Posts Tagged ‘weekend getaways from NYC’

Good Western Massachusetts Hikes

March 19th, 2012 by Applegate Inn

Quite a few guests of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast come here in order to be closer to nature. Many live in Boston, New York City, and Hartford. They crave the outdoors, the fresh air, the quiet, and they find it in the Berkshires.

A favorite activity is hiking, which can accommodate most all fitness levels. Intrepid hikers can summit the tallest peak in the region, Mount Greylock. Folks looking for more of an amble through the woods may prefer the Tranquility Trail in the Pittsfield State Forest, a gentle, half-mile trail through deciduous forest and hemlock stands.

Hikes in Western Massachusetts are plentiful. A few favorites are listed below:

Monument Mountain, just south of Stockbridge. Herman Melville spent many hours exploring Monument Mountain, sometimes with his friend Nathaniel Hawthorne. Conversations during those hikes helped inspire Melville’s great opus, Moby Dick. Just think what a hike here could bring out in you. There are three miles of trails around Monument Mountain. If you make it to the top of Squaw Peak, you’ll be rewarded with wonderful views.

Schermerhorn Gorge Trail in October Mountain State Forest. This 3.7-mile loop features some dramatic contrasts that make it truly lovely. It is considered difficult thanks to a few tricky and steep spots, though it only gains about 600 feet in elevation.

The Benedict Pond Loop, in the Beartown Forest. This 1.5-mile loop is pleasant any time of year. For the most part, it hugs the coast of the shallow Benedict Pond and gains little elevation. The trail can be a bit moist in areas, but the landscape is lovely.

The Appalachain Trail. The AT passes close to our Berkshires Inn, and some of our guests simply must get their feet on it. We understand, and we help many guests realize that dream. Since the Appalachian Trail is best done one-way, we help drop a car at one trail head and shuttle guests to another one.

At the end of the day, no matter how long the hike or how strenuous, we invite our guests to relax with wine and cheese in our parlor. It is a reward well earned.

 

 

Romantic Retreat in the Berkshires

April 12th, 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.

Leave the City and Ski the Berkshires

February 1st, 2010 by Applegate Inn

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 is a scenic five miles north of our inn.

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.

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