Bedford Post Inn
We set off from Manhattan on a summer morning and headed to Westchester County.
I had long wanted to see Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate in Sleepy Hollow, not only for its architecture and gardens but also for the art collection assembled over several generations that contains sculptures by Picasso, Henry Moore and Alexander Calder. The area’s Rockefeller legacy also includes the Union Church of Pocantico Hills, with stained glass windows by Chagall and Matisse, and the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, a not-for-profit farm that runs programs on sustainability. We also found time to visit Sunnyside, the home of Washington Irving, America’s first great literary success.
Meticulously restored, the inn occupies a lovely colonial-style building surrounded by sloping lawns and well-maintained gardens.
The Bedford Post Inn provides an ideal base from which to visit this trove of sights. The property garnered a deal of attention when it opened in 2009 under the ownership of actor Richard Gere and his wife, Carey Lowell. Meticulously restored, the inn occupies a lovely colonial-style building surrounded by sloping lawns and well-maintained gardens. The eight rooms are all done in understated country elegance, with contemporary furniture, dark hardwood floors, small gas fireplaces and, in some cases, diminutive outside decks. Our bedroom was on the small side, but the spacious bath featured a deep claw-foot tub and a walk-in shower.
Downstairs, a cozy lounge serves as a combination library, game room and early-evening gathering spot. Having ordered a glass of wine, we opted to sip it beside the lovely reflecting pool to enjoy the sunshine and to page through the glossies laid out on a table by the fireplace nook. Guests also have access to yoga classes in the handsome barn
immediately adjacent to the inn.
I had been looking forward to dinner at the new restaurant, Campagna, which is under the direction of chef Michael White, whose Manhattan restaurants, Marea and Ai Fiori, I rate very highly. Alas, its opening had been delayed. However, we did not suffer in The Barn, a more casual venue, where the pea tortellini and nicely roasted chicken were more than adequate. The Bedford Post Inn is an enjoyable place to stay in an ideal location for touring. No doubt the new restaurant will add greatly to its appeal.
AT A GLANCE
LIKE: Cozy, self-contained atmosphere; excellent food.
DISLIKE: Signage to reception is unclear; lack of a swimming pool.
GOOD TO KNOW: An outstanding restaurant, The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges, is a five-minute drive away.
Bedford Post Inn 89 Queen Deluxe, $495; King Deluxe with Terrace, $650. 954 Old Post Road, Bedford, NY 10506. Tel. (914) 234-7800.