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Explore Berkshires Antiques Shops

October 25th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

If you enjoy antiques shopping, you’ll be happy to learn that there are a number of excellent Berkshires antiques shops nearby Applegate Inn. So many, in fact, that it would be easy to spend days visiting them all! There’s nothing quite like antiques shopping. With other shopping, you have a list or an idea of […]

Arrowhead – The Herman Melville House Museum

October 10th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Did you know that Arrowhead, The Herman Melville House in Pittsfield, MA is just a 15 minute drive from Applegate Inn? It’s true and both history and literature fans will enjoy a visit to this popular, historic house museum. Between 1850 and 1863, Arrowhead Farm was home to one of America’s great writers. It was […]

Ventfort Hall Mansion
and Gilded Age Museum

September 25th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Step back in time with a visit to Ventfort Hall Mansion and see how the Rockefellers and their peers “roughed it” in the country with their Gilded Age, Berkshire cottages. America’s “Gilded Age,” occurred between the end of the Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century. It was period of upheaval and rapid […]

Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum & Hoosac Valley Train Rides

September 13th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Railfans and history buffs alike will enjoy a visit to the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum in Lenox, MA. Explore the historic Lenox Station museum and enjoy a short train ride! The Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum is housed in the restored Lenox Train Station. The station was built in 1903, replacing the 1850 building which burned […]

October Mountain State Forest
Hiking, Biking, Paddling & More

August 22nd, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Get out into the great outdoors of the Berkshires with a visit to October Mountain State Forest. Hiking, biking, boating, picnicking, gorgeous scenery, and more. October Mountain has it all! October Mountain State Forest is Massachusetts largest state forest. Its 16,500 acres encompass a portion of the Hoosac Range on the western edge of the […]

Historic Becket Quarry and Forest Preserve

August 8th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Explore miles of beautiful, protected forest trails and the remains of abandoned, historic Becket quarry in Becket, MA. Just 30 minutes from our Berkshires bed and breakfast, Applegate Inn. The Chester-Hudson Quarry was integral to the early development of Becket and the surrounding area. It extracted granite for gravestones and monuments from the 1850’s to […]

Jiminy Peak Summer Fun

July 25th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is well known to visiting skiers – but did you know the resort is open during summer, too? During warmer months, their Mountain Adventure Park offers ziplines, alpine slides, mountain coasters, hiking, scenic chairlift rides, and more. And all less than an hour away from our Berkshires bed and breakfast. It […]

The Mission House – A Colonial-Era Landmark in Stockbridge

July 10th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Travel back to a simpler time with a visit to the Mission House, museum, and gardens in Stockbridge, MA. This fascinating, Colonial-era, National Historic Landmark has connections to the local Mohican tribe and is less than 10 minutes from our Berkshires bed and breakfast in Lee, MA. The Mission House was originally built atop Stockbridge’s […]

Schantz Galleries Contemporary Glass

June 22nd, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Schantz Galleries, in Stockbridge, MA is home to some of the most stunningly beautiful pieces of art glass you’ll ever see. The expansive, two story gallery displays works from more than 60 talented artists. The sparkle, shine, and transparency of glass gives it a liquid, magical look that is perfect for catching the eye and […]

Take a Peak at Monument Mountain

June 7th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Looking for something spectacular to do during your Berkshires getaway? Try a hike to the summit of Squaw Peak on Great Barrington’s Monument Mountain Reservation for panoramic views of the Housatonic River Valley and beyond. Best of all? The trailhead is just a little over ten minutes from our Berkshires bed and breakfast, Applegate Inn.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

May 23rd, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Get out into the great outdoors of the Berkshires with a visit to Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The 1,142 acre reserve includes a large beaver pond, 7 miles of trails through a variety of habitats, and plenty of wildlife. Actually, the Massachusetts Audubon Society runs three separate Wildlife Sanctuaries within reasonable driving distance […]

Explore the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

May 9th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Soak up the natural beauty of the Berkshires with a visit to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. This nearly 13 mile long, converted railroad track runs from Adams, MA through Cheshire, to Lanesborough, with plenty of lush scenery and wildlife throughout. The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail started out as an extension of the Housatonic Railroad in 1845. […]

Chesterwood – The Daniel Chester French Studio Museum

April 19th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Come explore Chesterwood, the summer home, studio, and gardens of one of America’s most celebrated sculptors, Daniel Chester French. Many of the artist’s most famous public monuments were modeled right here at his Berkshires estate. Not sure who Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) is? Just picture the statue of seated Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial, in […]

Tour Jacob’s Ladder Trail Scenic Byway

April 10th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Looking to soak up some of that beautiful Berkshires scenery? Take a cruise along the Jacob’s Ladder Trail. The historic, 35 mile Scenic Byway treats its travelers to gorgeous views of the southern Berkshires between Lee and Russell, MA. Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway, part of U.S. Highway 20, runs from Russell, MA, to the Lee/Lenox town […]

Elizabeth Freeman, Ashley House, and Bartholomew’s Cobble

March 20th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Elizabeth Freeman was the first enslaved African American to file and win a freedom suit in Massachusetts. You can learn more about her extraordinary story at historic Ashley House near Bartholomew’s Cobble, just a half hour south of Applegate Inn. Elizabeth Freeman (c. 1744 – 1829), also known as “Mumbet,” was born into slavery around […]

Berkshire Botanical Garden – Put a Little Spring In Your Step

March 6th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

What better way to welcome the arrival of spring than with a visit to Berkshire Botanical Garden? The annual Bulb Show is on right now – and the display gardens open soon – May 1st, 2020! If you’ve never made a visit to Berkshire Botanical Garden (BBG), you’re truly missing out. Even non-gardeners are wowed […]

Tanglewood Popular Artists Series 2020

February 17th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

As expected, the 2020 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series has continued to evolve since our last post on the subject. Five new entries have been added, including John Legend, Brandi Carlile, and The Mavericks! As usual, the upcoming Tanglewood Festival summer is so chock full of amazing performances and star appearances it’s hard to know where […]

Experience Hancock Shaker Village

February 8th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Come experience the unique world of the Shakers at Hancock Shaker Village, established in 1774, in Pittsfield, MA. Shakers are known primarily for their fine craftsmanship, plain furniture, and work ethic. The Christian sect formed in England around 1747 but left for New York in 1774 after years of religious persecution. The settlement at Hancock, […]

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