Do you crave fresh air and quiet, but can’t imagine a vacation without access to great theater, dance, and music? Do you like the idea of the country, but do you only enjoy dining at excellent restaurants? Fear not, there is a place for you.

Our Lenox inn is nestled in the heart of the Western Massachusetts Berkshires. In addition to the peaceful woods and fields inherent in such a location, we are surrounded by a vibrant arts community that thrives year round. We feel we have the best of both worlds: plenty of tranquility, fresh air and open space, and outstanding arts.

Many people are aware that Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow Dance bring world-renowned artists to the region during the summer. Do you also know that the arts flourish at alternate venues throughout the year?

Ailey II comes to the Berkshires

In the coming months, The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in nearby Great Barrington, MA, will present a variety of superb performers. I’ll rattle off a few of the highlights. If you can be spontaneous, you can make it to jazz pianist McCoy Tyner on February 21, and enjoy dinner before the show. The Irish Band Cherish the Ladies promises toe-tapping fun on February 27. If you prefer to plan ahead, look forward to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Ailey II on March 21, 2010. This is one of the most popular dance troupes in the country, merging youthful energy and talent with some of the most creative young choreographers in the field.

Or head south to the restored Colonial Theater in Pittsfield. Its calendar boasts everything from a production of “The Wedding Singer” on March 2 and 3, to the Susan B. Anthony Dance Theatre Troupe’s presentation of “Back on Broadway” on April 9. 2010. In between, take in The Irish Rovers, Roger McGuin and Tom Rush, and have a taste of Broadway in the Berkshires.

So don’t despair; it is possible to visit the country without forsaking the great entertainment you’ve come to expect in the city. Our Lenox lodging is about an hour from Hartford, CT, two hours from Boston, MA, and three hours from New York City. You’ll have everything you need once you arrive, so plan to stay awhile.