Beacon is a diverse city of around 15,500 people, situated between the Hudson River and Mount Beacon. It is 60 miles north of New York City and accessible by Metro-North’s Hudson Line train. We are a few minutes from I-84 and the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge in Dutchess County, close to Putnam, Orange and Westchester counties. Beacon is a flourishing arts community with a rich industrial past and lively cultural history. 2013 marked its centennial.
There are unique cafes, restaurants, shops and galleries in historic buildings along the tree-lined Main Street. The town is walkable/bikeable, and in pleasant weather, lots of locals and visitors are out and about. On the 2nd Saturday of each month there are openings and other events, and many businesses stay open late. The nearby Dia contemporary art museum drew 85,000 visitors in 2015. There is regular live music and theater, and many community happenings throughout the year. Visit the BeaconArts website for listings and more info.