Beacon, blazing

The desire to do something different with some recent visitors from England prompted us to take a trip up the Hudson valley. It’s a beautiful way to spend a day out of the city, and an easy train ride from Grand Central station. Initially we thought we might go hiking, but when the weather forecast started predicting frigid temperatures we decided that an indoor activity would probably be more comfortable, so a museum visit was planned instead.

I have been wanting to visit the collection of modern art at Dia:Beacon for as long as I’ve known it existed. The building is a former Nabisco box printing factory, and this pared-down industrial setting provides the perfect backdrop for a range of interesting artworks and installations.

Minimal captioning meant that we mostly just wandered around the space looking at things, which made a nice change, and I enjoyed the light in different areas of the building.

Once we had finished in the museum, we had a swift and chilly stroll around Beacon (small, cute, scenic) before stopping in Denning’s Point Distillery for some warming refreshments.

Next on the schedule was a visit to the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Croton-on-Hudson. We went to this in 2015 and have been meaning to go again ever since, so our visitors provided the perfect excuse.

Despite being seriously cold by this point, the blaze was just as much fun as we remembered, and we had a lovely time looking at all the amazing carvings, whimsical designs, and spooky installations.

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