A Little Weekend Shopping (and Noshing) in Beacon

Ali in the Valley takes on the local cuisine and shops in Beacon

This past weekend I ventured to Beacon in search of unique shops. My first stop, as is on all of my adventures, was lunch. I stumbled upon The Beacon Bagel and couldn’t resist. Being a native New Yorker, I take my bagels very seriously and this didn’t disappoint. Stepping out of my comfort zone, I decided to try the lox, avocado, and jalapeño cream cheese on an egg bagel; it was delicious.

I was enamored by all of shops and galleries that lined the streets of Beacon. One of the first that caught my eye was Beacon Bubble and Bath. The specialty shop carries a large range of products from bath bombs to luxury soaps that smell even better than they look. I had to resist buying up half of the store.

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My lunch (left) from The Beacon Bagel; at right, the colorful front counter of Beacon Bubble and Bath

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I spent the rest of the day walking in and out of antique shops, gift shops, and galleries, looking at the quirky items and admirable art in each. If you’re looking for a gift for a friend with a unique taste, Dream in Plastic had a plethora of things you didn’t even know you needed.

The one purchase I did make on my trip was at the Artisan Wine Shop. Filled with a variety of local and imported wines, it was difficult to narrow my decision. However, the daily pick seemed like it would be something up my alley, so I went with that.

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Tiny animals at Hudson Beach Glass (left) and me on Main Street; that’s the River Beacons mural by Rick Price to the left

The last stop on my trip was to Hudson Beach Glass. I was impressed with how intricate each piece was. My favorites were the miniature glass-blown animals — how detailed! I was nervous the entire time, thinking I was going to knock over one of the beautiful glass pieces.

I greatly enjoyed my trip to Beacon and all it had to offer. This weekend I’ll be visiting Woodstock, so any tips on where to go are welcome!

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