Last Saturday we took a day trip to Beacon, New York in the Hudson Valley. I had been wanting to get up to the Dia:Beacon Art Museum for a while now and was so excited to have a beautiful free day to do it. The 85 minute train ride from Grand Central is an event in itself--the trip runs along the Hudson River providing amazing views of Englewood Cliffs, West Point, and Bear Mountain. Beacon lies right past the Breakneck Ridge Trail, which is also a fun day trip outside of the city.
Mike and I walked from the train to Main Street, a quaint strip of artisinal cheese shops, creameries, art galleries, and restaurants. We had lunch at Max's on Main before walking back towards the river to get to the museum. The Dia:Beacon is definitely a must see for contemporary art fans. The museum itself was so spacious and bright and it was a relief not to be in a museum where you are bumping into people like in so many great museums in the NYC. There is a wonderful exhibit of Minimalist Sculptor Carl Andre on display and amazing large steel sculptures by Richard Serra that I was blown away by as I walked through them.
For a refreshing and fascinating day out of the city, I definitely recommend making the trip up to Beacon!