Oh, Tannenbaum! – Berkshire Museum’s Festival of Trees 2013

December 18th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Festival of Trees 2013: Yesterday, Today, and TomorrowThe Festival of Trees 2013: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, as presented by the Berkshire Museum, features more than 200 spectacular Christmas trees decorated to represent the past, present, and future.

The theme for this year’s Festival of Trees was inspired by the museum’s 110th anniversary – thus you will see trees representing the museum’s first year – 1903 – the present year, and the year 2123: 110 years from today!

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New Year’s Eve Special at Applegate Inn in the Berkshires

December 12th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

New Year's Eve Special at Applegate Inn in the Berkshires

Come ring in the new year with us!

Start 2014 off right with a New Year’s Eve Special at Applegate Inn – a beautiful bed and breakfast nestled in the picturesque Berkshires!

We’re offering you this New Year’s Eve Special as a way of saying “thanks” to all the wonderful guests who have shared our home and the beauty of the Berkshires with us over the years – and in the years to come!

The New Year’s Eve Special at Applegate Inn begins with an hors d’oeuvres and chilled champagne reception at 6pm in our living room. Thereafter, the evening is yours, whether you decide to spend the night out at one of the area’s many fine restaurants or holiday events or of you prefer to just spend the night in, curled up in front of the fire – it’s up to you! We’ll be providing a decanter of brandy and some delicious chocolates in your room for you to enjoy at your leisure.

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“Stockbridge Main Street At Christmas” Recreation – The Norman Rockwell Museum

November 22nd, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

The Norman Rockwell Museum in the Berkshires

Have you ever wished you could visit a painting? Seen an image to warm and resonant that you wished you could just stroll right into it? Well, you can! Norman Rockwell’s famous painting, “Stockbridge Main Street At Christmas,” comes to life on December 8th in Stockbridge, MA.

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It’s Time to Plan Your Berkshires Ski Vacation

October 31st, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Ski VacationIf you’re like me, you just about can’t believe that ski season is nearly upon us – where on earth did summer go? – but it’s true, so you’d better get to planning your Berkshires ski vacation now while the time is ripe!

It may only be fall now but NOW is the time to make those reservations for lodging and lift tickets – there’s not a moment to lose as, once the season is in full swing, finding decent accommodations is going to be a real trick.

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It’s Berktoberfest Again!

September 30th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Berktoberfest 2013The Sixth Annual Berktoberfest is kicking off the first weekend of October with food, games, live music, and, of course, great craft beer.

Berktoberfest is an annual event centered around handcrafted beer, with the proceeds being donated to local charities. During its first five years, Berktoberfest managed to raise over $10,000, which was dispersed through Berkshire Brewing Heritage, a non-profit, educational organization created for just that purpose.

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The Berkshires Autumn Attractions

September 20th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

So many things to do in a Berkshires Autumn

So many things to do in a Berkshires Autumn

As summer’s greens turn to autumn’s golds and harvest time gets into full swing, New England comes to life with things to see and do. From fresh-pressed apple cider and festivals to hiking and biking, there is no end to the Berkshires autumn attractions.

Get out and revel in the autumn air with a Berkshires tradition: the 46th annual Mount Greylock Ramble! Starting 8am, Columbus’ Day, in Adams, MA, thousands of hikers will make the ascent up the Cheshire Harbor Trail to the summit of the state’s highest mountain for an incredible view of the region’s seasonal colors!

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Founders’ Day Weekend Is Coming!
Sept 20 – 22, 2013

August 29th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Founders' Day Parade

Lee’s 19th annual heritage celebration, the Founders’ Day Weekend, is three days of family fun with a parade, live music, food tastings, sidewalk sales, crafts and much, much more.

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Summertime at Laurel Lake

August 14th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Summers are meant to be spent near the water, if you ask me. We have a lovely pool at the Inn for swimming and lounging, however it can be fun to experience some fresh water while you are in the Berkshires as well.

Laurel Lake is only five minutes up the road from Applegate Inn Bed & Breakfast, where you can swim from a sandy beach with a lifeguard standing by.  There are also changing rooms, restrooms, a boat ramp and fishing is permitted.

This is a great place to spend the afternoon with a nice book and relax in the shade (or the sun, if you are working on a tan!) Pack a picnic, play some cards or lawn games and then head back to the B&B to freshen up for a delightful dinner at one of our recommended restaurants in the area.

Other Swimming Spots in the Berkshires Area

Lulu Brook in Pittsfield State Forest: An easy five minute hike brings you to an eight-foot cascade into a beautiful pool below.

"Card Lake, West Stockbridge, Mass." A Postcard from the ImageMuseum, (imagemuseum.sumgmug.com) a website with thousands of vintage postcards and photographs from Western Massachusetts.

“Card Lake, West Stockbridge, Mass.” A Postcard from the ImageMuseum, (imagemuseum.sumgmug.com) a website with thousands of vintage postcards and photographs from Western Massachusetts.

Card Lake in West Stockbirdge: Enjoy the cool, crisp and clear waters of this local lake.

Center Pond at Becket Town Beach in Becket: This small town swim spot offers free lessons every morning of the week.

Lake Mansfield in Great Barrington: Swimmers will find clear waters and a lifeguard-managed sandy beach area. Lifeguard on duty from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. during summer months.

Onota Lake at Burbank Park in Pittsfield: Located on the eastern shore of Onota Lake, Burbank Park is open year-round.  The public park is about 150 acres and offers a fishing pier and free public boat launch, picnic groves with grills, a public swimming beach with lifeguards during July and August and a walking path along the lake.

 

 

 

Housatonic River Fishing

July 17th, 2013 by Katie Pate

The Housatonic River starts from four sources in the Berkshire mountains near the city of Pittsfield. It flows 149 miles southward through Massachusetts and Connecticut before emptying into the Long Island Sound.

Fishing is a major activity along the entire length of the river. Trout, bass, and perch are the most common catches. Enjoy some of the best fly fishing in southwestern Massachusetts. Fly fishing on the river has been compared with many western rivers and boasts some of the finest trophy trout fishing in the eastern US.

One of the most popular spots for fishing the Housatonic River is between the Falls Village Dam and the town of Cornwall Bridge in Litchfield County Connecticut, about an hour north of the Bed and Breakfast. However, there are local waters where excellent trout fishing takes place.

In Berkshire’s waters find large and small mouth bass, northern pike, white and yellow perch and trout of all varieties in abundance. Numerous brooks, rivers, ponds, and lakes are stocked with trout each year. Here are some of our favorite Berkshires fishing spots:

In Lee ~

  • Beartown Brook (west branch)
  • Hop Brook
  • Goose Pond
  • Greenwater Brook

    Laurel Lake in Lee, MA.

    Laurel Lake.

  • Laurel Lake
  • Washington Mountain Brook

In Lenox ~

  • Sawmill Brook
  • Marsh Brook
  • Yokum Brook
  • Laurel Lake

In Stockbridge ~

  • Marsh Brook
  • Stockbridge Bowl

An essential ingredient for any fishing trip is a free pamphlet containing abstracts of the Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Laws, available at local sporting goods shops. This pamphlet carefully outlines the rules and regulations of Massachusetts fishing and hunting. Also essential is a license, which can be obtained through either city or town clerks or through many local sporting goods stores.

Lodging for your Weekend in the Berkshires

Whether it is our lovely scenery and natural resources that draw you to the Berkshires, or our heady cultural and historical offerings, make Applegate Inn Bed and Breakfast your starting point for exploring the Berkshires.

 

 

History of the Lee Public Library

June 29th, 2013 by Katie Pate

If you have an interest in American history or architecture, make sure to leave a little time during your Berkshires vacation to visit the Lee Library. A beautiful, quiet and historic place, stop in to browse the shelves or enjoy a quiet place to read for a while.

The Lee Library is the only remaining Carnegie library building in the Berkshires. Because of this, it is not only beautiful but also historically significant.

The present building is on the Peter Wilcox homestead. The Wilcox one-story, one-room log house was the location of Lee’s first town meeting held in December 1777.

The remaining original part of the building was constructed in 1907.

Photo circa 1911: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection (REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-D4-72599)

Photo circa 1911: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection (REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-D4-72599)

The total cost of the building, including the lot and furnishings, was $35,500. Andrew Carnegie donated $12,000, the town appropriated $18,300, and the remainder was donated by  citizens. Lee Marble Works quarried and cut the marble used in the construction of the building. The original section of the building is Corinthian in style, with interior woodwork of polished birch.

The library was expanded in 1977. Again, Lee Marble was used in the construction. The new wing tripled the size of the library to to 7,500 square feet. The addition includes the Betty Dennis Children’s Room, stacks, a reading room, and the Gallery.

What is a Carnegie Library?

Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated money to build a total of 2,509 libraries between 1883 and 1929, including some belonging to public and university library systems. 1,689 were built in the United States, 660 in Britain and Ireland, 125 in Canada, and others in Australia, New Zealand, Serbia, the Caribbean, Mauritius and Fiji.

Very few towns that requested a grant – and agreed to his terms  – were refused. The last grant was made in 1919 and there were 3,500 libraries in the United States; nearly half of them built with construction grants paid by Carnegie.

Lodging for your Berkshires Vacation

Whether you are visiting the Berkshires to take in modern American art at Tanglewood or Jacob’s Pillow, natural beauty or history, the Berkshires has something for everyone. We would love to be your hosts at our Bed and Breakfast in Lee, the gateway to the Berkshires.

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