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Bedford Post Inn



Past white-steeple churches, meandering stone walls, and horse paddocks, the Bedford Post Inn approaches a weekend escape with equal parts romance and relaxation. Co-owned by Richard Gere (after all, who does romance better than Mr. Pretty Woman?), the Relais & Châteaux property feels intimate with just eight rooms in soothing palettes of white, black, cream, and taupe. King rooms boast fireplaces and cozy terraces, but we like the Queen Deluxe — where the plush beds are framed by exposed beams from the original 18th-century structure. No matter which room you choose, oversized bathrooms have intricate marble-mosaic floors; walk-in, dual-head showers; and clawfoot tubs. 

Stays include complimentary classes at the inn’s Yoga Loft, a soaring space with cathedral ceilings and sunlight pouring through glass-paned French doors. After, consider an in-room massage or grab a map and a bike from the inn to explore nearby Ward Pound Ridge Reservation’s 4,300 acres. At 5 p.m., complimentary wine and charcuterie are served in the cozy, book-lined library. Then, proceed downstairs to Bedford Post’s Italian farmhouse restaurant, which draws well-heeled locals seeking supple, fresh pastas and full-bodied red wines from the cellar. (If the weather allows, take a nightcap outside to the cozy stone firepit.) 

The next morning, prolong the romance a little longer and treat yourselves to a decadent brunch of caramel-apple-topped Dutch pancakes at The Barn. 

Exploring the Area

Tracing its history back to 1680, the historic town of Bedford still has many charms to discover. Just off Old Post Road, kent decor (914.469.4552; www.kentdecor.com) curates a selection of unique pieces for your home, while RIDE Bedford (914.234.7433; www.ridebedford.com) is a go-to spot for preppy-chic equestrian wear. For lunch, try TRUCK (914.234.8900; www.truckrestaurant.com), serving farm-sourced tacos and margaritas. Or spend the afternoon exploring the nearby hamlet of Katonah, with its quirky array of stores. Warm up with bone-marrow-laced French onion soup at The Whitlock (914.232.8030; www.thewhitlockny.com); then browse the  collection at the Katonah Museum of Art (914.232.9555; www.katonahmuseum.org). Back in Bedford, don’t leave town without seeing the sprawling Bedford Oak, which has stood for more than 500 years. 

Bedford Post Inn
954 Old Post Road, Bedford, NY; 914.205.3773; www.bedfordpostinn.com;
Rates start at $450/night.

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