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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Scout Your Country Home in Bedford

Less than an hour from the city, this Westchester town has the rural attractions of the countryside with the urbane appeal of residents like Richard Gere and Glenn Close.

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1. Where to Stay


A room in the Homestead Inn.  

Richard Gere owns Bedford Post (954 Old Post Road; 914-234-7800; from $500), a 1762 homestead restored with ecoconscious building methods. Each of the eight rooms is unique, but all have working fireplaces and double soaking tubs. Eat breakfast in your room or in the parlor that opens out into the garden.

Homestead Inn (from $250), a Relais & Chateaux property, is located twenty minutes from Bedford and re-opens for the spring season on March 26. Eighteen rooms and suites are furnished with a mix of contemporary and antique pieces. Plush beds are dressed in Italian Fili D’oro linens and the (heated) bathroom tiles were all handmade in the south of France by Carocin.

Owned by three generations of Scalas, the Elms Inn (from $155) in nearby Ridgefield, Connecticut, has eighteen colonial-style rooms with four-poster beds and claw-foot tubs. The high-end suites—with living rooms and cathedral ceilings—are located in the adjoining Seymour House, which dates to 1760.


Published on Mar 5, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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