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Down By the River: The Inn and Spa at Beacon

by Organic Spa Magazine

Walking up the charming Main Street in historic Beacon, New York, after a scenic train ride along the Hudson River, to arrive at The Inn and Spa at Beacon, it’s easy to feel like a weary 19th-century traveler seeking refuge at the end of a long journey. And what a refuge it is!

The tall, elegant, 12-room, red brick inn is the brainchild of owner Roger Greenwald. A D.C. architect and builder, he relocated to the Hudson Valley after he saw the bare lot and was told it was unbuildable. But some people just need a challenge, and now, three years later, the picture-perfect Inn and Spa at Beacon functions as a tranquil getaway for city dwellers and locals alike. Guests can enjoy a relaxing Naturopathica Pure Results Facial or Hudson Birch Deep Tissue Massage at the two-room spa (soon to be six) and feel their stress melt away. The guest rooms are well-appointed and solidly comfortable, with wide-plank floors, a wooden armoire and cozy quilted throws. Greenwald is building a rooftop dance floor just in time for summer, where guests will waltz under the stars to a live band every Sunday, or practice morning yoga with a beautiful river view.

The roof garden opens to the Solarium, a snug spot to enjoy a simple breakfast, a warming fire and a good book. And the Inn doubles as a gallery, with work by Mexican-born artist Anamario Hernandez and local artist Barbara Galazzo. Dia:Beacon, the renowned modern art museum, housed in a former Nabisco factory, is a 10-minute walk by the river.

After your excursion, you’ll be very happy to come back home to the Inn, where, “Architecturally, I tried to create a mood,” says Greenwald. He has, and it’s a really good one.

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