Archive for the ‘Berkshire Historic Sites’ Category

Fall Activities at Chesterwood

September 13th, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Chesterwood is the historic country home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, one of the country’s foremost public sculptors. His creations are found from Boston to San Francisco, New York City to Florida. Chesterwood was designed by architect Henry Bacon, best known for his Lincoln Memorial. Daniel French and his family spent every summer at Chesterwood after the villa’s completion in 1900; its convenient location between New York and Boston made it easy for him to maintain contact with each city.

Chesterwood. Photo compliments of Chesterwood.

These days, Chesterwood is open to visitation from the end of May through Mid October. Visitors may stroll through the gardens, visit the studio and villa, and learn about the life and work of French in an on-going exhibition. In addition, Chesterwood offers art classes to the public – everything from weekly classes to weekend workshops.

Two up-coming activities at Chesterwood may be of interest to guests of our bed and breakfast Lenox.

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Hancock Shaker Village

October 22nd, 2009 by Applegate Inn

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Hancock Shaker Village

Less than twenty miles from our Western MA bed and breakfast is a special place known as Hancock Shaker Village. The third village created by the Shakers after their arrival in the New World in 1774, Hancock is a testament to the Shaker commitment to beauty, simplicity and hard work. The architecture of the twenty historic buildings is not fancy, but the symmetry and craftsmanship are awe-inspiring. One look at the round barn, and it is clear that these humble people had something special.

Take time to visit Hancock Shaker Village while staying with us at our Berkshires inn. Learn about the handful of Christians who left Manchester, England, in order to settle where they would be allowed to practice their religion and celibate lifestyle in peace. Witness the many contributions the innovative Shakers made to the greater community thanks to their creativity and industriousness. Eat Shaker inspired food at the cafe. Walk among those glorious buildings.

The Hancock Shaker Village is open for self-guided tours until the first of November. After that, through the month of November the village is open for guided tours only.

Visit the Bidwell House

October 5th, 2009 by Applegate Inn

The Bidwell House, in Monterey, MA, is less than 10 miles from our Lee MA bed and breakfast. Originally built as a parsonage around 1750, the house is a great spot to learn about early American architecture (the house was built in three distinct phases) and life. Bidwell House was lovingly restored to its present state by two gentlemen who dedicated over twenty five years to returning the parsonage to its original state. They went so far as to refer to the original parson’s death inventory when furnishing the house; it is quite an authentic glimpse into the 18th century.

Those of you who feel energetic would find this a delightful destination for a bicycle outing along colorful New England country roads. Be sure to stop for refreshment at the Monterey General Store, which has been operating since 1780. The Bidwell House Museum is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, just a few days away. Be spontaneous, give us a call, throw your bags in the car, and take advantage of our “Fill Our Openings Package” .

Even if the museum itself is closed, the Bidwell House sits on almost 200 glorious acres. Stroll through well-tended gardens and untamed woodlands. Indeed, the land in and around Monterey is well-suited for outdoor recreation, with miles of trails – both gentle and strenuous – easily accessible. The Appalachian Trail passes through here, and the Berkshire Fish Hatchery has wonderfully maintained hiking trails.

This is just one of the innumerable local treasures that help make a stay at our Berkshires inn memorable.

Berkshire Gardens

April 15th, 2009 by Applegate Inn

Spring is indeed coming to the Berkshires, and a great place to experience spring is at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. The days have been warming the earth and the flowers are starting to show their appreciation. The grounds of the Applegate Inn are a great place to witness the arrival of spring. We have some Berkshire b&b specials this time of year to help welcome the fine, if somewhat unpredictable, spring weather. While here, the Berkshire Botanical Garden is a great place to spend an afternoon. It is hosting a special day camp for children during the week of April 20 – 24 (spring break in this area); your whole family can find interesting things to do during the day, then come together in our parlor each evening to share your stories.

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s estate in Lenox, makes a pleasant day trip from our Berkshires lodging. The restored estate and lovely gardens open for the season in May, but there are a few special events this April for those who cannot wait. Edith Wharton and her husband Teddy had the house built in 1902, and the design was strongly influenced by Wharton’s 1897 book, The Decoration of Houses. Although the couple spent most of their time abroad, The Mount remains an important monument to an influential American author.

Bed and Breakfast Lenox: Chesterwood Museum

February 9th, 2009 by Applegate Inn

Combine art and American history by taking a trip to Chesterwood Museum and Gardens, only 7 miles from our Lenox Bed and Breakfast.

Sclupture by Daniel Chester French

Sculpture by Daniel Chester French

Chesterwood is the country home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, the sculptor of the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Memorial in Washington, DC, and The Minute Man, Concord, MA. The buildings are furnished with decorative arts and paintings collected by the sculptor. Woodland walks featuring mountain vistas and perennial gardens of French’s own design. The Studio is a fascinating space. It contains a standard-gauge railroad track used to roll large sculpture outdoors for viewing in natural light. The museum holds what is probably the largest single collection of work by any American sculptor.

The homes and gardens are exquisite, and the collections of his sculpture are impressive. Make sure to consider visiting Chesterwood during your stay at our Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast!

Massachusetts Inn: The Mount

January 29th, 2009 by Applegate Inn

The Mount is the self-designed estate & gardens of Pulitzer-prize winning Edith Wharton, author of “The Age of Innocence”, “The House of Mirth”, as well as many other novels and non-fiction books on the subject of Architecture, design, decoration and travel.

Her home is a work of art, worthy of the seven-minute drive from our Bed and Breakfast Lenox. The house is currently closed, and will re-open on the first of May. The house recently went through a struggle to stay open; their primary bank was about to foreclose on them. However, there was overwhelming support to keep the beautiful turn-of-the-century home open, and the folks over at The Mount managed to raise 1.3 million dollars!

The home will be opening for an event in March as part of the Berkshires Festival of Women in the Arts. Author Julie Wosk will be presenting a lecture entitled “Alluring Androids, Robot Women and Electronic Eves: Artificial Women through the Ages”. Sounds fascinating! Held on March 28 in the drawing room of the estate, it should be a intriguing lecture in one of the most interesting historical homes in the Berkshires.

The gardens at The Mount. Photo by David Dashell

The gardens at The Mount. Photo by David Dashell

We hope you can join us this spring Lenox Bed and Breakfast for some art & culture!

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