The Gilded Age splendor of Naumkeag, with its magnificent landscaping and architecture, is lovely to behold no matter when you visit. Come the holidays, however, and the twinkling magic of Winterlights takes this already stunning, historic estate to new heights.
Joseph Hodges Choate (1832–1917), New York City attorney and ambassador to England, built Naumkeag as a summer estate in 1885. The family maintained their Gilded Age estate for nearly 75 years. In 1958, they bequeathed it in its entirety to The Trustees, a non-profit dedicated to preserving natural and historical places in Massachusetts.
The picturesque, Gilded Age “cottage” is famous for its terraced gardens and the stately 44-room mansion. People come from all over the world to tour the house and see iconic details like the the Moon Gate and the Blue Steps in person.
Best of all, our Berkshires bed and breakfast, Applegate Inn, is less than 10 minutes drive from Naumkeag!
Though the house and grounds typically close between October and April every year, they do reopen during this time for a few special events. One of the most popular being the annual Winterlights display.
Naumkeag Winterlights 2020
Winterlights takes place outside on the Naumkeag estate grounds, with the house remaining closed to tours. Yummy treats, like cookies and hot cocoa, is available for sale. Be prepared to walk on unpaved, uneven, and even muddy or icy ground, through potentially chilly woods and gardens.
Due to the necessity of social distancing and other safety precautions, a few details are different for the 2020 event.
Tickets are only available online and will not be available on-site. Visitors must arrive at the time indicated on their ticket. They will not accommodate late arrivals.
Visitors tour Winterlights 2020 along a one-way path and should limit their visit to one hour and one pass. Masks are required. There will be no shuttle this year. Parking is on-site at Naumkeag: 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge MA 01262.
This year’s event is open 4:30pm to 8:30pm, Tuesday through Sunday, November 27th, 2020 through January 2nd, 2021. Additionally, you can also visit on Mondays, between December 21st and December 28th, 2020.
It would be so very easy to make a day of your visit – and it’s all just ten minutes away from your guest room at Applegate Inn!