It’s an easy day-long jaunt from New York – but believe us, you’ll want to make your stay longer in one of these attractive retreats.
Up in the scenic Hudson Valley, the city of Beacon has become just that: a beacon for New Yorkers. With a contemporary art scene and verdant surrounds it’s a popular day trip from the manic metropolis. It’s a prime jumping-off point, too, for the Hudson River – kayaking, canoeing or hiking along its banks – and there’s an honest-to-goodness castle, Bannerman, to nose around. But you’ve got enough here to keep you longer. Book into one of these charming hotels in Beacon, New York – all bookable with Culture Trip – and you’ll discover all its hidden corners.
Main Street is the trendy artery that buzzes with Beacon’s hot galleries and fabulous restaurants. Just off it, The Dutchess focuses on classic comforts, with its chandelier-hung rooms, sink-in beds and antique-feel touches. That’s not to say it’s staid; au contraire, there’s even a spa that lays on yoga sessions, deep-tissue massage and reflexology. Grab yourself a brew – there’s 24-hour free tea and coffee in the lobby – and make for the roof, to stargaze under the Hudson Valley skies until late, hands cupped around your steaming mug.
With its white banister-lined porch, lacy curtains and old framed photos, this cutesy B&B off buzzing Main Street rolls out all the expected modern comforts, while emitting great retro vibes. The highlight? The decadent breakfasts, which star dessert-style stuffed French toast piled high with cream and sliced strawberries, and fluffy pancakes. Shuffle to a porch rocking chair to let things digest as you people-watch – and plan what to tick off when you head out sightseeing.
In the midst of Hudson Highlands State Park, Beacon Hermitage is a five-minute walk from a fresh-stream waterfall – a picture-perfect place to have a refreshing summer dip. Hiking in the nearby mountains is one of the main reasons people come, as is exploring the nearby towns: Beacon and Cold Spring are an easy jaunt, so you can take get to know both, even if you’re only here briefly. But take some time to linger around this remarkable property, enjoying the art-cluttered walls of the historic environs, and wandering the garden.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Regina Mullen.
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