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Attend the 2016 Berkshire International Film Festival

May 13th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

 Berkshire International Film Festival 2016Get set for the 11th annual Berkshire International Film Festival – June 2nd through June 5th, 2016 – featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Bruce Dern, Karen Allen, Brian De Palma, Noah Baumbach, Gregory Crewdson, and Jake Paltrow!

Every year, the Berkshire International Film Festival brings the best in independent films and filmmakers to the Berkshires to showcase their work to an engaged audience that any cinephile would be excited to be a part of!

Growing in popularity with each year, this year’s Festival was included in the 2016 TOP 10 Summer Events for Massachusetts, along with such major events as Jacob’s Pillow Dance and Tanglewood. It has also attracted an unprecedented collection of celebrities, attesting to its increased stature in the industry.

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Enjoy Lee MA Chez Nous at
Applegate Inn!

May 6th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Lee MA Chez NousThe only thing bad about a great restaurant is that its popularity can keep you from being able to get into it! Our own, favorite, fine and perpetually booked local restaurant, the Lee MA Chez Nous Bistro, has found a wonderful workaround for this with their new “to-go” Ordering System!

Chez Nous Bistro is easily one of the best restaurants here in the Berkshires and absolutely our favorite, serving French country classic dishes and offering an extensive wine list, all in a cozy, romantic setting. We regularly suggest them when our guests ask who we recommend but with the caveat that, even with their outside seating, they are very often booked solid, so get there early!

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John Hiatt, Joshua Redman, and Buckwheat Zydeco at Mahaiwe!

April 11th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

John Hiatt, Joshua Redman, and Buckwheat Zydeco at Mahaiwe 2016!A recent announcement has singer-songwriter John Hiatt, saxophonist Joshua Redman, and American musical legend Buckwheat Zydeco at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for the 2016 season!

The Berkshires will ring with the sweet strains of rock, jazz, and zydeco as performed by legendary talents, thanks to the recent Mahaiwe 2016 season additions: John Hiatt on May 6th, the Joshua Redman Quartet on June 26th, and Buckwheat Zydeco on August 20th.

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2016 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series Adds Dolly and Dylan!

April 4th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

2016 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series - Dolly PartonThe schedule for the 2016 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series just keeps getting more interesting, now with the addition of two – or, I should say three – big names: Dolly Parton and Bob Dylan with Mavis Staples!

Each year’s Tanglewood Popular Artists Series comes with lots of surprises and anticipation but this year seems especially laden with last minute reveals of big name, pop celebrities.

Recent press releases revealed the Bob Dylan with Mavis Staples show, scheduled for Saturday, July 2nd, and then another just now – Dolly Parton with the Boston Pops, opening the 2016 Tanglewood season on Friday, June 17th.

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4 Popular Artists Shows Added to the Tanglewood 2016 Season!

March 11th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Tanglewood 2016 B52's and the Boston Pops

The B52’s and the Boston Pops? Yes, at Tanglewood: Sept 2, 2016

Four new, popular artists shows to the Tanglewood 2016 season: Earth Wind & Fire, Jackson Browne, Train, and the B-52’s guesting with the Boston Pops!

Tanglewood can always be counted on the bring top-tier, national and international acts to the Berkshires. This is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, after all!

In a season that already included Grammy-Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti, James Taylor, the Chick Corea Trio, Seth McFarlane, a Jerry Garcia tribute, and the legendary Brian Wilson, the addition of four more big-name acts really amps up the star-power of Tanglewood 2016!

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It’s Berkshires Maple Sugaring Time!

March 4th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Maple Sugaring Time!Spring is nearly upon us and that means Berkshires maple sugaring time! New England has hundreds of small maple syrup-producing farms and many are here in the Berkshires.

Berkshires maple sugaring time begins when it starts to be warm enough in the day – 40 degrees or more – for the sap in the maple trees to begin flowing. On a maple farm, these trees will have been tapped, with buckets hanging from them to catch the flow of the maple sap. Once the bucket has collected enough sap, it is collected by a sugarmaker and taken to a sugarhouse, where it will be cooked down into maple syrup.

Depending on the sugar content of the maple sap, it can take up to 86 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup!

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Follow the Berkshires Beer and Cider Trail

February 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Beer and Cider TrailCraft beer and ciders are taking America by storm and the Berkshires are no exception. Come travel the Berkshires Beer and Cider Trail and discover the wide variety of flavors and styles available in the beautiful mountains of western Massachusetts.

The picturesque Berkshires are dotted with orchards and farmlands that, among other things, produce an abundant supply of natural, delicious apples and hops; the perfect inspirational backdrop for a healthy community of artisan cider makers and craft brewers. Consequently, the Berkshires are home to several award-winning breweries and cideries – enough, in fact, for a truly rewarding Berkshires Beer and Cider Trail.

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The Best Berkshires Restaurants

February 5th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Best Berkshires RestaurantsIt’s not an easy thing to compile a list of the best Berkshires restaurants. The Berkshires are an uncommonly rich culinary crossroads, attracting chefs and restaurateurs alike with a wide selection of venues and cuisines. From fine restaurants to sandwich shops, brewpubs to pizzerias, and styles from around the world: Asian, Italian, Greek, Indian, French, American, and more.

Of course, a “best of” list of any kind is bound to be subjective and controversial – our best may not be yours! Thus we offer up this list of superb, top-rated restaurants, within easy driving distance of our Berkshires inn, not as any final word but more a guide and example of the caliber of dining one can find here.

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2016 Tanglewood Season Schedule

January 15th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

2016 Tanglewood season

Seth McFarlane, Chick Corea, and Garrison Keillor are just a few of the stars in the 2016 Tanglewood season lineup

Tickets for the 2016 Tanglewood season go on sale January 24th, 2016 at 10am and this year’s stellar lineup of stars and performances is bound to make them sell out quickly!

Tanglewood always attracts the best performers and audiences, gilding stages and packing houses every summer for the past 76 years. The wide-ranging schedule of performances and events for the 2016 Tanglewood season includes some of the classical music world’s biggest names, including Andris Nelsons, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Charles Dutoit, Paul Lewis, Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, and Yuja Wang.

The 2016 Tanglewood season is no stranger to popular entertainment, either, with appearances this year by Seth MacFarlane, Chick Corea, and the return of such favorites as Garrison Keillor and NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

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Romantic Berkshires Valentines Lodging Specials

January 8th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires' Valentines Lodging Specials at Applegate InnWhere better to stay during your Valentine’s Day getaway than the B&B voted “best place to kiss in the Berkshires?” Let Applegate Inn set the scene for your romantic holiday with one of our Valentines lodging specials!

Home to cultural icons like Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow Dance, outdoor recreation areas like Jiminy Peak and Butternut Ski resort, as well as myriad fine shops, galleries, and restaurants, the Berkshires are the perfect setting for any romantic getaway.

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