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Antiquing in the Berkshires

January 11, 2012 by Applegate Inn

You’ve shopped for others, now shop for yourself.

The Massachusetts Berkshires are home to dozens of antique stores, some small and crammed with every kind of knickknack and collectible imaginable, others large, sparse, and elegant. Avid antiquers have spent months–no, years–perusing the shops and galleries that surround our Berkshires Inn. Regardless of what is found, the hunt itself is exciting.

Antiquing ignites passion.

The thrill of discovering something long sought makes hearts pump faster. The thrill of finally finding that perfect antique table, or a rare piece of china, can have the same effect. This is especially true when antiquing with someone you love.

Sheffield, Massachusetts, the “Antiques Capital of the Berkshires” is less than twenty miles south of our Berkshires B and B in Lee. After a leisurely breakfast at the inn, you’ll have plenty of energy for a day of browsing.

  • Check out the great selection of old American clocks at Dovetail Antiques (440 Sheffield Plain).
  • You’ll find amazing furniture at Susan Silver Antiques. Susan Silver is a woman who freely admits that antiques make her heart race; visit her store.
  • Cupboards and Roses is the best place in the Berkshires to find Swedish antiques and Scandinavian folk art.
  • Kuttner Antiques features 18th and 19th Century American Antiques, Hooked Rugs, and Unusual Accessories.

These are just a few of the many antique stores in Sheffield and elsewhere in the Berkshires. But antiquing is a bit like wine tasting; you don’t want to do too much in one day. Instead, plan to return to our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast again and again.

Passionate about antiques? Head to the Berkshires.

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Thanksgiving Weekend in the Berkshires

November 23, 2011 by Applegate Inn

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Bartholomew’s Cobble.

The best antidote to a day of feasting is fresh air and exercise. Both can be found in spades in Western Massachusetts. After spending Thursday in the kitchen and around the table, head to our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast with hiking boots in hand.

Snow accumulation from the amazing October blizzard has melted, meaning that hiking trails across Western Massachusetts are open. The forecast promises a sunny Thanksgiving weekend. In short, hiking conditions will be perfect.

Favorite Hikes Near Our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast:

  • Beartown State Forest. Hike the easy Benedict Pond Loop Trail; follow a stretch of the Appalachian Trail for a  hike of moderate difficulty; explore one of the forest trails for a more difficult hike.
  • Brace Mountain. The views from the top of Brace Mountain are glorious on a clear day. Bring a picnic, for you’ll want time to rest after this invigorating hike.
  • Bartholomew’s Cobble. Explore five miles of trails and stand atop Hurlbut’s Hill. Visit the natural history museum to learn about the area’s fascinating geography,  and historic Ashley House to learn about its history.
  • Sages Ravine. The waterfalls should be roaring at this time of year. For a moderate hike, drive to the top of Mount Washington Reservation and then follow the trail down tot he ravine. A more strenuous trail leads from the Undermountain Trail.

To make a reservation at our Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires, please call 1.800.691.9012 or visit our reservation page.

Ride a Horse Through the Berkshires This Fall

September 25, 2011 by Applegate Inn

The trees have started to turn here, but fall foliage is not yet peaking in the Massachusetts Berkshires. Now is the right time to plan a trip here during peak season. Our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast tends to fill in October, when the surrounding forests are decked out in dazzling reds, oranges, and yellows. Plan now to be here then.

Earthy Palette

There is nothing like autumn in New England.

Driving down country lanes is a wonderful way to see a lot of trees. Spreading a picnic blanket under a large maple is a delightful way to drink in an autumn afternoon. But those who can delve deep into a New England forest during the peak of foliage season are truly fortunate.

Berkshire Horseback Adventures leads trail rides through nearby Kennedy Park and up Lenox Mountain. To experience New England foliage from the back of a horse is magical. The scent of the horses mixes with the woody odor of fallen leaves. The crisp air magnifies the sound of the horses breath, his feet clipping along the trail.

Leave New York, Boston, and Hartford behind and drive west like a cowboy heading into the sunset. Spend a few days at our Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires this autumn. While here, treat yourself to a trail ride. It is sure to be one of the most memorable events of the year.

More information about trail rides may be found at Berkshire Horseback Adventures.

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival 2011

August 1, 2011 by Applegate Inn

The 25th annual Berkshire Jewish Film Festival is currently underway in Lenox, just minutes away from our luxury Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. Both cinephiles and people interested in the Jewish culture and religion should take note.

The Berkshire Jewish Film Festival runs Mondays July 11 through August 22, 2011. Read on for a list of remaining films:

  • Brothers examines the debate of separation of state and religion through the relationship of two brothers, a secular kibbutz Israeli and an orthodox Torah scholar living in the U.S. August 1 at 4 p.m.
  • Barney’s Version is based on Mordecai Richler’s comic novel of the same name. It follows Barney Panofsky – politically incorrect, irascible, impulsive, and blunt. Starring Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, and Minnie Driver. August 1 at 8 p.m.
  • Mahler on the Couch and Making Music is a behind the scenes look at Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Swedish Radio Symphonic Orchestra. August 8 at 4 p.m.
  • In Miral, audiences follow a Palestinian girl in the wake of Arab-Israeli war. August 15 at 4 p.m.
  • Anita follows a young woman with Down Syndrome lost in Buenos Aires after the 1994 attack on the Jewish Community Center. August 15, 8 p.m.
  • Women Unchained documents the struggles of several women to obtain a “get” or Jewish divorce, and move on with their lives. “According to traditional Jewish law, a woman who is an “augur” (from the Hebrew word meaning “chained”) cannot remarry.” August 22 at 4 p.m.

Following Women Unchained, there will a closing reception and a concert by Joshua Nelson and his Kosher Gospel.

All screenings take place at the Duffin Theater at the Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East Street, Lenox. It is approximately five miles from our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. Seating is general admission.

Extend your weekend getaway into a long weekend. Stay at our Lenox Bed and Breakfast some Monday night this August, and see a wonderful film or two at the Berkshire Jewish Film Festival. You’ll have that much longer to experience the natural beauty and cultural offerings of the Massachusetts Berkshires.

Quotes taken from the Berkshire Jewish Film Festival and Women Unchained.

2011 Williamstown Theatre Festival

April 19, 2011 by Applegate Inn

When sweltering summer days cause residents of Boston, New York, and Hartford to head for the hills, take heart. There is no need to sacrifice the arts just because you’ve escaped from the city. It is simple to experience great theatre, dance, and music during a summer getaway at our Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival, founded in 1955, is just one example of the superlative arts found in the Massachusetts Berkshires. The festival runs from June 22 to August 28, 2011.

Williamstown Theatre Festival2011 Summer Schedule:

  • Three Hotels, by Jon Robin Baitz (June 19 – July 24)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennesee Williams (June 22 – July 3)
  • She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith (July 27 – August 7)
  • One Slight Hitch, by Lewis Black (July 6 – 17)
  • Ten Cents a Dance, by John Doyle (August 11 – 28)
  • A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen (July 20 – 31)
  • Touch(ed), by Bess Wohl (August 3 – 14)
  • You Better Sit Down: tales from my parents’ divorce, directed by Anne Kauffman (August 16 – 21)

The Williamstown Theatre Festival is located in Williamstown, approximately one hour from our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. Spend the afternoon lounging by the pool before your night at the theatre.

Find the complete festival schedule at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Ski Butternut

March 1, 2011 by Applegate Inn

There’s snow in them there hills!

Ski Butternut is a ski area located in Great Barrington, less than thirty minutes from our Lee MA Bed and Breakfast. Though spring is just around the corner, there should be snow for some time to come. In other words, plan a ski vacation in the Berkshires.

We have several Berkshires lodging specials to entice skiers to our inn:

Drop everything and take advantage of our Spur of the Moment Special. If you and your skis can be here within 24 hours, you’ll receive a 15% discount on your entire stay.

Book two nights in advance (Sunday through Thursday) and enjoy savings with our Two Night $75 Special. Pay for one night and receive the second night for just $75.

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Massage Your Soul

February 25, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Massages are not just for the body; a good massage should relax your soul.

Enjoy a soak at the inn after your massage.

Whether you think your soul needs to relax or not, you probably agree that a massage would feel awfully good about now. Think how much better it will feel when it’s part of a vacation at our Lee MA Bed and Breakfast – when you won’t have to do dishes, make beds, or clean. Think one word: pampered.

Our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires offers a Spa Indulgence Special in conjunction with nearby Soul Spa. Enjoy a 10% discount on deep tissue massage, facial rejuvenation, aromatherapy or reflexology. Your soul is bound to feel good.

Quintessential New England Winter

February 16, 2011 by Applegate Inn

New England has been hit with one snowstorm after another this winter. Inch by inch we’ve watched our driveways become narrower and our mailboxes become shorter. All this snow may have its disadvantages, but the view from the windows of our Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast is lovely.

Skiers in New England are, of course, absolutely overjoyed by the conditions. Guests of our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires arrive armed with snowshoes, skies, and snowboards. We feed them a breakfast fit for a day in the snow, and send them out the door. They return in the late afternoon or early evening, ready to warm themselves by the crackling fire and sip a glass of wine.

The trails at Canterbury Farms Ski Area.

We often refer cross-country skiers and snowshoers to the nearby Canterbury Farm Ski Area. The trails currently have a 36 inch base and are groomed daily. The fastest skiing these days may be in the morning, since we’re actually seeing temperatures rise a bit during the day.

Canterbury Farm Ski Area has more than 20 kilometers of trails that circle through woods and fields, past quintessential stone walls and around beaver ponds. It is New England winter at its finest – the stuff of dreams for folks who live in New York City, Boston, or Hartford.

Spend Valentine’s Day in the Berkshires

February 3, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year. What a wonderful excuse to whisk your Valentine to our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires for a long, romantic weekend.

Cuddle by the fire while you're here. We do.

Take advantage of our Berkshires Romance Package, which includes two nights in a room with a fireplace, chocolate and champagne, and a sumptuous three-course dinner for just the two of you. Please see our Bed and Breakfast Specials for more details.

A romantic getaway means different things to different people; fortunately our corner of the Massachusetts Berkshires has an abundance of outdoor recreation, cultural activities, and fine dining. Spend your days skiing at Catamount Ski Area, Jiminy Peak, or the Canterbury Farms Cross Country Ski Center. See the latest exhibits at the Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, or the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Our guests are always welcome to simply relax at our luxury Lenox MA lodging. Play games, play the piano, or cuddle by the fire as much as you like. Our goal is to help you enjoy a wonderful romantic Valentine’s Day with the person you most love.

Winter Bliss in the Berkshires

January 26, 2011 by Applegate Inn

It’s cold in the Northeast these days. We imagine that folks in the city – be in Boston, New York, Hartford, or some other place – are bundled into themselves, swathed in scarves, hats and winter coats as they trudge from one warm interior to the next.

No so here at our Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast.

Glorious winter in the Berkshires.

Oh, it’s cold here too, to be sure. But cold in the country feels different than cold in the city. The wind doesn’t gather up its strength to blast between skyscrapers and knock you down here – it spreads out over snow covered fields and blows through forests, making leafless trees dance.

Yes, winter in the Berkshires is the stuff of poetry.

Come see for yourself. Be spontaneous, and enjoy savings with our Lee Bed and Breakfast Last Minute Special. Plan ahead, call a friend, and stay for a while. Embrace the cold while you’re here, and delve into it with skis or snowshoes; it makes sitting by the fire so much better.

Snow in the Massachusetts Berkshires

January 11, 2011 by Applegate Inn

There is snow on the grounds of our luxury Berkshires Bed and Breakfast near Lenox Massachusetts, and more is on the way. In fact, we’re expecting quite a winter storm here in a day or two; this will be a lovely time to hunker down at the inn.

Enjoy a winter wonderland – the Berkshires.

The best part of snow is being in it, enjoying winter sports such as skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding. There are a number of trails well-suited for snowshoes near our luxury Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast. Read on for a few favorites:

One of the prettiest trails is the one mile loop through the grounds of the Hancock Shaker Village;

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Shop the Berkshires

December 13, 2010 by Applegate Inn

There are dozens of unique shops near our luxury Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. December is the perfect time to treat yourself to a few days here while you shop for your friends and family.

Silken, by Dan Dailey, at Schantz Galleries.

Nearby Stockbridge, Great Barrington, Lenox and Lee have antique shops, art galleries, and clothing stores. Our inn is also close to the Prime Outlet Village; we offer a Berkshires Shopping Getaway Special which includes a variety of discount coupons for the village.

Origins Gallery in Stockbridge features unique art, masks, and artifacts from remote villages in Africa. An American Craftsman Galleries features many unique holiday gifts such as lovely glass ornaments. Amazing glass art by Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey and others may be found at Schantz Galleries. Inner Vision Studio is a good place to find watercolors and drawings by local artist Karen Andrews.

Antique shops abound throughout the Berkshires,

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Welcome 2011 at our Luxury Berkshires B&B

December 8, 2010 by Applegate Inn

This New Year’s, instead of rubbing elbows in crowded Boston, Hartford, and New York City, travel to our luxury Berkshires bed and breakfast. We’re close enough to these cities to be convenient, but far enough away to be something special.

Applegate Inn Dining Room

Enjoy the first meal of 2011 at our luxurious bed and breakfast in the Berkshires.

Spend two or three nights in beautiful  Western Massachusetts and let us pamper you. Enjoy wine and cheese in the parlor before dining at one of the good local restaurants. When you return to your room after dinner, you’ll find chocolates and a decanter of Brandy awaiting you. Break your fast by candlelight, on crystal and fine china. Spend your days exploring charming New England towns, skiing, or relaxing by the fire.

On New Year’s Eve, we’ll break out the champagne and feast on tasty hors d’oeuvres. Laugh and cry over the best and worst of 2010, and share your aspirations for 2011. Play a song or two on the piano, challenge each other to a game, or simply enjoy conversation with friends, old and new.  Finish the evening with more brandy and chocolates, and sleep peacefully. On New Year’s Day, sleep late and then start the year off with a gourmet brunch by candlelight.

We’re happy to combine some of our other packages with our 2010 Bershires b&b New Year’s Special. Contact us to discuss your options; call toll free: (800) 691-9012 or email info@applegateinn.com.

Fine Dining in the Berkshires

November 24, 2010 by Applegate Inn

When next you stay at our luxury bed and breakfast Berkshires, consider dining at one of our favorite restaurants. The Old Inn on The Green is less than 30 minutes from here, in New Marlborough. The ambiance is wonderful, especially during the winter months, when fireplaces crackle in every room. The menu changes frequently, but each bite is always worth savoring. Some nights the restaurant offers only a Prix Fixe Menu, which is fun.

The Old Inn on The Green features such unique plates as Roasted Hudson Valley Squab Salad and Crispy Veal Sweetbreads. It’s a great place to stop for a romantic dinner after exploring the area; there are several lovely waterfalls near New Marlborough, such as Campbell’s Falls, Ashley Falls, and Umpachene Falls. A short hike does wonders to stimulate the appetite.

One of the best parts of being Berkshires bed and breakfast innkeepers is being able to share our wonderful area with visitors. Our guests should never hesitate to ask for recommendations and travel suggestions.

Berkshire Fall Foliage is Peaking Now

October 26, 2010 by Applegate Inn

It’s true, fall colors are at their peak all around our Berkshires bed and breakfast. It’s a delight just to look out the window. When the wind blows, little pieces of color fly through the sky: a flash of orange here, a shimmer of yellow there.

Take advantage of the autumn special at our Lenox MA bed and breakfast, on through October 31, 2010: stay at least two nights and enjoy a 20% discount. Or be spontaneous and benefit from our Spur of the Moment Special: book your room within 24 hours of your arrival and enjoy a 15% discount on your stay. One special only per party.

Crunch leaves under this tree during your stay at our Lenox MA inn.

Berkshires Bed and Breakfast Luxury

October 13, 2010 by Applegate Inn

You work hard. Whether your job is in an office or in the trades, caring for your children or for elderly parents, you work hard. Vacation time is required, but often it means more work before and after trips. When you take a holiday, you want it to be worth it. Our luxury Berkshires bed and breakfast has just what you need.

Enjoy a luxurious moment by a waterfall, surrounded by brilliant fall foliage.

Located in the heart of the Massachusetts Berkshires, close to Tanglewood, the Appalachian Trail, and several charming New England towns, our Berkshires bed and breakfast luxury enjoys the peace of the country and the finest art and culture. Visit the Clark Art Institute, where past exhibits have included the work of Turner, Gainsborough, Georgia O’Keefe and Toulouse-Lautrec. Or head to Stockbridge, home to the Norman Rockwell Museum and numerous shops and boutiques. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts enjoy hiking (glorious at this time of year), cycling along country roads, and skiing in the winter.

Guests of our luxury Berkshires bed and breakfast often gather for wine and cheese in the evening, warming hands by the fire and sinking into comfortable chairs after a long day of exploration. Breakfast each morning is fresh and satisfying, elegantly served in our formal dining room by candle light.

The inn is yours during your stay. Stroll through our gardens and along wooded trails, or curl up with a good book by the fire. Indulge in luxurious whirlpool bath or steam shower (inquire when booking). Each room is spacious and private, with wet bars, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Ask about our luxury Berkshire inn Spa Indulgence Special or our Additional Ad On Options (such as wine or chocolates in the room). You may never want to leave.

Golf Vacations in the Berkshires

August 2, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Our Berkshires bed and breakfast is right across the street from Greenock Golf Club, in historic Lee, Massachusetts. It’s a fabulous 9-hole course first designed in 1895, and redesigned in 1927 by Donald Ross, one of the most influential people in American golf history. Even more important, it is a fun course to play.

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Hike Along the Housatonic

July 12, 2010 by Applegate Inn

An hour south of our Lenox MA bed and breakfast in Connecticut, the Appalachian Trail follows the Housatonic River for several miles. We hiked it in May, and were astounded by the multitude of colorful wildflowers along the trail and the lovely views of the river and valley.

Start west of Cornwall Bridge, and join the Appalachian Trail at Breadloaf Mountain (where you will delight in the views of the Housatonic River and Valley). Head south along the trail, descending into the valley where you’ll walk along the west bank of the wide Housatonic River. There are many good spots to stop and enjoy a picnic while enjoying expansive views. Leaving the AT near the town of Kent makes a great day hike.

We love helping guests of our Berkshires bed and breakfast hike part of the Appalachian Trail. To facilitate your experience, we’ll escort you to your end point, where you can drop your vehicle and catch a ride with us to your starting point.

By evening time, you’ll be ready to relax with a glass of wine and a plate of cheese at our bed and breakfast Lenox.

Photo: The Housatonic flows away
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