Welcome to Katonah
The epitome of luxury living and small-town charm.
Katonah is one of the three hamlets in the northern Westchester town of Bedford. The town has a population of nearly 1,800 residents, enabling residents to enjoy the small-town atmosphere. Having a rich history, Katonah was first settled in 1680 and was founded with the name Whitlockville. The town later changed its name and moved south to its present site in 1897.
Since its early days, Katonah has become a highly sought-after place to reside. Located 40 miles north of Manhattan, the village offers close proximity to conveniences and amenities of the big city nearby. Katonah might have an old history, but the atmosphere is youthful, bustling, and hip.
What to Love
- Spending time in nature at the Westmoreland Sanctuary
- Learning about the birth of nature at the John Jay Homestead
- Endless charm and a bustling commercial district
Residents take pride in the tight-knit community and its rich cultural and recreational offerings. Perhaps one of the qualities that make Katonah so appealing is its walkable layout. It’s not uncommon for neighbors to run into each other while walking their children to school or running errands. Whether you’re new to town or simply visiting, you’ll be met with small-town hospitality and friendliness. It’s no wonder that everyone from retirees to young families has chosen to reside here.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Despite being a predominantly residential community, Katonah has offered a mix of restaurants, entertainment, and shopping opportunities. The town’s less-than-a-mile-long commercial corridor runs north-south and contains two small shopping centers. For some retail therapy, head over to Katonah Avenue, which is lined with restaurants, retailers, businesses, and local boutiques. Many of the shops here are located in the turn-of-the-20th-century Victorians, showing a glimpse into the region’s rich history. Located in the heart of Katonah, Kelloggs & Lawrence
has been a part of the community for over 130 years. They offer a wide selection of products and services, ranging from clothing to outdoor items.
Enjoy an upscale culinary experience at Peppino’s Ristorante
, a staple of the town for over 30 years. For a more casual evening out, head over to Blue Dolphin
, a popular place to enjoy Southern Italian cuisine and wines. La Familia Pizza
is another local favorite and is well-loved for its delicious pizzas and Italian specialties.
Things to Do
No matter your interest or activities, you can always find something for you in Katonah. During the summer, take a stroll throughout the town. Meet the locals and listen to musicians kick off the weekends. Visit the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
, where you’ll have the opportunity to listen to classic music outdoors among beautiful gardens. Be sure to check out the amazing artwork of local artists by visiting the Katonah Museum of Art.
This dynamic museum presents changing exhibitions that cross a spectrum of artistic cultures and historical periods.
History buffs can tour the John Jay Homestead
, which is located a couple of miles south of town. This early 19th century home was once occupied by one of America’s founding fathers and now serves as a historical spot. Immerse yourself in nature at Westmoreland Sanctuary
, which expands for over 640 acres. Located in Mt. Kisco, this nature preserve boasts over seven miles of trails and is free and open to the public seven days a week, 365 days a year.
For those looking to get more involved in the local community, be sure to check out the Katonah Chamber of Commerce
. Similarly, the Katonah Village Library
is proud to offer a full calendar of events that take place throughout the year. Among the events is the 52-year-old Katonah Poetry Series.
Katonah is served by the Katonah-Lewisboro School District and is home to a number of top-notch educational institutions, including:
Katonah Elementary, K-5
John Jay Middle School, 6-8
John Jay High School, 9-12
The Harvey School, 6-12