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Beautifully furnished, charming 1920's home for rent in the Hudson Valley community of Beacon. It has loads of character and great vibes. The house is quiet, bright and in a residential neighborhood only one hour and 15 mins from NYC by train or car.
Beacon is the perfect base from which to explore the Hudson Valley, or take a trip into Manhattan for a day of sight seeing or a night at the theatre. Alternatively, you may chose to stay close and enjoy folk singer Pete Seegers beloved home town, the place that's creating such a buzz in the art world. There'is the famed DIA Foundation museum, the many Art and Antique Galleries and open artist's studios, as well as the beautiful Storm King Art Center across the river... not forgetting several venues for live performance (theatre and music). DIA also hosted the Merce Cunningham Dance Company this year.
The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is held during July and August on the expansive gardens of one of the most magnificent, beautifully restored period homes in the United States...Boscobel, with it's pristine views across the river and down the valley. It’s just south of Beacon in the charming village of Cold Spring, which is well worth a visit. The sweet Garrison Theatre in the old train station on Garrison Landing also offers plays, musicals, and concerts throughout the year.
In Beacon during the spring, fall and summer months there are various outdoor festivals, as well as a farmers market on the waterfront. In the winter months the area is recognized for it's many cross country skiing trails. Year round, on the second Saturday of every month the galleries in Beacon stay open until 9 PM serving wine and snacks. Join the crowds wandering Main Street. Don't forget to stop at Hudson Beach Glass in the old firehouse for a glass blowing demonstration... or sign up for lessons and do it yourself! Then boogie on at the 2nd Saturday dance event which takes place at one of the local restaurant.
Speaking of food... Beacon has many fine places to satisfy your hunger. Or why not dine in one of the restaurants across the Hudson on the rivers edge in Newburgh? You can take the ferry across and explore the mansions and historic sites of Newburgh where George Washington was based during the Revolutionary War whle you're at it. Beacon also has it's own historic sites, including the Madame Brett Homestead built in 1709.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the spectacular hiking, biking, kayaking and sailing in the region. You may also swim in the Hudson River at Stony Point in Coldspring. There's a children's floating pool at the Beacon dock and an outdoor pool open to the public in the summer months which is in a wooded area.
A 'must do' is the hike that takes you up alongside the old incline railway line to the 1,540 ft summit of Mt. Beacon where the views are stunning. On a clear day you can see the Catskills and Adirondack mountain ranges, as well as Manhattan.
Or if you prefer something a little less challenging, follow the tranquil trail along the Hudson River to Dennings Point, a protected area where the world renowned Beacon Institute For Rivers and Estuaries research center is now open.
For any of you Golfers, there are several excellent Golf Courses in the area that are well laid out, beautifully manicured, scenic and highly rated in the area.... either with river or mountain views:
Two in the town of Garrison NY, 6 miles from the house: The Highlands County Club and The Garrison Golf Club
The famous Golf Course at West Point across the river .. . a scenic 25 minute drive: The West Point Golf Course
Fishkill Golf Course and Driving Range
Beekman Golf course and Club in Hopewell Junction,. *** Rated by the PGA as one of the top 4 courses in the North East and One of the top 50 Golf courses for women in the USA
And the beautiful Branton Woods Gold Course in Hopewell Junction
There is One in Beacon itself on the Hudson River,.. 5 mins. from the house: The Southern Dutchess Country Club.( It may now be members only)
Whatever you do, the house will always beckon you home to it's sunny and quiet little haven in this fascinating and beautiful part of the world
NOTE** A CAR IS NOT NECESSARY...Hudson River, Metro North train station, Main Street stores, galleries, DIA and mountains are all within walking distance.....
While living and working in Major cities around the world (Paris, London, LA, and NY) I had to satisfy the side of me that's a huge nature lover by making plenty of long distance drives and more then the occasional flight to distant places! It was time consuming and costly but my sanity depended on it. After 25 years of that pattern I decided to search out a place that would give me the best of all worlds... and bring me closer to my aging parents. After a year long search I settled on Beacon... and have absolutly zero regrets! Since then it has become a haven... home to fabulous restaurants, art galleries, a 5* hotel, independent thinkers and entrepreneurs. We are hip and happening here! And we LOVE our town!
Carole purchased this house in 2004
I am a 15 minute drive away from the local Stewart Airport which is small, user friendly, and specializes in short lines at the security check point! That makes it just a 2.5 hr flight to my folks in Florida from my doorstep! I'm a 5 minute drive from the hiking trails and the mountains I see from the house, and a 20 minute walk to the river and two of my favorite activities... sailing and kayaking. We have the DIA museum and art galleries to satisfy my need for a bit of culture, great restaurnants to satisfy my appetite...and when I want more I take the 1hr and 10 minute train ride to NYC. I can do business in both places... But instead of the sound of sirens and traffic I have found peace and quiet. What more could I ask!! Well maybe just one thing... but I ended up buying a small studio in Capetown, South Africa to fulfill that dream!!
The house is 2 blocks from Main St and everything you'll need during your visit...the grocery store, cafes and restaurants will leave you with an abundance of choice. From the house you can also walk to the base of Mt Beacon (and continue on up for the glorious views of the Hudson River area) or head down to the farmers market on the dock, just a few steps from DIA Museum. You can appreciate a peaceful walk in the preserved park along the rivers edge at any time of day or night.
"You have a lovely home. We even did a bit of remodeling when we got back to Seattle, and I used your master bedroom for inspiration. It was so relaxing!"
I asked permission from my guest to use this quote from a follow-up email. Carole
From the moment we arrived we felt welcome at this cozy house in Beacon. Carole makes you feel as if her house is your house, and believe me there is everything you need to feel at home, from comfortable beds, all the cookware you could possibly need, delicious coffee for you to make, natural toiletries, dishwasher and laundry facilities, plus beautiful artwork that is Carole’s shared experience with you. A beautiful hour and 15 minutes up the Hudson on Metro North and a five minute cab ride and you’re in another world. Beacon is whatever you want it to be – a small town with every convenience, wonderful galleries and interesting shops, fun places to snack and dine, the famous DIA Museum, nature trails to explore and Mt. Beacon to climb. You can walk to most places, or take a cab if you prefer. For a non-driver like me it’s ideal. Carole’s house is just a few minutes’ walk from Main Street, so you need never “go without” anything. I wish I’d had more time there, but I hope to come back, climb that mountain, and relax in this wonderful gem of a home – I could definitely get used to it!
We would strongly agree with the previous wonderful reviews. The listing was very accurate and the owner was wonderful to deal with. Everything we could want was included: full kitchen, books, audio/visual, blankets, comfortable furnishings, washer/dryer, patio, quiet neighborhood, close to main street. Everyone we met in town or walking on the streets were pleasant. We felt "safe" everywhere.
We enjoyed Homespun Foods, Brother's Trattoria, Pleasant Ridge II Restaurant and the dinner by the falls for meals. DIA: Beacon Museum of Art (modern is not the word for it), Cold Spring, Beacon main street and side streets and the drive to/from Peekskill were wonderful adventures. The train is a "piece of cake" to/from Grand Central, and if you are a senior very cheap during the day. Also, Enterprise car rental has a local office with full pickup and delivery, even to the train station, with great prices.
My wife and I agreed that next time I see my daughter in Peekskill, Beacon again will be the place to stay. And, if schedules match, this property is where we will be.
I would whole-heartedly recommend this property to a friend, relative or stranger. It's warm, comfortable and inviting. We met the owner and she is as nice in person as she is on the phone or email.
This house was recommended by some friends who raved about it, and everything they told us held true. We only stayed for two nights, but we wish it could have been longer. After long days of walking around the lovely city of Beacon, Carole's house made it feel like we were coming home. The front porch and backyard are great for relaxing outdoors. The house itself was cool and very comfortable, even on days nearing 75 degrees. Everything, from a hike up Mount Beacon to a stroll down Main Street, was in walking distance from the house. We couldn't have asked for a better getaway so close to NYC, yet seeming like a world of it's own. We hope to return soon.
Our second time staying in Carole's beautiful cottage and it felt like home. We celebrated Thanksgiving, cooked up a storm and hosted friends from the NYC who said that Beacon is now their new favorite old town. We explored Cold Spring and had an amazing lunch at the little french restaurant on Main Street there. Having such a nice cozy home from which to explore the Hudson Valley makes all the difference. Looking forward to our third stay!
My wife and I stayed here for six nights in early October 2012 and both us agreed that this is really a fabulous place to stay, both the home itself and the convenient location in the Hudson Valley. Beacon itself is really unique and very cute, both the main shopping district a few blocks away and the residential streets. Lots of wonderful restaurants within walking distance. The house itself is really main reason for the rave review. It really felt like someone's house, not a rental unit. Complete kitchen, all the technical and media stuff you want and expect, wonderful front porch, big back yard to BBQ or just sit, big living room, nice dining room, comfortable beds (this is really important). In short, we felt at home and looked forward to returning to this very cozy house every night. This was by far the best of any of the places we have rented from owners and now I am spoiled. We toured a different location every day and it just never seemed to take that long to get there by car, so this is a convenient place to stay.
The location couldn't be more convenient: walking distance to shops, restaurants, yoga studio, bike rentals, farmer's market, Dia, train (we recommend Zora Dora's for popsicles, The Hop for beer, and Homespun food for brunch). Though Main Street is visible from the front yard, once inside the gate, you feel in a secluded cottage far from town. There is an enchanting garden in the front yard with flowers galore. The kitchen comes well stocked with cookware, the bedrooms clean and comfortable, the living areas a treat. We commuted into Manhattan easily (lovely train ride along the Hudson), which made this the perfect stay-cation.
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