Beacon, NY is most famous for the Dia:Beacon museum but the village is the best kept secret. Once you go up the hill, you discover a long main street that leads to Mount Beacon, the site of a former incline railway (we highly recommend the climb ... you will be huffing and puffing but the view from the casino landing reaches the Catskills and from the Fire Tower it reaches New York city!).
Beacon main street has two bustling areas. Once you pass the Bank Square Coffeehouse, (we should say leave because you can't pass it without having a coffee), you will see galleries, and small shops. During the holidays, Hudson Beach Glass lets you make your own glass ornament but you will find plenty to buy as well. Don't forget to stop at Artisan Wine Shop, they have the best Hudson Valley Cider selection. May be you are more into beer, in that case head to the other side of town to The Hop! Or is it a nice meal you are looking for in this section? The Roundhouse for the waterfall view is your spot, unless it's a bakery you are looking for, and Ella's Bellas is for you (don't tell BSQ coffeehouse we are cheating on them with an espresso there).
Didn't we tell you Beacon, NY is just a never ending destination for the hiker, the foodie and the shopper alike!