Whether you prefer cross-country skiing, alpine (downhill) skiing, snowboarding, or tubing, the Berkshires have the snow and slopes for you – and Applegate Inn is in the center of the action!
We like to think that our Berkshires b&b is a pretty romantic place all the year round. Rated A+ as the “best place to kiss in the Berkshires,” Applegate Inn is a cozy and romantic hideaway whether you enjoy sitting by a roaring fire, enjoying a quiet and delicious meal together, or playing in the snow.
That being said, with Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, we’ve upped the ante with a package designed to make your Valentines Getaway to the Berkshires that much more romantic!
The 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!
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.
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.
If 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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.