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Berkshires Ghost Tours at Edith Wharton’s The Mount

October 11th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Ghost Tours at The MountIf you’re looking for a little something spooky to do this Halloween, how about a Berkshires Ghost Tour at Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount?

The Mount, was designed by Edith Wharton in 1902 as her home and writer’s retreat and is now both a historic site and the only monument to Edith Wharton in the United States.

Beyond historically significant exhibits and events available to the public year ’round at The Mount, October brings out the spooky in this otherwise stately cultural venue in the form of, among other Halloween events, Ghost Tours! Given Wharton’s own history with the paranormal, it’s an appropriate offering.

Edith Wharton didn’t only pen the occasional ghost story, she was also troubled by the supernatural, stating that she was “haunted by formless horrors” and once described feeling “some dark undefinable menace … I could feel it behind me, upon me; and if there was any delay in the opening of the door I was seized by a choking agony of terror.”

Sold by the Wharton’s in 1911, The Mount became part of Foxhollow School for Girls in 1942. During this time, residents reported hearing unexplained noises and odd sensations in the old, Wharton servant and family quarters. Similarly, when Shakespeare & Co. used The Mount as both dormitory and theater in the late 70′s, numerous people reported odd noises and visions of figures in old-fashioned clothing!

Now’s your chance to find out find out if Edith Wharton’s old home is still inhabited by otherworldly beasties – with a Berkshires ghost tour of The Mount!

Visit The Mount for a special evening ghost tour this October and see for yourself if the paranormal activity others have reported in the servants’ quarters, stables, and formal rooms register for you. Ghost Tours at The Mount are available throughout October:

Berkshires Ghost Tours at The Mount

Fridays, 5:45pm or 7pm
Saturday, October 25, 5:45pm or 7pm
Halloween, 10pm

For tickets and more information: www.edithwharton.org

Berkshires Ghost Tours Lodging

If it’s rattling chains and moaning spooks you’re after, our Berkshires bed & breakfast may disappoint but, on the flip-side, you’ll have more than a ghost of a chance of a good night’s rest when you stay at Applegate Inn – and, come morning, you’ll feel downright spirited after one of our signature breakfasts! Applegate Inn offers 11 beautifully appointed suites with private baths, fireplaces, and spa tubs to provide you with true relaxation – stay with us and enjoy real Berkshires comfort!

Berkshires Fall Foliage Events, 2014

September 22nd, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Fall FoliageThere’s never a bad time to visit the Berkshires but one of the most popular times is now – autumn – when the Berkshires fall foliage comes to life with beautiful colors and the area abounds with fun things to do and see.

While many parts of the country begin to wind down once summer passes, the Berkshires heat up (so to speak) with a variety of events including things like down-home harvest festivals and parades, special concerts, parties, tours, and more.

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The Berkshires Clark Art Institute

August 25th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Berkshires Clark Art InstituteThere isn’t any one reason why the Berkshires became the cultural destination it is but, if you were looking for a cause, The Clark Art Institute would be a major contender.

The Clark Art Institute’s collection includes a broad array of pieces, from European and American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts that range from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century – and it was begun in the early 1900′s by entrepreneur, soldier, explorer Robert Sterling Clark, and his wife, Francine.

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Visit Mount Lebanon Shaker Village

August 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mount Lebanon Shaker VillageShakers are known for their mode of simple living and their iconic architecture and furniture. Did you know the single, largest Shaker community in the US was once very close by: the Mount Lebanon Shaker Village.

The Mount Lebanon Shaker Village was founded in 1787 and remained the single largest communal society in America for 160 years, with over 6,000 acres and 100 buildings.

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Bash Bish Falls

March 25th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Bash Bish FallsIf you have never seen Bash Bish Falls, located on the state line of NY and MA in Mt. Washington, you’re missing what is undoubtedly the most spectacular waterfall in Massachusetts.

Really.

Bash Bish Falls name has to be onomatopoeia for the way the runoff and spring-fed waters splash over a series of dramatic gorges before finally tumbling 80 feet down into the crystal clear pools below – and what a sight, well worth the moderate hike from the parking area at Bash Bish Falls State Park.

Bash Bish Falls are gorgeous and entrancing even when there hasn’t been much rain but, with spring coming and its run off and rains, Bash Bish Falls are going to be quite spectacular once more, filling the air and covering all the nearby foliage (and visitors, too) with mist from all that bashing, bishing water.

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