Morir Soñando Vists Beacon NY
The work week was long and now you are aching for a break. You sit in front of your desk searching cheap flights but you know that is not in the budget right now. To add to it you realize you have no more vacation days left to request. Or maybe you are a mom and can't go for that long. What to do?!
This was me a few weeks ago. After my last trip I promised to take this half of the year and focus on savings and paying off debt. BUT knowing my cycle every 2-3 months I get the itch to go see something new, to relax and take a much needed break from the city. So with this new mind state I needed to be creative on how to scratch my itch to vacay.
I closed the kayak and airbnb tabs and google "quick getaways from nyc." And a whole new world opened up to me. One of the choices I came about I have already had on my to do list but never got to it. There is this beautiful town that kept calling my name and I am so happy it lured me into it's eccentric community.
Beacon is a town in Dutchess County New York and is the perfect day trip. So fast forward to mid July I let the squad know "I am going to Beacon! Want to come?" Squad: "Beacon? What is that ?" "Where and what is the budget?" "We drinking?" 5 friends and una chatica (flask) and off we go on one of the most gorgeous Saturdays this summer had to offer.
Bad Bunny on blast, we left the city around 9am and took a very scenic ride through I-87 North. We arrived to our first stop at Beacon in little over an hour. We started our Beacontakeover at Dia: Beacon. Dia: Beacon is an art gallery located in an old Nabisco factory building. The grounds are filled with neatly trimmed tall bushes that are a background must for a photo op. The gallery has high ceilings and spacious rooms that inhibit different art projects including the light installations of Dan Flavin and red carpet concept of Walter De Maria among many more.
Now, "somos mujeres de gusto fino" ( we are women of fine tastes) but we don't know much about art so the tour was a must. This tour was an eye opener. It helped understand a lot about the artist's message and use of different mediums. It was intriguing to know some of these artist took into consideration the space and lighting of the building to convey their message. Also was mind blowing the intricacies and details of these works that were not apparent to us. For example the work of Sol Lewitt who created a key of line combinations and different instructions for other artists to recreate the instructions in different walls. Better understood if seen but the major take away is that the art is not mobile. If another gallery wanted this art they had to recreate it using the instructions. INSANE!
We spent about 2 hours at Dia:Beacon taking amazing pictures and enjoying the vibes including the bookstore that had post cards with some of the exhibits and a great children's book section. Way after mid day it was time for a drink! We drove over to main street, parked, and walked over to 2 Way Brewing Company. 2Way Brewing is a micro craft brewery and bar with some great selections! The bar offered a great flight option for $8, and the beer of the day for $5. We shared a flight to taste the variety and then ordered a pint and sat outside to chit chat and watch the locals.
Next up was FOOD! We walked over to the corner of Main Street where you find Tito's Santana Taqueria. Great tacos including shrimp, fish, and tofu. When we visited they had a great special of 2 for $5 beers along with your meal. Tito's was very budget friendly and such a nice space to recharge. The restaurant has a beautiful Dia De los Muertos mural. One thing I notice about Beacon is that art doesn't just stop at Dia. It runs in all of the streets. From the restaurants like Tito, to random street murals, and even the different homes you see are art in themselves.
After fueling up we walked Main Street and visited many of the shops. We found about 3 great apothecary shops that offer many options for your spiritual side including books, candles, and crystals. In addition there are smaller galleries as you walk up and down Main street, so a lot to do! Before we headed back to the city we stopped at Beacon Creamery for dessert! Brace yourself, they have Rose, Merlot, and Lavender ice cream, among other regular and shocking flavors. We each grabbed a cone and sat outside on the grass to take in the last bit of Beacon and it's visitors and residents.
Beacon offered exactly what I needed. A nice escape from the city and some bonding time with my girls. Including the gas, a book for my daughter from Dia and an incense holder from the apacathary shops I spent less than $80! If you don't have a car the metro north takes you for $40 and includes the Dia admission! 2nd Saturday of the month main street shuts down for events and Sundays you have the bonus of the flea market!
I whole heartedly encourage you to visit Beacon.