It’s a fact: 85° is the temperature beyond which it is not bearable to stay in Manhattan on the weekend. To escape the heatwave, we put together a special daytrip program upstate for you – a good alternative to the classic Rockaway beach or the (very) popular Hamptons.
Take your car or the train at Grand Central. Make sure to sit on the left side to enjoy the Hudson River scenery as the train rolls north on its east bank during the 70 miles to Beacon. First stop: the charming town of Cold Spring where you can stroll along the waterfront. There is a farmers’ market every Saturday morning in the gorgeous gardens of the Boscobel House overhanging Hudson’s riverbanks – a breathtaking view. You will find homemade pies, organic apple juice and garden vegetables, bringing back fond memories of holiday in the south of France. After fulfilling your organic needs, we recommend two restaurants for lunch. For their gourmet plates: Hudson Hil’s Cafe & Market with its fresh products and authentic setting. For the tranquility of their garden: Tuscan Grill with its bucolic terrace and colorful porch.
Make your way back to the car or the train for a short 10 minute ride. Second stop: Beacon. For the rest of the journey we set our sights high: the Dia Beacon Foundation. This former cracker box printing factory was converted into a contemporary art museum. The 240,000 square feet of exhibition space houses Richard Serra’s sweeping sculptures of oxidized-metal curves, John Chamberlain’s compressed cars and Dan Flavin’s corridor in fluorescent light. All this contemporary artwork has one feature in common: their size. Dia Beacon is the refuge of gigantic and disproportionate pieces of art, those which cannot fit into Manhattan’s museums. The space is uncluttered with minimalist installation and bathed with natural light. An (air-conditioned!) oasis of calm for any space- and light-deprived urban dweller, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
It’s already time to get back to Manhattan. Make sure this time to sit on the right side to watch the sunset over the Hudson…
In the morning:
Cold Spring Farmers’ Market
Outdoors at Boscobel House & Gardens
Every Saturday morning from 8:30am to 1:30pm
Hudson Hil’s Cafe & Market
129-131 Main St, Cold Spring
Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill
91 Main St, Cold Spring
In the afternoon:
Dia : Beacon
3 Beekman St, Beacon