Discover Beacon, located a mere 60 miles north of New York City in beautiful Dutchess County, New York. Known as the tree city, this city holds a well-respected history dating back to 1683. At this time the land was settled as two villages, later becoming the one city of Beacon. The land was purchased from the Wappinger Indians and two merchant fur traders from New York City. The Mount Beacon Railway is also a notable railway from the 1900s. While the railway itself was destroyed in 1980, a monument sits in its place to commemorate one of the steepest incline railways of the time.
Today, Beacon is now more alive than ever with a thriving ‘Beacon Arts’ culture centered around Dia, the contemporary arts museum located on Beekman Street. Hudson Beach Glass, just a short walk from Dia, continues the city’s art footprint. This world renowned gallery featuring unique glass items as well as every changing exhibits as well as daily glass blowing demonstrations. A vibrant downtown rejuvenates your mind, body and your palette. With vintage clothing boutiques and antiques, therapeutic massage and chiropractic care, to the coveted street corner cafes, wine shops and artisanal markets…there is a little something for everyone! Explore some highlighted local attractions and points of interest below for you next visit to Beacon.
If you are looking for a step by step guide to planning your next getaway, visit The Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce.
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