Thursday, October 15, 2015


Like many locals, I've come to associate fall in New York with picturesque train rides. This is the time of year when hordes of people pack onto the Metro North commuter train up the Hudson Valley in search of apple orchards, wineries, hiking trails and of course—the perfect Instagram. While I'm certainly not above #doinitforthegram sometimes, my most recent Upstate jaunt was also about seeing an art museum I've been meaning to check out for years.

And so, in late September, Meghan, Alyson and I took a fun little day trip upstate to the darling town of Beacon, New York. 


{ wearing Kimchi Blue dress (now on major sale), Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, Madewell Transport tote & a Panama hat from Forever 21 (similar) }

From the train station in Beacon, you can walk or take a very short cab ride up to the Dia:Beacon art foundation. Upon arrival, you'll get the hint you're in for something special just by looking at the grounds around the entrance. Off to the right you'll see these almost comically towering hedges that immediately made me think of Alice in Wonderland and the queen's twisted game of croquet.

{ a piece by Richard Serra, part of the permanent collections }

{ a piece by Robert Smithson, part of the permanent collections }

{ another piece by Robert Smithson, part of the permanent collections }

{ works by American artist Dan Flavin }

The bulk of the art at the Dia foundation is large scale or very experiential. Every piece is effected by the light that comes pouring through the huge windows onto the white walls. (The space used to be a Nabisco factory.) I'd recommend getting there as early as possible so you can wander slowly, get up close and avoid the tour groups that inevitably come through on the weekends.

This isn't a place to come if you're the kind of person who looks at modern art and says "I could do that in my basement." The pieces are weird, they make you think, they're minimal, they're experimental, they're unlike any art collection I've ever seen before. Surrender yourself to the oddity and simplicity of the works; enjoy the experience of wandering from gallery to gallery, coming face-to-face with large scale light sculptures, giant craters carved into smooth cement and mirrors suspended in heaps of dirt.

After cruising the foundation and spending some time in it's gardens, head into town for lunch. The main drag through town (called Main Street, natch) is dotted with all manner of adorable eateries and shops, from Bank Square Coffeehouse (with a large outdoor patio shaded by trees), Tito Santana Taqueria (which also has some cute outdoor tables) and for something fancier, Swift (which comes  complete with picturesque views of Fishkill Falls).

{ We opted for locally sourced, grass-fed beef burgers and craft beers from Poppy's }

{ Meghan & Alyson washed down their lunch with fresh, homemade ice cream from The Beacon Creamery }

To cap off our visit we walked down to 2 Way Brewing for a final local beer or two before catching the evening train back to New York. The brewery is just over a year old, and sources all it's beer-making ingredients in the Hudson Valley. The vibe is incredibly casual and laid back—be sure to grab a Sharpie or two and leave your mark on the bar. We sat at a long communal table as a few musicians jammed softly nearby and played a few rounds of Crazy Eights with a deck of cards I just happened to have stashed in my bag.

Beacon is just one of the gorgeous little towns that are scattered along the Hudson River, but if you're hankering for some unforgettable art with a side of seriously delicious local fare and craft beers, put this place on the top of your fall getaway list.


  1. Thank god I learned how to play Crazy Eights as a result of this experience

  2. This trip looks so fun, and the weather looks perfect for this time of the year. I am personally a huge beer fan, so 2 Way Brewing is right up my alley!

    This would be a great post to link up with my "Fashion In Action" linkup every Wednesday. It focuses on fashion bloggers who like to travel and write stories like this!