If you and your “Instagram Boo” are looking for new backdrops (*cough* holiday cards *cough*), look no further.
I dragged mine—willingly, of course—to Beacon, New York.
Tucked neatly alongside a slight bend in the Hudson River, 89 minutes north from Grand Central Terminal, Dia:Beacon, a modern art museum and enclave of all things très chic, is the perfect destination for a Saturday getaway.
Home to 21 exhibits, both visiting and long term, the museum, a former Nabisco box-printing facility, spans 160,000 square feet in exhibition space. With collections that include Dan Flavin’s untitled (to a man, George Mcgovern) 2, Robert Irwin’s Excursus: Homage to the Square³, and Walter De Maria’s 360˚ I Ching / 64 Sculptures, Dia:Beacon—its expansive grounds and impressive artwork—served as an ideal date destination.
To make the 9:43 a.m. Poughkeepsie train, I was kindly reminded to wake up at 8:30 a.m. Coffee downed and scrambled eggs devoured—a little past 9:00 a.m.—my handsome date and I were out the door.
Pro tip: if you’re taking the 9:43 a.m. train from Grand Central Terminal to Beacon, New York, prepare to board by 9:30 a.m.
With the amount of ambitious hikers ready to conquer Bull Hill, you’ll be fighting them for a seat on the train. The majority of these early morning passengers get off at Cold Spring, a stop or two before Beacon, so the idea is to SIT DOWN FAST before you have to stand for the majority of your ride.
Train tickets roundtrip, off-peak, are $32 per person and the museum entrance fee, for adults, comes in at $15.
There’s a Metro North Getaway deal for $36.50 total, but unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out how to work the system. Still, $94 for a day trip worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city was completely worth it.
Dia:Beacon has a pretty relaxed photography policy so as long as you’re mindful of your flash, all snapping—except for pictures of Walter De Maria’s 360˚ I Ching / 64 Sculptures—is fair game.
Regardless whether or not you’re shy, there will be visitors dressed to the nines posing next to the various installations.
At the same time, there will also be visitors who are genuinely there for the artwork so regardless where you fall on the vanity spectrum, you’re guaranteed to have a good time.
Debating whether or not to go for the pose? I say you channel Nike and just do it!
G and I wandered the four-story establishment without much of a method in mind. I enjoyed anticipating the artworks that waited ever-so-patiently behind every corner, staircase, and wall.
If you prefer to plan, strategize, and optimize your route, you can pick up a floor plan at the entrance of the building.
Three hours, one cappuccino, one latte, and one chocolate-dipped macaroon later, we were both ready to go home.
I napped so soundly on the 2:08 p.m. train back that I actually drooled.
For those eager to rally, however, Storm King Art Center, the super cool sculpture park, is well within driving distance and also worth a visit!
Otherwise, I bid you adieu with a successful Instagram taken by my Instagram Boo.[googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2988.1641267998098!2d-73.98482968501688!3d41.500717979253864!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x89dd33d553ec0015%3A0x8ef011fb802a94fe!2sDia%3ABeacon!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1478027935106&w=750&h=400]