This Relais & Châteaux inn gets most of its buzz for its famous owners—Bedford residents Richard Gere and his wife, Carey Lowell—and Martha Stewart–endorsed farm-to-table restaurants, but it wins our hearts for its outstanding yoga.
The classes—at least two each day, in styles ranging from vinyasa and Anusara-inspired to Kundalini to Iyengar—aren’t some hotel afterthought that might take awkward place with you as the only student. They’re taught by seasoned, well-credentialed instructors and geared toward the local community, meaning classes have regular members and positive group energy. And the sun-splashed barn where they’re held is far more uplifting than most of the studios where New Yorkers consent to practice.
Of course, the early-morning class is best enjoyed if you’ve spent the night in one of the inn’s eight cozy, romantic rooms, which have claw-foot bathtubs, and, in most cases, fireplaces. But be warned: It can be hard to rouse yourself from the very comfortable beds.
After class, head to the Barn (the more casual of the two restaurants) for some of those farm-fresh eggs that helped put this place on the map.
Our three top memorable—and healthy—experiences at the Bedford Post Inn:
1. The Yoga Loft
Its polished floors, wide windows, garden views and soaring ceiling will have you wondering why you haven’t moved to the country. The solid instruction and variety of classes and workshops will render the yoga-quality counterargument useless. One class is included in the room rate.
2. REN bath products
The inn isn’t chintzy. The bathrooms are stocked with bottles of natural products from the cult-fave UK skin-care line, REN. The private-label range here is inspired by local wildflowers.
3. Seasonal produce at the Farmhouse
Okay, this isn’t spa cuisine. But the fare in the more formal dining room is delicious, and takes full advantage of Hudson Valley harvests. And if you order wisely—say, roasted carrots with cumin vinaigrette, fava beans grilled in their pods, and branzino with fresh herbs—you can dine quite well without derailing your diet. —Ann Abel
Summer rates: $295–$650, www.bedfordpostinn.com
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