If you love jazz, the Berkshires delivers! Jazz has long been an important part of Berkshires culture. In the 50s and 60s, the Music Inn, the Music Barn and the Lenox School of Jazz were important venues for both jazz concerts and education. This great American musical tradition continues with Berkshires jazz festivals and individual performances throughout the year. There are two festivals to look forward to as fall approaches. Both are conveniently close to our Berkshires B&B. You can book your luxurious Berkshires accommodations at Applegate Inn in time for these jazz festivals and the display of spectacular fall color!
The first of the two festivals, the 2012 Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend is September 14-16. In addition to performances by various local and regional musicians, there will be three headline acts that weekend:
Friday, September 14, 2012 ~ 8-10 pm: Sonny & Perley, the husband and wife jazz duo, will play their distinctive blend of jazz, Brazilian and International Cabaret styles. @ The Spectrum Theatre ~ 20 Franklin Street in Lee, MA
Two concerts are on Saturday, September 15, 2012 @ the First Congregational Church ~ 25 Park Place in Lee, MA
2-4pm: Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers is a master of the saxophone, with over 50 years playing R&B, funk, jazz and pop music.
8-11 pm: Karrin Allyson, Grammy nominated vocalist and pianist, will perform with the Amherst Jazz Orchestra, thrilling you with the heart and virtuosity of their music.
2012 Pittsfield City Jazz Festival
The second festival is the 8th Annual Pittsfield City Jazz Festival, October 5-13. For over a week, various venues around downtown Pittsfield will feature jazz music of incredible variety and depth.
October 5-7, 2012 Jazz About Town: Local jazz musicians will be playing in various restaurants, bars and cafes throughout Pittsfield.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012: Adam O’Farrill and his quartet will play their Berkshires debut at the Berkshire Athenaeum ~ 1 Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield, MA. Note: The time is yet to be announced.
Friday, October 12, 2012: The Jazz Arts Trio headed by concert pianist Frederick Moyer.
8 pm at the Sydelle & Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center ~ 36 Linden Street in Pittsfield, MA (413) 236-8888
Saturday, October 13, 2012: The New England Jazz Ensemble, a 16-piece big band, will perform with jazz/blues vocalist Giacomo Gates and flutist Ali Ryerson. The Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble will also play. 8 pm at the Colonial Theatre ~ 111 South Street in Pittsfield, MA (413) 997-4444
For more information about the 2012 Pittsfield Jazz Festival, please visit BerkshiresJazz.org. For ticket sales, please call each venue for details.
Don’t miss these exciting opportunities to experience jazz in the Berkshires!
Coming up on Father’s day weekend, the second annual Berkshire British Motorcar Festival will be held in once again in downtown Lenox! First presented as the Tanglewood British Motorcar Festival and held on the same weekend last year, and with nearly 350 British Motorcars in attendance, the event was a big success!
This year the event will be based on the property of Shakespeare & Company, conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Lenox. Friday afternoon will kick off with the Fun Rally, the Registrant’s Reception at the Gateways Inn, and the evening Street Party showing off the participating British Motorcars parked on the diagonal downtown, with live band and street vendors providing food and entertainment.
Friday through Sunday, the British Car Corral and British Market Place & Auto Jumble will be held. The British Car Coral is a special location on the show grounds to sell or buy British Cars. The British Market Place & Auto Jumble is a collection of British Companies and vendors selling British or British like products and services. Hard-to-find motorcar spares, motoring accessories, picnicking accessories, motoring regalia, restoration service providers, fashion items, and more.
Saturday the judged competition “Concours d’Elegance” will be held, cars will be judge based on criteria including mechanical operation, paint, interior, woodworking, undercarriage, chrome, engine compartment, and authenticity, and of course must be British, over 15 years old, and may not be replicas.
Sunday a second driving tour takes off in the morning, exploring the scenic back roads of the Berkshires, and culminating back at Shakespeare & Company. The Tailgate Picnic Competition has become a “Classic” and perhaps one of the best Tailgate Competitions on the East Coast! A jolly good display of creativity, good food, and things British, awards will be given including: Most Elegant, Most Creative, Most British, Best Costume, Best Tasting, Most Humorous, and Most Shakespearean.
If you are celebrating Father’s Day in the Berkshires, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Applegate Inn is located just a ten minute drive from Main Street Lenox, visit our website or check our room availability, and contact us if you are looking for a last minute room!
For those art enthusiasts out there… the International Sculpture Center is hosting the 2012 SculptureNow exhibition in downtown Lenox! Twenty one sculptures will be presented and displayed on various sites on Main, Kemble, and Walker St., about a 1/2 mile walk. Maps will be available at the Lenox Chamber of Commerce.
Opening June 5th and running through October 27th, a reception will be held June 10th, 4-6 pm at the Gateways Inn. The reception and all events are free and open to the public. For more info visit sculpture.org
Guests come to our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast during the summer to bask in the beauty of nature and enjoy outdoor recreation. They also come to immerse themselves in the extraordinary art and culture that’s found here.
One day they can hike the Appalachian Trail. The next day they can visit world-renowned museums like The Clark and watch a performance by the Hong Kong Ballet. In between, they can dine in fabulous restaurants and lounge by the pool of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast.
Each summer brings a plethora of festivals to the Berkshires. Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow Dance, the two most widely known festivals, draw audiences from all over the world. Other festivals, such as the Berkshires Art Festival, are smaller but also well regarded. Guests of our Berkshires Inn find there is plenty to do during the summer, and also plenty of space in which to do nothing.
The truth is, the Berkshire region of Massachusetts is a marvelous place for a summer vacation. Come see for yourself.
Western Massachusetts is full of historic homes, many of which are beautifully maintained and open for public viewing. Guests of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast have been known to pass many delightful hours perusing these old homes and their grounds.
Read on for a list of several favorite historic properties close to the Applegate Inn, a luxurious Berkshires Bed and Breakfast constructed at the end of America’s Gilded Age.
This architectural masterpiece served as a summer retreat for three generations of the Choate family. Naumkeag has extraordinary views of Monument Mountain and amazing gardens filled with fountain pools and a grove of white birches.
Located on Stockbridge’s Main Street, the historic Mission House was home to the first missionary who lived among the Mohican Indians, the Reverand John Sergeant. Today it houses a collection of 18th-century American furniture and decorative arts.
The serene views of the Westfield River Valley seen from this National Historic Landmark must have inspired poet William Cullen Bryant, who lived here as a boy and summered here as an adult. Several trails lead through pastures, forests, and an old sugar bush.
Pack a picnic and spend a day at each of these lovely historic properties. Discover why the Berkshires captivated so many of America’s successful historical personnages.
One of the best parts of summer at our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires is the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. If you hope to witness it in 2012–the 80th anniversary of the festival–it’s time to start making plans.
The line-up at Jacob’s Pillow is always superlative. Highlights in 2012 include:
- Opening Dance Party, with performances by CIRCA, Mimulus, David Halberg, and others, and dancing by all.
- Morphoses World Premier. Arresting visuals, gorgeous dancing, and a new score. Fabulous.
- Mimulus. An exciting blend of samba, contemporary dance, and imaginative visuals design.
- Leesaar The Company. A “gutsy, brainy modern-dance troupe” (from The New York Times).
- The Men Dancers: From the Horse’s Mouth. A unique, extraordinary event.
- Jonah Bokaer x David Hallberg. A rare opportunity to see some of today’s most extraordinary artists in an intimate setting.
- Doug Elkins and Friends’ Fräulein Maria. An uproarious deconstruction of Rodgers and Hammersteins musical The Sound of Music.
As always, there will be free outdoor performances by the dancers of The School at Jacob’s Pillow every Wednesday through Saturday at 6:25 p.m.
It’s impossible to go wrong at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, for every performance is worth seeing. The setting is beautiful, the art extraordinary. It’s the perfect place to spend a summer evening.
Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend this year at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast, and take mom to the Pre-Mother’s Day Pink Tea and Ballet at Ventfort Hall.
The Pre-Mother’s Day Pink Tea and Ballet begins on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment is by the American Dance Insitute Ensemble, the Albany Berkshire Ballet Junior Company, and the Catarella School of Dance. A special pink tea and refreshments will be served after the ballet.
Ventfort Hall is a historic mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox, Massachusetts, not far from our Berkshires Inn. Built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan (sister to J.P.), this Jacobean Revival-style mansion is being restored to its former glory.
The first floor of Ventfort Hall is home to The Museum of the Gilded Age. As the name suggests, exhibits focus of the life and times of the Gilded Age, which lasted from the late 1860s to the end of the century.
Currently on exhibit is “Les Petites Dames de Mode”, 59 exquisite miniature fashion models that portray the history of women’s fashion from 1855 to 1914. The ladies and their fabulous costumes were lovingly created by John R. Burbidge, who was Senior Designer for the famous bridal house, Priscilla of Boston prior to his retirement. This was a labor of love.
Bring Mom–either your mother or the mother of your children–to our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires for Mother’s Day this year. Spend the weekend exploring the area, and enjoy a special Pre-Mother’s Day Pink Tea and Ballet at Ventfort Hall. Moms deserve to be treated well.
Additional information is available at Ventfort Hall.
- 6 large Macintosh Apples, Peeled and cored
- 4 Tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
- 4 Tablespoons seedless raisins
- 4 Tablespoons Firmly packed brown sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
- 2 tsp melted butter
- 2 Tablespoons light cream or ½ and ½
- 6 Tablespoons melted butter
- ¾ cup maple syrup
- Whipped Cream
- Cold Maple Syrup
Preheat over to 400 degrees. Butter 6 individual over proof baking cups. Place one apple in each cup.
Mix together chopped walnuts, chopped raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, 2 Tsp melted butter and cream.
Divide mixture evenly in the apples, pressing some well into the core and heaping the rest one top of each apple.
Pour 1 Tables spoon melted butter and 2 Tablespoons maple syrup over each filled apple.
Bake for 35-40 mins until apples are tender but still hold there shape.
Let cool to warm serve with a dollop of soft whipped cream and a dribble of cold maple syrup on each.
Originally meant as an appetizer, this is a quick, rich and delicious breakfast dish, especially good with soft-scrambled or poached eggs on the side.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup onion, minced
- 10 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
- 10 oz cooked, squeezed spinach
Mix all ingredients together. Place in a greased 9 inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cut into squares and serve. May be baked a day ahead and reheated.
Spring is a fabulous time to visit a Shaker Farm.
The month of April is devoted to baby animals at Hancock Shaker Village, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Guests of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast have a few more days to experience this event.
Daily Behind-the-Scenes tours are being given at 2 p.m. (with additional tours at 10 a.m. on weekends). Get close to newborn pigs and learn a bit about animal husbandry, Shaker style. The crowning moment is a hayride around the farm, with animals aboard. Warning: not for the allergic!
New work by Stockbridge artist Susan Merrill will be on display in the Poultry House throughout the month. Her paintings feature animals from Hancock Shaker Village; proceeds support programming at the village.
Beginning in April, it’s also possible to Choose Your Own Shaker Adventure at Hancock Shaker Village. You can learn a Shaker Song and Dance, take a calf for a stroll, and cook in the Shaker kitchen (which dates from 1830). Learn about Shaker architecture, Shaker Spirituality, or Shaker Medicine. These adventures are offered through the fall, and are a wonderful way to delve into the Shaker lifestyle.
Hancock Shaker Village is about 30 minutes from our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast.
Please visit the Hancock Shaker Village website for additional information.
We’re proud to be members of the Berkshire community, and to own and operate a Berkshires Bed and Breakfast.
Sharing the beauty and bounty of the Berkshires is one of the best parts of the work we do. We love to help guests discover our “back yard” during their stay.
One of the ways we do this here at our Berkshire Inn is through the food we serve.
We are members of Berkshire Grown, an organization dedicated to supporting local food and farms. Whenever we can, we purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables and locally raised meats. As you know if you’ve stayed with us in the past, many of the herbs and summer vegetables that end up in our breakfasts are grown in our own garden.
Many of our guests travel from great distances to experience the communities and natural beauty of the Berkshires. It’s the least we can do to serve foods that reflect the land our guests have come to visit.
To learn more about Berkshire Grown, please visit their website.
To enjoy the bounty of the Berkshires, come to Applegate Inn.
20 – 24 slices of cinnamon raisin bread
6 eggs (or egg beaters)
4 cups of half and half (or 2% milk)
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup sugar
1 dash of nutmeg
16 oz cream cheese (or lite cream cheese)
1 tsp vanilla
2 cup sugar
optional: applesauce, sliced fresh fruits or berries
only if cooked and served the same day.
Trim crusts from bread. Spray a 3 quart baking dish with a non-stick pan coating. Arrange half the bread on the pan so that the entire bottom is covered. In a separate bowl mix eggs, half and half, vanilla and sugar. Pour half of this liquid over the bread. In a separate bowl combine filling ingredients, except optional fruits, together until creamy. Pour filling over moistened bread, then layer with optional fruit if desired. Arrange other half of the bread over the filling and pour the remainder of the egg mixture over the top. Sprinkle top with dash of nutmeg. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 60 minutes.
Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into 12 rectangles to serve. Serve with warmed syrup or seasonal fruits.
Many of the people who travel to Berkshires Bed and Breakfasts come from the large metropolitan areas of New York, Boston, and Hartford. Others come from smaller cities in and around the Northeast: Albany, NY; Manchester, NH; Worcester, MA. We have many guests from Canada and many from the Midwest. New England draws people from everywhere.
Spending an evening at one of our local theaters is a favorite activity for guests of Berkshire Inns, no matter where they call home.
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington offers sensational programming year-round. Dance, music, theater, opera, and film are all showcased in this restored, historic theater. In the next two months alone, guests of Applegate Inn may:
- Watch the 1953 film Titanic (April 15)
- Hear China’s “Empress of Pipa”, soloist Liu Fang and CEWM–Trade Winds–From China with Love (April 21)
- Laugh with Comedian Bobby Collins (May 5)
- Experience The Met Opera Ring Cycle (May 7-20)
The newly restored Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield also offers year-round programming. On April 17, 2012, our guests may see The Magic of Bill Blagg Live, a show that has been called “The Second City meets David Copperfield.” Bon Journey, a Bon Jovi and Journey tribute band, performs on April 20; and the Bronx Wanderers take the stage on the 27th to share their love of doo-wop and rock n’ roll.
Adding theater to a Berkshires Bed and Breakfast getaway makes time here that much more memorable. So go ahead, have a night out on the town in Pittsfield or Great Barrington.
We certainly have had spring weather here at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. It was in the 80s not long ago, then we had a freeze. If you are planning to spend a few days with us in the near future, be sure to pack both sweaters and shorts!
Crazy weather aside, spring is here. We know, because Greenock Golf Course, which is across the street from our Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires, is now open. They’re running their spring rates, which are quite reasonable.
Spring is a great time to leave the city and spend a few days golfing in the country of Western Massachusetts. The greens aren’t crowded, and it is rarely uncomfortably hot or cold. Come with your spouse or come with your golfing buddies.
Spend your days trying to get the little ball in the tiny holes, and spend your evenings sipping wine and nibbling cheese at the Applegate Inn. Relax in our parlor or lounge on our screened porch or by the pool.
You may want to spend an afternoon in a local museum. It’s always fun to revisit the past with a trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum in nearby Stockbridge, where there is currently a great exhibit on the portraits of Everett Raymond Kinstler.The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield is also a fun place to visit, with it’s varied exhibits on ancient history, art, and natural history.
Spring is a lovely time in the Berkshires, whether you spend your time golfing, visiting museums, hiking, or simply relaxing. Come see for yourself.
Who says romance has to be limited to weekends? Well, maybe nobody actually said that, but many people live as if that’s true. We say, cast that belief system aside. Have a little mid week romance in the Berkshires.
We offer a mid week lodging special at our Berkshire Bed and Breakfast through May that is perfect for a romantic getaway. It involves a complimentary prix fixe dinner for 2 at one of our favorite restaurants, including your first glass of wine.
This special may be used at the following Berkshires restaurants:
Alta Restaurant and Wine Bar in Lenox. Local and organic ingredients form the base of this inspired Mediterranean cuisine. The wine list is extensive, and there are 24 wines offered by the glass. The people who work here are happy, the food sophisticated, the wine satisfying and well-priced.
Chez Nous in Lee. Chez Nous is, as its name suggests, casual. You feel like you’re in the home of the two chefs who created the restaurant, pastry chef Rachel Portnoy and French chef Franck Tessier. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The food is out of this world.
Morgan House in Lee. Located just down the street from our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast, Morgan House is cozy and warm. The food isn’t fancy, but it is tasty and satisfying.
Old Inn on the Green in Marlboro. The fine dining restaurant at Old Inn on the Green is romance incarnate. Faces are lit by candlelight. The atmosphere is warm and the food is innovative, elegant and inspired. Dining here is, quite simply, sublime.
Perigee in South Lee. The place to enjoy New England favorites, plain and simple. This wonderful restaurant will be closed through April but will reopen in May.
A good dinner in the right restaurant is almost inherently romantic. Come see for yourself. Come to the Berkshires.
Quite a few guests of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast come here in order to be closer to nature. Many live in Boston, New York City, and Hartford. They crave the outdoors, the fresh air, the quiet, and they find it in the Berkshires.
A favorite activity is hiking, which can accommodate most all fitness levels. Intrepid hikers can summit the tallest peak in the region, Mount Greylock. Folks looking for more of an amble through the woods may prefer the Tranquility Trail in the Pittsfield State Forest, a gentle, half-mile trail through deciduous forest and hemlock stands.
Hikes in Western Massachusetts are plentiful. A few favorites are listed below:
Monument Mountain, just south of Stockbridge. Herman Melville spent many hours exploring Monument Mountain, sometimes with his friend Nathaniel Hawthorne. Conversations during those hikes helped inspire Melville’s great opus, Moby Dick. Just think what a hike here could bring out in you. There are three miles of trails around Monument Mountain. If you make it to the top of Squaw Peak, you’ll be rewarded with wonderful views.
Schermerhorn Gorge Trail in October Mountain State Forest. This 3.7-mile loop features some dramatic contrasts that make it truly lovely. It is considered difficult thanks to a few tricky and steep spots, though it only gains about 600 feet in elevation.
The Benedict Pond Loop, in the Beartown Forest. This 1.5-mile loop is pleasant any time of year. For the most part, it hugs the coast of the shallow Benedict Pond and gains little elevation. The trail can be a bit moist in areas, but the landscape is lovely.
The Appalachian Trail. The AT passes close to our Berkshires Inn, and some of our guests simply must get their feet on it. We understand, and we help many guests realize that dream. Since the Appalachian Trail is best done one-way, we help drop a car at one trail head and shuttle guests to another one.
At the end of the day, no matter how long the hike or how strenuous, we invite our guests to relax with wine and cheese in our parlor. It is a reward well earned.
The Mohawk Trail became the first scenic road in New England in 1914, and it has been sharing great views, history, and culture with motorists and bicyclists ever since.
Long before it became a road, The Mohawk Trail was a well-worn foot path used by Native Americans and then colonists. Metacomet, called King Philip, traveled “The Trail” some time around 1676. Benedict Arnold followed in his footsteps nearly 100 years later. It is thrilling for American history buffs to travel The Trail today.
The current Mohawk Trail spans more than 60 miles and travels through 50,000 acres of state parks and forests. It stretches from the Massachusetts-New York border to Millers Falls on the Connecticut River; in between, there are over 100 attractions worth exploring.
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Before a good massage, our bodies are weighed down by our worries. Though we may not be aware of how we hold on tightly to expectations, disappointments, hopes, hold on tightly we do. Muscles are constantly flexed, connective tissue contracted. To a greater or lesser degree, we hurt.
During a good massage, the tightness is released. Muscles are worked, connective tissue stretched; worries dissipate, expectations and hopes fade away. We cease to think at all. We are aware of our bodies: our muscles and tendons and bones and skin.
After a good massage, we feel no pain, no aches. We feel no bones, no muscles. We simply exist. It is an incredible feeling, to lie still and be, not feel. It’s what it must be like to be a pool of still water.
The Spa Indulgence Package at our Berkshire Inn can transform you from a tense body to a pool of still water. Leave the city and worries behind. Travel to the peaceful Berkshires and indulge in a Deep Tissue Massage or a Swedish Massage at Soul Spa. Guests of Applegate Inn receive a 10% discount.