Beacon: Up-and-coming artist enclave, Beacon attracts art-hungry New Yorkers in search of a more scenic way to consume their modern art. The main attraction in the quiet hamlet is Dia:Beacon, an unpredictable gallery housed in a refurbished Nabisco box-printing factory. Bathed in sunlight and exposed brick, the contemporary museum is a permanent fixture for the organic sculptures of Richard Serra, the minimalist encodings of Sol LeWitt, and the flourescent installations of the late Dan Flavin, among many others. The art center lays just below main street, a blossoming burrow for intimate galleries, cozy cafes, and glass-blowing tutorials by Hudson Beach Glass.
Hudson: A stomping ground for the slightly more eccentric art crowd, this picturesque town is home to many many galleries and antique shops, almost all of which can be found on Warren Street. The Terenchin Gallery is a local favorite for gazing at retro posters and rare 20th century finds. However, the newest Hudson landmark is Basilica Industria, an art and performance space that sprawls a 19th century factory with a curated range of events that include music, dining, and art all propped on the scenic shoulder of the riverbed. Here’s a little insider tip: If you time your Basilica visit with an opening you can eat for free (if you bring a dish) at their legendary pot luck dinners.
Storm King: A 15 minute drive from Dia:Beacon is the sprawling 500 acre sculpture garden known simply as Storm King. Centered around a stone manor house that serves as the museum, Storm King is home to some of the most important sculptural installations in America. Modern Masters such as Alexander Calder, Isamu Naguchi and Richard Serra share the space with more recent sculptors Andy Goldsworthy and Maya Linn. You’ll find the grounds beautifully maintained thanks to the handsome and continued endowment by the late philanthropists Ralph G. Ogden and H. Peter Stern.
The Adirondacks: For a more reclusive getaway during the winter season, The Adirondacks are the next stop on the tour before reaching the more rural boundaries. Day itineraries for this mountainside escape include horseback riding and wintertime sleigh rides at the Adirondack Equine Center, as well as skiing, hiking, and boating at the popular St. Regis Lake. An area peppered with log cabins, The Adirondacks will satisfy even the most rustic cravings. One of our favorite getaways is Elk Lake Lodge, situated on over 12,000 acres of private woodlands – one of the most beautiful places in the Northeast.