One of the best things of being back in this city is refreshed curiosity. Excited and captivated by all the opportunities to learn and think, I appreciate New York City even more than when I first moved here four years ago.
Inspired by the access to creative thinking, Hoyd, Bejay, Jenny, and I drove up to Beacon, New York to see the modern art museum Dia:Beacon. The huge, light-filled space filled me with awe and served as the perfect housing for the thoughtful pieces inside.
grid-loving Sol LeWitt…
And claro, Richard Serra. We had fun running along the edges of the massive sheet metal. 🙂
It was awesome just strolling outside in Beacon, too. Lots of small shops, street art, and good food to check out. Here’s a quick list of places I dig most:
- Beacon Pie Company | Their sweet “piecycle” rotates out weekly flavors, like Atlantic Beach Pie (a sweetened saltine crust with lemon-lime filling) and Earl Grey & Meyer Lemon Custard. When we went I devoured a slice of Shoo Fly Pie (sweetened with molasses) which brought me right back to my Southern dad’s kitchen. I only regret not buying 3 more slices.
- Bank Square Cafe | Nowhere else in this town reminds me more of Austin, Texas. The Spiderhouse-esque cafe invites you to sip craft beer, coffee, or tea in a funky space. Take your drink outside to the garden and wait for sunset, or park your caboose on the vintage couches inside. The music playing is probably from the communal guitar which anyone can jam on.
- Poppy’s Burgers | Poppy makes a mean veggie burger – confirmed by all four of us. To fully enjoy the veg-burger experience, scoot right past the main room to the peaceful, breezy garden in the back. Even in summertime it stays cool, and you can snoop on their sweet herb garden.
I can’t wait to come back. Driving or taking the train for an hour to Beacon is the perfect summer daytrip to spark your inspiration.
Do you have other favorite spots in Beacon? I would love to hear about them!