak, at 1,531 feet, has a number of radio antennas on its summit. The less accessible 1,610-foot southern summit has a fire lookout tower. Both summits offer breathtaking views and on clear days New York City is visible from the fire tower. The easiest way up the mountain is a dirt road used by reservoir maintenance workers, but it is closed to public vehicular use. There is a number of popular hiking trails going up the mountain, starting at different points in the city.

Beacon, New York

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8.Maria Lago Studio 502

Maria Lago Studio 502
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Maria Lago Studio 502 is a beautiful 1000-square foot gallery space in Beacon, New York, overlooking magnificent views of Mt. Beacon Falls. The studio is owned by the artist Maria Lago. María uses the space as a work studio and a permanent exhibition space for her artworks. The studio is open at regular hours and can also be visited by appointment for private exhibitions. The gallery offers a great selection of Maria’s paintings, sculptures, engravings and drawings made during the last seven years. Maria Lago is a renowned artist whose artwork is part of many private collections, museums and galleries in Europe and the United States. Originally from Asturias, Northern Spain, Maria is long-time New York resident. .

502 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508, Phone: 914-844-8739

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9.Kitchen Sink Food & Drink

Kitchen Sink Food & Drink
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Located in the heart of Beacon, NY, the Kitchen Sink is a colorful, charming spot serving Chef Bryan Arnoff’s interpretation of classic American "feel-good food, " offering a mix of dishes such as his famous brisket grilled cheese, beer braised pork lasagna and an evening of fried chicken with all the fixings on Monday nights. The space is cozy and bright, with dark wood tables, black and white tiled floors, colorful cushions and a lovely outdoor space. Locally sourced ingredients mostly come from their own family farm in Hyde Park, NY. During the winter they are open only on weekend nights.

157 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508, Phone: 845-765-0240

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10.Yankee Clipper Diner

Yankee Clipper Diner
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Yankee Clipper Diner is a family-owned Beacon, New York fixture serving neighborhood families since 1946. Nor much has changed since – formica tables and red leatherette chairs and cozy private booths give it a retro nostalgic flair. The waiters have been serving regular customers for decades and everyone feels like a part of the family. The diner is named by a famous American airplane and looks like it from outside, with glossy aluminum siding. The menu is huge and has something for everyone, including Greek traditional dishes, healthy food, burgers, salads, sandwiches and much more. They have a small selection of local and imported beers and wines.

397 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508, Phone: 845-440-0021

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11.Sukhothai Restaurant

Sukhothai Restaurant
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Sukhothai Restaurant is a warm, elegant Thai restaurant located in Beacon, New York, in a newly renovated brick building originally built in 1818. Exposed brick walls are decorated with modern Thai art. Sukhothai Restaurant offers a diverse menu of authentic Thai traditional dishes such as Pad Thai and Som Tam, but also custom dishes created exclusively by their master chef. Each dish is made to order, fresh and spiced according to customer’s wishes. Nothing is prepared ahead of time. Only the freshest produce, seafood and meats are used. Sukhothai has a full bar and a nice wine list.

516 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508, Phone: 845-790-5375

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12.2 Way Brewing Company

2 Way Brewing Company
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2 Way Brewing Company is a micro craft brewery and bar located in Beacon, New York opened in 2014. The brewery is known for producing the best handmade beers in the Hudson Valley. The folks at 2 Way Brewing Company believe that the Hudson Valley has all the requirements for producing truly unique beers: a climate and farmland perfect for growing hops and world-famous water. The brewery production facility has a spacious tap room separated only by a low wooden wall, so everyone can see the process required to make the brew they are drinking. The tap room is a popular gathering spot, especially on Trivia Night on Thursdays. Guests enjoy local art inside or spacious patio outside, play darts, pool, try 2-Way beer flights, and enjoy delicious food from Roundup Texas BBQ.

18 W Main St, Beacon, NY 12508, Phone: 845-202-7334

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13.Barb's Butchery

Barb's Butchery
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Barb’s Butchery opened in 2014 in Beacon, New York, with a modest menu of locally raised pork, beef and chicken. Barb’s has grown since but continues to offer fresh cuts of locally raised, grass finished Black Angus beef, lamb sourced from Meiller Farm, Pine Plains, NY, pork and locally raised poultry/eggs from Fazio Farm, Modena, NY. Barb’s also offers more than 40 types of fresh lamb, pork, beef and chicken sausage, smoked sausages, smoked hot dogs, bacon, smoked turkey breast meat, smoked pastrami, smoked boneless ham, braised corned beef, smoked brisket, oven roasted pork belly, smoked pulled pork, chicken bologna, liverwurst, bone broth, cooking fats and several kinds of jerky. Barb’s has a few tables where you can grab one of her great hot meals – burgers, sandwiches and more, or bring it home so you do not have to bother cooking.

69 Spring St, Beacon, NY 12508, Phone: 845-831-8050

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13 Best Things to Do in Beacon, NY