The Swann Inn of Beacon

120 Howland Ave , Beacon, NY 12508 USA (Show map)


Beacon New York's premier Bed and Breakfast. The Swann Inn of Beacon, a Gothic Revival Victorian is a perfect retreat for hikers, and travelers looking to experience the beauty of the Hudson Valley in a relaxed B & B, nestled in a wooded setting at the foot of Mt. Beacon. Enjoy our tranquil homestyle rooms including queen size beds and private baths, as well as a continental breakfast. Our Red Parlor suite will pamper you with a sitting room and private bath. Beacon offers fine restaurants, galleries and shops, as well as the DIA Center for Modern Art, The Beacon Institute and tours to the mysterious Bannerman Island. Looking to buy a house in Beacon? Inn Keeper Neil Caplan is also a broker. Get a free stay the night before you close. Packages include: Cross Country Skiing at Fahnestock Winter Park, The Retro Arcade Museum, Saturday Night Jazz at Chill. Thanksgiving, New Years and Valintines Day. Relax with a Therapeutic Swedish Massage by Karen Meyer, LMT. Reservation in advance. BOOK DIRECTLY ONLINE: Go to "Availibility Calendar" Visit the website for THE SWANN INN OF BEACON or call us at 845-831-6346.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8


5 on August 21, 2017

House is charming, hosts (Darlene and Neil) are terrific and the location is perfect! If you are looking for a great place to stay (and enjoy a great breakfast) while hiking Mt. Beacon, exploring the surrounding area or just relaxing, we could not recommend The Swann Inn of Beacon any more highly.

Innkeeper Response
We would like to thank you for staying with us at the Swann Inn of Beacon and for your lovely review. What makes our job as innkeepers are having terrific guests like you. Please tell your friends and come again.

- Neil Caplan (innkeeper)

The Perfect Anniversary Weekend!

4.8 on July 01, 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Swann Inn of Beacon this past weekend and we could not have been happier. Neil and Darlene were great. The pictures we saw online of the Swann Inn of Beacon do not do it justice. Our room was perfect and everything was super clean. Neil was willing to pick us up and take us to the train. Another highlight of our stay was the Breakfast! Darlene really outdid herself, we left to start our day on a full stomach. We recommend the Swann Inn of Beacon to anyone! We plan on going back to Beacon, NY in the Fall and we already know where we are staying. Peter Brooklyn, NY

Great breakfast

4.8 on October 25, 2013

We stayed in the tranquility room. It was huge and quiet. The best parts of our stay we're the attentive hist and their care of us. I'm gluten intolerant and they went way out of their way to accommodate me. They bought special cookies and bars. Breakfasts were fabulous, gluten-free pancakes and waffles. They even made homemade gluten free bread so I could have gluten free French toast!

Great place to stay

5 on July 20, 2013

We stayed just one night at the Swann Inn and were very pleased with everything. The beds [we stayed in the Blue Sky room] were remarkably comfortable, and our hosts thoughtfully provided oodles of those little extras that you often forget to pack. Our room does not have an attached bathroom, but they provide robes for you to use on your short trip down the hall. The room was plenty big for two of us with suitcases and gear. The inn is set back a good ways from the road and very peaceful and quiet. Breakfast was fantastic; yogurt, cereal, warm pastry, quiche, fresh fruit... all beautifully presented. 24 hour coffee, tea and snacks available. Beacon is a lovely little town, offering shopping, scenery, great restaurant choices, and of course, Dia. A great visit.

Excellent accommodations

5 on May 26, 2013

The Swann Inn was an excellent place to stay with impeccable service. The sheets were ironed, there were plenty of amenities in the room to make our stay enjoyable. We were even allowed to check in early. And the breakfast was DELICIOUS! I would recommend The Swann Inn to anyone traveling through beautiful Beacon, NY.

Friendly and comfortable

4.6 on October 12, 2012

We loved the Green Willow room. The bed is extremely comfortable an the bathroom was spacious and lovely. Both were very clean. We also loved the always-available coffee/tea/snack table available on the first floor. Breakfast was excellent. It included a triple-berry pastry, fresh fruit, yogurt, and we had an option of pumpkin-pecan or banana-nut pancakes. The pumpkin-pecan pancakes were wonderful. Neil was very friendly and helpful. While the room was very clean, some of the common spaces could use a little tlc. Overall, a great stay.

I wish I could give it 3 1/2 stars.....

3.6 on August 09, 2012

My husband and I recently spent a weekend at the Swann Inn of Beacon... he was much more pleased with my choice of stay than I was. I wish I could give the Inn 3.5 stars. Some parts of the inn were FABULOUS, other parts, not so much. I would definitely give our room and the breakfasts at least 4 stars, but the rest of the inn is definitely in need of some attention. I'll start with the good. What we paid per night for our room was beyond reasonable. We frequent B&Bs and Inn's very often, and I have definitely spent twice as much for a room not half as nice as ours in the past. We stayed in the Green Willow Room. It was a bit on the small side, but VERY clean and the bed was extremely comfortable. I also have to say that the private bathroom was by far the largest and cleanest I've seen in a long time. There was nothing we could want for - extra shampoo, floss, Q-Tips, etc.... Overall, we were VERY pleased with our room. I enjoyed the little cart they had in the foyer, full of little treat and goodies, like tea, coffee, snacks, etc... the breakfasts (I had the quiche and my husband had pancakes) were absolutely delicious and beautifully plated, but I was left a little hungry. The eating area is very nicely decorated and inviting as well... The outside of the inn however, could use a LOT of attention... it's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do. Also the gardens, though somewhat pretty, seemed a bit in disaray, and overgrown, and the front porch could definitely use some sprucing up. The bottom line is that the outside of the inn is not very inviting, which is unfortunate because what they have going on the inside is a gem... We rarely saw Darlene, but Neil was beyond accomodating. The inn itself is in a great location... set back off the main road, in a quite area. The Swann Inn does have the POTENTIAL to be a 5 star inn, but to me, they still have a little ways to go.

A Wonderful Escape from the Ordinary

5 on November 10, 2011

We stayed two nights in early October. Since we came on the train without a car, Neil kindly picked us up from the station, and gave us a ride whenever we needed one. The B&B is on the edge of town so the rides helped when we had luggage, but really it was only a short and pleasant walk to Main Street for shops and restaurants. And we had the added treat of a visit by a family of deer who silently entered the front yard and gazed at us while we enjoyed cups of tea on the porch at sunset. The room was lovely, the breakfast was fantastic, and the whole experience was warm and memorable.

Great place!

4.4 on May 29, 2011

Great and large room. Nice hosts. Sophisticated breafast.

Perfect relaxing break from the city

4.6 on March 07, 2011

Neil and Darleen were perfect hosts. He picked us up from the train station and dropped us back into town for dinner. The house is beautiful, and so quiet! We slept like babies, and woke to a hearty and delicious breakfast. The surprise ingredient in the cinnamon orange french toast was added entertainment... Its a pleasant 10 minute walk into town, which made for a nice stroll back after dinner. Walking up mount beacon was a lovely way to work off our breakfast and enjoy the view. Subtle touches (fresh cookies, a couple of corkscrews placed discretely in view for your use) made us feel very much like welcome house guests. We definitely recommend it for a relaxing and romantic weekend getaway.

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Location Type

Historic Sites, Bannerman Island, The Hudson River, Beacon Waterfront, Newburgh Waterfront, DIA Center for Midrn Art, Airport, City, Countryside, Downtown, Island, Mountains, Small town, Village, Wine country


Newburgh, NY (SWF-Stewart) 15 miles

Directions to property:

Take I 84 to Exhit 11, Beacon, NY. Go south on Rt. 9D. Follow 9D to Scenic Hudson's, Mt. Beacon Gateway Park. Turn left onto Howland Ave. (Bob's corner store on left) Pass Exiter circle on right and Chuisano Drive. The Swann Inn is located at 120 Howland Ave. Turn right into next driveway. Take the grave driveway to the Inn.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Bannerman Island, Dia Center for Modern Art, The Beacon Institute, Mt. Gulian Historic Site, Van Wyck Homested, Washington's headqaurters, Purple Heart Musuem, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, Ruins, Winery

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Alarm clock, Board games, Copier, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Radio, Telephone, Wedding Facilities , Rooms include: Queen Size Beds, Bannerman Island Parlor/Breakfast Room, Hudson Valley Artwork for Sale, Raised Flower Gardens (In season), Theripeutic Massage

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Ceiling fans, Hairdryer, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

On-site activities

Hiking trails, Hiking with Mt. Beacon Incline Society, Brother Winery, River Cruises on The Pride of The Hudson, Kayaks - Hudson Valley Outfitters, Kayaks -Storm King Adventures, Lawrence Farms- Pick Your Own

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  • Check In:: 3:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Non smoking home. Smoking allowed outside only.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Kids must be supervised. Under 5 in Tranquility Suite Only
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Dogs on approval $25 extra a night
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two nights advised. Will take one night stays when available.
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Discover, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservations are advised in advance. We take a credit card to will hold your reservation. Payment is by CASH or CHECK at checkout. There is a 3% service charge to use your credit card
  • Cancellations: You may cancel your reservation at least 7 days prior to the day of your reservation, to reimburse your deposit. Reservations canciled before the 7 days will forfeit their deposit.
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Neil Caplan and Darlene (Swann) Caplan

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

We have cats and a dog.

About the innkeepers

Neil is the Executive Director and Founder of The Bannerman Castle Trust. Neil enjoys creating miniture dollhouse room boxes and gingerbread houses with Darlene. Darlene is a freelance fashion designer and an avid gardener, who has planted the raised garden flower beds around the Inn. Gardners are welcome to help!

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  • Time Served: 8:30 to 10:30 am
  • Serving Location: Front Porch, (In season), Breakfast Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Glutan Free & Vegan

Signature Dish

Pumpkin Pancakes
Enjoy Darlene's homemade "Pumpkin Pancakes", Just in time for the holiday season.


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