Historic Hudson River Towns
Working Together on the Shores of the Hudson

Beacon, NY

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.

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. For more information on Second Saturday, visit beaconarts.org.

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. For more information on Mt. Beacon and all of the Scenic Hudson parks, visit scenichudson.org

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.

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.

Events in Beacon

Exploring Beacon

All You Knead Artisan Bakery
Breads and pastries
308 Main Street
(845) 440-8530
Baja 328
Southwest grill - Tequila bar
328 Main Street
(845) 838-2252
Bank Square Coffee House
Coffee and conversation
129 Main Street
(845) 440-7165
Beacon Bagel
Best bagels in the Hudson Valley
466 Main Street
(845) 440-6958
Beacon Bread Company
Unique "scratch" kitchen
193 Main Street
(845) 838-2867
Beacon Falls Cafe
American bistro
472 Main Street
(845) 765-0172
Beacon Hotel & Restaurant
Fine local cuisine
424 Main Street
(845) 765-2208
Beacon Natural Market
Organic to go
348 Main Street
(845) 838-1288
Beacon Pantry
Artisanal cheese & charcuterie
382 Main Street
(845) 440-8923
Brothers Trattoria
Northern Italian cuisine
465 Main Street
(845) 838-3300
Cafe Amarcord
New American/Northern Italian
276 Main Street
(845) 440-0050
Chill Wine Bar
Wine and tapas
173 Main Street
(845) 765-0885
Dogwood Bar & Restaurant
Hearty fare, neighborhood vibe
47 East Main Street
(845) 202-7500
Ella's Bellas
A gluten-free bakery, outside dining
418 Main Street
(845) 765-8502
Harry's Hot Sandwiches
Delicious sandwiches, they deliver
449 Main Street
(845) 765-8111
Homespun Foods
Fresh and homemade, outdoor dining
232 Main Street
(845) 831-5095
Isamu
Sushi+Japanese+Chinese
240 Main Street
(845) 440-0002
Key Food
Grocery store for assembling picnics
268 Main Street
(845) 838-0984
Kitchen Sink Food & Drink
Locally-sourced "feel good food."
157 Main Street
(845) 765-0240
Max's on Main
American comfort food, full bar
246 Main Street
(845) 838-6297
Meyer's Olde Dutch
Modern/classic burger joint
184 Main Street
(845) 440-6900
Oak Vino Wine Bar
Farm to table tapas
389 Main Street
(845) 765-2400
Quinn's
Ramen+Bar+Live music
330 Main Street
(845) 202-7447
Roundhouse at Beacon Falls
2 East Main Street
Sukothai Restaurant
Thai cuising
516 Main Street
(845) 790-5375
The Pandorica
Dr. Who-themed restaurant
165 Main Street
(845) 831-6287
The Vault - Tapas and spirits
New American in a historic bank building
446 Main Street
(845) 202-7735
Tito Santana Taqueria
California style, Middle Eastern flair
142 Main Street
(845) 765-2350
Towne Crier Cafe
Farm-fresh dining, live music venue
458 Main Street
(845) 855-1300
Two Way Brewing Company
Good Beer, good people, good place
18 West Main Street
(845) 913-5136
Yankee Clipper Diner
Classic Greek diner
397 Main Street
(845) 440-0021
Ziatun
Palestinian, Middle Eastern cuisine
244 Main Street
(845) 765-8268
Madam Brett Homestead
Address: 50 Van Nydeck Avenue
Phone: (845) 831-6533
Madam Brett Homestead is the oldest home in Dutchess County. Open Second Saturday from 1-4pm, last tour at 3pm.
Howland Cultural Center
Address: 477 Main Street
Phone: (845) 831-4988
Art gallery, performance space, music, poetry and theater. An architectural gem of the Hudson Valley, the Howland is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Available to rent for special occasions.
Dia:Beacon
Address: 3 Beekman Avenue
Phone: (845) 440-0100
Dia Art Foundation's presentation facility for the permanent collection, exhibitions and performances. The light-filled galleries comprise 240,000 square feet on the Hudson River.
Mount Gulian Historic Site
Address: 145 Sterling Street
Phone: (845) 831-8172
Mount Gulian is a reconstructed 18th-century Dutch manor house on the Hudson River.
Town Crier Cafe
Address: 379 Main Street
Phone: (845) 855-1300
Founded in 1972, in an old stagecoach stop in Beekmanville, NY, the Towne Crier Cafe has become a mecca for fans—and performers—of live music. After a brief stay in Millbrook, then a quarter-century in Pawling, NY, the Town Crier relocated in October, 2013, to the blossoming arts hub of Beacon. The new performance space is spacious but intimate—bringing audiences what the NY Times called “down-home access to world-class performers.” The fine-dining menu emphasizes fresh, local and natural ingredients and legendary desserts.
Hudson Valley Renegades at Dutchess Stadium
Address: 1500 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls
Phone: (845) 838-0094
Dutchess Stadium, located just one mile outside Beacon, is home to the Hudson Valley Renegades, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Tampa Bay Rays. Family friendly, fun and fireworks!
Bannerman Castle
Phone: (845) 234-3204
This Scottish-style castle on Pollepel Island in the Hudson River was built in the early 1900's. The "Estuary Steward" departs from the Beacon Institute and Estuaries Floating Dock at the Beacon riverfront, taking visitors to the island for a guided tour. Also the site of the Constellation public art project by Beacon artist Melissa McGill through this Fall. More information is at Bannerman Island Gallery at 150 Main Street.
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's River Center & Long Dock Park
Address: Long Dock Road at Red Flynn Drive, up the hill from Beacon Train Station
A critical 19th-century transportation link between New England and points west, Long Dock once contained a rail ferry terminal, warehouses and other buildings. More recently, it was home to an oil terminal, salt-storage facility and junkyard. All traces of its commercial and industrial past have been removed to create an exciting riverfront destination boasting a kayak pavilion and beach for launching boats, rehabilitated wetlands and meadows that attract wildlife, and the restored, historic Red Barn, now Scenic Hudson’s River Center for arts and environmental-education activities. Kayack tours and rentals available seasonally. One of the most popular attractions in the park, at Long Dock’s tip, is Beacon Point, a shoreline installation by renowned artist George Trakas. The work projects out over the river (at high tide, water actually flows through it), making this a perfect place to fish, sunbathe and admire magnificent vistas of Newburgh Bay and the Hudson Highlands. Initiated in 1999 by Dia Art Foundation, this project was realized in collaboration with Scenic Hudson and Minetta Brook.
Bike rentals
Address: 430 Main Street
Bike rentals are available through People's Bicycle near the Ferry Dock and the Metro-North train station during the summer months and at People's Bicycle's 430 Main Street location the rest of the year.
Mount Beacon
Address: 788 Wolcott Avenue
To the east of the city stands Mount Beacon, once the site of Revolutionary War signal fires alerting George Washington of British troop movements. The mountain also had 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. Parking area and trail head are located at the intersection of Route 9D and Howland Avenue.
Madam Brett Park
Address: 560 South Avenue
Madam Brett Park hugs Fishkill Creek, which played a prominent role in Beacon's development. Along it stood a gristmill owned by the park's namesake — Catheryna Rombout Brett (1687-1764), the first European settler in the present-day city. Today the park provides a perfect place to explore the ecology of a vital Hudson River tributary and the tidal wetland at its mouth. Fishkill Marsh supports an extraordinary variety of wildlife. It furnishes a home for amphibians and aquatic mammals, including muskrats; serves as a hunting ground for ospreys, bald eagles and other raptors; and is a stopover for migratory birds. A boardwalk and observation platforms afford up-close discoveries of these and other creatures. A waterfall at the park's eastern end is especially impressive — and raucous — in spring or after heavy rains.
Botsford Briar B&B
19 High Street
(845) 831-6099
Mt. Beacon B&B
829 Wolcott Avenue 9D
(945) 831-0737
Roundhouse at Beacon Falls
2 East Main Street
(845) 765-8369
The Swann Inn of Beacon
120 Howland Avenue
(845) 831-6346
Chrystie House
300 South Avenue
(845) 765-0251

©2017 Historic Hudson
River Towns, Inc.

Jerry Faiella
Executive Director
Phone: 914-760-8067

Nancy Gold
Marketing Director
Phone: 914-232-6583

Dutchess