Seniors Seek Out Beacon

beaconbannerSenior travelers will find Beacon On The Hudson in Dutchess County, New York, part of the Poughkeepsie–Newburgh–Middletown, New York Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population runs nearly 16,000. It was named to commemorate the historic beacon fires that blazed forth from the summit of the Fishkill Mountains to alert the Continental Army about British troop movements.


The area was originally settled as the villages of Matteawan and Fishkill Landing in 1709. TripAdvisor has several attractions lined up for senior visitors to consider “Must See and Must Do.”

The waterfall of Fishkill Creek goes right through downtown Beacon along East Main Street. Streams add so much to any historical site.

Hudson Beach Glass is not only a retail storefront on Main Street, but also a busy studio where several local glass artists work and demonstrate the craft of glass blowing and sculpting. Waterfront Park would be a great place to unwind for a picnic.

Seniors Enjoy ‘Hippest City’


Erin Lindsey of Daytrippin,’ Weekender notes that…“When someone asks me where to go for a daytrip, I almost always tell them Beacon. And when someone else asks me where to spend a weekend off the MetroNorth, I almost always tell them Beacon. It’s solidified itself as the “hippest” city in the Hudson Valley, but besides being hip, I tell everyone about Beacon because there’s so much to do there. Shopping, dining, bar-hopping, hiking, museum-ing–this place has it all.”

The NY Times notes that carpets, baby carriages, shower doors, cookie cartons are among the many products made, at one point or another, in Beacon. Located 90 minutes north of New York City on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, Beacon is noted for its proximity to numerous historic sites and large cities. It is located minutes away from Bannerman’s Castle and West Point.


Beacon also sits with the famous Mount Beacon as its backdrop and the Hudson River as its front door. The city is located across the river from its larger sister city, Newburgh and is only 20 minutes south of the Hudson Valley Region Capital City, Poughkeepsie.

 Seniors Find Popular Weekend Getaway

Condé Nast Traveler has ten things senior visitors  must see in Beacon. They note that over the past decade, the town has gone from sleepy working-class community to popular weekend getaway. Beacon’s Main Street thoroughfare has farm-to-table restaurants, world-class art, and even a Doctor Who-themed café, all within a leisurely afternoon’s walking distance.


Beacon, with an abundance of Victorian architecture, collectible shops, emerging art galleries, museums and fine dining has something for everyone.

Beacon sits on the Metro North commuter line offering senior visitors and residents an easy in and out of NYC.

So set your GPS for Beacon and dont miss the 100 year old Incline Railway trail goes up Mt. Beacon. I know that my wife would  visit the Madam Brett Homestead (1709)… she loves older homes. -jeb

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