City Guide to Katonah


We are delighted to be part of Katonah! Since our opening a few weeks ago, the response has been wonderful. We wanted to showcase Katonah, so we have created a little city guide. We invite you to explore this charming town, and be sure to visit us during your day out!

A Little History

Katonah, nestled in Westchester County, New York, is a quaint hamlet exuding small-town charm. Its history dates back to the 17th century when it was inhabited by the Native American Kitchawank tribe. Later, European settlers arrived, and by the 19th century, it became a bustling community with the arrival of the New York and Harlem Railroad. The hamlet's name derives from Chief Katonah, a Native American leader who negotiated with the early European settlers. Over the years, Katonah evolved into a picturesque village known for its historic architecture, vibrant cultural scene, and proximity to nature with nearby reservoirs and parks.

Neighbors with NYC

While it may seem far away, getting from Katonah to Grand Central Terminal via Metro-North Railroad is actually a breeze. Situated on the Harlem Line, the Katonah station is right in the center of town and offers easy access to the Big Apple. The journey takes about an hour, providing a scenic ride through the picturesque landscapes of Westchester County on the way. With frequent departures throughout the day, commuters can easily plan their trips to and from Katonah and Manhattan to fit their schedules, whether it's for work or leisure. 

Familiar Faces

If you decide to visit Katonah, you may see some familiar faces! Katonah has long been home to various notable figures across different fields. Martha Stewart, the maven of lifestyle and homemaking, has long called this serene enclave home, infusing it with her signature style and grace. Joining her in the neighborhood is the comedic genius Chevy Chase, known for his iconic roles in film and television. Hollywood power couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have also been spotted in the area, adding a touch of glamour to the tranquil surroundings. Additionally, the Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and the action star Bruce Willis have been drawn to Katonah's charm, making it their retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. With such a star-studded lineup of residents, Katonah continues to be a beacon of creativity, sophistication, and cultural richness.

Things to do in Katonah

What to do In Town

In Katonah, there's a wealth of activities to immerse oneself in beyond its charming eateries and shops. Nature enthusiasts can explore the expansive trails and serene beauty of the nearby Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, offering hiking, picnicking, and even camping opportunities.

For those seeking cultural enrichment, a visit to the Katonah Museum of Art promises a journey through diverse exhibitions showcasing contemporary and traditional artwork. History buffs can delve into the past at the John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, once home to Founding Father John Jay, offering guided tours and insights into early American life.

Additionally, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts hosts an array of concerts, festivals, and performances set amidst lush gardens and historic architecture, providing a unique blend of art and nature. With its abundance of outdoor spaces, cultural institutions, and historical landmarks, Katonah offers something enriching for every visitor to enjoy.



Where to Eat

While Katonah may be small, its culinary scene is not! The quaint hamlet offers a wide array of dining experiences, each with its own unique flair and charm. After a long day of exploring you’ll be in good hands at any local restaurant to fulfill your cravings!

The Katonah Reading Room with its cozy ambiance and delectable menu featuring delicious salads and wraps, coffee and freshly baked goods, is popular among locals. A perfect place to meet up with a friend or stay and read a good book!

For those with a sweet tooth, LMNOP Bakery is relatively new to the town but has made its mark with their irresistible pastries and confections, all handmade by the team who runs it.

Blue Dolphin serves up Italian-inspired cuisine in a relaxed and inviting setting, perfect for enjoying flavorful dishes with family and friends.

The Whitlock stands out for its inventive farm-to-table menu, showcasing the best of locally sourced ingredients in each inspired dish.

Jay Street Cafe, you can find anything from vegetarian dishes to comforting classics, the perfect spot for when you can’t decide what you want to eat.


Where to Shop

This wouldn’t be a Michael’s blog post if we didn't give you advice on where to shop in town! Of course, you must come and shop with us at our new Katonah location at 25 Valley Road, right off the main street in town. We have a great selection of pre-loved luxury designers and brands that brings a taste of Manhattan to the suburbs of Westchester County!

Catherine H is a destination for casual elegance, offering curated collections of designer clothing and accessories that are ethically made and of high-quality. 

Shop Fado is a women’s boutique that curates a stylish collection of fashion, accessories, and shoes, with a beautiful selection of candles and gifts as well. It’s always fun to stop in and see what’s new, there is something for everyone!

Bijou Jewelry
 in Katonah offers a unique jewelry shopping experience, providing handcrafted pieces and designer collections. Customers can find their perfect engagement ring or earrings, guaranteed with the Bijou seal of approval. The store aims to connect customers with pieces that reflect their individual beauty.

Ruby Sue is a luxury boutique that features a gorgeous selection of on trend fashion and accessories. Everything is a beautiful mix of quality, style, and comfort. 

Teddy's Closet offers parents and children a charming selection of high-quality secondhand children's clothing and toys, ensuring little ones are both stylish and sustainable.

Charles Department Store has been a beloved fixture in Katonah for generations, offering everything from apparel and housewares to gifts and home decor.

Majestic Hudson, discerning shoppers can discover artisanal home goods and unique gifts, each imbued with a touch of Hudson Valley charm. With its eclectic mix of retail offerings,we invite you to come explore our quaint streets and indulge in a shopping experience that's as unique and diverse as the community itself!

Michael's Luxury Consignment Katonah
May 29, 2024 — Jaime Schaus

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