By Melisse Gelula and Alexia Brue
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.
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Alexia Brue (left) is co-founder of Well+Good. She was a contributing editor at Luxury SpaFinder and Spa magazines and is the author of Cathedrals of the Flesh: My Search for the Perfect Bath (Bloomsbury). She has an MA in arts & culture journalism from the Columbia School of Journalism and has written for the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Conde Nast Traveler among others. Alexia has appeared on the Travel Channel, NPR’s All Things Considered, BBC Radio, and more. Melisse Gelula is co-founder of Well+Good. She is the former editor-in-chief of SpaFinderLifestyle.com, spa beauty editor at Luxury SpaFinder Magazine, and travel editor at Fodor’s Travel Publications. She has an MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto and has completed six years of training as a psychoanalyst. Melisse has written for such publications as Departures, Martha Stewart Living, Organic Spa, and Budget Travel and has been featured as an industry expert in the New York Times and on CNN.com, the Travel Channel, E! News, and more.