Bedford & Katonah NY
Bedford Corners, Bedford Hills, Bedford and Katonah make up the four hamlets of Bedford. With excellent schools, easy access to major highways, train stations as well as shops, restaurants and parks, Bedford is a perfect place for families.
It is no wonder that many celebrities who do not want to live in NYC settle in Bedford. Known for its private but warm neighborhoods, the community unites during its many annual festivities, fundraisers and other great events for all ages to enjoy. Taking a stroll through the villages, you will find delicious cafes and restaurants, beautiful boutiques, a plethora of books and programs at the libraries and even a train station that will take you to Manhattan in less than an hour. Equestrians, artists, golfers, cyclists and runners also adore Bedford for its abundance of country clubs, trails, art/music and other recreational activities.
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Residents of Bedford and Katonah love frequenting the farmers markets at John Jay Homestead and Muscoot Farm. It’s so easy to eat farm to table when there’s a farm in your town. The community is close-knit and incredibly proud of the town they live in. Follow a Katonah resident on Instagram and you’ll immediately see the sense of pride they feel in their town. They support local businesses and turn up again and again for the myriad of events and gatherings, or just the kids’ soccer practice.
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For the Kids
From the nature lovers to the athletes, Bedford has 3 great parks that offer pool facilities, tennis courts, fields and picnic and background areas,, beautiful trails for hiking, walking, running, horseback riding and much more. Katonah’s Caramoor offers music enthusiasts outdoor concerts with regular family events that are engaging and interactive. The Katonah Museum of Art has year round programming and even a monthly stroller tour for the youngest art aficionados. The Katonah and Bedford libraries offer a bevy of children’s programming, and with the many parks nearby and the abundant options of the recreation department, your kids will be outside year round.
AMENITIES & RECREATION
Each hamlet offers its own park and town pool, including wading pools for the little ones. Residents flock to these pools to mingle, swim, eat ice cream and enjoy outdoor movies. Open only to Bedford residents and their guests, these pools are an oasis in the peak of summer. The town hosts a variety of recreational activities each season from fishing in the spring, outdoor campouts in summer, Halloween parades in the fall and breakfast with Frosty in the winter. Special programming tends to be focussed on youth, but the town also offers activities for adults and seniors with tours, get-togethers and other social activities. If you’re looking for a more exclusive environment, Bedford has several private clubs, including the Bedford Golf & Tennis Club and the GlenArbor Golf Club. Equestrians love horseback riding at Limelight Farm and Shannon Stables.
Food & Drink
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From cozy book shops to unique apparel boutiques, you are guaranteed to find a treasure at the villages of Bedford and Katonah. The sidewalk sale each summer is a shopper’s paradise, with many bargains to be had. Many local artisans sell their wares here. In fact, if you go to town you’ll see only local and independent stores. If however, you need to purchase in bulk, the town of Mount Kisco is just a a few minutes away and offers big box shopping.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Bedford is a hub for artists of all genres and is proud to be home to the Katonah Museum of Art, an institution with seasonal exhibitions and a range of great programming throughout the year. A little further down the road is Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, a destination for exceptional music, captivating programs as well as spectacular gardens and grounds. Also recently opened in Bedford is the Bedford Playhouse and home of the Clive Davis Arts Center named for their largest donor, legendary music producer Clive Davis (another local resident). The Playhouse offers guest a wide variety of programming including new movie releases, classics and family fare, as well as an author series, speaker events, music performances, art exhibits, and educational offerings.
Founded on December 23, 1680 when Puritans from Connecticut purchased a three-mile piece of land from Native American Chief Katonah in exchange for clothing, blankets and other staples. Bedford became part of New York when King William III of England decided that the town should no longer be part of Connecticut. The original town was burned by the British during the Revolutionary War.
When in Katonah, visit Muscoot Farm and walk the grounds for free to see a wide variety of animals including chickens, pigs, sheep, and horses. You can even take a hay ride in season. Muscoot Farm through it’s many hands-on exhibits demonstrates how a farm operated in Westchester County in the late 19th century. It offers year round programming ffrom pumpkin picking to fairy walks or a nominal fee. Visit during the farmer’s market for fresh produce or a locally made sweet treat.