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Naumkeag – a Gilded Age Oasis in Stockbridge, MA

August 15, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Naumkeag in Stockbridge, MA

Naumkeag in Stockbridge, MA – photo: I, Daderot

Naumkeag is a quintessential country estate of the Gilded Age, located in Stockbridge, MA. This National Historic Landmark is both an architectural and landscaping masterpiece worthy of your visit!

Naumkeag served as a 44-room summer home for the Choate family. A Gilded Age “cottage” built between 1885 and 1886, it is one of the only remaining, intact historic house museums in Massachusetts. Naumkeag is the name of the Native American peoples who originally lived in the area around Salem, Massachusetts.

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Berkshires Lodging Specials for Fall

October 9, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Applegate Inn's Berkshires Lodging SpecialsBetween the beautiful, turning foliage, the upcoming holidays, the ebb of summer crowds, and the area’s ever-present culture, autumn may be the best time to visit the Berkshires – and it is with this in mind that Applegate Inn offers our Berkshires lodging specials!

Autumn brings more than just bright fall colors to the Berkshires, it also brings lots of fun! Lots of festivals and to-do’s abound as folks get ready for the holidays and the end of the year. Halloween alone provides lots to do and see. After a busy summer, it’s nice to be able to get away from everything for a day or two – or even more – and the Berkshires provide that picture-perfect respite from your hectic, fast-paced, work-a-day world.

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Chesterwood Presents Chesterfest 2015!

June 19, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chesterwood's Chesterfest 2015Chesterwood’s Chesterfest 2015 – a series of live concerts billed as a New Americana Music Festival – is coming! This year’s concerts are scheduled for Sundays in July and August.

Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site, was the country home and studio of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). French, who sculpted, among other things, the Minute Man monument in Concord and the Abraham Lincoln that resides so majestically in the Lincoln Memorial, is considered America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments.

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Berkshires Fall Foliage Events, 2014

September 22, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Fall FoliageThere’s never a bad time to visit the Berkshires but one of the most popular times is now – autumn – when the Berkshires fall foliage comes to life with beautiful colors and the area abounds with fun things to do and see.

While many parts of the country begin to wind down once summer passes, the Berkshires heat up (so to speak) with a variety of events including things like down-home harvest festivals and parades, special concerts, parties, tours, and more.

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Local Halloween Events in the Berkshires

October 7, 2012 by Katie Pate

Berkshire Events for Halloween

Halloween is a holiday more about folly and fun than religion and rhetoric. It is a favorite day for children all over America and adults know that Halloween is an excuse to get into costume and act silly.

Wondering what to do in the Berkshires for Halloween? October brings the lovely fall colors to our landscape and spooky Halloween events. From Paranormal investigations to traditional Halloween parades, there’s a lot of fun to be had not far from our Lee, MA bed and breakfast.

2012 Halloween Season Events at Ventfort Hall

Located at 104 Walker St. in Lenox, MA.

Ventfort Hall mansion and Gilded Age museum has a number of fun and spooky events for Halloween.

Dancin’ at the Mansion Halloween Party Saturday October 13 at 7:30 pm.
Dances to the standards sung by Vivian Caputo and played by the Greg Caputo Quartet. Costumes very welcomed and prizes will be given. There will also be complimentary snacks and a cash bar.

Ghost Hunting at the Mansion Saturday October 20 at 8:00 pm.
Chicopee Paranormal Investigators will check out the ghostly activity at the mansion. In the process, they’ll train spectators on how to do their own investigation, including how to use tools of the trade.

Tea and Talk with Chicopee Paranormal Investigators Tuesday October 30 at 4:00 pm.
The Chicopee Paranormal Investigators return to share their findings at the mansion. Consider the evidence over a lovely Victorian Tea.

Tickets are required for all events. For more information and to buy tickets online, visit http://gildedage.org/

Friday Night Ghost Tours at The Mount in Lenox, MA

Every Friday at 5:45pm and 7:00 pm during October, visit to The Mount at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, MA for Ghost Tours! A 90-minute guided adventure though the haunted places of Edith Wharton’s home is sure to put you in the Hallow’s Eve mood. Wear good walking shoes, bring your flashlight and prepare to be spooked! Not recommended for children ages 12 and younger. Visit The Mount website for more information and to buy tickets.

Berkshires Halloween 2012

A vintage postcard posted by the New York Library. Enjoy the Halloween holiday in the Berkshires!

2012 Halloween Events in Pittsfield, MA

Pittsfield is a 25 minute drive from our Berkshires bed and breakfast.

All Things Halloween Thursday October 18 in Pittsfield
Throughout downtown Pittsfield, come for the very cute Children’s Costume Contest & Parade. There will also be live music and performances. Downtown shops and restaurants will be open later for the festivities. The Halloween spirit continues with Pittfield’s annual Halloween Parade on Friday, October 26 at 7 pm.

2012 Halloween Events in Stockbridge, MA

Stockbridge is a 10 minute drive from our Berkshires lodging.

Halloween Week Walk & Talk October 25 in Stockbridge, MA at 5:00 pm
Tom Daly will lead a walking tour of Stockbridge Cemetery after a cider and doughnut reception at the Old Town Hall.

 

Historic Homes of Western Massachusetts

May 17, 2012 by Applegate Inn

Western Massachusetts is full of historic homes, many of which are beautifully maintained and open for public viewing. Guests of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast have been known to pass many delightful hours perusing these old homes and their grounds.

Read on for a list of several favorite historic properties close to the Applegate Inn, a luxurious Berkshires Bed and Breakfast constructed at the end of America’s Gilded Age.

Naumkeag, Berkshires Historic Landmark

Naumkeag

Naumkeag

This architectural masterpiece served as a summer retreat for three generations of the Choate family. Naumkeag has extraordinary views of Monument Mountain and amazing gardens filled with fountain pools and a grove of white birches.

 

The Mission House

Located on Stockbridge’s Main Street, the historic Mission House was home to the first missionary who lived among the Mohican Indians, the Reverand John Sergeant. Today it houses a collection of 18th-century American furniture and decorative arts.

 

William Cullen Bryant Homestead

The serene views of the Westfield River Valley seen from this National Historic Landmark must have inspired poet William Cullen Bryant, who lived here as a boy and summered here as an adult. Several trails lead through pastures, forests, and an old sugar bush.

 

Pack a picnic and spend a day at each of these lovely historic properties. Discover why the Berkshires captivated so many of America’s successful historical personnages.

 

 

Spring in the Berkshires

April 3, 2012 by Applegate Inn

Golfing in the Berkshires

Golf in the Berkshires this spring.

We certainly have had spring weather here at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. It was in the 80s not long ago, then we had a freeze. If you are planning to spend a few days with us in the near future, be sure to pack both sweaters and shorts!

Crazy weather aside, spring is here. We know, because Greenock Golf Course, which is across the street from our Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires, is now open. They’re running their spring rates, which are quite reasonable.

Spring is a great time to leave the city and spend a few days golfing in the country of Western Massachusetts. The greens aren’t crowded, and it is rarely uncomfortably hot or cold. Come with your spouse or come with your golfing buddies.

Spend your days trying to get the little ball in the tiny holes, and spend your evenings sipping wine and nibbling cheese at the Applegate Inn. Relax in our parlor or lounge on our screened porch or by the pool.

You may want to spend an afternoon in a local museum. It’s always fun to revisit the past with a trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum in nearby Stockbridge, where there is currently a great exhibit on the portraits of Everett Raymond Kinstler.The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield is also a fun place to visit, with it’s varied exhibits on ancient history, art, and natural history.

Spring is a lovely time in the Berkshires, whether you spend your time golfing, visiting museums, hiking, or simply relaxing. Come see for yourself.

Spring in the Berkshires

March 3, 2012 by Applegate Inn

Golfing in the Berkshires

Golf in the Berkshires this spring.

We certainly have had spring weather here at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. It was in the 80s not long ago, then we had a freeze. If you are planning to spend a few days with us in the near future, be sure to pack both sweaters and shorts!

Crazy weather aside, spring is here. We know, because Greenock Golf Course, which is across the street from our Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires, is now open. They’re running their spring rates, which are quite reasonable.

Spring is a great time to leave the city and spend a few days golfing in the country of Western Massachusetts. The greens aren’t crowded, and it is rarely uncomfortably hot or cold. Come with your spouse or come with your golfing buddies.

Spend your days trying to get the little ball in the tiny holes, and spend your evenings sipping wine and nibbling cheese at the Applegate Inn. Relax in our parlor or lounge on our screened porch or by the pool.

You may want to spend an afternoon in a local museum. It’s always fun to revisit the past with a trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum in nearby Stockbridge, where there is currently a great exhibit on the portraits of Everett Raymond Kinstler.The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield is also a fun place to visit, with it’s varied exhibits on ancient history, art, and natural history.

Spring is a lovely time in the Berkshires, whether you spend your time golfing, visiting museums, hiking, or simply relaxing. Come see for yourself.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

December 5, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Holiday shopping can be stressful, or it can be fun. It can be tiresome, or it can be entertaining. With the Shopping Getaway at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast, our guests can complete all of their holiday shopping in a relaxing way while enjoying a few days in the beautiful Berkshires.

Need a gift idea? Try a gift certificate for Applegate Inn.

Western Massachusetts is known for its natural beauty and its strong arts communities. People travel here from Boston, Hartford, and New York City to admire fall foliage, hike, and ski. They come to watch world-class performances at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Tanglewood in a stunning natural venue. They come to breathe in fresh air and visit museums like The Clark and the Norman Rockwell Museum.

At this time of year, they also come to shop. It’s hard to find more aesthetically pleasing places to shop than the picturesque New England towns surrounding our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. And it’s hard to beat the convenience of shopping at nearby Prime Outlet Village. We’ll even supply Prime Outlet coupons to guests here for a Shopping Getaway.

Downtown Lenox is filled with interesting shops and art galleries. Wit Gallery, Lenox Gallery of Fine Arts, Church Street Art Gallery, Sienna Gallery, and Concepts Art feature fine art, hand-crafted jewelry, sculpture, paintings, Judaica, and more. Shops such as Berkshire Classic Leather & Silver and B. Mango & Bird are also full of fun items.

Many galleries and shops line the streets of Stockbridge and West Stockbridge. Visit An American Craftsman Gallery, Schantz Galleries, and Hoffman Pottery. Browse an eclectic mix of fine antiques and jewelry at Heirlooms Jewelry, and a stunning variety of CD’s, Wee Forest Folk, and Norman Rockwell items at Seven Arts. Admire unique items at Hotchkiss Mobiles and Inner Vision Studio, and load up on delicious maple syrup and miscellaneous sundries at Charles H. Baldwin & Sons

Shopping can spark an appetite; fortunately, there are excellent restaurants close to our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. In Lenox, try Alta, where fresh, simple dishes are enhanced by fantastic wines. Church Street Cafe is a good spot for lunch or dinner enjoyed with a local beer. Firefly features tasty tapas, late night dining, and a full bar. In Stockbridge, try Michael’s Restaurant, Once Upon a Table (a cozy bistro), and the always-tasty Red Lion Inn.

Shopping can be fun when incorporated into a Berkshires getaway.

Spend Mother’s Day in a Berkshires B&B

May 2, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Bring your mom to our luxurious Berkshires B&B.

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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Romantic Retreat in the Berkshires

April 12, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Romance Packages at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast are available through May, 2011. Our inn is inherently romantic: it is nestled on five beautiful, private acres; interior spaces are elegant yet comfortable; wine and cheeses are served each evening in front of the fire. Furthermore, our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires has been rated A+ as the “best place to kiss in the Berkshires”.

Romance packages at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast include:

  • in-room fireplace, ready to warm cool evenings
  • sumptuous gourmet dinner for two, served here at the inn
  • split of champagne
  • fine chocolates
The Kiss

Take advantage of the Romance Packages at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast, through May 2011.

This spring, a romantic getaway in the Berkshires may include long walks through our gardens, or a horseback ride through the woods. It may consist of golf in the morning and afternoons in Stockbridge and Lenox.  It may even include a night with the Metropolitan Opera (live in HD) at The Clark Art Institute.

Some folks prefer to spend most of their time relaxing at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. It is a such a peaceful place for guests traveling from cities like Boston and New York. Evenings by the piano give way to lazy mornings and decadent breakfasts. Bring the person you most love.

Please see our Berkshires lodging specials for details about our Romance Packages. Call (800) 691-9012 to make a reservation.

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.

A Special Time for Romance

November 16, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Room 8 Main House, King Suite

Reconnect with your spouse during the holidays at our luxury bed and breakfast.

How do you make the person you love feel special during the busy holidays? Whisk your sweetie pie away to our Berkshires bed and breakfast luxury lodging.

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Step into a Norman Rockwell Christmas

November 8, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Norman Rockwell Museum & Gallery

Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum and Gallery while in town for the Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.

Each year, the historic town of Stockbridge Massachusetts brings a Norman Rockwell painting to life. Not literally, of course, but as close as you can get. Norman Rockwell’s hometown is a picturesque village any time of year, but when it dresses for the Christmas season, it outdoes itself.

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Post Thanksgiving Bliss

November 1, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Our Lenox MA bed and breakfast is closed for the Wednesday and Thursday of Thanksgiving, November 24 and 25, 2010. We reopen on Friday, November 26, just in time for you to treat yourself to a relaxing weekend. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, you’ll be ready to sleep late, eat gourmet breakfasts prepared by someone else, and generally put up your feet.

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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.

Fall Activities at Chesterwood

September 13, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Chesterwood is the historic country home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, one of the country’s foremost public sculptors. His creations are found from Boston to San Francisco, New York City to Florida. Chesterwood was designed by architect Henry Bacon, best known for his Lincoln Memorial. Daniel French and his family spent every summer at Chesterwood after the villa’s completion in 1900; its convenient location between New York and Boston made it easy for him to maintain contact with each city.

Chesterwood. Photo compliments of Chesterwood.

These days, Chesterwood is open to visitation from the end of May through Mid October. Visitors may stroll through the gardens, visit the studio and villa, and learn about the life and work of French in an on-going exhibition. In addition, Chesterwood offers art classes to the public – everything from weekly classes to weekend workshops.

Two up-coming activities at Chesterwood may be of interest to guests of our bed and breakfast Lenox.

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