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Thanksgiving Weekend in the Berkshires

November 23, 2011 by Applegate Inn

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Bartholomew’s Cobble.

The best antidote to a day of feasting is fresh air and exercise. Both can be found in spades in Western Massachusetts. After spending Thursday in the kitchen and around the table, head to our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast with hiking boots in hand.

Snow accumulation from the amazing October blizzard has melted, meaning that hiking trails across Western Massachusetts are open. The forecast promises a sunny Thanksgiving weekend. In short, hiking conditions will be perfect.

Favorite Hikes Near Our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast:

  • Beartown State Forest. Hike the easy Benedict Pond Loop Trail; follow a stretch of the Appalachian Trail for a  hike of moderate difficulty; explore one of the forest trails for a more difficult hike.
  • Brace Mountain. The views from the top of Brace Mountain are glorious on a clear day. Bring a picnic, for you’ll want time to rest after this invigorating hike.
  • Bartholomew’s Cobble. Explore five miles of trails and stand atop Hurlbut’s Hill. Visit the natural history museum to learn about the area’s fascinating geography,  and historic Ashley House to learn about its history.
  • Sages Ravine. The waterfalls should be roaring at this time of year. For a moderate hike, drive to the top of Mount Washington Reservation and then follow the trail down tot he ravine. A more strenuous trail leads from the Undermountain Trail.

To make a reservation at our Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires, please call 1.800.691.9012 or visit our reservation page.

Ride a Horse Through the Berkshires This Fall

September 25, 2011 by Applegate Inn

The trees have started to turn here, but fall foliage is not yet peaking in the Massachusetts Berkshires. Now is the right time to plan a trip here during peak season. Our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast tends to fill in October, when the surrounding forests are decked out in dazzling reds, oranges, and yellows. Plan now to be here then.

Earthy Palette

There is nothing like autumn in New England.

Driving down country lanes is a wonderful way to see a lot of trees. Spreading a picnic blanket under a large maple is a delightful way to drink in an autumn afternoon. But those who can delve deep into a New England forest during the peak of foliage season are truly fortunate.

Berkshire Horseback Adventures leads trail rides through nearby Kennedy Park and up Lenox Mountain. To experience New England foliage from the back of a horse is magical. The scent of the horses mixes with the woody odor of fallen leaves. The crisp air magnifies the sound of the horses breath, his feet clipping along the trail.

Leave New York, Boston, and Hartford behind and drive west like a cowboy heading into the sunset. Spend a few days at our Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires this autumn. While here, treat yourself to a trail ride. It is sure to be one of the most memorable events of the year.

More information about trail rides may be found at Berkshire Horseback Adventures.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

August 9, 2011 by Applegate Inn

The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail meanders through the Hoosic River Valley between Mount Greylock and the Hoosac Mountains. Ashuwillticook means “the pleasant river between the hills”, and the ride does indeed pass through some very lovely country. It has been enjoyed by many guests of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast.

Relax by our Berkshires Inn pool

Relax by the pool after a day of biking the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.

The trail runs just over 11 miles between the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough and the Visitor’s Center in Adams. Cyclists pass Chester Reservoir (a good spot for bird watching and picnics), forests, and historic mill buildings on the other side of the Hoosic River. In Adams, the trail runs parallel to Main Street, where there are many good eateries and shops.

For a longer ride, cycle from our luxury Berkshires Bed and Breakfast in Lee, approximately 16 miles south of Lanesborough. You’ll find a dip in our pool and our wine and cheese hour extremely satisfying in the evening.

Paddling in Western Massachusetts

July 19, 2011 by Applegate Inn

One of the best ways to spend a warm summer day is on (and in) water. Guests of our Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast are always welcome to spend as much time as they like in our pool, and for some, a pool is all the water they need. Others crave something else.

Fortunately there are many ways to experience the water in the Massachusetts Berkshires. Read on to learn about a few options:

Kayaker on the Housatonic River

One of the more thrilling sections of the Housatonic River.

  • Paddle the Housatonic River. Bring your own kayak or rent one at the Arcadian Shop in Lenox. The shop will deliver kayaks to the public boat launch at Decker’s Landing on the Housatonic River, and pick them up at Woods Pond.
  • Canoe the Housatonic River. Guided trips lasting approximately 2 hours are lead by Berkshires Canoe Tours, departing from Decker’s Landing in Lenox.
  • Float on Onota Lake in nearby Pittsfield. Onota Boat Livery rents kayaks, canoes, fishing boats and small motorized boats. Fish, float, or navigate the shores.
  • Explore Cheshire Lake. Berkshire Outfitters in Adams rents kayaks and canoes and will transport folks to Cheshire Lakes and a few other areas.

Many guests of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast travel with their own kayaks and canoes. In addition to the Housatonic River, they explore Stockbridge Bowl and the many lakes, ponds, and reservoirs of October Mountain State Forest. Our guests always have plenty of energy to fuel their activities thanks to the delicious, abundant breakfasts served each morning at the inn.

Schermerhorn Gorge Trail

May 26, 2011 by Applegate Inn

We’ve put away our skis for the season and oiled our hiking boots. In the coming months, we plan to stretch our legs on the hike to Bish Bash Falls. Maybe we’ll walk a stretch of the Appalachian Trail, which runs through October Mountain State Forest and passes close to our Inn Berkshires. Perhaps we’ll also walk to Schermerhorn Gorge.

Hike the scenic Schermerhorn Gorge Trail this summer.

Many of our guests have enjoyed the scenic trail to Schermerhorn Gorge, in nearby October Mountain State Forest. It’s a 3.5-mile loop with a few fairly strenuous sections. We always suggest bringing a lunch, for there is an excellent spot to picnic along the way.

Cool off in the pool at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast after your hike, and relax on one of our lounge chairs. Come evening, you’ll be ready for a drink in the parlor  and dinner out in Lee, Lenox, or Stockbridge.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

April 27, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Tulips

Walk among tulips at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens.

The Berkshire Botanical Garden opens for the season on May 1, 2011. Each year we know that spring has truly arrived once the Botanical Garden opens. We look forward to it – not just as a herald of warm weather, but because of the many fine events offered at the gardens.

The season opens with Out on a Limb: Tree Houses: Architects Take a Bough. The exhibition features six creative tree houses by the following architects and designers: Michael Trapp, Joseph Cho, Stefanie Lew, Robyn Sandberg, Gray Davis, Will Meyer, Mark Smith and Tim Smith, and James Odegaard. These tree houses redefine the treehouse that your father may have built in your backyard. They make the spirit soar with possibilities.

Berkshire Botanical Garden is comprised of 15 acres of meticulously maintained barberry shrubs, majestic Oak trees, gardens and trails. The gardens are some of the oldest in the country, and focus on plants native to the region. Many guests of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast enjoy visiting the gardens during their stay with us.

The Berkshire Botanical Gardens are approximately six miles from our Berkshires Lodging. We recommend stopping by Stockbridge Massachusetts on the way there or back for a bite to eat.

Additional information about the gardens is available at Berkshire Botanical Gardens.

Ski Butternut

March 1, 2011 by Applegate Inn

There’s snow in them there hills!

Ski Butternut is a ski area located in Great Barrington, less than thirty minutes from our Lee MA Bed and Breakfast. Though spring is just around the corner, there should be snow for some time to come. In other words, plan a ski vacation in the Berkshires.

We have several Berkshires lodging specials to entice skiers to our inn:

Drop everything and take advantage of our Spur of the Moment Special. If you and your skis can be here within 24 hours, you’ll receive a 15% discount on your entire stay.

Book two nights in advance (Sunday through Thursday) and enjoy savings with our Two Night $75 Special. Pay for one night and receive the second night for just $75.

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Quintessential New England Winter

February 16, 2011 by Applegate Inn

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.

The trails at Canterbury Farms Ski Area.

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.

Snow in the Massachusetts Berkshires

January 11, 2011 by Applegate Inn

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.

Enjoy a winter wonderland – the Berkshires.

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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Skiing Catamount

January 3, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Catamount Ski Area in Great Barrington, MA, is just 30 minutes from our luxury Bed and Breakfast Berkshires. As of this writing there are 24 out of 33 trails open and 4 out of 6 lifts carrying skiers to the top. A couple of the trails are not groomed and moguls are already forming. It looks to be a terrific season.

Skiing at Catamount Ski Area

The blizzard that ushered out 2010 up and down the eastern seaboard certainly whetted appetites for snow sports. While cross country skiers had a heyday in Central Park, downhill skiers and snowboarders could only dream of distant mountains. Well, now the roads are clear and the mountains await.

Catamount is a terrific ski area on the Massachusetts / New York border. Travelers who can be spontaneous may take advantage of $27 daytime lift tickets through Friday this week. In addition, we offer a discount to spur of the moment guests of our luxury Berkshires Bed and Breakfast; call within 24 hours of your arrival and receive 15% off your entire stay. A little spontaneity can go a long way towards making travel more affordable.

If you feel exhausted and worn out after a whirlwind holiday season, time spent at our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires may be just what you need. Ski Catamount and let the fresh air and powder invigorate you. What a wonderful way to begin a new year.

Golf Vacations in the Berkshires

August 2, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Our Berkshires bed and breakfast is right across the street from Greenock Golf Club, in historic Lee, Massachusetts. It’s a fabulous 9-hole course first designed in 1895, and redesigned in 1927 by Donald Ross, one of the most influential people in American golf history. Even more important, it is a fun course to play.

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Hike Along the Housatonic

July 12, 2010 by Applegate Inn

An hour south of our Lenox MA bed and breakfast in Connecticut, the Appalachian Trail follows the Housatonic River for several miles. We hiked it in May, and were astounded by the multitude of colorful wildflowers along the trail and the lovely views of the river and valley.

Start west of Cornwall Bridge, and join the Appalachian Trail at Breadloaf Mountain (where you will delight in the views of the Housatonic River and Valley). Head south along the trail, descending into the valley where you’ll walk along the west bank of the wide Housatonic River. There are many good spots to stop and enjoy a picnic while enjoying expansive views. Leaving the AT near the town of Kent makes a great day hike.

We love helping guests of our Berkshires bed and breakfast hike part of the Appalachian Trail. To facilitate your experience, we’ll escort you to your end point, where you can drop your vehicle and catch a ride with us to your starting point.

By evening time, you’ll be ready to relax with a glass of wine and a plate of cheese at our bed and breakfast Lenox.

Photo: The Housatonic flows away
Originally uploaded by marklarson

Have an Adventure in the Massachusetts Berkshires

June 3, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Catamount Ski Area has closed for the season, but Catamount Adventure Park is open for business. It is quite close to our Lee, MA bed and breakfast; sleep late, eat well, have an adventure, and still be back in time to gather in the parlor for a glass of wine.

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Horseback Riding in the Berkshires

May 11, 2010 by Applegate Inn

One of the best ways to feel thousands of miles from the city is to mount a horse and head into the Berkshires. There is something inexplicably regenerative about riding horses in the woods. Memories of sitting in traffic or standing in the subway fade away with each clopping step of the horse. Attention is devoted to controlling the enormous animal under you and appreciating the natural surroundings. Everything else disappears.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail

May 3, 2010 by Applegate Inn

If you have always dreamed of hiking part of the Appalachian Trail, let us help you realize that dream. The Appalachian Trail passes close to our Lenox MA bed and breakfast. Stay with us while you plan your trip, and sink into a hot tub back at the inn at the end of the day. There is no finer place to recover after a long hike than our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires.

Greylock panorama

A panoramic view from Mount Greylock, part of the Appalachian Trail

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Berkshire Mountain Biking

April 5, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Spring is a fun time to mountain bike in the Berkshires. The trails aren’t crowded, the weather isn’t too hot, and the woods are shimmering with new growth.

The MTB leg

Experience the Berkshires on a mountain bike

There are well over 100 mountain biking trails in the Central and Southern Berkshires. In fact, there are easily a dozen trails close to our Lenox bed and breakfast.

The Lenox Fire Tower offers a great challenge – the view from the top is worth all the effort it takes to get there, but we can’t say the ride down will be relaxing. October Mountain State Forest has 11 miles of rolling trails, while the trail up Lenox Mountain rewards your hard work with fantastic views.

You’ll be ready to relax with wine and cheese in the living room of our Lenox bed and breakfast, or soak in your generous jetted tub. After an excellent night’s sleep, we’ll provide a delicious, nourishing breakfast to help get you back in the saddle so you can explore more nearby Berkshire mountain bike trails.

The Call of the Berkshires

March 27, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Temperatures are climbing and snow is melting. Spring is here.

You can hear the Berkshires calling to you from Boston, Hartford, and NYC. Your legs are yearning to stretch out along a trail. You want to hear birds, not traffic.

It’s time to take a break from city living. Come to our Lee bed and breakfast for a few days. There are many trails nearby, just waiting for you. You may also want to drive 20 miles north of Lenox to Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts. From the top, you’ll feel your spirit soar.

 

Western Massachusetts Brevets

March 16, 2010 by Applegate Inn

It’s true, there is still snow on the grounds of our Lenox MA bed and breakfast, but that doesn’t stop intrepid bikers from riding centuries in March.

A brevet is an organized, long distance bicycle ride. It is not a race, but is rather a test of each rider’s endurance. The designated routes are unmarked; there are checkpoints along the way with a varied amount of support.

The Berkshire Brevets serve as an introduction to the sport of randonneur cycling. Cyclists should expect to climb approximately 3000 feet in elevation for every 100km. In short, this is a sport for serious cyclists, many of whom hope to ride in the August 2011 Paris-Brest-Paris ride.

The Berkshire Brevets had its first 100km (62mi) event of the season just a few days ago, on March 14. There will be several more randonneur cycling events in the region throughout the spring and summer, including one quite close to our Lenox MA bed and breakfast, the BishBash 300K on May 8.

If you are heading to Western Massachusetts for any of these events, consider extending your ride with a stay at our bed and breakfast Lenox. We will pamper you after the event. Sink into a hot, deep bath. Sip brandy and feel it relax your sore body. Replenish yourself with a gourmet breakfast the next morning. It will feel good.

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