Absorbing Artsy Vibes in Beacon, New York
There may not be too many people in this town, but there's a whole lot of creative energy. Start walking down Beacon's Main Street, and you'll come across galleries with exhibits ranging from whimsical mixed media to bleak photographs to scenic paintings. The shops are artsy too—at Hudson Beach Glass, you can watch glassblowing demonstrations and shop for intricate and colorful glassware; at Dream in Plastic, you can find quirky gifts for your wannabe-artist friends. The stimulating vibe extends to the food scene—try an inventive sandwich at Homespun Foods, or scribble poetry at one of several coffee shops. Keep following East Main Street as it turns left, and you'll spot some edgy street art as well.