Let’s travel again today. I have a place that you just might want to add to your bucket list. It is definitely on mine, and more specifically, I want to stay there in the fall. (Yes, New York in the fall again.)The Bedford Post Inn has sort of an Ugly Duckling story behind it. It was built in Bedford, New York in 1762 by Col. Lewis McDonald. Post Road was an important route during the American Revolution, and Col. McDonald’s home is one of only a few in the area that was not destroyed by the British (one of only three, I believe.) And even though it should have been treasured for its historical significance, for some reason it was neglected for many years. In 2007, it was overgrown, surrounded by a very tall chain link fence, had animals living in it, and was about to be demolished to make room for another Mcmansion. Thankfully, a small group of investors came to its rescue, and the ugly duckling turned into a beautiful swan.
Here is the very understated and welcoming reception area.
And there is a small parlor around from it where guests are welcome to relax.
There is a reflecting pool and this dream of a spot beside it in the back.
But I know you want to see what the actual guest rooms look like. There are only eight rooms in the inn, and some have a fireplace and a terrace. I love the sconces in this one.
All have luxurious Frette linens with which to pamper you.
The bathrooms continue the pampering with their plush Frette towels, Waterworks fixtures, and heated floors.
And it is not just the inn itself that is on my bucket list. How about adding dining at their two restaurants? Let’s start with The Farmhouse where the award winning chef prepares seasonal farm to table dinners Wednesday through Sunday nights.
There is even a special Chef’s Tasting Room where you can dine right off the kitchen and watch the evening’s meals being prepared.
Although having a meal at The Farmhouse would be a wonderful dining experience, I believe we would enjoy their other restaurant more. The Barn, as it is named, is more casual, serves breakfast and lunch weekdays, dinner on Monday and Tuesday nights, and brunch (my favorite!) on the weekends.
And The Barn has a bakery that is open every day. Even local residents shop there. (Local residents include Martha Stewart and Ralph Lauren.)
This stacked stone fireplace in The Barn is just gorgeous to me.
Besides the inn and the two restaurants, there are gardens and a Yoga Loft where daily yoga classes are held. Additionally, the Yoga Loft can be reserved for special events.
So what do you think? Are you ready to pack your bags and make a trip to New York in the fall? There is one little piece of information I have neglected to mention about the beautiful Bedford Post Inn. Remember when I said that a small group of investors rescued the home and turned it into this wonderful place? Well you might want to know the small group of investors who started the inn were…
Richard Gere, his now ex-wife Carey Lowell, and local resident Russell Hernandez. In fact Lowell worked with Tiffany Vassilakis to do all the decorating of the inn. I am not sure what last month’s Gere-Lowell divorce will do to the running of it, but regardless, the Bedford Post Inn is a beautiful place. Hopefully, it will continue to be the dreamy escape that it has been for years to come so that those of us who have it on our list of places to visit will still be able to enjoy it in the future.
Until next time…