What We Love About Bedford
Thanks to its woodland properties, bucolic horse farms, one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, outstanding schools, and dedicated public servants, Bedford has much to offer. With this in mind, we decided to celebrate the most fabulous things here. To that end, we invited notable town figures to nominate and select the winners. Our judges were: Shirley Lindefjeld, proprietor of Maple Grove Farm & WoolWorks; town supervisor Lee Roberts; Pound Ridge town board member Alison Boak Weinstein; philanthropist, businesswoman, and writer Seema Boesky; and Katonah Museum of Art executive director Neil Watson. From a list of 111 nominations, here are the 50 things, listed somewhat alphabetically.
Under the direction of the very talented Anthony Newman and presented in the hall of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Bedford Chamber Concerts are rumored to restore the soul, with a variety of quality performances throughout the year.
Featuring homegrown talent, big name shows (think Hairspray and Gypsy), and to-die-for brownies during intermission, BCT wows the crowds on a regular basis.
Bedford Farmers Club
A boon for today’s backyard farmers, the Bedford Farmers Club meetings have been jam-packed with information on local growing tips since its founding in 1851.
Bedford Historical Society
Thanks to this 96-year-old organization, Bedford Village’s character and history have been preserved and celebrated with events like its annual Treasure Hunt.
Majestic, sprawling, and very, very old, this white oak has stood witness to local history for 500 years and become an iconic symbol of Bedford’s natural beauty.
Local movie stars sit side by side with their neighbors to watch new releases in this old fashioned, post-war theater—one of very few in the country that have only two screens.
Bedford Post Inn
In particular the Elderflower cocktail, by the fireplace in the bar or on the terrace under the stars, the inn’s signature cocktail—a blend of St. Germain’s elderflower liqueur, sparkling wine, and a twist—is a must.
Bedford Recreation & Parks Department
Gorgeous pool complexes and well-tended grounds accommodate sublime summer evenings and sledding in the snow. Plus, the variety of programming is outstanding!
Bedford Riding Lanes Association
The BRLA maintains 160 miles of scenic, winding trails through magnificent properties and hosts an annual fall pace with legendary country lunch. What’s not to love? A year round draw for riders.
By lowering the bar for greenhouse gas emissions and working to create a sustainable community, Bedford 2020 has raised the bar for community activism in Westchester—that will spread far and wide.
Don’t let the cozy, mid-century, diner-esque exterior fool you. The food is delicious, the staff friendly, and seeing and being seen at this Italian ristorante is half of the fun.
Blue Bus Music
For those who fantasize about playing like Hendrix—and even for those with modest aspirations—this is your candy store.
Bedford Village Green
While a town crier no longer calls out the news from here, the Green is now a favorite place for picnicking, people watching, and stargazing (movie stars, that is).
Canine Commons, Beaver Dam Park
Thanks to its enclosures and agility courses, the dog park in Katonah is a popular destination for dog owners, and their pooches love to run free here.
Throughout the summer, magical evenings unfold under the stars to the sounds of orchestral, jazz, cabaret, and Latin music. Pack a picnic, close your eyes, and be transported. It’s worth it.
Nature’s own (and little known) cathedral is a peaceful, inspiring place for personal contemplation as well as Sunday services hosted by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
Christmas Shop at Poundridge Nurseries
Parents come for the gorgeous greenery, but kids love sipping hot cider, visiting the petting zoo, and checking in with Santa, who gives out free spruce saplings. Nursery is a draw year round.
Charles Department Store
Ever stopped by in search of a wire whisk and walked out with a competition-worthy barbecue grill that must be towed home? Bet you’ve got a similar story to tell.
Our new water filtration plant in Katonah will protect the health of residents whose clean water supply is endangered by increasing nitrite levels.
Copland House at Merestead
Gifted artists come to Merestead, a 130-acre estate chock-full of priceless art and books, to study and compose, but what we really love is to hear them perform.
Cross River Reservoir
Whether you’re admiring the view from Maple Avenue in Katonah or casting a line from your fishing skiff, the reservoir has blood pressure-reducing qualities.
Daisy Hill Farm Stand
Locavores flock to Daisy Hill Farm Stand on weekends to stock up on homemade baked and canned goods as well as produce grown here and on nearby farms.
This market-bistro serves up locally sourced, sustainably produced food and provides catering and prepared foods. Among other things, we love Erica’s vegan spreads.
Featuring wines that are off the mainstream radar, Fountainhead even has its own private label, Fat Cat. We love their wines, their oenophilic knowledge, and their prices.
Fourth of July Fireworks
The Pound Ridge show features the best fireworks display in the region, and the picnics are impressive (i.e., china and candelabras). Come early to claim your patch of parkland. And be sure to brush up on your “oooh”s and “ahhhh”s.
Not just for kids! NASCAR enthusiasts love the indoor racing track, kids love the mini kart-racing track, and now there’s Spins, the coolest bowling facility in the county.
Halloween in Katonah
Sure, businessowners welcome trick or treaters, but we love how Creepy Pete and his neighbors transform their homes with gravestones and alien spaceships.
Holidays in the Hamlets
We love celebrating the holidays in the hamlets, especially shopping on Katonah Avenue, Christmas tree lightings, Santa’s appearances, and caroling.
We are filled with admiration and gratitude for the Bedford and Pound Ridge Police Departments as well as the firefighting and ambulance corps volunteers.
John Jay Homestead
Steeped in history, this historic site hosts our favorite annual barn dance and country fair, a weekly farmers market, summer camps, lectures, tours, and even an herb fair!
Katonah Fireman’s Parade
Staking your vantage point along the route, party-hopping from porch to porch, filling up at the food tents, and riding the carnival rides, all to support a good cause.
Katonah Museum of Art
The art exhibits might draw you in, but innovative and substantive events like CrossTalk, Family Days, and John Scofield’s “Shades of Jazz” will keep you coming back.
Kelloggs & Lawrence
They’ve been solving handyman problems since the 19th century. Experience and cool tools, right here in Katonah. Need we say more?
Hiking trails, searching for old mining camps, and watching hawks at the Mianus River Gorge, Buxton Gorge, and the Westmoreland and Butler Sanctuaries.
La Tulipe’s Baking Classes
Master pastry chef Maarten Steenman teaches you all the techniques you need to make confectionary delights like a professional pâtissier.
Little Joe’s Books
The new kid on the block, Little Joe’s in Katonah, carries thousands of titles and offers story hours, author events, book clubs, and more.
Bedford Village, Bedford Hills, Katonah Village, and Hiram Halle Memorial are valued for their collections, staffs, and impressive programming.
For three decades we’ve counted on Jimmy for the fresh seafood, but we can’t leave his shop without his baked goods, produce and cheese, too!
Memorial Day Parades
These quaint parades look as they did 50 years ago with little leaguers, garden clubbers, and veterans waving wildly. Lose yourself in the moment and transport yourself back in time.
Northern Westchester Hospital
State-of-the-art technology, skilled docs, and nurturing caregivers are the heart of NWH. Connie’s onsite bakery treats might have healing powers, too.
The garlic & shrimp pizza is a special order pie at Peppino’s Ristorante where old-style Italian cooking has been on the menu for more than 20 years.
Pound Ridge Park Ice Skating
Skating here is a magnet for kids of all ages. Once frozen, the pond-in-the-park is large enough to accommodate pick-up hockey games, figure skaters and beginners too.
The Record Review, Bedford Magazine,TownVibe.com, BedfordPatch, and TheDailyBedford.com keep us informed and entertained.
Rainbeau Ridge Farm
The cooking classes are a big hit. Talented local chefs teach techniques and new uses for fresh ingredients in these ever-changing, seasonally themed classes at one of our favorite local farms.
Saying “hello” to neighbors
Small-town living breeds supportive neighborhoods, service-oriented businesses, and old-fashioned fun. Wherever we go, we see familiar, friendly faces. The joy no doubt adds years to our lives.
Miles of Scenic Dirt Roads
They’re a mess after a storm, but Bedford loves its horse-country dirt roads that are easy on equine hooves and force drivers to slow, and be able to take it all in.
An integral part of the Bedford landscape, Sunnyfield Farm is a leading equestrian center for teaching and breeding. Its picturesque acreage is a compelling sight for those driving along Route 172.
Table Local Market
We love to stock up on locally produced, farm-fresh food at this neighborhood market-cafe in Bedford Hills. Locavores love its perfect blend of eating well and doing good.
Willie Nick’s Bar
Regulars return again and again because the beers are fresh, the Bloody Marys are legendary, the martinis are generous—and the staff friendly and accommodating.
Ward Pound Ridge
Endless opportunities for adventure here: Luquer-Marble Wildflower Garden, hiking to Leatherman’s Cave and Kimberly Bridge, fishing for wild brook trout.