Spring is a fabulous time to visit a Shaker Farm.
The month of April is devoted to baby animals at Hancock Shaker Village, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Guests of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast have a few more days to experience this event.
Daily Behind-the-Scenes tours are being given at 2 p.m. (with additional tours at 10 a.m. on weekends). Get close to newborn pigs and learn a bit about animal husbandry, Shaker style. The crowning moment is a hayride around the farm, with animals aboard. Warning: not for the allergic!
New work by Stockbridge artist Susan Merrill will be on display in the Poultry House throughout the month. Her paintings feature animals from Hancock Shaker Village; proceeds support programming at the village.
Beginning in April, it’s also possible to Choose Your Own Shaker Adventure at Hancock Shaker Village. You can learn a Shaker Song and Dance, take a calf for a stroll, and cook in the Shaker kitchen (which dates from 1830). Learn about Shaker architecture, Shaker Spirituality, or Shaker Medicine. These adventures are offered through the fall, and are a wonderful way to delve into the Shaker lifestyle.
Hancock Shaker Village is about 30 minutes from our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast.
Please visit the Hancock Shaker Village website for additional information.
Hancock Shaker Village is always an interesting place to visit.
Shaker communities are uniquely American, though their origins can be traced back to French and English groups in the 17th and early 18th centuries. In 1774, a small group of Shaking Quakers led by Mother Ann (Ann Lee) traveled to the New World to establish a communal utopian society based on purity, pacifism, tolerance and gender equality. Many people at the time were interested in creating such utopian societies, but the Shakers were by far the most successful. By the early 19th century, there were approximately 6,000 Shakers in America.
There are no Shakers today, but their legacy remains in the beautiful architecture and furniture they created. Shaker Villages in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Ohio, and Kentucky reveal much about what the Shakers valued. They embraced simplicity, but they valued inventiveness. They believed in hard work, but they appreciated tools that facilitated that work. Their buildings and furniture were functional, but they were also beautiful. They still are.
It is worth noting several upcoming events at Hancock Shaker Village, which is close to our Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires.
- Country Fair, September 24 & 25, 2011. Celebrate the bounty of the harvest. Enjoy wagon rides, a Farmers Market, and agricultural demonstrations. Many local and regional craftspeople and artisans will be on hand, demonstrating their skills and selling their products. Live music, a pie contest, and a quilt show round out the event. Please see Country Fair for details.
- Shaker Suppers, October 22 & 29, November 5 & 26. Enjoy a guided tour of Hancock Shaker Village, led by interpreters in period attire. A cider and cheese reception in the kitchen of the historic Brick Dwelling (beer and wine available for purchase) will be followed by dinner in the Believers’ Dining Room. Feast by candlelight on dishes inspired by The Best of Shaker Cooking, by Amy Bess Miller. To purchase tickets, please visit Hancock Shaker Village.
- Choose Your Own Shaker Adventure, ongoing. Interested in a specific aspect of Shaker culture, such as Shaker Spirituality or Shaker Inventions and Innovations? You may create your own custom tour. More information is available at Hancock Shaker Village.
We’re happy that Hancock Shaker Village is so close to our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. We feel like we understand why they settled here, back in the late 1780’s . There is something utopian about the Massachusetts Berkshires.
On June 16, 2011, chefs from the best Farm-to-Table restaurants in the Berkshires will prepare a special Shaker dinner at Hancock Shaker Village. The meal will feature Shaker dishes and highlight local ingredients. It promises to be a singular event.
The Shaker Farm-to-Table Dinner could be a delightful addition to a summer getaway at our Inn Berkshires. Spend the morning delving into the history of the Shakers at Hancock Shaker Village. Return to the inn for an afternoon by the pool, then enjoy a glass of wine in the parlor before heading back to Hancock for dinner.
Chefs from the following restaurants will have a hand in preparing this wonderful Shaker meal:
- Mezze Bistro and Bar
- Allium Restaurant and Bar
- Mission Bar & Tapas
- Red Lion Inn Restaurant
- Route 7 Grill
Hancock Shaker Village is located in Pittsfield, approximately 20 minutes from our luxury Berkshires lodging in Lee. The Shaker Farm-to-Table Dinner takes place from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 16. Reservations are required.
Most mothers don’t go into the business of motherhood for the glory. They don’t become mother’s because of the great pay and the good hours. They do it for love.
In truth, rewards of motherhood are many and great. Cuddles are priceless, as is the joy of watching a child grow.
Yet from time to time it’s nice to show our mothers how much we appreciate all they’ve done for us over the years. This can be done in many ways, with a bouquet of flowers or a card. But the most meaningful way may be to give back a little of what mom gave to you – time.
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We’re running Romance Packages at our Lenox MA bed and breakfast for just a little while longer, through the end of May. A romantic getaway is great excuse to leave city living behind for a few days. Our Lenox Bed and Breakfast is about 1 hour from Hartford, 2 hours from Boston, and 3 hours from New York City.
Spring is a lovely time in the Berkshires. The small towns start to come out of winter hibernation, throwing open their doors to the sunshine and warmth. Chilly nights make a great excuse to cuddle by the fire at our Lenox inn.
Come for a farm and forest trail walk at Hancock Shaker Village, where you’ll see red trillium in bloom and meet many cute calves, chicks, piglets and lambs. Take in the Giovanni Boldini in Impressionist Paris exhibit at The Clark, before it closes on April 25, 2010; be sure to explore The Clark’s walking trails and grounds, too. Check out Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s project Gravity Is a Force to be Reckoned With, at MASS MoCA.
Explore the Berkshires by day. Once back at our Lenox area B&B, you’ll be greeted by a pleasant, romantic atmosphere. Our Romance Package includes a room with a fireplace, a three-course dinner for two, champagne and chocolates. It’s a lovely way to celebrate the departure of winter, the arrival of spring, and your relationship.
Less than twenty miles from our Western MA bed and breakfast is a special place known as Hancock Shaker Village. The third village created by the Shakers after their arrival in the New World in 1774, Hancock is a testament to the Shaker commitment to beauty, simplicity and hard work. The architecture of the twenty historic buildings is not fancy, but the symmetry and craftsmanship are awe-inspiring. One look at the round barn, and it is clear that these humble people had something special.
Take time to visit Hancock Shaker Village while staying with us at our Berkshires inn. Learn about the handful of Christians who left Manchester, England, in order to settle where they would be allowed to practice their religion and celibate lifestyle in peace. Witness the many contributions the innovative Shakers made to the greater community thanks to their creativity and industriousness. Eat Shaker inspired food at the cafe. Walk among those glorious buildings.
The Hancock Shaker Village is open for self-guided tours until the first of November. After that, through the month of November the village is open for guided tours only.