Destination guide

This small town is a shining Beacon in New York's Hudson Valley

An 90-minute drive north of Manhattan, this charming small city on the banks of the Hudson River is a popular weekend getaway for New Yorkers. Known as the jewel of Duchess County, Beacon makes a great weekend destination. Explore the halls of the iconic Dia:Beacon contemporary art museum, hike the trails of Mount Beacon Park, before kicking back with a craft beer in one of the town's many hip bars and cafes. Book a Beacon vacation rental close to historic Main Street and have the town's art galleries, farm-to-table restaurants, and quirky shops right on your doorstep.

Things to do

Let's get arty - Hudson Valley's burgeoning art scene

Opened in 2003 in an old printing factory, the widely acclaimed Dia:Beacon contemporary art museum is situated on the banks of the Hudson River. Showcasing modern artworks from the 1960s to the present day, its vast and fascinating collection includes Andy Warhol's 1978-79 collection, Shadows, and Richard Serra's huge steel sculptures. Free guided tours are available. For something a little less high-brow but equally as cool, check out the Clutter Gallery, which features quirky toy design and the work of pop artist Ron English.

Activities

Beacon, where New Yorkers come to find peace in the valley

Often called the hippest small city in the Hudson Valley, one of Beacon's biggest attractions is its genuine small-town charm. Book a centrally located Beacon vacation rental and spend warm, sunny days pottering about its quirky shops, cafes, and galleries. For the more active, perhaps book a kayaking excursion along the Hudson River, or head out to Mount Beacon and tackle one of its many hiking trails. After dark, head back to historic Main Street and kick back in one of the town's many independent farm-to-table restaurants.

Weather

Balmy summers and crisp winters, Beacon beckons all year round

Beacon is a great weekend destination all year round. In the warm summer months, it attracts highs of 85 degrees, which pulls the wealth of visitors to the small town. Fall is another popular time of year to visit, as the Hudson Valley's colorful fall foliage draws the crowds. Like much of New York State, the mercury tends to drop dramatically in winter and a regular blanket of snow turns Main Street into a scene from a Christmas card. For the best choice of Beacon vacation rentals, come in spring, but bring an umbrella.

Natural features

A Beacon of hope for hikers everywhere

Perched on the banks of Hudson River, Beacon lies a 90-minute drive north of New York City. Mount Beacon and the surrounding parklands are a big draw for the city's outdoors enthusiasts. Promising awesome views across the Hudson Valley and as far as the Catskill Mountains, there are a number of easily accessible and well-managed hiking trails available. You may even come across one of the furry or feathered residents that call Mount Beacon Park home, including deer, chipmunks, and bald eagles.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Beacon

Fly into Newburgh, NY (SWF-Stewart Intl.), the closest airport, located 6.9 mi (11 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Danbury, CT (DXR-Danbury Municipal), which is 25.7 mi (41.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Beacon?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 230 vacation rentals near Beacon. From 151 Houses to 20 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Beacon for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Beacon?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Beacon. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Dia Beacon: 247 vacation rentals
  • Madam Brett Homestead: 243 vacation rentals
  • United States Military Academy: 146 vacation rentals
  • Bear Mountain State Park: 372 vacation rentals
  • Minnewaska State Park: 290 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Beacon listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Beacon?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 151 Houses in Beacon. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Beacon include:

  • Cabins: 20 rentals available
  • Cottages: 20 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 20 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Farmhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Beacon?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 54 vacation rentals with pool available in Beacon. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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