Luxury in New York’s Finest Neighborhoods
It’s no surprise Martha Stewart and Richard Gere chose Westchester County as their New York home base. Long touted as the place where those who have “made it in Manhattan” go to retire, Westchester county is synonymous with country living at it’s finest.
Situated a stones throw from Manhattan, Westchester county possesses some of the most expensive neighborhoods in the country. Bedford, NY with it’s unique ability to disguise itself from lingering traces of it’s nearby metropolis is very desirable. Just 48 miles and 1 hour north of Manhattan, you’re more likely to find riding trails and stables than you are nightclubs in this part of town and this is precisely what it’s residents love about it.
While Martha’s compound, Cantinoe Corners, is nestled in the hills of Bedford and boasts a whopping 153 acres replete with stables and a house for each of her granchildren, is closed to the public, The Bedford Post (owned by Richard Gere and his wife, actress Carey Lowell) is more than open for business. The property consists of an 8 room rustic luxury inn, yoga studio and two restaurants each with a distinct flair. The Yoga Loft was votes “best yoga studio in 2012″ by Westchester Magazine and daily classes and community events can be found at their website: www.bedfordpostinn.com
But you don’t have to own a compound in Bedford to live to live the good life. New York state has something for everyone. Just a bit further up the river from Manhattan lies the historic Hudson Valley. Driving through towns such as Rhinebeck and Red Hook it becomes obvious why this part of the state is known by locals as the Estate Region. Just under two hours by car from Manhattan, many would say the Hudson Valley is hard to beat. The proximity to the city and its hustle bustle make it far enough away to feel like a vacation, but close enough to jump on a train should an event becon.
Those wanting to check the area out for themselves will not be disappointed with a stay at the historic Beekman Arms Inn. With 73 delightfully restored rooms, many with fireplaces, the Inn is situated in the heart of the village and is just a short walk from numerous fine restaurants, theater, antique shops and boutiques. Not to mention the FDR Home and Library, the Culinary Institute of America and the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.
Whether traveling by car or train, Manhattan is just one of the many places New York has to offer those who seek out the finer things in life. Westchester County and The Hudson Valley are two excellent spots for a weekend visit or a weekend home, your choice!