Posted: 3:21 pm Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
Dutchess County has so much to offer and is so close! Less than a two-hour drive and it seems like you are in a different world. Beacon is a very cute town and a great way to spend a fun and relaxing weekend. The surrounding areas have loads to offer and all in easy driving distance from each other.
Let’s start with a stroll down Main street in Beacon
I spent over an hour just checking out different shops (They have three independent book stores!) and grabbing coffee (Beacon Bagels!).
Afterwards take a stroll thru Margret Brett Park. It is about a 2 mile walk just outside of the town. There is a waterfall and some interesting old buildings.
Another great place to explore when you are in the area is DIA: Beacon. Modern, expressionist art is displayed in truly unique experiences. They have free tours every day explaining the exhibitions for those who interested.
This can easily fill up an entire day.
Fishkill Farms was founded by Henry Morgenthau in 1913. A close friend of the Roosevelt’s and advisor to the creation of war bonds he was a man of many talents. The farm is still family run and a great day out. You can pick your own fruit of loads of varieties or show up for some of their festivities with live music and food.
Franklin D Roosevelt lived in Hyde Park. Now his home and library are a wonderful museum and dedication to his life and all his accomplishments. To be honest at first, I didn’t want to go but I loved it. I had forgotten about just how many contributions he had made to our government and how responsible he is for how it runs today.
Walkway Over the Hudson was something I had wanted to do for a while. It was a beautiful view and cool way to see the area. The bridge is about a 2 ½ mile back and forth. It is the worlds longest elevated pedestrian bridge.
Innisfree Garden is a unique place to visit. It is a 150-acre recreation of Chinese inspired landscapes. The paths are rustic and the surroundings do not feel like you are in upstate New York. I went in sandals thinking I would be strolling thru paved paths filled with flowers. I recommend sneakers because it is very rural.
It is easy to spend a weekend exploring the area. Stay tuned for what to eat and drink in Dutchess County to help further your exploration of the area and plan your next weekend getaway!