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Enjoy a Guided Housatonic River Canoe Trip

July 24, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Guided Housatonic River Canoe TripSummer – what a wonderful time to be out of doors! One of the best ways we can think of, of really getting out into the great outdoors while you’re in the Berkshires would be on a guided Housatonic River canoe trip.

Most of the time, we find ourselves looking wistfully out at the calm, flowing waters of the Housatonic river as it wends its way past us through the lush and beautiful Berkshires’ landscape. To really enjoy it, there’s nothing quite like getting out onto its smooth surface with nothing but quiet assurance of manpower to guide your gentle journey along its course.

Guided Housatonic River canoe trips will treat you to scenic vistas able to be seen only from the river as it meanders through the agricultural fields and floodplain forests of Massachusettes’ Berkshires. Marvel at the sight of eagles flying over Bartholomew’s Cobble, beavers slapping their tails on the water at your approach, Great Blue Herons hunting along the shallows, and the colorful shells of wild painted turtles.

The trained and knowledgeable guides for your Housatonic River canoe trip will point out both native and intrusive plant and animal species on the river. They will also entertain and educate you with the history of the river and the work that is now going on to restore as much of original habitat and species as possible.

Your tour guide will also impart basic boating safety and operating instructions for the canoe, life preservers, and paddles provided, allowing you to simply relax and enjoy your journey. Guided Housatonic River canoe trips are suitable for everyone – no matter your canoeing experience! Both the canoeing expert and novice will find the river generally tranquil and easy to maneuver upon.

Guided Housatonic River Canoe Trip

Berkshire Canoe Tours – 413-442-2789
Deckers Landing, near 320 New Lenox Road, Lenox, MA

Guided Housatonic River Canoe Trip Lodging
Applegate Inn is located in the heart of the Berkshires, just ten minutes away from the start of your guided Housatonic River canoe trip. Ask about our concierge service for this or any other Berkshires attractions you’re considering during your stay. Our beautifully appointed Berkshires inn is a Select Registry property offering modern conveniences – like charging stations for your EV and a heated swimming pool – in the warmth of a traditional setting with beautiful gardens and candlelit breakfasts. Reserve your room at Applegate Inn today!

Applegate Inn – Your Berkshires Skiing Headquarters!

February 14, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Applegate Inn - Your Berkshires Skiing Headquarters!Applegate Inn’s location in Lee, MA makes it the perfect home-base for any and all of your Berkshires skiing getaway plans!

Winter in the Berkshires means cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing and more! Our central location means easy access to all the Berkshires skiing you can handle without sacrificing comfort.

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Planning Your Berkshires Skiing Vacation

October 18, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Skiing VacationAs we enter into autumn and enjoy the beauty it brings, thoughts of winter are not far behind – which means now is the time to book your Berkshires skiing vacation!

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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Hike Photogenic Bartholomew’s Cobble

April 28, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Maidenhair spleenwort and moss at Bartholomew's Cobble

Maidenhair spleenwort and moss at Bartholomew’s Cobble

If you want to see the remains of an ancient, upside down coral reef covered in a wide array of rare and beautiful foliage, head on over to Bartholomew’s Cobble in Massachusettes’ Housatonic valley.

Bartholomew’s Cobble is a 294-acre nature preserve and designated National Natural Landmark. It hosts one our continent’s widest diversities of ferns and their kin, along with numerous kinds of colorful, woodland wildflowers, and serves as a stop-over or home for more than 200 different species of birds.

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Skiing the Berkshires

January 24, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Skiing the BerkshiresYou’ve seen the weather reports – we have a little snow here at the moment and that means … it’s time for skiing the Berkshires!

Whether you prefer cross-country skiing, alpine (downhill) skiing, snowboarding, or tubing, the Berkshires have the snow and slopes for you – and Applegate Inn is in the center of the action!

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It’s Time to Plan Your Berkshires Ski Vacation

October 31, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Ski VacationIf you’re like me, you just about can’t believe that ski season is nearly upon us – where on earth did summer go? – but it’s true, so you’d better get to planning your Berkshires ski vacation now while the time is ripe!

It may only be fall now but NOW is the time to make those reservations for lodging and lift tickets – there’s not a moment to lose as, once the season is in full swing, finding decent accommodations is going to be a real trick.

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Summertime at Laurel Lake

August 14, 2013 by Katie Pate

Summers are meant to be spent near the water, if you ask me. We have a lovely pool at the Inn for swimming and lounging, however it can be fun to experience some fresh water while you are in the Berkshires as well.

Laurel Lake is only five minutes up the road from Applegate Inn Bed & Breakfast, where you can swim from a sandy beach with a lifeguard standing by.  There are also changing rooms, restrooms, a boat ramp and fishing is permitted.

This is a great place to spend the afternoon with a nice book and relax in the shade (or the sun, if you are working on a tan!) Pack a picnic, play some cards or lawn games and then head back to the B&B to freshen up for a delightful dinner at one of our recommended restaurants in the area.

Other Swimming Spots in the Berkshires Area

Lulu Brook in Pittsfield State Forest: An easy five minute hike brings you to an eight-foot cascade into a beautiful pool below.

"Card Lake, West Stockbridge, Mass." A Postcard from the ImageMuseum, (imagemuseum.sumgmug.com) a website with thousands of vintage postcards and photographs from Western Massachusetts.

“Card Lake, West Stockbridge, Mass.” A Postcard from the ImageMuseum, (imagemuseum.sumgmug.com) a website with thousands of vintage postcards and photographs from Western Massachusetts.

Card Lake in West Stockbirdge: Enjoy the cool, crisp and clear waters of this local lake.

Center Pond at Becket Town Beach in Becket: This small town swim spot offers free lessons every morning of the week.

Lake Mansfield in Great Barrington: Swimmers will find clear waters and a lifeguard-managed sandy beach area. Lifeguard on duty from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. during summer months.

Onota Lake at Burbank Park in Pittsfield: Located on the eastern shore of Onota Lake, Burbank Park is open year-round.  The public park is about 150 acres and offers a fishing pier and free public boat launch, picnic groves with grills, a public swimming beach with lifeguards during July and August and a walking path along the lake.

 

 

 

Housatonic River Fishing

July 17, 2013 by Katie Pate

The Housatonic River starts from four sources in the Berkshire mountains near the city of Pittsfield. It flows 149 miles southward through Massachusetts and Connecticut before emptying into the Long Island Sound.

Fishing is a major activity along the entire length of the river. Trout, bass, and perch are the most common catches. Enjoy some of the best fly fishing in southwestern Massachusetts. Fly fishing on the river has been compared with many western rivers and boasts some of the finest trophy trout fishing in the eastern US.

One of the most popular spots for fishing the Housatonic River is between the Falls Village Dam and the town of Cornwall Bridge in Litchfield County Connecticut, about an hour north of the Bed and Breakfast. However, there are local waters where excellent trout fishing takes place.

In Berkshire’s waters find large and small mouth bass, northern pike, white and yellow perch and trout of all varieties in abundance. Numerous brooks, rivers, ponds, and lakes are stocked with trout each year. Here are some of our favorite Berkshires fishing spots:

In Lee ~

  • Beartown Brook (west branch)
  • Hop Brook
  • Goose Pond
  • Greenwater Brook

    Laurel Lake in Lee, MA.

    Laurel Lake.

  • Laurel Lake
  • Washington Mountain Brook

In Lenox ~

  • Sawmill Brook
  • Marsh Brook
  • Yokum Brook
  • Laurel Lake

In Stockbridge ~

  • Marsh Brook
  • Stockbridge Bowl

An essential ingredient for any fishing trip is a free pamphlet containing abstracts of the Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Laws, available at local sporting goods shops. This pamphlet carefully outlines the rules and regulations of Massachusetts fishing and hunting. Also essential is a license, which can be obtained through either city or town clerks or through many local sporting goods stores.

Lodging for your Weekend in the Berkshires

Whether it is our lovely scenery and natural resources that draw you to the Berkshires, or our heady cultural and historical offerings, make Applegate Inn Bed and Breakfast your starting point for exploring the Berkshires.

 

 

The Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts

April 11, 2013 by Katie Pate

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT) is a hiking path that runs 2175 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. Ninety miles of this long-distance trail are in Massachusetts, running along the tops of the ridges and through the valleys of Berkshire County.

The Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts provides diverse hiking opportunities for long-distance backpackers. However, there are also beautiful and accessible routes for the day hiker. The AT travels over Mount Everett in the south, Mount Greylock in the north and and through the Housatonic and Hoosac Valley’s small towns.

Appalachian Trail Day Hikes

These are some of the hikes closest to our Berkshires Inn, in Lee.

Click on the image for a PDF of the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts.

Click on the image for a PDF of the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts.

Cobble Hill. This a 3.4 mile round trip hike that starts at Main Road in Lee, 5 miles Southeast of US 20. There is limited parking along the roadside. Head South on the trail; after .1 miles, cross the Hop Brook bridge. At mile 0.8, pass through a hemlock grove and cross a small stream. 0.3 miles later, cross Jerusalem Road, which puts you in the Tyringham Cobble Reservation. Another 0.3 miles from the road crossing, reach a side trail (the 0.3 miles) to the top of Cobble Hill for a rewarding view.  Retrace your steps to complete the hike.

Warner Hill. This is an easy 1.4 mile round trip hike originating in Pittsfield. Reach the trail by following Blotz Road 6 miles east out of Pittsfield or for 1.3 miles west from Massachusetts 8. From Blotz Rd. head South on the trail and climb .7 miles through a dense evergreen forest to the top of Warner Hill. A cairn that sits a few feet to the left of the Trail marks the summit.  Retrace your steps to complete the hike.

Rest Your Feet On Our Hearth!

After a day of exploring the Appalachian Trail and the natural beauty of the Berkshires, head back to our bed and breakfast for a comfortable room with fireplace to warm your feet. Or perhaps a deep soaking tub is what you’d prefer. Either way, we have what you need!

 

Stay with us during your Ski Trip to Butternut or Catamount

February 7, 2013 by Katie Pate

Visiting Butternut Ski?

Ski Butternut is regarded by many as the number one Massachusetts ski resort. Located on the East Mountain, ski Butternut provides 110 acres of skiing, spread across 22 trails. All of the trails are also supplemented with man-made snow as necessary.

Butternut is a friendly resort that also has many family – oriented ski areas, ideal for youngsters just learning to ski or snowboard. Ski Butternut is also affordable, offering bargain ski lift tickets and downright cheap season passes. Of course, they also offer ski and snowboard lessons and rental skis or snowboard packages.

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