If you’re planning a cozy weekend getaway to Beacon, New York, forget about booking one of those boring chain motels. Beacon is home to numerous exceptional lodging options to choose from. But make your reservations early; rooms are extremely limited at all of the following in-town locations. We profile our favorite charming places to stay overnight in Beacon.
The Swann Inn of Beacon describes itself as ‘a home-style bed and breakfast at the foot of Mt. Beacon’, which only begins to tell the story of this Gothic Revival Victorian house with a well-documented history. Built at the foot of Mt. Beacon in 1866, the single family home eventually served as a boarding house, then as an inn and a multi-family home, as well as a former ski lodge’s staff quarters. Lovingly restored and tastefully refurbished by proprietors Neil Caplan and Darlene Swann Caplan, the Swann Inn serves as a testament to the extraordinary power of dedication and determination. Today the inn stands beautiful and inviting, the perfect location for a weekend retreat or an extended stay.
Botsford Briar, Beacon | Courtesy of Botsford Briar
Among Beacon’s bed and breakfast options, none offers better scenic vistas than Botsford Briar, which also holds the distinction of being the very first bed and breakfast founded within the City of Beacon. The view of the Hudson River from the inn’s wood and wrought iron rear deck is nothing short of spectacular. Located within Beacon’s Historic District, Botsford Briar’s impressive three-story turret dramatically distinguishes the exterior profile of this 1889 Queen Anne Victorian home. Manicured gardens and attention to historic detail round out the captivating aura.
For hikers looking for a spot to simply roll out their sleeping bags at the end of the trail, Malouf’s Mountain Sunset Campground is a noteworthy hike-in/hike-out facility with a twist. In fact, not much more than a sleeping bag is needed at this luxury campground. Yes, conventional primitive campsites are available, but what truly sets Malouf’s apart is its premium tarped camping platforms, each already filled to the brim with a full range of supplies. Plus, all sites come with an array of optional amenities, including delivery of camp gear directly from the Beacon train station, and a variety of food choices to self-prepare over camp stove or fire pit. Your camping experience can be as rough-and-tumble or as genteel as you, and your budget, determine. Hiking times range from 30 minutes to 7.5 hours, starting from one of three separate access points in Beacon, or from Breakneck Ridge.
Touting itself as a lodging house, Beacon Bamboo Forest offers ideal quarters for visitors on a more modest budget. The serve-yourself breakfast allows flexibility in scheduling morning activities. Out at the crack of dawn to hit the local hiking trails? No problem, just grab a quick bite on your way out the door. Sleeping in after a night on the town? Also no problem, sit in with a late breakfast (so long as it’s before noon). Bamboo Forest is located near the center of Beacon’s Main Street strip, which means quirky shops, cafes, galleries and other attractions fall within short walking distance. And, yes, there really is an onsite bamboo ‘forest’.
If bucolic opulence is your goal, then look no further than the hotel at The Roundhouse, overlooking Beacon Falls. This well appointed destination has it all, including a topnotch restaurant, pastoral views, and a spacious event space unlike any other. A sparse, yet unparalleled elegance distinguishes the design and decor of the former industrial complex. Only a cutting edge city like Beacon could so successfully host The Roundhouse’s special brand of down-to-earth luxury. And if there’s a wedding or other special celebration in your future, be sure to put the spectacular event space at The Roundhouse at the top of your list for consideration.
The Chrystie House, a meticulously refurbished Federal-style home built in 1821, boasts a storied past, including ties to a Founding Father. Painstaking attention to detail reverberates in every room, as well as in the heirloom landscaping, which was designed by Henry Winthrop Sargent in the Picturesque style, with assistance from Andrew Jackson Downing. The two men are widely regarded as the fathers of American landscape architecture. Walking through the pristine house and its surrounding gardens is like stepping back into a relaxed and welcoming past. Interestingly, although the house now sits on Sargent’s former Wodenethe Estate, it was originally built further downhill, having been relocated to its current site in 1927.
Mt. Beacon Bed and Breakfast at Wolcott Manor, built in 1911 in the Colonial Revival style, is truly a masterpiece of graciousness. The house’s grand entryway and center staircase, along with its adjoining formal living room and dining room, will take your breath away. The bedrooms are spacious and airy, especially the Master Suite and there’s even a seasonal in-ground swimming pool. The inn also has the advantage of being located less than 1.5 miles from the stunning gallery Dia: Beacon.
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