Welcome to Bedford
A bucolic and historic paradise in Westchester County, New York
With large country estates interspersed amongst single family homes, Bedford is a visually stunning place to call home. Composed of three unincorporated hamlets, Bedford Village, Bedford Hills and Katonah, the area is bursting with rich history and wonderful resources for its residents. A true gem of Westchester County, Bedford is idyllic for those seeking a sophisticated, yet relaxed lifestyle among friendly neighbors.
Committed to excellence in every facet of the community, Bedford strives to create a welcoming place for its residents for the present and the future. The town is part of a 2030 Climate Action Plan to bring sustainable practices to residences, businesses, and the outdoors to Bedford by 2030. With plans to utilize solar systems, energy-efficient options in every home, increased public transportation and bike paths, and sustainable farming, Bedford is ahead of the curve when it comes to making positive decisions for the community.
What to Love
- The town is quite literally rooted in history — the 400-year-old Bedford Oak sits in the Village Green as a visual representation of strength, perseverance, and community ties
- Over 150 miles of trails to explore on horseback or on foot
- Abundance of options across all three hamlets, no matter where you live
Residents of Bedford enjoy a casual yet modern lifestyle. Community-focused and tight-knit, there is always an opportunity to get involved in local events, fundraisers and festivals. Although Bedford is known for its picturesque horse farms and equestrian facilities, many residents do not ride but instead take advantage of the outdoors by hiking and biking, playing tennis and golf, and engaging in other sporting activities.
Enjoy lazy afternoons perusing the shelves at one of three local libraries, window-shop in the business districts, or enjoy a walk or hike on one of the dirt roads, the riding trails or in one of the nature preserves. Living in Bedford is ideal for just about anyone and, with the option of excellent public and private schools, it’s the perfect place to raise a family away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Looking for bold flavors and sophisticated meals? Try Bedford Gourmet, offering fine food, catering services, and boutique goods. The upscale space provides delicacies from around the world and features rotating daily specials, exceptional cheeses, seasonal menus, and impeccable, friendly service. If you’re looking for either a quick and healthy lunch or full-blown catering services for an event, you won’t be disappointed with Bedford Gourmet.
Bedford Post Inn is a chateaux property located less than one mile from Bedford Village. With eight luxury rooms, a yoga studio, and three unique restaurants, Bedford Post Inn is an entire experience. Book a weekend getaway to relax on the gorgeous grounds and enjoy a yoga class. All restaurants offer farm-to-table fare and bring world-class flavors to Bedford Village. The Barn focuses on a raw bar, eclectic wines, and handcrafted cocktails. The Terrace is a seasonal outdoor lounge featuring menu items from a wood-burning kitchen and The Farmhouse offers upscale dining and a full sommelier-directed wine program.
Truck Restaurant is the place to go for upscale yet casual Mexican fare in the heart of Bedford. Offering wholesome meals in a cozy and welcoming space, Truck Restaurant is reminiscent of simpler times. The name comes from the location, which used to be the prime stopping point for truck drivers along Route 22. With a menu inspired by Northern New Mexico, owner and chef Nancy Allen Roper brings a mix of Cowboy, Native American, and Mexican cultures and cuisines to Westchester. Enjoy menu items like Santa Fe Stacked Enchiladas, Alaskan Salmon burrito plates, and Panko fried oysters from the Truck Oyster Farm. Don’t forget to indulge in one of their many specialty cocktails as well!
Bedford 234 is the local go-to restaurant with a casual vibe, a constantly evolving menu based on both seasonal and creative change and a memorable cocktail menu. The small bar area, typically crowded with locals and people waiting to be seated, is oftentimes reminiscent of “Cheers” where “everybody knows your name”. The specialty cocktails are delicious and the food never disappoints. Enjoy the notable Chicken Milanese, the 234 Burger, the Spinach and Goat Cheese Flatbread, and the Tuna Tartare. And don’t forget to have dessert. The homemade Brown Butter Sugar Pie is a must.
Things to Do
With a state-of-the-art cinema space and award-winning cultural programs, the Bedford Playhouse hosts fun and educational art-based programs. A community hub, the Bedford Playhouse brings not only local residents to its space — it’s the ideal destination to bring both Westchester and Connecticut residents to one place to foster community and relationships. Guests may attend independent films, performances, and workshops held throughout the year and dine in the private “Tasting Room” for wine tastings and special events. The cafe serves an upscale-casual menu that appeals to a variety of palates (including options for kids) and features guest culinary artists every few seasons.
Bedford Village has been largely preserved since the early 1900s and with such charming character and historic buildings, the Bedford Village Green, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an attractive destination to enjoy the classic scenery of Bedford. Residents look forward to the annual St. Patrick’s Carnival held on the grounds of St. Patrick School of Bedford. With carnival rides, incredible food, and Irish traditions, the St. Patrick’s Carnival has been a beloved community event for the last 46 years.
Whether you ride or not, consider joining the Bedford Riding Lanes Association. Committed to improving the expansive trail system throughout Bedford and providing events throughout the year, the Riding Lanes Association comes together to maintain the trails and have fun while keeping them beautiful for generations to come!
There are several top-rated and high-achieving schools in the Bedford area including: