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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Admire Graffiti, Woodcut, and Textile Art in Beacon

Anchored by the Dia:Beacon museum, this Hudson Valley town is host to a slew of new independent galleries, art cafés, and design stores.


1. Where to Stay

Botsford Briar is a quick hour-and-fifteen-minute trip from Penn Station.   

Ask for the Magnolia Room with a deck overlooking the Hudson at Botsford Briar (from $145), a restored, five-bedroom Queen Anne Victorian home. Metal sculptures and vibrant quilts created by artists turned B&B owners Shirley Botsford and Charles Fincham are displayed throughout.

Call a month in advance to reserve one of the three guest rooms at Mt. Beacon Bed and Breakfast (from $165), a three-story mansion outfitted with antique four-poster beds, claw-foot tubs, and wood-burning fireplaces. In the morning, walk the surrounding hiking trails ranging from one to eight miles.

Purchase paintings by Hudson Valley landscape artist Roberta Griffin and watercolorist M.E. Whitehill (from $300) at Swann Inn, a restored 1866 home decorated and run by Parsons-trained fashion designer Darlene Swann Caplan (from $157).

Published on Jul 8, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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