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What to Do in Beacon: How to Spend a Saturday on the Riverfront

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If you’re going to treat yourself to a fun-filled weekend getaway in the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County’s riverfront city is the place to do it.

As one of Dutchess County’s most popular towns to visit, Beacon is an absolute dream for day trips in the Hudson Valley. While there’s far too much to cram into just one day of fun, consider the following itinerary an exemplary foundation around which to plan your own holiday. If you go, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram so we can follow along with your adventures.

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Sunday brunch is for loaded pancakes! Enjoy your favorite classic or vegan pancakes in chocolate, strawberry or banana- you can even add soft serve ice cream to top it off! Hungry yet? We’re open today until 5pm and serve breakfast ALL DAY! 🥞🍓🍌🍦

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9:30 a.m. – Breakfast at Beacon Bread Company

Visitors to Beacon Bread Company will find delicious, classic breakfast items at more than reasonable prices, all cooked and baked fresh in the scratch kitchen. Get some homemade waffles or nature’s perfect meal: French toast. Add on a side of soft-serve ice cream with fresh strawberries, bananas or chocolate chips, because how could you not?

193 Main St

Open daily 8 a.m. –  5 p.m.

10:30 a.m. – Hike the Dennings Point Trail

Located on a small peninsula at the southwestern edge of Beacon, the Dennings Point Trail is a 1.25-mile circuit of fairly level terrain with absolutely gorgeous views of the Hudson River. Park your car in the nearby lot and enjoy a few majestic vistas while working off that French toast from breakfast.

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12 p.m. – Grab a slice at Sal’s Pizzeria

Hudson Valley residents and visitors alike rave about the slices at Sal’s; they’re bigger than your plate and loaded down with flavorful toppings. A solid recommendation: the bacon-ranch slice might just change your outlook on life.

1020 Wolcott Ave

Open Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat-Sun 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

2 p.m. – Take in arts and culture at Dia:Beacon

A permanent location in the Dia Art Foundation network, this former box printing factory now sports a gallery. Grab a beverage at the Dia:Beacon Café and pick up a book from the shop to read in the outdoor seating area. Admission runs $15 for adults, $12 for students, and free for seniors, children under 12, and Dia members.

3 Beekman St
Thurs-Mon 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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5 p.m. – Dine with friends at The Pandorica

Assuming time isn’t being all “wibbly-wobbly,” you’ll probably be ready for dinner at this point. Casual diners and die-hard Whovians both will enjoy the food and funky décor at one of America’s most well-known Doctor Who themed venues, and — yes — the bathroom is bigger on the inside. Fare is mostly inexpensive and traditional American, with a few English staples thrown in by owner and expatriated Brit Shirley Hot. Patrons are welcome to come in costume, so just don’t get irked if a tall, raggedy man offers you some of his fish fingers and custard.

165 Main St
Fri-Sat 12-9 p.m., Sun 12-6 p.m.

7:30 p.m. – Sip on drinks at 2 Way Brewing Company

This small craft brewery opened in 2014 and sports a rotating assortment of mainstays, seasonals, and a few experimental options. Grab a Two Way Highlands Haze or one of the other brews made with locally sourced ingredients, and be sure to ask about Two Way Climb High-P-A brewed specifically to showcase the unique flavor of individual hops varieties.

18 West Main St

Thurs-Fri 3-9 p.m., Sat 12-9 p.m., Sun 1-8 p.m.

9 p.m. – Overnight at The Roundhouse

If you’re too tired to head home at this point, don’t! The Roundhouse is Beacon’s beauty of a hotel located next to its very own waterfall. It’s right in the heart of town, so choose between a suite or, if you’re really feeling it, a Roundhouse deluxe with a view. The latter comes with a prime vista of the Fishkill Creek, which means its cozy, romantic, and just the sort of place you want to stay in forever. Retreat here for the evening, then hit up anything you didn’t get the chance to try in the morning to explore what else Beacon has to offer.

300 South Ave

Did we miss a spot? Let us know where to go to find the best of Beacon in the comments or by email at edit@hvmag.com.

Related: The Best Way to Spend a Day in Poughkeepsie

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