You don’t have to look far in the Berkshires for good places to ski – they’re everywhere! – but each one is a little different, so here’s a guide to some of the bigger and better Berkshires skiing resorts
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There must be a reason St. Valentine’s Day falls in February*, a cold, snowy month in much of the northern Hemisphere. It must be because there is something inherently romantic about cold weather.
When it’s cold outside, we like to curl up by a fire. We like to sip warming drinks like cocoa or brandy. When it’s cold outside, we like to snuggle against someone warm. Cold outside = romance inside.
In short, February is ideal for romantic getaways at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast.
All that cuddling and snuggling by the fire is even better after a day out in the cold. Plenty of opportunities to enjoy the winter weather exist near our Berkshires inn: downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing; this winter, which has seen relatively little in the way of snowfall, hiking is an option.
Nearby Jiminy Peak has great skiing, and après ski entertainment to help transition to romance. Their John Harvard’s Restaurant and bar has live music every Saturday and Sunday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. To accompany the music, food and drink specials run from 3 to 5 p.m.
Nothing puts some people in a romantic mood more than a few hours of cross country skiing. For these folks, a trip to Canterbury Farm Ski Touring Center in Becket, or Hilltop Orchards in Lenox is an order.
For those who find romance in adventure, try the moonlit snowshoe trek at Hilltop Orchards. Weather permitting, the next two take place Saturday, February 4 and Saturday, March 10, 2012. Walk hand in hand through the snowy, New England woods. Find warmth and entertainment by a bonfire or inside by the fire, and enjoy wine tasting as well.
Back at our luxury Bed and Breakfast Berkshires, have a soak in a whirlpool tub or a relaxing steam in a steam shower. Sit together in front of your own fireplace and let romance blossom.
Our Romance Package includes a sumptuous 3-course dinner for two, as well as chocolate and a split of champagne. Please see our Berkshires Inn Specials page for more details.
* In truth, St. Valentine’s Day dates back to the days of ancient Rome, a city not known for it’s extreme cold or snow. For the purposes of the this blog, we chose to overlook that fact.
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.
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.
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.
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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Did you know that our Lenox MA bed and breakfast is just two hours west of Boston? The drive couldn’t be simpler: get on I-90 with coffee and water, and get off in Lee, well-hydrated and ready to go. It’s an easy escape from the city.
Here, in the Berkshire Mountains near Lenox, the air is clean and the crowds are thin. Why join the masses as they head north to NH when you could sail west? After your drive, enjoy a glass of wine at the inn before heading out to dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants in nearby Lee, Lenox or Stockbridge. Back in your room, relax with a glass of brandy before drifting off to sleep. You’ll want to be well-rested.
There is terrific skiing near our Lenox area inn. Jiminy Peak in Hancock is the largest downhill ski area in Southern New England. It’s 44 trails are open day and night, so you can ski or snowboard until you drop. Catamount on the NY border, and Butternut Ski Area in Great Barrington are also excellent mountains for skiing and snowboarding. Be sure to check out our Berkshires ski and lodging special while planning your next trip.
If you prefer to avoid adrenaline sports, Beartown State Park to the south has superb trails for XC skiing and snowshoeing. Or head east a few miles to October Mountain State Forest, where more trails for cross-country skiing and snow shoeing await.
Fresh snow is expected this week. Grab your skis, boards or shoes and head west!
There are lovely aspects to winter in the city: it is perhaps the best time to head to museums and matinees, and to hole up in cafes drinking coffee and watching people. Yet somehow the cold is colder in the city, and the wind more ruthless as it roars between buildings.
So when you are feeling tired of winter in the city, head to our Lenox bed and breakfast in the Berkshires. The cold can be refreshing and invigorating under the right circumstances After a weekend of lazy mornings, scrumptious breakfasts and a romp or two in the snow, you’ll be ready to return to winter routine in NYC or Boston.
Kennedy Park, in Lenox, MA, is just over five miles from our Berkshires bed and breakfast. Old carriage roads and fifteen miles of groomed trails through hardwood forests make Kennedy Park an ideal place to XC ski or snowshoe. If fresh snow has fallen you can even try to ski to Kennedy Park from the inn. You’ll look forward to warming yourselves by the fire back at our inn.
Perhaps the best part of a weekend in the Berkshires is that you don’t need to sacrifice culture. If you tire of outdoor activity, spend an hour or two in one of the many fine museums in the area.
You musn’t forget to ask your innkeepers to share some of their favorite restaurants. There is excellent dining in Western Massachusetts, and you should have a good appetite after several hours in the fresh air.
You may never want to return to the city again.
What a winter wonderland it is turning into! Welcome winter, there’s no holding you back now! We just have
to strap on our boots and warm jackets and get ready!
The first thing I would recommend to do is get out for some cross-country or downhill skiing! The nearby Cranwell Resort in Lenox has 10 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails, which are also great for snowshoeing. The resort offers snacks and drinks as well as a complete line of rental equipment. They also
have professional instructors there to help you through your first day back on the snow!
Don’t let a little weather dissuade you from a relaxing stay at our Stockbridge Bed and Breakfast!