Beacon, NY

Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve traveled anywhere other than home. (Cue the “To the window, to the walls” memes.) During that brief moment in the Northeast United States when it seemed as though there may be a light at the end of the COVID tunnel, I decided to book an Airbnb somewhere within driving distance.

The choices were between Washington, DC and Beacon, NY. When I saw that there was a Doctor Who-themed restaurant in Beacon, that made my decision for me. I’m glad, too. I’d heard of it before, but I didn’t realize that it was just over an hour away and feels like a totally different place.

For food, Ziatun was my favorite. It’s a Palestinian restaurant with lots of good vegetarian options and appetizers that I would happily drive an hour for. There was also Peaceful Provisions, a super popular vegan donut shop that we happened to stumble upon, but I think were my favorite donuts ever. Kitchen & Coffee was also delicious, and happened to be entirely gluten-free – I went back twice for the cheddar biscuits.

Aside from lots of eating, the main “event” was visiting Storm King Art Center. I was a bit torn between Storm King and Dia:Beacon, but spending time outdoors, enjoying the region, won out.

Storm King is massive. While I loved all the different artworks and sculptures, it was also just really pleasant to be outside in such a spacious and natural setting. I had a moment when nearly no one else was around and the whole place just felt so peaceful. There was almost zero noise pollution, and I’d actually forgotten how pleasant that could be – it’s been a long time since I lived far enough from a city to hear silence.

Aside from food and art, it was also just a super relaxing weekend. I napped, a lot, to catch up on some much-needed sleep. We watched Luca, which, can confirm, was pretty adorable. And generally disconnected from the day-to-day, which was kind of perfect.

Categorized as Travel

By Erica V.

Always seriously joking and rambunctiously soft-spoken.

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