The blue steps at Naumkeag

The Blue Steps at Naumkeag

Naumkeag, in Stockbridge, MA, is one of the Berkshires’ original gilded-age “cottages” and a National Historic Landmark. Come marvel at the Gilded Age splendor at the estate’s terraced gardens, landscaped grounds, and magnificent architectural details.

Naumkeag is a quintessential Berkshires country estate of the Gilded Age. It was built in 1885 as a summer estate for Joseph Hodges Choate (1832–1917), a New York City attorney and ambassador to England. The estate stayed in the family until 1958, when it was bequeathed in its entirety – lock stock and barrel – to The Trustees of Reservations. The Trustees of Reservations is a non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving natural and historical places here in Massachusetts.

Naumkeag – A Gilded Age Gem in the Berkshires

The mansion’s wood-shingled exterior features brick and stone towers, prominent gables and a large porch. Inside, fine wood detailing compliments the 44 rooms of original furnishings and an international art collection.

The main house is surrounded by 8 acres of gardens and landscaping. The most famous feature on-site has to be the Blue Steps. The Blue Steps is four sets of stairs and a series of fountains, overhung by birch trees on a gentle hillside. Other outdoor features include the Afternoon Garden, Tree Peony Terrace, Evergreen Garden, Chinese Garden, Arborvitae Walk, and Linden Walk.

Naumkeag’s terraced gardens and landscaped grounds are surrounded by 40 acres of woodland, meadow, and pasture. Panoramic views of Monument Mountain and the Housatonic River Valley round out the attractions.

Guided and self-guided tours will introduce you to this Gilded Age gem and are a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Naumkeag also features a gift shop of curated local crafts, jewelry, and unusual gifts. Naumkeag’s grab-and-go Oak Café will keep you from going hungry. They even offer loaner blankets for a delightful picnic on the grounds!

Since opening to the public in 1959, Naumkeag has proven to be a popular destination. More than 11,000 people come from around the world each year to tour and experience the house and gardens.

When to Visit Naumkeag

Naumkeag house and grounds are open from mid-April to early October. Exact days and times vary, year to year and season to season. Be sure to check the website for up-to-date details on current hours and prices

Upcoming Events at Naumkeag

Though seasonally closed, Naumkeag reopens for some special events between October and April.

The Naumkeag Pumpkin Trail – October 5-6, 12-13, 2018 – 5pm to 8pm
Haunted House at Naumkeag – October 19-20, 27-28, 2018 – 6:30pm to 9pm
Winterlights at Naumkeag – November 23-25, 29-30, December 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30, 2018 – 5pm to 8pm
Christmas on Main Street– December 1, 2018 – 11am to 4pm
Learn more on the Naumkeag events page.


5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA 01262
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Naumkeag Lodging

Applegate Inn is centrally located in Lee, MA, and less than 10 minutes from Naumkeag. Our Berkshires B&B offers eleven, beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites, complete with private baths, fireplaces, and spa tubs. Book your stay at Applegate Inn today!