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Ski Now

January 25, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Our Western Massachusetts bed & breakfast is less than 20 miles from one of the oldest ski areas in the Northeast – Catamount Ski Area. The close proximity allows you sleep in, enjoy a delicious breakfast at the inn, and still get in a full day of skiing.

Catamount Ski Area is a short, scenic drive from the inn.

The thirty minute drive is both lovely and relaxing. You’ll pass through Great Barrington, MA, where there are many restaurants to nourish you after a day on the slopes.

It is not uncommon for Catamount Ski Area to offer heavily discounted lift tickets during the week. You may also be interested in our Breakfast and Ski specials.

Hiker’s Special at our Berkshires Inn

October 30, 2009 by Applegate Inn

4 beavers on christmas day 2007

Maybe you will see beavers at the Wildlife Preserve

October and November are two of our favorite months to hike the Berkshires. Crowds are thin, there is still good fall color, and some trees are startlingly bare against the sky. From time to time, flurries of snow fall and the cold air turns our cheeks red. This is a peaceful time to get out into the woods.

For our guests who enjoy hiking, we offer a Hiker’s Special. We will pay for your admittance into the Pleasant Valley Mass. Audubon Wildlife Preserve, and load you up with water bottles and a healthy snack. We are also happy to recommend other hikes close to our Berkshires lodging.

Hiking the Berkshires – Bash Bish Falls

August 3, 2009 by Applegate Inn

Bash Bish Falls, near our Berkshires lodging

Bash Bish Falls, near our Berkshires lodging

On hot summer days, one great cooling activity near our Lee Mass bed and breakfast is a hike to Massachusetts’ highest waterfall: Bash Bish Falls. Just saying the name puts a smile on the face, and sitting alongside its cooling mist is the perfect way to keep summer heat at bay.

Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at our Berkshires lodging, and ask us where to pick up picnic supplies. A short drive east on I-90 brings you to the neighboring town of Egremont, where the trailhead to Bash Bish Falls is located. After a pleasant walk along the shaded trail, the roar of the falls will greet you and magnificent views will delight you.

Bash Bish Falls is located in the Mount Washington State Forest, which is a 4,000-acre forest preserve with 30 miles of trails. If the short hike to the falls doesn’t quench your thirst for a long walk, there are plenty of other trails nearby to try. Rest assured that no matter how far you hike, at the end of the day a cool dip in our pool and a rest in a lawn chair await you at our Berkshires inn.

Adventure Park near our Stockbridge MA Bed and Breakfast

May 28, 2009 by Applegate Inn

Applegate Inn Grounds and Pool

Stretch out in our Berkshire b&b pool after the adventure park

Catamount Ski Area has opened an Adventure Park near our Berkshires MA Bed and Breakfast. This is an exciting way to make use of a beautiful area in the Berkshire Mountains that has traditionally been most used in the winter. We are excited by what the new Adventure Park has to offer our community and guests at our Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast.

You may find yourself wondering, “What exactly is an adventure park?” It is a place to have fun while building skills. No rollercoasters here. Instead, you will find an aerial forest rope course complete with platforms in the trees connected by ropes and cable “bridges”. The goal? To move from platform to platform by various means, including via zip-line. The courses vary in difficulty, so visitors are sure to find one that meets their comfort level, or pushes them slightly beyond it. Safety is of course paramount, and participants are always fully secured by a harness.

Spending a few hours at the Swiss designed Catamount Adventure Park is a great way to experience the beauty of the Berkshires. We promise to fill you with a nutritious and delicious home made breakfast at our Lee MA Bed and Breakfast, after which you can head out for great adventure. In the evening, perhaps you will join us for a glass of sherry and regale us with tales of swinging from tree to tree.

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Lenox Bed and Breakfast: Pleasant Valley Sanctuary

February 18, 2009 by Applegate Inn

Looking for a little outdoor excursion during your stay in the Berkshires? Why not head to Lenox and the Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, only eight miles from our Bed and Breakfast Lenox.There are very easy trails as well as more challenging treks where one can reach an old fire tower at the top of the peak. A beautiful view, of course, is the reward for your efforts to get to the top! In a couple months the sanctuary will be full of song birds coming home for the spring. You will also find a variety of water fowl, including egrets, herons and others in the little ponds that one passes on the trails.

Another unique aspect of Pleasant Valley is the beaver population. They were introduced to this area and one can see the many dams and nests they have built along the water’s edge. They are nocturnal animals, so a sighting is a rare treat, but there are benches and boardwalks built into the paths to allow for rests or patient viewing.

Photo courtsey of Kleepet on flickr.com

A Beaver & dam. Photo courtesy of Kleepet on flickr.com

Along with beaver homes in Yokun Brook, there is also a large salamander migration here every spring along West Mountain Road. Trails lead through forests, meadows and wetlands along the slopes of Lenox Mountain. The sanctuary includes over 1300 acres. We hope you might enjoy a little Berkshires nature while visiting our Bed and Breakfast Massachusetts!

Winter Activities in Lenox

December 15, 2008 by Applegate Inn

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

Bed and Breakfast Lenox for Winter Activities!

Bed and Breakfast Lenox for Winter Activities!

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!

Berkshire County Kayaking

August 7, 2008 by Applegate Inn

I have been kayaking throughout Berkshire County for the past three years.  I have come to enjoy this sport with several friends.  We use an Appalachian Mountain Club guidebook to help us discover new places each week. I’ve also gotten a lot of tips about where to go from the Berkshire Outfitters, http://www.berkshireoutfitters.com/. We have a few favorites that we go back to but are eager to find new venues.   Last week, we returned to Goose Pond which is close to the towns of Lee and Tyringham.  It was a wonderful spot!  There were only a few other kayakers on the smooth, clear water.  The reflections of trees on the surface of the pond were enchanting. We eagerly paddled across Lower Goose Pond observing some changes in the homes along the shores.  We approached the channel  which connects the inhabited Goose Pond to the undeveloped Upper Goose Pond.  The shores of this channel are lined with Birch trees. We could see fish swimming in the channel.  The Upper Pond is surrounded by the Appalachian Trail and some cabins for the hikers.  We claimed a tiny island in the middle of the pond as ours for the day. After beaching our kayaks on the island, and went for a swim in the crystal clear sparkling water. Afterwards, we ate fresh blueberries and relaxed on a large rock.  Paradise.

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