Simultaneously artsy, chic, and pastoral (you won’t find traffic lights anywhere in town), Katonah blends historic charm and stylish stores with major cultural institutions. One of three hamlets that constitute the town of Bedford, this small community has been home to famous residents throughout history, from John Jay to Martha Stewart. Spend a day touring, eating, and shopping to feel (at least a little bit) like one of them.
Photo courtesy of Muscoot Farm
11 a.m. Start the weekend with a taste of Katonah’s past. Kids love Muscoot Farm (51 Rte 100; www.muscootfarm.org) for the chance to get up-close with pigs, sheep, and other barnyard denizens. But adults can find plenty to love here, too, including exhibits on 19th-century farm life and hikes on the property’s 777 verdant acres.
Photo courtesy of Lasdon Park Conservatory
12 p.m. En route to lunch, swing by Lasdon Park Conservatory (2610 Amawalk Rd; www.lasdsonpark.org). Open since 2017, the 2,500 sq. ft. building — designed by the same firm that built New York Botanical Gardens’ conservatory — houses an indoor rainforest.
12:30 p.m. A North County landmark, Muscoot Tavern (105 Somerstown Tpke; www.muscoottavern.com) has been operating from this red-and-white roadside building since the 1920s. Inside, the taxidermy bear behind the bar and neighborly, everyone-knows-everyone vibe jibes perfectly with classic American fare, like fish ’n’ chips and burgers with bacon, Vermont cheddar, and caramelized onions.
Photo courtesy of Katonah Museum of Art
1:30 p.m. Cross town for a dose of culture at the Katonah Museum of Art (134 Jay St; www.katonahmuseum.org). If the weather tends toward Indian summer, start in the outdoor sculpture garden before moving inside to see what’s on display — KMA rotates exhibits by internationally renowned artists throughout the year — right now.
Photo courtesy of G. Willikers
2:30 p.m. Head into town for a shopping spree along Katonah Avenue, one of the county’s best spots for independent boutiques. Hit Uovo Moderno (156 Katonah Ave; www.uovomoderno.org) for an eclectic mix of home goods, including small furniture pieces, modern glassware, and pillows printed with witty phrases. Shop the latest men’s apparel at HIM by Catherine H (109 Katonah Ave; www.himbycatherineh.com), one of the county’s few shops dedicated to menswear. Or pick up something for the kids at independent toy store G. Willikers (29 Katonah Ave; www.gwillikerstoys.com).
Photo courtesy of Old New House
4 p.m. Stop into Old New House (33 Katonah Ave; www.oldnewhouse.com), an Etsy store turned brick-and-mortar with a killer eye for one-of-a-kind vintage and reclaimed furniture and hand-woven carpets and rugs.
4:30 p.m. Backtrack to visit two of the hamlet’s oldest institutions. In business since 1887, family-owned hardware store Kelloggs & Lawrence (26 Parkway; www.kelloggsandlawrence.com) sells a little bit of everything, from hammers and nails to farm supplies, mailboxes, and kayaks. Just around the corner, Charles Department Store (113 Katonah Ave; www.charlesdeptstore.com), established in 1924, continues to make a name for itself as the go-to place for home cooks, whether you want $1,000 smoker or an inexpensive Pyrex pie dish.
Photo by Doug Schneider
5:30 p.m. Now that it’s cocktail hour, nab a seat at the bar — and a cone of crispy, tempura string beans — at The Whitlock (17 Katonah Ave; www.thewhitlockny.com). If you want to stay for dinner, put your name in now and plan on ordering comfort food, like bone-marrow-enriched French onion soup and honey-drizzled roast chicken.