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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Admire Graffiti, Woodcut, and Textile Art in Beacon


5. Oddball Day

Buy breakfast and local art at Zuzu's Leaf and Bean.   

Start the day with a strong dark-roast coffee and fresh-baked blueberry muffin at Zuzu’s Leaf and Bean (453 Main St.; no phone), then head toward the riverfront to assemble a picnic lunch of Simple Valley's lamb-mushroom spring rolls ($3) and Pickleicious's jarringly tart half-sours ($10 per quart) from the Sunday farmers' market (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Make your way to the adjacent dock and board the ferry for a half-hour ride to Bannerman Castle, an imposing Scottish-style fortress built by a Brooklyn businessman in 1901 in the middle of the Hudson (Hudson River Adventures; 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, May through October). The $30 fare includes a one-and-a-half-hour tour around the decaying, eccentric residence and a meandering walk through the castle’s restored botanical gardens among shaded terraces. After riding back on the ferry, take a dip in River Pool, an inflatable, twenty-foot wading pool floating just off the north shore of Riverfront Park that doubles as a hot-day hangout. Cap off the day with a heaping plate of River Terrace Restaurant’s specialty—herb-crusted king crab cakes and beers—while you watch the sunset from the deck.

Published on Jul 8, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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