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Lee Founders Weekend 2018 – Come Join In the Fun!

August 13, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Lee Founders Weekend 2018The town of Lee, MA turns 241 in 2018 and our annual birthday celebration – Lee Founders Weekend – is scheduled for Friday, September 14th, through Sunday, September 16th, 2018. Come out and help us celebrate during this popular, annual Berkshires event!

Lee Founders Weekend is always a great time. Lee celebrates the town’s birthday with three days of fabulous food, music, and fun in the Berkshires – and YOU are most definitely invited! Come join in as we celebrate Berkshires style with a Founders Day Parade, Duck Derby, 5K Road Race, Taste Of Lee, live music, and lots more!

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Berkshires Golf Courses Near Our Lee, MA B&B

July 20, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Golf Courses Near Lee MAThose who hope to get some time in on the links during their getaway will be happy to hear that Applegate Inn is near a number of popular public, Berkshires golf courses.

Applegate Inn, in Lee, MA is surrounded by fun things to see and do. That’s the nature of the Berkshires of western Massachusetts: there’s a little something for everyone, no matter where you go.

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Shop Fine, Handcrafted Gifts at Berkshire Crafts Fair 2018

July 13, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshire Crafts Fair 2018Looking for that perfect, unique item to offset a room or to give as a gift? You’re likely to find it at Berkshire Crafts Fair 2018! This annual, juried show draws master artisans from all over the country to exhibit their wares. August 10th through the 12th, 2018, in Great Barrington, MA.

The annual Berkshire Crafts Fair is not your typical arts and crafts show. Every year, artisans, from Washington to Florida, submit their applications in hopes of being accepted. Of the hundreds of applications received, only the very best are chosen. Making the Berkshire Crafts Fair as much an exhibition of fine art as it is an arts and crafts shopping opportunity.

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The 2018 Season for Lenox’ Shakespeare & Company

June 18, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Lenox’ Shakespeare & Company 2018 SeasonFans of the Bard (or just good theater) visiting the Berkshires should do what they can to catch a Shakespeare & Company production. The 2018 season is already in full swing and will be until December 16th!

The Berkshires are known for a great many things, not the least of which is our incredible theater scene. No matter the time of year, it seems like the Berkshires’ stage is alive with music, dance, drama, or comedy.

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Bash Bish Falls and the Waterfalls of Berkshire County

June 11, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Bash Bish FallsBash Bish Falls may be the tallest and most famous waterfall in the Berkshires – but it’s not the only one! In fact, there are lots of waterfalls in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

There’s just something about a waterfall that is magical. From the sound of the falling water to the sight of it splashing its way down, waterfalls can be hypnotic. Science tells us that falling water releases negative ions into the air that have a positive effect on our moods.

Whatever the reason, waterfalls are almost universally loved.

Luckily, there are many waterfalls in the Berkshires of Western, MA. Some are big, splashing waterfalls like Bash Bish Falls in Mount Washington. Others are small, “horsetail” falls like Stevens Glen in Richmond. Some waterfalls can be seen from the road while others require a hike. While some falls are more seasonal than others, they’re all most exciting during the spring rains and run-off.

Rather than list all the waterfalls in the Berkshires, here are just a few of the more popular ones near our neck of the woods.

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Travel the Berkshire Winery Trail Near Our Lee, MA B&B

May 21, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshire Winery TrailBerkshire County may not exactly be Napa Valley but we do have number of wineries producing some excellent wines. In fact, there are enough Berkshire wineries right near our Lee, MA B&B you could easily take a Berkshire Winery Trail day-trip!

Wineries trade on the uniqueness of their process, tradition, and region. Visiting a vineyard, seeing the process, meeting the winemaker, and sampling wine on its home soil can be a priceless experience. The experience not only enriches that particular winemaker’s wines but every wine you taste thereafter. It doesn’t hurt that most wineries not only welcome visitors but set up special tasting rooms or bistro-like areas for them!

As I said at the top, Applegate Inn is within easy driving distance of a number of excellent Berkshire wineries. With so many nearby, it’s a snap to lay out a Berkshire Winery Trail itinerary to make an afternoon or even a day of it.

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2018 Is Just Weeks Away!

May 11, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2018The opening date for America’s longest-running international dance festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, is just a month away. If you’ve not already made your plans, now may be your last opportunity to catch this year’s jam-packed season.

Anticipation for the 86th annual return of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is running high right now. It’s hard to believe how quickly the first quarter of the year has flown by and now the promise of summer is just weeks away.

Here in the Berkshires, June means Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The annual festival is a treasure-trove of must-see dance performances. Debuts, world premieres, and collaborations drive the excitement. The festival also offers talks, exhibits, workshops, and more.

Highlights for 2018 include The Royal Danish Ballet, the U.S. debut of Compañía Sharon Fridman, and an artist-curated program by New York City Ballet’s Daniel Ulbricht.

2018 will also see groups like PHILADANCO!, Limón Dance Company, Houston Ballet, and ODC/Dance return to the Pillow after years away.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Special Events for 2018 include:

Season Opening Gala – June 16th
The summer kickoff party features exclusive, one-night-only performances, live & silent auctions, dinner, and an after party.

Sunday Film Series – June 24th, July 15th, August 5th
Intimate film showings in Blake’s Barn: “Ingmar Bergman: Through the Choreographer’s Eye” (June 24), “The Dancer” (July 15), and “Gravity Hero” (August 5).

Inside/Out: Translucent Borders – June 27th
This three-day residency brings together more than twenty musicians and dancers from Cuba, Israel, Ghana, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Italy.

All Styles Dance Battle – July 1st
The second annual dance battle will feature Festival artists, participants of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, regional street artists, and surprise judges.

Gotta Dance: New Faces for Broadway – August 19th
Watch as the dancers of the Musical Theatre Dance Program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow perform in a joyous celebration of dance and live music, directed by Broadway’s Chet Walker.

Festival Finale – August 25th
Dance the night away with desserts, drinks, and more at this ultimate end-of-summer celebration on the Pillow’s Great Lawn.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2018

June 20th through August 26th
358 George Carter Rd, Becket, MA 01223
Visit www.jacobspillow.org for a full schedule, tickets, and other details.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Lodging
Jacob’s Pillow Dance is just minutes away from our Berkshires B&B in Lee, MA, Applegate Inn. Our convenient location, incredibly comfy guest rooms, and a history of unmatched service and comfort, make us the obvious choice for lodging anytime you’re in the Berkshires. Book your stay at Applegate Inn today!

Hiking the Appalachian Trail in the Berkshires

April 25, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Hiking the Appalachian Trail in the BerkshiresThe Appalachian Trail stretches some 2,200, from Georgia to Maine – and right through the Berkshires of Western MA. In fact, it passes close by our Berkshires B&B, making hiking the Appalachian Trail in the Berkshires a snap!

People come from all over to experience hiking the Appalachian Trail. While many set out on multi-day trips and some hardy souls attempt the full length, many just want to set foot upon the famous track.

Luckily, there are a number of access points and day hikes available right here in the Berkshires. Ninety miles of the trail run along the ridges and valleys of Berkshire County, MA. Better yet, most require no fees or permits for a simple day hike.

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Take Advantage of Our Spring Fever Berkshires Lodging Special!

April 13, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

The Applegate Inn 2018 Spring Fever Berkshires Lodging SpecialSpring has sprung and now is the perfect time to get out and about exploring the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts! Let us help you make the most out of your getaway with the Applegate Inn Spring Fever Berkshires Lodging Special!

There’s never a bad time to visit the Berkshires – but spring is definitely one of the better times! Flowers and new, green leaves abound. Museums and historical homes are opening for the season. From March to Memorial Day, everywhere you look, there is fresh life and natural beauty galore!

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Berkshires Breweries – Fresh and Unique Craft Beers

March 23, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Discover delicious, regional craft beers when you visit Berkshires breweries!The craft beer revolution has made its mark on nearly every corner of the US – and the Berkshires are not immune. Berkshires breweries offer fresh and unique craft beers reflecting the flavors of the region. Come discover the craft breweries near our Berkshires B&B!

Do you tend to think of beer as just a pale, yellow, fizzy concoction that pairs well with fast food? If so, you owe it to yourself to give craft beer a chance.

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Come Experience the Berkshires Maple Syrup Harvest!

March 9, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Maple Syrup HarvestMarch is Massachusetts Maple Month! Maple sugaring houses are boiling down their sap and filling the air with the delicious scent of fresh, Massachusetts maple syrup. Now is your chance to come and experience the Berkshires maple syrup harvest up close!

Berkshires maple syrup producers have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring. Sugaring houses all around the Berkshires are busy boiling down the sap they’re collecting to produce fresh and delicious Berkshires maple. It’s a tradition that occurs every spring, mid-February to mid-April. Once temperatures reach 40 degrees or more and the sugar maple sap begins to run again, it’s maple sugaring time!

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A Constellation of Stars – Tanglewood Popular Artists Series 2018

February 16, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Tanglewood Popular Artists Series 2018Spring is still in waiting in the wings, so it may be hard to think about your summer plans. With tickets for the 2018 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series on sale, however, you may want to try! Tanglewood is offering a host of music stars and legends again this summer, including Roger Daltrey, Andy Grammer, and the Steve Miller Band!

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Barrington Stage Company’s 10X10 New Play Festival 2018

February 2, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Barrington Stage Company’s 2018 10X10 New Play Festival Pittsfield’s annual 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival is back and with it comes Barrington Stage Company’s 10X10 New Play Festival. This fast-paced event sees ten new plays performed in just over an hour and a half! February 15th through March 4th, 2018.

The 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival in Pittsfield, MA is an annual showcase of music, film, visual art, spoken word, comedy, dance, theater, and more. The festival sees 66 events at 12 different venues, and all based around the number 10. The diverse roster of local and regional participants includes the Berkshire Museum, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Hancock Shaker Village.

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Treat Them To A Valentine’s Day Getaway in the Berkshires!

January 12, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Valentine's Day Getaway in the BerkshiresValentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to express your love and the Berkshires are the perfect place to do it. Treat that special someone to a Valentine’s Day getaway in the Berkshires with one of Applegate Inn’s romantic lodging packages.

A Valentine’s Day getaway means different things to different people. That’s part of what makes our corner of the Massachusetts Berkshires so perfect a romantic destination: there are so many wonderful things to do together here!

Outdoor recreation is available in myriad forms. We’re surrounded by skiing opportunities, whether you prefer downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, or snowboarding. Snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and both indoor and outdoor ice-skating are also available.

Cultural activities abound, as well. Melville’s Arrowhead Farm, Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Norman Rockwell Museum, Tanglewood, Mahaiwe, and so many others are all within easy reach. Like skiing opportunities, our Berkshires B&B is surrounded by world class theaters, museums, gardens, and galleries.

When it comes to dining, the Berkshires are in a class of their own. Though the scene is ever-changing, we try to keep our list of the Best Berkshires Restaurants up to date.

No matter what it is you two do while you are here, Applegate Inn’s Romance Package is a great place to start!

Our Berkshires Romance Package includes:
Two nights lodging in one of our wonderful fireplace rooms
A sumptuous 3 course dinner for two
Chocolate and a split of champagne

You can enjoy this special offer in our Queen Room for only $545. You can also upgrade this package to the King Suite for $715. The King Suite includes a steam shower, soaking tub, or two-person whirlpool tub.

Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, so our Mid Week Lodging Specials may also come in handy.

Applegate Inn’s Mid Week Lodging Special includes 2 nights midweek, Sunday through Thursday (your 2 nights can be Thursday and Friday but other restrictions apply). Options available for this special include:

A $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner for 2 at one of our 6 favorite restaurants
(the restaurant list and other details for this special can be viewed here)
OR
2 complimentary mid-week ski-lift tickets to Butternut Ski resort
OR
A Complimentary Nordic (cross country) ski package at Hilltop Orchards, with wine tasting
OR
2 complimentary passes to The Norman Rockwell Museum
OR
Special for February, a complimentary bottle of Furnace Brook Winery’s award-winning Blanc de Blancs champagne and a decedent chocolate treat.

Valentine’s Day Getaway in the Berkshires

As you can see, Applegate Inn is ready to go all out to make sure your Valentine’s Day getaway in the Berkshires is the best it possibly can be.

To take advantage of these or any of our Berkshires Lodging specials, all you need do is let us know what you have in mind when booking and we’ll do the rest.

Be sure to visit our Applegate Inn Specials and Packages page for details, restrictions, and other available add-ons.

Get Your Tickets for Tanglewood 2018 & Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

January 5, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Tickets for Tanglewood 2018 are on sale soon!Happy New Year! We’re off to a running start with tickets for Tanglewood 2018 going on sale to the general public on Sunday, January 28th. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2018 has also been announced. Now is the time to solidify those Berkshire summer getaway plans!

It may still be cold out but the announcements of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Tanglewood 2018 are reminders of summer’s approaching warmth. Both beloved festivals fulfill an annual, Berkshires tradition of world class music and dance performances going back nearly a century.

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The Berkshire Bach Society Presents Bach at New Years

December 10, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshire Bach Society Presents Bach at New Years 2017Ring in 2018 with an evening of Purcell, Mozart, Boyce, Bartok, and Bach when The Berkshire Bach Society presents Bach at New Years 2017.

We are so very lucky to have a group like the Berkshire Bach Ensemble here in our area. They are the oldest continuing, member-based, non-profit music organization in Berkshire County. The group focuses on the works of J.S. Bach and his musical peers, present concerts that range from solo instrumental recitals to large choral works with full orchestra.

Bach at New Years has been a Berkshire County New Year’s Eve tradition since 1993. Sell-out audiences year after year at Mahaiwe led to an expanded performance schedule. There are now three separate opportunities to experience Bach at New Years!

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The Applegate Inn New Year’s Eve Lodging Package

December 1, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Applegate Inn 2017 New Year's Eve Lodging PackageRing in 2018 with a relaxing Berkshires getaway and save! Applegate Inn’s New Year’s Eve Lodging Package gives you a number of reasons to celebrate the season!

There are a million reasons to enjoy a Berkshires getaway at any time of the year but our New Year’s Eve lodging package really ups the ante. What better way to welcome 2018 than with a stay in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and Applegate Inn as your home base? We’re surrounded by the very best of the Berkshires and you can be, too!

Skiing, shopping, museums, the stage, and the charm of mother nature are all within easy reach when you book a stay at our Berkshires B&B. Best of all, we make it easy and exciting with our 2017 New Year’s Eve Lodging Package.

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Time To Plan Your Berkshires Skiing Getaway

November 20, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Now is the time to plan your Berkshires skiing getawayThere’s nothing quite like a Berkshires skiing getaway and Applegate Inn makes it even easier to plan yours with our Berkshires lodging packages!

There is always something happening in the Massachusetts Berkshires, even during the winter. In fact, that’s an excellent time to visit!

If you think our rolling hills are lovely during summer, just wait ’til you see them under a sparkling blanket of snow. The same can be said of our quaint, New England towns once they’re decked out for the holidays.

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