Down By the River: The Inn and Spa at Beacon

By Rona Berg / June 5, 2018

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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Editor-In-Chief at Organic Spa Magazine
Editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Media, longtime journalist and best-selling author of Beauty: The New Basics and Fast Beauty: 1000 Quick Fixes (Workman Publishing), Rona Berg is the former Editorial Director of ELLE and Deputy Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine. She has been cited as an industry expert by Huffington Post, Fox News and New York Magazine and contributed to and been quoted in dozens of publications. Berg co-chairs the Personal Care Committee of the non-profit Green Spa Network, is a Charter Advisory Board Member of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance, and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the globe.
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