Roadtrip: Beacon, NY

Beacon is best known in the art community as the home of Dia:Beacon, but there are plenty of other things to do in town. Karlyn Benson, owner of Matteawan Gallery (where my solo show opens on Saturday, May 9, 6-9pm) has put together this list of other interesting places in the neighborhood. “I love this town so much,” Karlyn told me when I asked her to put the list together. “It’s hard to pick just a
few places.” The list is in order, starting at the west end of town, and runs east
towards the gallery,. Everything is within walking distance of the train station and the Dia Foundation.

[Image at top: Main Street, Beacon, NY, circa 2010, via Museum Chick]


3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508
(pictured above)

Starting on the West End of Main Street closer to the river:
Classic coffeehouse – the outdoor patio is a great place to people watch. They have beer, too!
129 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508


you are considering doing anything outdoors, this is the place to go to
get hiking information or to rent a kayak. They also have a great
selection of outdoor clothing, shoes, gear, etc.

144 Main Street Beacon, NY 12508

Fresh delicious Mexican food and fun atmosphere. Check out the amazing Day of the Dead mural by local artist Rick Price!

142 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508

in a restored firehouse, this glass studio features functional and
sculptural objects and jewelry. There is also a glass blowing
demonstration area and an upstairs art gallery.

162 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508

Fun store with housewares, gifts, “designer art toys”, accessories, books, etc. Plus they have plastic Diana cameras. 
177 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508

wine and spirit selection. You can’t go wrong with any of the wines
here and they have tastings on Fridays and Saturdays. 

180 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508
Mad Dooley Gallery
run by Beacon artist Catherine Welshman. Unfortunately the gallery is
closing after three years because the building has been sold. The
gallery’s final show opens May 9. 
197 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508

(845) 702-7045

best popsicles ever! Handmade in small batches from fresh local
ingredients, they specialize in Paletas, a traditional Mexican treat.

201 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508

great place for lunch with sandwiches, soups, salads, quiche and other
specials. They also have amazing deserts and a backyard garden. 

232 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508

quirky old diner was reopened as a bar and they didn’t change anything!
Great atmosphere and Japanese comfort food, plus a large beer
selection. Live music includes Jazz every Monday and indie and punk rock bands on the weekend. 

330 Main St.

great place for lunch. They recently expanded and have a bright
contemporary atmosphere with a few outdoor tables. Check out the amazing
selection of cheeses plus fresh bread, meats, groceries, and other
gourmet items. 
382 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508


The East End of Beacon closer to Fishkill creek and the mountain:
red gourmet food truck parked in a corner lot on Main Street and
Schenk. Locally sourced food prepared by culinary professionals. The
food has an interesting mix of asian and southern influences like
lemongrass chicken and goat cheese fritters. 
416 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508

free bakery and cafe with nice atmosphere and a backyard garden. Great
place to get a coffee or tea and catch up on emails or to meet friends
for lunch.  
418 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508

(845) 765-8502

Beacon favorite, they make just about any kind of bagel sandwich you
can imagine. The traditional NY style bagels are made on site and they
are delicious! They have salads and wraps, too. 
466 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508



clothing boutique and toy store. They have a nice selection of quality
toys for younger children – a great place for gifts. The boutique on the
left side carries women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, and recently
some men’s clothing as well. 

470 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508

well-curated selection of women’s clothing and accessories.
Specializing in vintage and designer clothing, there is something for
every occasion here. 
478 Main St., Beacon NY 12508

Kitchen and cooking gadgets and utensils with a classic style and modern sensibility.  
480 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508


Laser cutting studio and shop featuring T-shirts, prints, jewelry, decorative items, and more. 
512 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508


place to go for craft beer and artisanal food, there are 16 beers on
tap and a take-out section with hundreds more. They also serve wine and
cocktails. Reservations recommended if you plan to eat dinner. This
place is extremely popular because it is so good!

554 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508


hotel, restaurant and bar overlooking a waterfall on Fishkill Creek.
Spectacular views and an upscale setting. The patio opens soon – a
favorite place in Beacon to eat outdoors on a summer evening. 
2 East Main St., Beacon, NY 12508

845.765 8369

boutique featuring beautiful hand dyed and hand printed fabrics crafted
in Gwenno James’ Beacon studio. The boutique also carries scarves,
pillows, and other items in her signature fabrics.

17 East Main St., Beacon, NY 12508

845 202 3224

is the heart of the Beacon community, a bar, restaurant, gathering
place, and music venue. They have a great beer selection, full bar, and
good food with interesting specials. The staff is great and you’ll
always feel welcome here and run into everyone you know in town!

47 East Main St., Beacon, NY 12508
845 202-7500


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