Going Upstate Is Fun, No Matter the Time of Year
Living in New York City can be incredibly draining. New Yorkers know how imperative it is to get out of the city every so often but very little actually do. And I don’t blame them — it can get physically hard to get out of the city with few vacation days, no car and limited financial resources. Luckily, however, we have the convenience of upstate New York, what I like to call my safe haven, easily accessible a few hours away.
Upstate New York is vast and there is something for everyone. I once went alllll the way north to the Adirondacks with my family one summer for a totally outdoorsy vacation complete with hiking and canoeing. I also once went to the Berkshires for a cultural trip with my mom and sister one fall complete with apple picking and incredible, local food. Then there’s the Hudson Valley, where I’ve been several times both on day trips and weekend trips, by Metro-North right from Grand Central or by car.
After my press trip with Visit Britain and a very busy first week back, I was ready to escape the city for one last time this winter. Kevin and I have been meaning to go upstate for a while (once a season is ideal!) so when Roundhouse Beacon reached out to me a few weeks prior, I knew this was the perfect time to go.
Lexus graciously let us test drive their new 2019 RX 350L for the weekend. The SUV was the perfect companion for our excursion upstate. Although one would think this SUV (which can hold three rows!) would be a bit big for just the two of us, we actually found it to be the perfect size to get that luxurious comfort required for a pleasant road trip. As soon as we started driving, we were amazed at how quiet and smooth the engine was. That meant the music, blasting through a Mark Levinson sound system, was perfect. And the extra space meant more space for our legs and for our snacks (!) lol.
Located in the heart of charming Beacon, Roundhouse overlooks a beautiful waterfall and rushing creek, giving guests the immediate feeling of being one with nature. The sound of the roaring water is both incredibly calming and alluring.
We were so lucky to be able to stay in Roundhouse’s penthouse suite, which has a loft-style layout of a living room with bar, bedroom with a bathtub, a large bathroom with double sinks and a private balcony overlooking the falls.
Breakfast spread of hot and cold items
Our first morning in Beacon was spent at Dia:Beacon. A trip to the Hudson Valley would not be complete without a trip to this beautiful museum house in an old Nabisco packaging factory. I’ve been to the museum once before but few of the exhibitions in the collection have changed since my last visit.
Dia:Beacon is committed to preserving the vision of American contemporary artists throughout the 60s and 70s. A large majority of the artworks at Dia:Beacon are in the form of installments and are site-specific.
We then made our way over to Brunette Wine Bar, a natural wine bar and eatery focused on Japanese-slanted fare. The couple who opened Brunette moved to Kingston from the city a few years ago and this stunning wine bar has been in operation since summer 2015. I was squealing every five seconds at all the perfect design details of the place. Everything was so meticulously thought out and looked like the perfect Victorian-chic living room of your dreams.
Lunch was spent in Kingston, NY a mere one hour drive north of Beacon. We found ourselves in a cute antique shop slash vegetarian café called Outdated Café. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos because 1) we were too hungry and laser focused on eating and 2) it was really dark inside. The food was delicious — Kevin had the reuben with tempeh and I had the grilled cheese with kimchi (which was more of a red cabbage sauerkraut but we were in Kingston, what did I expect?).
The street Brunette sits on is filled willed several shops that are very nouveau upstate, if you can infer what that means. Peep Clove + Creek and Hops Petunia if you’re there. Maybe stop for some coffee and pastries at Grounded.
Kingston Wine Co. is just two blocks up from Brunette and has some of the best selection of natural wines I’ve seen. This shop is a hard contender with shops in the city and the owners over at Brunette say people travel to the shop from the city just to find the exact bottle/vintage they were looking for.
After exploring Kingston, we were pretty pooped. We wanted to take full advantage of our beautiful room at Roundhouse so we spent the late afternoon in our suite. I finally made use of the bath during golden hour :)
Even though we were traveling, we didn’t feel the need to eat out for dinner. We’ve been eating so well on the trip as it is and just wanted a chill night, so for dinner, we ordered takeout Thai food from the place next door and watched a movie in the living room. Accompanying the takeout dinner was the 2017 Yetti and the Kokonut rosé (60% Gewurztraminer, 20% Grenache, 20% Cabernet Franc if ya wanna know!) we brought from home. Half an hour in the ice bucket and it was good to go. It cut through the heaviness and spices of the Thai food perfectly and tasted like cranberry juice :)
Sunday morning was filled with brilliant sunshine as soon as we woke up. We began our morning having breakfast at the hotel, checked out, caffeinated at TRAX Coffee, mere steps from the hotel, and embarked on another museum excursion. We’ve been wanting to visit Magazzino Italian Art for quite sometime after learning about the architecture of the place. Designed by Spanish architect Miguel Quismondo, the museum oozes high design minimalism. Quismondo based the building off of an existing computer manufacturing warehouse off Route 9 in Cold Spring, New York, where Magazzino is located. The new building draws architectural components from the previous structure, repurposed within a larger design that doubled the square footage of the former space. It’s truly a work of art and a site to see.
The museum itself houses only Italian art, with a focus on postwar and contemporary Italian art. The current exhibition focuses on artists of the Arte Povera movement.
Loved that Magazzino is free and offers free shuttle buses from the Cold Spring Metro-North station. YES to accessible art to all!
Hudson Hil’s Market & Cafe is a great farm-to-table lunch option in Cold Spring after perusing Magazzino. Get coffee and ice cream at Rinco Argentina afterwards and stroll Main Street’s many antique and vintage shops.
In partnership with Roundhouse Beacon + Lexus USA. Thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.