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Applegate Inn’s Berkshires New Year’s Eve Special

November 20th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires New Year’s Eve SpecialCelebrate a Berkshires New Year’s Eve in style without putting a crimp in your pocketbook – prices start at $195 for a one night stay – by taking advantage of the New Year’s Eve Special at Applegate Inn!

Our luxurious Berkshires bed and breakfast inn always has a number of Berkshires lodging specials and packages available to choose from. One of the most popular is our Berkshires New Year’s Eve Special, which we update each year to provide the best possible combination of savings and extras for you!

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Plan Your Berkshires Skiing Vacation Now

November 13th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Skiing VacationPlanning a Berkshires skiing vacation this winter? Great idea – the Berkshires are loaded with numerous excellent ski areas and Applegate Inn is right in the center of all the best Berkshires skiing action!

It’s true: there are lots of wonderful Berkshires skiing opportunities and Applegate Inn is conveniently close to a majority of them. Take a look!

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Discover Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

October 16th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age MuseumVentfort Hall Mansion in Lenox, MA is an imposing, Jacobean Revival-style mansion built by the J.P. Morgan family in the late 1800’s and is now restored as a Gilded Age Museum you can tour!

If you’ve seen the film “Cider House Rules,” this Berkshires mansion may look a little familiar to you – the exterior of Ventfort Hall was used as St. Cloud’s Orphanage in the movie. Beyond that, the iconic building has been a dormitory for Tanglewood music students, a summer hotel, the Michel Fokine Ballet Summer Camp, and community housing for a religious organization – but before that, it was just another Berkshire Cottage.

Don’t let that term “Berkshire Cottage” fool you, however.

During the Gilded Age – the era from which Ventfort Hall sprang – the rich and mighty like J.P Morgan and the Rockefellers enjoyed referring to massive homes like Ventfort Hall – palatial estates with opulent gardens, salons, libraries, servant’s quarters, and more – as “cottages” because they were “out in the country” and smaller than their other, even more massive homes.

Ventfort Hall initially served as a summer home to J.P. Morgan’s sister’s family with a total of 28,000 square feet of living space and over 50 rooms, including 9 main bedrooms, 10 servant’s bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 17 fireplaces, and a surrounding demesne of 26 landscaped acres.

After the Morgans sold the property in 1925, Ventfort Hall began its long fall from grace. By the late 1990’s, this once stately Berkshire Cottage was near ruins and set for demolition but for a group of concerned citizens who stepped in, formed the Ventfort Hall Association, and began the process of saving the iconic property for future generations to enjoy and learn from.

Today, Ventfort Hall is “Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum,” providing a unique glimpse into one of the most fascinating periods of American history thus far: the Gilded Age, when great changes – social, economic, and industrial – were occurring throughout American society at a rate yet to be paralleled.

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum offers tours of the property, hosts special exhibitions, theatrical performances, concerts, lectures, Victorian teas, children’s programs, and more throughout the year – plus a museum shop to browse. The restored, lavishly decorated rooms of this remarkable residence give visitors a glimpse of just what life was like during this period of American history – for both the extremely wealthy and their less fortunate house staff.

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA
Memorial Day Weekend through Oct 31, Mon–Sat: 10am – 5pm
Nov 1 to Memorial Day Weekend, Mon–Sat: 10am – 4pm
Sundays 10am – 3pm, year ’round
Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
For more information on special events, current and upcoming exhibits, tour schedules and more, be sure to visit:

Ventfort Hall Lodging
It’s hard to beat Ventfort Hall for sheer opulence – but you can’t spend your entire Berkshires getaway there. For comfort you can retire to, a stay at Applegate Inn bed & breakfast is the next best thing. Centrally located in Lee, MA, our eleven, beautifully appointed suites, complete with private baths, fireplaces, and spa tubs are your ticket to real relaxation andservice in the Berkshires – see you soon!

Berkshires Lodging Specials for Fall

October 9th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Applegate Inn's Berkshires Lodging SpecialsBetween the beautiful, turning foliage, the upcoming holidays, the ebb of summer crowds, and the area’s ever-present culture, autumn may be the best time to visit the Berkshires – and it is with this in mind that Applegate Inn offers our Berkshires lodging specials!

Autumn brings more than just bright fall colors to the Berkshires, it also brings lots of fun! Lots of festivals and to-do’s abound as folks get ready for the holidays and the end of the year. Halloween alone provides lots to do and see. After a busy summer, it’s nice to be able to get away from everything for a day or two – or even more – and the Berkshires provide that picture-perfect respite from your hectic, fast-paced, work-a-day world.

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Don’t Miss the Lenox Apple Squeeze Festival!

September 18th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Lenox Apple Squeeze Festival 2015Fall is upon us, if one can trust the signs: cooler temps, brightly colored leaves on the ground, and the arrival of celebrations like the upcoming 36th annual Lenox Apple Squeeze Harvest Festival, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th, in Lenox, MA!

It is community celebrations like the annual Lenox Apple Squeeze Harvest Festival that make the passing of summer into fall not a bittersweet change but a happy and fun one. Something people from around the region – and even the country – look forward to all summer long. Who isn’t relieved to have another reason to leave the stifling confines of the city to relish the natural beauty of the Berkshires?

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Celebrate Lee Founders Weekend 2015!

September 4th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Lee Founders Day ParadeIt’s the town of Lee’s annual birthday celebration – Lee Founders Weekend, scheduled for Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th, 2015. Don’t miss this popular, annual Berkshires event!

Lee Founders Weekend is 3 days of fun in the Berkshires with food, live music, arts and crafts, contests, a parade, sidewalk sales and street vendors, duck derby, community block dance, and much more. Best of all, out-of-towners are not just allowed to attend but are encouraged to join in the fun – the more the merrier!

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Visit Arrowhead the Herman Melville House Museum

August 21st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Visit Arrowhead - The Herman Melville House MuseumThe recent sighting of an albino humpback whale off Australia’s Gold Coast put Moby Dick in many people’s minds – but did you know the house where Melville wrote his famous book – Arrowhead the Herman Melville House – is right here in the Berkshires?

Herman Melville published 11 novels, 17 short stories, and even more poems – but chances are, one title of this classic, American author is the first that comes rushing to mind: Moby Dick.

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Make It A Tanglewood Labor Day Weekend

August 7th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Tanglewood Labor Day ConcertsCelebrate Labor Day this year with Harry Connick, Jr. Kristin Chenoweth, and the Boston Pops: make it a Tanglewood Labor Day weekend!

Tanglewood always schedules something special for audiences for the Tanglewood Labor Day weekend concerts and this year is no different with two popular artist concerts scheduled: Harry Connick, Jr. and Kristin Chenoweth with the Boston Pops!

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Enjoy a Guided Housatonic River Canoe Trip

July 24th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Guided Housatonic River Canoe TripSummer – what a wonderful time to be out of doors! One of the best ways we can think of, of really getting out into the great outdoors while you’re in the Berkshires would be on a guided Housatonic River canoe trip.

Most of the time, we find ourselves looking wistfully out at the calm, flowing waters of the Housatonic river as it wends its way past us through the lush and beautiful Berkshires’ landscape. To really enjoy it, there’s nothing quite like getting out onto its smooth surface with nothing but quiet assurance of manpower to guide your gentle journey along its course.

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You’ll Get a Charge Out of the New Applegate Inn Tesla EV Charger!

July 10th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Applegate Inn Tesla ChargerIf you own an electric car (EV), you’ll get a charge out of this new – a REAL CHARGE! – you can now charge your EV with the Applegate Inn Tesla Charger or the ClipperCreek charger!

That’s right, thanks to a new program from Select Registry, Applegate Inn now has two EV chargers on property for our guests to use – free!

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