Friday, May 22, 2015

Earl’s Chimney: Family-Friendly Hike in Garrison

Please welcome contributors Brian PJ Cronin (local writer extraordinaire) and Kristen Cronin (local do-gooder and co-founder of For Goodness Bake). They will combine Brian's writing talents and Kristen's beautiful photography for our new Family-Friendly Hiking Series. Enjoy!


Hi! My name is Brian PJ Cronin and I’m honored that Katie has invited me and my wife Kristen to share some of our favorite, family-friendly hikes in the Hudson Valley with the readers of A Little Beacon Blog.

For our purposes, we’re defining “family-friendly” as “Any hike that our 3.5 year old son Cooper can walk all by himself with a manageable amount of complaining.” Although we also always tell him that if he can make it through the entire hike without being carried, he can have ice cream. Your mileage may vary.

For our first hike, we’ve chosen Earl’s Chimney in Garrison. This out-and-back hike is just over two and a half miles long (round trip) and features a scenic overlook at the site of an old camp cabin. Only the stone chimney at the site remains, hence the name. In case you’re wondering who Earl was, or when the cabin was built, or when it was destroyed, here’s your answer: I don’t know. I even checked with the Putnam History Museum, the Putnam County historian, and the Garrison Fish & Game club and they don’t know either. But your kids are going to ask, so better make something up. My suggestion? Ninjas.

This hike starts at the Moneyhole Mountain Access trailhead, located just across from the Garrison Fish and Game Club.

1. Begin by taking the green trail north, as it rises and falls through pine forests and next to the bubbling Phillips Brook. There are a few opportunities to go off trail and head down to the creek if you wish, but the creek will be coming to you soon enough. We always hear woodpeckers during this first section of the trail, so keep those ears open!

2. Soon you’ll hit the first intersection as the green trail ends and meets up with the yellow Catfish Loop. Turn right.

3. Now the pines thin out and are replaced by scores of mountain laurels. The trail flattens out and crosses over the brook a few times, as well as a few swampy patches. Now would be a good time to mention that you should make sure you’re wearing waterproof boots. This middle section of the trail is short but offers plenty of opportunities for puddle splashing and creek dipping so you might want to factor that into your time management. One of the creek crossings also features a small hole in the rocks that you walk over, so that you can look down and see the water rushing beneath you. I am pretty sure that Cooper would live at this part of the trail if we let him.

4. Eventually things dry out and the white trail begins to the right. The pine trees return, and during one point the trail even passes under a broken tree that fell against another tree, creating a sort of “tree arch.” As you take the white trail you’ll finally begin to notice that you’re starting to ascend. Actually, you’ve been climbing this whole time, but so gradually that you (and your little ones) probably didn’t even notice.

5. Soon you’ll top out at Earl’s Chimney itself, 216 feet above the trail-head. Your view is directly facing the Highland Gap across the river that holds West Point inside of it. Look down and you’ll see parts of the Garrison County Club spread out before you.

Note that around the summit are several blueberry bushes but also several buckthorn bushes as well. Buckthorn berries are similar to blueberries except they’re slightly darker in color, lack the distinctive “crown” that blueberries have near the base, and can cause severe cramping and diarrhea. So make sure you pack enough snacks so that hungry little hands don’t get grabby.

6. Backtrack from here to return to the trailhead. Just remember to turn left at both intersections now instead of right. Then, family reward time!

Round-trip distance: 2.7 miles

Where to park: By the Moneyhole Mountain Access trailhead, across from the Garrison Fish and Game Club, 183 South Highland Road. There’s a parking turnout down the street a bit, across from the lake.

What to pack for the kids:
    • waterproof shoes or boots
    • snacks and water
    • first aid kit
    • binoculars (We always forget to bring these and always regret it.)
    • sunscreen and hat (Most of the trail is shaded, but the terminus is open and sunny.)
    • bug spray (just in case)
    • a map (See the “East Hudson Trails” map #103 of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conferences Series, which is sold at Mountain Tops. On this map, Earl’s Chimney is referred to as “Chimney Top.”)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Several Beacon Businesses Celebrate Long Time Anniversaries

Starting a business is easy. If you can make it past your dream stage. Sustaining and growing a business is no joke and takes a serious amount of motivation, stamina, deftness to change with the direction of the wind, and passion for what you do. In the past week, at least three businesses in Beacon are celebrating milestone anniversaries. Sometimes a local business that you walk or drive by becomes a fixture on the street. You may never have walked in it before, but it's always there. These businesses are like that, and over the years have earned their place as a reliable fixture in Beacon's streets. Here are their stories:
Beacon Dental on Wolcott celebrates 10 years in business.
Did you know that Dr. Hongli Wang opened Beacon Dental when her son was five? While her son was even younger, she was learning English and earning her second dental degree at NYU, after moving here from Beijing, China and leaving her first dental career behind. I attended their 10th Year Anniversary party with my own 5 year old on my hip who insisted on being carried. Any parent of a young child knows how stretched you are as a parent, not to mention as a young business owner. Beacon Dental opened in Loomis Plaza on Wolcott back when it was a rough area. Thanks to Dr. Wang's gutting her office space to build it as she envisioned it, she contributed to the ongoing improvements of that area along with other businesses who have renovated the shop spaces. Loomis Plaza is a nice extension to quick and easy access to services you need in Beacon.

Beacon D'Lites celebrates 10 years on Main Street.
Beacon D'Lights started as a home-based business in founder Donna Trappe's home where she hand poured soy candles. After three years, she outgrew the space and opened up the shop on Main Street we all know today. She attributes her early success to the support of her friends and social base. Add to that the recent tourism boom to Beacon, and the candle store is doing very well.

Blackbird Attic celebrates 5 years and counting in Beacon.

Speaking of social, Michelle Caves opened Blackbird Attic five years ago at a time when there was a shift in how many antique shops and quiet vintage stores were surviving in Beacon. Today there are several antique and vintage shops that have since closed or moved, but there are also several new vintage boutiques, plus flea markets, to compete for our fashion delights. Great for us shoppers! But it requires Blackbird Attic to stay sharp on her game. She is an early bird getting worms and always has fresh ideas about how to feature the shop in social media (her Instagram feed is how I learned of the celebration), and the styles she sells.

Congrats to these three businesses, and the rest of you who are making it happen too! And I know I speak for all businesses when I say thanks for shopping nearby, because buying local improves quality of life for us all.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Beacon's City Wide Yard Sale - List Pictures In Our Instagram and Twitter!

Getting ready for Beacon's City Wide Yard Sale in a few weeks? List it in our Instagram via our newly to be coming Classifieds section! Details coming soon! Hashtags we will be using include: 

#beaconny #hudsonvalley #northofnyc #yardsale #shedsale #beaconcitywideyardsale #alittlebeaconblogclassifieds

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Open Studios is Open for 2015!

You've been waiting for this city-wide gallery hop all year and it's here! When I first discovered it upon moving to Beacon years ago, it was while I was out jogging and stumbled upon a studio in someone's shed/garage.

A defining annual event in Beacon and in other towns in the Hudson Valley, Open Studios is the opportunity for artists to showcase their work from their homes, studios and any establishment who will host them. For a map on who is showing where, stop into any store and pick up a brochure!

Where will you visit this weekend?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Classifieds Listings

Yup, a Classifieds section is coming!
List your stuff, cars, jobs, housing, rentals, and free things!
Details on how to list are coming soon.

Friday, May 8, 2015

May's Second Saturday Guide for Art, Entertainment, Dining & Shopping

 Second Saturday Happenings on May 9, 2015!
NOTE: Most galleries update or release their plans for their
showings a few days before the big day.

The Beacon Arts Logo for
Second Saturday.
"Second Saturday" is a lively day into night in Beacon, and is a celebration of Beacon's galleries, restaurants and other businesses arts on the second Saturday of every month. According to Dan Rigney, current president of Beacon Arts, the organization who encouraged this movement to happen over a decade ago and heavily promotes the events, says: "Back then, Beacon was one of the last places people outside of town thought to go on a Saturday night. Now Second Saturday has become a part of the fabric of Beacon. It's such a part of it, many galleries have their opening events on other Saturdays, so that they get two big crowds each month."  Second Saturday is a great reason to "walk" Main Street and beyond and explore the events going on around town. It's always a pleasure eating and drinking your way through Beacon, so this guide will help you know where to eat and drink as you explore special exhibits and happenings.

What to Know About This Guide:
  • This Guide includes gallery and art showings, as well as restaurants and bars, and any shops that are having extended hours. 
  • Galleries, shops and restaurants are listed in order of location.
  • Closing times posted here are for Second Saturdays only and may not reflect regular Saturdays. Always call an establishment directly for current hours, offerings, or any other questions. For a full listing of open/closed times and days for purely shopping in Beacon, see our Shopping Guide.
  • Parking can be found on side streets, on Main Street, and in municipal lots.  
  • Live tweet your way through Second Saturday by using the hashtag created by Beacon Arts: #2SAT and tack on #beaconny or #SecondSaturday if you have room in your tweets or Instagram postings.
  • If you are a gallery or business owner and have something special to add, please email 
  • For Galleries: You may submit 1 photo of artwork or something representing your show for Second Saturday. Otherwise, your storefront will be shown. Please email this to
  • Advertising Opportunities: If your business is listed in this Guide and you want to share a special offering or post a photo, click here for details.

Let's get to it!!


3 Beekman Street
(845) 440-0100
Special for Second Saturday 2-4pm: Monica Amor will give a Gallery Talk on Fred Sandback. No reservations required. Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon take place the second Saturday of every month at 2 pm. Focusing on the work of a single artist on view at Dia:Beacon, these one-hour walk-throughs are led by curators, art historians, and writers. Free with admission to the museum. 
More details at Dia:Beacon.
Open Until: 4pm

Beacon Institute- CEIE presents
Tools, Toys and Tales of the Native Peoples
Denning's Point
Special for Second Saturday: Series for Kids: an awe-inspiring series of events led by Hudson Highlands Nature Museum environmental educators for Hudson Valley kids to learn about the wonders of where we live. 10 a.m., Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Environmental Educator Carl Heitmuller challenges kids of all ages to adopt the ways of the Wappinger Indians with games of skill and strength at Denning’s Point.

2 Way Brewing Company
18 West Main St Beacon, NY
(this is down the hill from Main Street proper, near the train)
(845) 202-7334
On your way up from the train station, either on foot or by car, Beacon's own brewery is a must-stop.
Special for Second Saturday: Art show for various local artists. They will also have a new experimental beer to try!
Open Until: 11pm (if you're still milling around after 11pm, pop in and see if they are still open)

Mary Kelly's
37 Lamplight St, Beacon
(845) 765-8874
Irish pub and restaurant serving great food and traditional Irish fare. Delicious desserts, including Junior's cheesecake (a Brooklyn original). Plus sports on TV.
Open Until: 11pm


(Close to the train station.)

129 Main St.
(845) 440-7165
Your friendly place on the West End Main Street for a latte, craft beer, or Mast Brothers Hot Chocolate. Also has snacks like yogurt, granola bars, and homemade donuts when they are making them.
Open Until: 10pm

Clay Wood & Cotton
133 Main Street
Delightful little store for hand made pottery, jewelry, stationery, wood based designs, and many other things. Has an entire room devoted to knitting.
Open Until: 6pm


Catalyst Gallery 
Beacon's Second Saturday at Catalyst Gallery
On display at Catalyst

137 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 204-3844
An artist-run rental space in Beacon. The intention of this artist-run space is to create an opportunity for individual artists or groups to show and sell work in a vibrant community that supports the arts.
Special for Second Saturday:
Opening Reception 6-9pm: "First Sight" from Scott Lerman is an exhibition of images that capture events lasting milliseconds—revealing strange and provocative liquid figures. Also on view: "A River Made of Time and Memory". Drawing on her experience as a painter, printmaker, and conceptual artist, Susan Keiser uses photography to describe her world. Not the day-to-day of it, but memories and dreams, desires and fears, revelations and reflections—all the things that can’t be seen or understood until pictured.
Open Until: 9pm

145 Main Street, Beacon
COLORANT Pop Up Shop uses 100% Natural Dyes from the earth such as Indigo, Coreopsis, Logwood and Walnut to color modern pieces for the everyday woman. Now offering hand-dyed silk/cotton pieces for spring as well as naturally dyed accessories from other local fiber artists.
Special for Second Saturday: Small works by Rick and Christine Price. 
Open Until: 9pm

Marion Royael Gallery
Marion Royael Gallery
159 Main Street, Beacon
Special for Second Saturday: On view: Over the Rainbow, follow the yellow tech road. A "directed migrating installation".
Open Until: 10pm

The Clutter Gallery
163 Main Street, Beacon
Beacon's Second Saturday at The Clutter Gallery
The Clutter Callery
(212) 255-2505
A branch of the Clutter Media Group family is focused on showing quality work by both established and emerging artists in the fields of toy design & customization and modern pop & lowbrow art. Clutter Gallery's exhibitions are open to the public and free of charge.
Second Saturday Opening Reception 6-9pm: Wisconsin-based artist and sculptor Scott Wilkowski is joined by Japanese vinyl creature producers Monster Worship for the Spectre of Atma exhibition. Both artists will be present for gallery show's opening reception, which will be free to the public and take place on May 9th from 6-9pm. All works will be on display until June 5th, 2015.
Open Until: 9pm

Chill Wine Bar
173 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 765-0885
A cozy wine bar offering tapas and live music every Saturday night. Sit at the bar or along the brick wall at a table for two, or spread out in the front in the window seat adorned with pillows. Especially known for their dessert selection which includes a s'more panini and cheese cake as well as their cheese and meat platter. 
Second Saturday: Live samba music from Rio de Samba
Open Until: Midnight

175 Main Street
Beacon, New York 12508
(845) 765-2410
Where the motorcycle enthusiast and the spiritualist come together!  Notions-N-Potions makes products that are handcrafted using only the finest herbs, essential oils and fragrance oils, and are made in the store. Find apparel, books, candles, helmets, herbs, pocketbooks, incense, tarot cards, and more. Also ask about their totem animal readings.
Open Until: Call First

Tito Santana Taqueria
142 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508
(845) 765-2350
Really fresh food you'd expect to find in a taqueria. From guacamole to fish tacos to cheesy quesadillas. Serves beer.
Open Until: 10pm on Second Saturdays

Theo Ganz Studio
Beacon's Second Saturday at Theo Ganz
Theo Ganz Studio
149 Main Street, Beacon
(917) 318-2239
Theo Ganz Studio, the little gallery with the big windows in Beacon's west end, was founded by artist Eleni Smolen as a venue for contemporary artists working in all media. Recognizing the importance of exhibitions in an artist's career, Smolen concentrates on presenting actively engaged emerging and mid-career professionals in either solo or group exhibitions.
Second Saturday Opening Reception 6-8pm: 
Persistent Song:Third Anniversary Exhibition
Featuring Artist Sunok Chun, Ivy Dachman, Laura Gurton, Beth Haber, Eleni Smolen, Insun Kim, and Lori Adams.
Open Until: 8pm

Hudson Beach Glass
Hand Cast Glass from
Hudson Valley Beacon Glass
162 Main Street, Beacon
A glass studio casting functional and sculptural objects for over 20 years. A truly special establishment to have in Beacon. Stop in to find blown glass objects of all kinds, from lights to bowls to wind chimes. Sometimes on Second Saturday you can watch them blow glass.
Second Saturday 6:30pm: Gallery Talk with Peter Gourfain- sculptures, wood carvings and works on paper.
Open Until: 9pm

Dream in Plastic
Beacon's Second Saturday at Dream in Plastic
177 Main St, Beacon
(845) 632-3383
Normally a shop for items you never realized you needed until you wanted everything in there. Every Second Saturday, Dream in Plastic transforms their space into an art gallery.
Second Saturday: Check their Facebook page for any last minute events!
Open Until: 6pm-9pm or later

Culture Cafe Bar
157 Main St. Beacon
(845) 202-7800
Really great breakfast, lunch and dinner spot for seasonal fare and soups. Serves wine.
Open Until: Call First

The Pandorica
165 Main St, Beacon
If you're a fan of Dr. Who, you will love this restaurant. Most importantly, however, is their food, which is delicious, comforting, and offers plenty of dessert options. Serves beer.
Open Until: 9pm

RiverWinds Gallery
Beacon's Second Saturday at Riverwinds
RiverWinds Gallery
172 Main St, Beacon
(845) 838-2880
River Winds Gallery features Hudson Valley Artists - Fine Art Paintings & Photography plus Contemporary Crafts including Ceramics, Jewelry, Fiber Arts and More.
Second Saturday: Transformation” – Paintings by Liliana Washburn, their May featured artist. Her style is intuitive and surrealistic evoking in the viewer a sense of mystery and fantasy. The show opens on Beacon Second Saturday with an artist reception from 5-8pm.
Open Until: 8pm

Beacon's Second Saturday at Berkshire Hathaway

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Hudson Valley Properties
179 Main St. Beacon
(800) 836-5580
Berkshire Hathaway offers up their prime spot on Main Street as a gallery space on Second Saturday. Most shows feature breakout artists and many are for charitable organizations like The Ulster-Greene ARC program.
Second Saturday Special 6pm-9pm: 
Opening Reception for the paintings of Jessica Meuse.
Open Until: 9pm

Artisan Wine Shop
180 Main St, Beacon
(845) 440-6923
Beacon's most delightful wine shop that specializes in pairing wine with food. Every Second Saturday, Artisan Wine Shop hosts a be wine tastings with winemaker/import representative Luis Moya.
Wine Tasting: 3-6pm
Open Until: 7pm

Poppy's Burgers & Fries
184 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 765-2121
Enjoy a great burger and fries in wooden booths in Poppy's. Serves 100% grass fed beef, 100% Hudson Valley, and 100% Humanely raised. Serves craft beer.
Open Until: 8pm

Sound Shack
Beacon's Second Saturday at Sound Shack
Jewelry on Display at Sound Shack
190 Main St, Beacon
(845) 489-2705
“Vinyl record store meets visual art”
Special for Second Saturday 12pm-8pm:
Art Show!
1960’s Posters from the Fillmore and Avalon from the Collection of Noah Rosaler and Photography by Antonio Marino of Music Legends and Venues. Refreshments served after 4pm.
Open Until: 8pm

Beacon Bread Company
193 Main Street, Beacon, NY
(845) 838-2867
Stop in for warm french onion soup, grilled cheeses and other sandwiches, cheese danishes, brownies...
Open Until: 5pm

Mad Dooley
Mad Dooley Gallery

Mad Dooley Gallery
197 Main St, Beacon
(845) 702-7045
As described by one fan: "A smart, daring, and loving gallery."
Second Saturday Special: The May show with feature the work of C Welshman.
Open Until: Call First

Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries 
199 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 838.1600
Beacon's Second Saturday at Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries
Following Rivers at BIE
This historic brick storefront houses the Institute’s gallery, Hudson River bookstore and gift shop, and its administrative headquarters. The gallery showcases river and environmentally themed art and educational exhibits. Events feature talks by artists and regional Hudson Valley authors.
Second Saturday: Following Rivers: A Photo Exhibit by Alison M. Jones for No Water No Life®. Conservationist Alison M. Jones documents the values and vulnerability of our rivers, and solutions to protecting freshwater resources with photographs of 22 expeditions led in Africa and N. America for her organization No Water No Life®. Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University will showcase the photographs by Ms. Jones from March 14—October 3, 2015
Click here for more event details.
Open Until: 8pm

213 Main St, Beacon
(845) 831-1221
Beacon's stop for soul food including fried chicken, ribs, ox tail and mac and cheese that rivals Stouffers. Enjoy a generous slice of a homemade three layer frosted cake. Serves beer.
Open Until: 9 or 10pm....Call First


The start of The Middle, aka "Market Square"
Pleasant Ridge II
208 Main St, Beacon
(845) 831-3444
Pizza and Italian food like chicken parmesan. Seats large parties.  Serves wine and beer.
Open Until: Call First

232 Main St, Beacon
(845) 831-5096
Delicious spot for breakfast, lunch or sweet snacks (like carrot cake or chocolate mousse). If you are here on a Saturday, you are lucky because you get to order their deep dish french toast with real maple syrup, which is only baked on the weekend. Also has oatmeal, yogurt, quiche, sandwiches, and cheeses.
Open Until: 5pm

Isamu Sushi
240 Main St, Beacon
(845) 440-0002
Beacon's most modern and hip looking sushi restaurant with a waterfall wall that kids love. Seats large party. Serves wine and beer.
Open Until: 11pm

Max's On Main
246 Main Street
The local bar for a great dinner, live music, and late night eating. Live music every Saturday. Plus sports on TV.
Open Until: 11pm or later

American Gypsy Vintage
263 Main St, Beacon
(845) 440-3670
A little bit country, a little bit rock & roll. From bohemian to bike, this boutique sells a well-edited assortment of vintage and contemporary designers. In addition to running the shop, owner Nicole Alyse is also a well known personal style blogger who does photo shoots in Beacon and NYC. For inspiration or fashion envy find her on twitter and instagram.
Open Until: 8pm

Cafe Amacord
276 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 440-0050
Delicious Italian flare gourmet food. Enjoy salads with goat cheese and beets, cauliflower soup, entrees of fish or steak, and wine by the glass or bottle.
Open Until: 11pm

All You Knead
308 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 440-8530
Stop in for a chocolate croissant, apple muffin, or chicken pot pie. You'll of course find a hearty chocolate chip cookie or brownie here, but you may also find whatever the baker decided to bake, like vegetable samosa.
Open Until: 5pm

Denning's Point Distillery
10 N. Chestnut Street, Beacon
Denning’s Point Distillery in Beacon, NY crafts the finest artisanal spirits available including Viskill Vodka, Beacon American Whiskey & Denning's White Rye Whiskey.  They use high quality grains from New York state farms and strive to create classic spirits of unique character and depth. Denning's Point Distillery works from a unique, urban production space and offers impromptu tours and tastings.
Open Until: 8pm

Beacon's Second Saturday at Howland Library
At Howland Library
Howland Public Library
313 Main Street
Each month, the library features the work of a Hudson Valley photographer on its electronic bulletin board. Part of the Howland Library’s Community Art Programs, the eExhibit slideshows can be viewed on continuous loop on Second Saturdays. Two art exhibits are on display inside as well. (Please note the gallery may not be accessible during some library programs.)
Second Saturday Opening Reception 5-7pm:
Scenes of the Valley, an exhibition of photography by Rafael Quirindongo will be on view in the Community Room Exhibit Space from April 30th – June 14th, 2015. The exhibit focuses on the beauty of the Hudson Valley captures the geometry of the landscape gravitating toward scenes with deep perspective and converging lines. The HDR images, with their dramatic cloud forms and luminous skies, have an almost painterly quality.
Open Until: 7pm

Get Frosted Cupcakery
323 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 765-1002
A cupcakery with many flavors. Be sure to try their lemon cupcake!
Open Until: Call First

330 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 202-7447
The premiere collaborative, co-operative live music venue/Japanese restaurant in Beacon, NY!
Special for Second Saturday:
The amazing Jonathan Kane returns to Quinn's with Soldier/Kane
Open Until: LATE

Beacon Natural Market
348 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 838-1288
Beacon Natural Market is a community grocery store dedicated to offering a complete selection of quality organic and natural products.
Special for Second Saturday: 80% of all sales this Saturday will for directly to the earthquake relief effort in Nepal.

The Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 855-1300
Founded in 1972, in an old stagecoach stop in Beekmanville, NY, the Towne Crier Cafe has become a mecca for fans—and performers—of live music. After a brief stay in Millbrook, then a quarter-century in Pawling, NY, they relocated in October, 2013, to the blossoming arts hub of Beacon, NY. Their performance space is spacious but intimate—bringing you what the NY Times called “Down-home access to world-class performers.” Their fine-dining menu emphasizes fresh, local and natural ingredients. The Towne Crier claims that you will be tweeting "OMGs" after eating their desserts.
Special for Second Saturday: Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson & The Magic Rockers
More details here.
Open Until: 10pm or Call First

Beacon Pantry
382 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 440-8923
Beacon Pantry is a specialty market for meats, cheeses, fish, crackers, jams, honey, granola, ice cream, and so much more. Known for carrying French and Italian delectables. Enjoy a snack at their window seat or grab something and go.
Special for Second Saturday: You are treated to tastes of May cheeses, paired with wine picked fresh from the Artisan Wine Shop.
Open Until: 8pm

More Good
383 Main St, Beacon
(845) 797-1838
Drink More Good uses locally sourced and organic ingredients to create hand-crafted soda syrup concentrates, tea and tisane concentrates, and bitters.

Open Until: 8pm (or later!)

Oak Vino Wine Bar
389 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 765-2400
Oak Vino is an oasis for wine lovers. Enjoy the curated wine collection that is always changing. Serves light fare of tapas including cheeses, chutney, hummus, and more. Food menu is available until 10pm.
Special for Second Saturday: Artist reception for digenger 7-9pm
Open Until: 11pm

Draught Industries
394 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 765-8080
Beer, beer and more beer! This cozy alleyway of a bar has everything you need: BEER. Lots of beer on a big fancy, super-impressive and high-tech tap system. Bartenders dispense great advice and samples to find your perfect beer for the evening. Did we mention beer?
Open Until:LATE

Yankee Clipper
397 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 440-0021
If you need broad food selections from veggies to meat to seafood, Yankee Clipper is a Beacon staple that will seat you comfortably for any meal. If you've seen the movie "Nobody's Fool" with Paul Newman, you'll recognize Yankee Clipper in a scene. Find a huge menu that includes Italian, Southwestern, and enjoy a few dishes with a Greek flare such as a gyro or chicken slouvaki. Serves beer and wine.
Open Until: 10pm

211 Fishkill Avenue, Beacon
The purpose of the KuBe (an acronym for Kunsthalle Beacon) is to promote art and culture within an international dialogue.  Their goal is to bring together art from around the world , and create a forum with the local talent of the Beacon and New York arts community. The KuBe is comprised of 48 artists’ studios, Commercial Office Spaces, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts Gallery, Experimental Art Spaces- The Turbine, The Zhu Chongmao and Zheng Ruyu Theater,  and The Jerome A. Cohen and Joan Lebold Cohen Art Center.
Open Until: 2-7pm

(Close to The Mountain.)

The start of the East End of Main Street and Beyond.

Ella's Bellas
418 Main Street, Beacon
A beautiful cafe and eatery serving baked goods, salads and soups that are all gluten free and really good. Some of the best chocolate chip cookies and lemon bars around. Be sure to try their mini pumpkin pies, and enjoy coffee from Tas Kafé and cocktails from syrups from More Good.
Open Until: 10pm

Blackbird Attic
442 Main St
Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 418-4840
Michelle Caves' love affair with vintage fashion led her to open Blackbird Attic one of Beacon's most romantic vintage shops.
Second Saturday: 5th Anniversary Party 5-8pm.
Open Until: 8pm on Second Saturday

Morphicism Gallery
Morphicism Gallery

444 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 440-3092
Moveable art in frames. An art you must see and experience.
Open Until: Call First


The Beacon Arts Theatre
445 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 226.8099
The Beacon, a 1930s art deco theater in Beacon, NY, is home to 4th Wall Productions, presenting a broad spectrum of live entertainment for the Mid-Hudson Valley and is home to 4th Wall Theatrical Productions. More details and ticket purchase at Beacon Theatre. 
Second Saturday: Halfway to Halloween Film Event!
4pm: The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
5:30pm: House on Haunted Hill (1959) 
7pm: The Lady Vanishes (1938), Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959),
Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Tickets are $6 each or 4 for $20 and patrons can come and go as they please and see as many or little films as they like. Kids costumes and Zombie costume contests too!

Dim Sum GoGo
448 Main St, Beacon
(845) 831-8886
Dim Sum GoGo has received a stamp of approval from Dim Sum lovers who have also enjoyed their other locations in Manhattan. Located in the beautiful old bank building, it's a great option for large parties.
Open Until: 10:30pm

Joe's Irish Pub
455 Main St, Beacon
(845) 838-1779
Local watering hole with great drink prices.
Special for Second Saturday: St.George and Friends Second Saturday Jam-15 to 40 musicians every month under one roof. This love entertainment has been going on every Second Saturday for the past 12 years and continues into its 13th.
Open Until: LATE

Beacon Bath & Bubble
458 Main St, Beacon
(845) 440-6782
On display
Bubbles and soaps of all shapes, sizes and colors. The new larger location will feature a huge production space where customers can see our wonderful products being made. They also have the unique offering of old fashioned, vintage & retro soda pop in 36 brands! You can enjoy a bubbly soda pop from yesteryear in-house or to bring home as a customized 6-pack.
Second Saturday: Usually offers a special product on sale for Second Saturday. They will also house the "3B Art Gallery," featuring four amazing art students from Beacon High School. Emily Purdy, Rachael Ng, Melody Fan & Abby Antalek.
Open Until: 9pm on Second Saturday

457 Main St, Beacon
(646) 823-3274
For those who like the cozy sexy sleek look, this is a must-shop. Super cool, unique and high fashion sweaters and knitwear are designed by Gail Travis. This flagship store is only open Saturdays 11am-5pm or by appointment only.
Open Until: 5pm

Reservoir and Wood
460 Main Street, Beacon
Reservoir & Wood is lifestyle boutique of the modern, mid-century, rustic and inspired. The clothing is high-end design and is pretty dope. Find fashions for women, men, baby, and some household.
Open Until: 7pm

Lauren & Riley
462 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 831-3862
A hip little shop to find bling, shoes that rival Betsy Johnson, dresses, and sometimes tops and sweaters. Also find an assortment of tea and honey.
Open Until: 6pm

Matteawan Gallery
Matteawan Gallery
464 Main Street, Beacon
Beacon, NY
(845) 440-7901
Matteawan Gallery specializes in contemporary art with an emphasis on works on paper by emerging and mid-career artists.
Second Saturday 6pm-9pm: Opening receptions for Sharon Butler ~ New Social Solutions.
Open Until: 9pm

Brothers Trattoria
465 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 838-3300
Find pizza here of course, but also many more entrees of fish, steak and chicken. A favorite pizza is "Grandma's", a Sicilian style garlic cheese pizza with fresh tomato. Also ask about their gluten free pizza.
Open Until: 10pm

Beacon Bagel
466 Main Street, Beacon NY
(845) 440-6958
There is no replacement for a craving for a salmon lox on a bagel, or for a breakfast egg and cheese bagel sandwich - which is why you'll peel off into Beacon Bagel for a filling sandwich before you continue on your night of wine, beer and other spirits. Very kid friendly and can make pretty much anything you like. Serves chocolate milk, juice, and lattes.
Open Until: 3pm

Echo Beacon
470 Main St, Beacon
(845) 440-0047
On one side, women's clothing, classic with a twist. All kinds of unique items, handbags, jewelry, shoes, books. Lines from local designers as well. On the other side, a collection of classic wooden toys, wind-up tin toys, eco-friendly and plush, art supplies and books. Organic baby clothes.
Open Until: 7pm

Beacon Falls Cafe
472 Main St, Beacon
(845) 765-0172
This American Bistro restaurant has a cozy and comfortable atmosphere with its quaint, old mountain town decor and super friendly staff. They offer plenty of delicious comfort food and beer options for diners.
Open Until: 9pm


Back Room Gallery in Beacon NY
Back Room Gallery
Back Room Gallery
475 Main Street, Beacon
Beacon, NY
(845) 838-1838
Find 30 artists showing here, from large paintings to small collectibles. Also find art supplies such as sketch pads and charcoal pencils. And if you're with a man who wants to skip the art but loves anything to do with the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, send him to the actual "back room" of this gallery for a viewing of a very valuable collection of War art on crepe fabric.
Special for Second Saturday: TBD
Open Until: LATE

Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St, Beacon
(845) 831-4988
Beacon's Howland Cultural Center is not just another arts organization.Its beautiful home is a Victorian building that was born specifically to serve the community as a cultural resource

478 Main St, Beacon
(845) 202-7172
A stylist edited consignment and resale boutique, specializing in women's vintage and designer fashion. Check out this new Main St. location that owner Angela Hasting stocks full of amazing finds.
Open Until: 6:30

480 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 202-7181
Utensil is the home chef's go to store for anything you need in the kitchen, from honey to french presses, to wooden pizza peels (aka giant spatula).
Special for Second Saturday: Cocktails to celebrate Mother's Day and Spring!
Open Until: 9pm

The Chocolate Studio
494 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 765-1165
The Chocolate Studio (formerly Gourmetibles) is perfectly suited for birthday parties for kids of all ages. They make their delicious treats in their own kitchen, including custom cakes, made to order. The aroma may hook you in for the night. They also make our own Cake Pops, French Macarons, chocolate covered Bacon, chocolate covered pretzels and lots more. 
Open Until: 9pm

Maria Lago Studio 502
Maria Lago Studio 502
502 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 765-8421
Open Until: Call First

BAU Gallery
BAU Gallery
506 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 440-7584
bau (Beacon Artist Union) is a platform for members/artists to grow, present and market their work, collaborative curatorial projects, and hosting events of related disciplines: performances, talks, film and music. BAU builds a vital link between the activities at bau and the community.
Second Saturday Exhibit: 
Main Gallery: Julie Jacobs’s  latest photographic images are in part inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner. Over time Julie’s photograph’s grew to reflect her fascination with Turner’s sometime photo-dissolution of reality in a movement toward the abstract.
Beacon Room: Charlotte Schulz’s large–scale, intricate charcoal drawings construct a melancholic world, illuminated by foreboding light and weather. Informed by extensive reading and an encyclopedic collection of images of cities, events, and domestic interiors she gradually evolves her narratives as she works, incorporating and transforming sad or haunting private memories and larger world events.
Open Until: 9pm

 The Hop
554 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 440-8676
The Hop is a craft beer lovers bar for beer and artisanal fare.
Open Until: 11pm or later

(Just over the tiny Fishkill Creek bridge. This quickly becoming a boutique and artist hub.)

2 East Main Street, Beacon
(845) 765-8369
One of Beacon's biggest passion projects - The Roundhouse is a conversion of one of Beacon's most historic, beautiful buildings to be a hotel, restaurant, and bar. Enjoy stunning views of the waterfall at Fishkill Creek from within the spacious restaurant or plush lounge. If you appreciate interior design, you will love dining here. Seats large or small parties. Serves beer, wine and cocktails.
Dining Room Open Until: 10pm
Bar/Lounge Open Until: LATE

Gwenno James
17 E Main St, Beacon
(845) 202-3224
Gwenno James signature designs incorporate hand dyed and hand printed fabrics which are crafted at her studio and boutique in Beacon, New York. Using traditional textile techniques such as silk screening, marbling and blueprinting, Gwenno considers each fabric piece as a fluid canvas onto which an original surface design emerges... one color, one brushstroke, one imprint at a time. 
Open Until: 8:30pm

Dogwood Bar & Restaurant
47 East Main Street, Beacon
(845) 202-7500
Enjoy home-style favorites to innovative specials. Dogwood, as with so many restaurants in Beacon, uses organic, locally sourced ingredients. The draft beer menu is carefully chosen and constantly updated to reflect the very best in quality and seasonal flavors. Have fun picking a craft beer from the big chalkboard of specials flowing from their 16 taps and full bar.

Open Until: "LATE" according to their website.

BEACON near RT. 52
(Beacon's part of Rt. 52 that heads in or out of town.)

The Lofts at Beacon
18 Front Street, Beacon
(845) 831-7867
The Lofts at Beacon bought a 19th century brick textile mill in the Hudson Valley located by the Fishkill Creek and situated on the banks of the Hudson River, in the artists haven town of Beacon. The Lofts have been completely remodeled into beautiful lofts, providing excellent loft rental units for the working artist.
Open Until: 8pm

Beacon Music Factory
629 Route 52, Beacon
(845) 765-0472
As the name suggests, this is a music factory where kids and adults can learn, be in rock bands, and can listen to music. Do check out their Rock Band Boot Camp.