A mere 40 minutes from Manhattan, tucked along one of the area’s many winding country routes, Richard Gere’s lauded, Bedford Post Inn, an intimate, 8-room country Inn in Bedford, N.Y offers just the backdrop for an elegant and bucolic Valentines Day celebration. For those who’s eyes alight at the combination of ‘easy’ alongside Valentine’s Day plans (yes, I’m talking to Dudes secret in their eye english torrent, here), Bedford Post is a no-brainer, particularly for those time-pressed Manhattanites that want to impress, but have little time to investigate nor travel far.
Having just spent the night myself, I can assure you that Bedford Post is sure to delight any Princess or Prince who favors manicured surroundings, delicious, well-executed dining and fresh, fireplace-adorned guest rooms. Plus, the rooms are like fresh interpretations of a traditional, Connecticut-style guest room featuring top linens, streaming natural light and most importantly, wonderfully spacious bathrooms with clawfoot tubs and heated marble floors.
Dinner at the Inn’s intimate, leather-accented restaurant, the Farmhouse, offers fine dining in a charming, cozy space. White tablecloths surround a corner fireplace while each table is catered by at least three waiters, ensuring the attentive service will appease your Valentine. In honor of cupid’s holiday, the chef is offering a special, three-course, Valentine’s Day Menu ($90 a head) featuring such treats as oysters, black-truffle risotto, steak tartare with pecorino (yum!) and of course, the decadent chocolate torte with passionfruit caramel. Ask for either of the corner banquets, preferably the one just to the right of the fireplace for extra canoodling space.
Tell your Valentine to enjoy his or her gastro-indulgence because your overnight stay includes complimentary yoga classes, to which my sore hamstrings can attest, are not your average hotel-yoga stretch-fests. Instead, the yoga roster at the the Bedford Post offers invigorating Vinyasa and Hatha-style practices led by competent and encouraging teachers. Further, the classes are taught in an inspiring, light-filled studio refashioned from an old Barn where the angled ceiling, exposed beams and asian light-box lanterns allow for, again, an easy, zen-like experience. The majority of the classes are filled with local regulars who have made Bedford Post’s Yoga Barn the in-town studio for devout yogis. Of course, the Inn’s freshly baked breakfasts and organic lunch menu served in the Barn restaurant just below the studio may also play a role in the studio’s popularity. The eventual waft of cinnamon and sausage floating through the studio’s open doors after class make the Barn an ideal after-practice hangout. It’s no surprise the tables are often full. As an overnight guest your stay also includes an assortment of the Barn’s tempting, home-cooked pastries, which can either be delivered to your room or enjoyed fireside in the cozy, country-style Barn cafe, where complimentary wifi keeps those iPad users happily entertained.
So, even if you can’t make it this Valentine’s Day – the Bedford Post suits well to any romantic or celebratory occasion, ideal for the modern couple who appreciates a morning tree-pose alongside their goose-down comfort and fresh cooked breakfast. (Rates start at $395 a night.)