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Katonah is a hamlet in Westchester County in the state of New York. The hamlet of Katonah includes two National Historic Landmarks: Stepping Stones - Historic Home of Bill & Lois Wilson, where the respective cofounders of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Family Groups lived from 1941 until their deaths in 1971 and 1988, and the John Jay Homestead, the former home of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Get in


By plane

A church in downtown Katonah on a fall day
  • Westchester County Airport[dead link], 240 Airport Road, White Plains (New York), +1 914 995-4860 (airlines). The closest airport, about 25 minutes drive. Rental cars are available.
  • Stewart International Airport, 1180 First St, New Windsor, +1 845 564-2100. Another alternative to the congestion of the 3 major airports. Allegiant Air runs flights from Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda (FL), and St. Petersburg/Clearwater, and some seasonal destinations. American Eagle flies from Philadelphia, and JetBlue flies from Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando.
  • Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, New Jersey, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and LaGuardia Airport: The three major international airports in the New York City area offer service to just about anywhere. Westchester-based taxi and livery cars offer regular service to and from the three internationals from most areas of the county. New York City yellow cabs will take to you Westchester in a pinch, but the fares can be exorbitant. If staying in Westchester, ask if your hotel offers shuttle service.

Get around

Map of Katonah

A Metro North Train Station travels from Grand Central, Manhattan through Pleasantville, Chappaqua, Mount Kisco, Bedford, Katonah, and Goldens Bridge. Having a car is advisable.



Katonah, a small residential town with a unique "Mom & Pop" business district, is the culturally central hamlet of the town of Bedford, the three hamlets of which are Katonah, Bedford Hills and Bedford Village (each with its own post offices and libraries). The hamlet of Katonah offers a variety of dining, community events and library fairs. Katonah is generally calm, and not much can be found open in town after 10 PM besides restaurants.

  • 1 Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd, +1 914-232-5035, . Mediterranean villa set on an 80-acre estate. A festival and concert space host to numerous prominent performers and performances. One of New York's most elegant and well-known concert spaces, the spacious area is perhaps Katonah's primary cultural attraction. Take afternoon tea and tour or attend one of their evening concerts.
  • 2 Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street, +1 914-232-9555, . Tu–Sa 10AM–5PM, Su noon–5PM, closed Su. A world-renowned art museum, very close to the hamlet's center. Adults $10, seniors & students $5, <12 free, group tours $6/person.
  • 3 John Jay Homstead, 400 Jay St (NY-22). The last home of the United States' first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, and a state historic site.

The larger town of Bedford is notable for the outdoors opportunities. Numerous reservations are scattered throughout the area, the largest of which is the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation center. WPR provides an excellent space for camping, hiking and biking, with numerous trails, campsites, shelters, and a museum. Bedford is also home to part of the reservoir system which provides New York city its drinking water. Regulated fishing and ice fishing can be found there and in nearby lakes and reservoirs.

A Metro North Train station can be found on the North end of the hamlet, offering easy access to Manhattan, as well as nearby Mount Kisco and Pleasantville. Mount Kisco features numerous restaurants and a New Line Cinema, while Pleasantville offers a similar quaint town experience to that of Katonah, with the notable addition of the Jacob Burns film center, offering independent and foreign films to the surrounding area. Katonah residents know the value of their own town's charm but also note the convenience of having varied offerings so easily accessible.




  • 1 King Kone, 109 NY-100, +1 914-232-0571. noon–9PM, seasonally. A classic drive-up ice cream stand. It has been there for many years and serves soft serve ice cream in many flavors. Great place to go with the family on those hot summer nights. It also has a variety of food if you so desire. There is only outdoor seating and no bathrooms. Line tends to get very long on weekend nights because there are only 2 order windows. $2-15.
  • 2 Tazza Café Coffee & Espresso Bar, 197 Katonah Ave, +1 914-232-3500. M–Sa 6:30AM-6PM, Su 7AM-5PM. A small coffee cafe that serves many different types of coffee drinks as well as snacks. They have sandwiches for both lunch and breakfast. All the food is simple but delicious. It can be very crowded in the mornings and around lunch hour. There are a few tables inside but only very small ones. Don't bring a large crowd there unless you are taking your food to-go. $5-10.





Hotels can be found in Mount Kisco, South Salem and nearby Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Go next

Routes through Katonah
ENDBrewster  N  S  BedfordWhite Plains
END  N Saw Mill River Parkway S  BedfordNew York City
AmeniaBrewster  N  S  Mount KiscoWhite Plains

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