Sitting on the banks of the river with the Hudson Highlands at its back, Beacon was one of the first upstate cities to experience a revitalization. The town buzzes with cafes and boutiques, multiple art galleries, an independent movie theater, craft breweries and restaurants. There are also plenty of paddling and hiking opportunities nearby for outdoor adventurers.
With more than a dozen years under its belt, Homespun Foods is a Beacon institution. Head to their Main Street location for delicious, fresh bites made from scratch. Serving three meals a day, you can drop into Homespun Foods for anything from breakfast wrap or bowl of oatmeal to a midday soup, salad, or quiche. In the summer, the back patio with its arbor, flowers, and greenery is a lush place to enjoy a meal.