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Applegate Inn’s New Year’s Eve Berkshires Lodging Special

December 10, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Applegate Inn's 2018 New Year’s Eve Berkshires Lodging SpecialRing in 2019 in style with a Berkshires getaway and save! Applegate Inn’s New Year’s Eve Berkshires Lodging Special is just our way of saying Happy New Year!

No matter the season, there’s always a reason to visit the Berkshires and our Select Registry inn makes an excellent home base from which to explore. We here at Applegate Inn pride ourselves in providing the very best in Berkshires lodging. Our New Year’s Eve lodging special is just one more part of that effort.

No matter how you plan to spend your New Year’s getaway – skiing, seeing a show, exploring the area – our lodging special will help to make it the best ever!

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Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees 2018 – Often Heard

November 17, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees 2018Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees 2018 – Often Heard opens today, November 17th, and runs through January 6th, 2019. Come see more than 100 dazzling Christmas trees, each decorated to depict a popular song.

The annual Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees is a popular Christmas Tree decorating event. The festival sees local businesses, schools, and other groups competing to decorate their tree in innovative and original ways. They also have to follow each year’s particular theme. Past themes have included salutes to the silver screen, animal safari, and the future.

This year’s theme is pop music. Each tree in the festival has been decorated around a different, popular song. The genre could be hip-hop, blues, jazz, country, rock, what have you. Can you guess which song the tree’s decorations are hinting at?

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Norman Rockwell Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas 2018

November 5, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Norman Rockwell Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas 2018Come to the Berkshires this holiday season and step into a scene from one of Norman Rockwell’s most famous paintings! The 29th annual Norman Rockwell Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend is scheduled for November 30th through December 2nd, 2018!

Norman Rockwell loved the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, eventually settling in Stockbridge. Rockwell spent his last years here, leaving his collection in trust to the Stockbridge Historical Society who used it to establish The Norman Rockwell Museum.

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Berkshires Getaway Lodging Specials at Applegate Inn

October 26, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Getaway Lodging SpecialsThere is never a bad time to visit the Berkshires but Applegate Inn’s collection of lodging specials sure makes taking a Berkshires getaway easier on your wallet!

Autumn may be one of the best times to visit the Berkshires. The summer crowds are gone, the fall colors are lovely, and there are still plenty of things to see and do in the area. Plus, with the end of the year holidays coming up, now may be your last time for a break until the new year!

It was with this in mind that we created our Berkshires getaway lodging specials.

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Berkshires Fall Foliage Day Trips and Drives

October 12, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Fall Foliage Day Trips and DrivesOctober is here and the scenery is bursting with color. When it comes to leaf peeping, nothing beats the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Now is the time to come and enjoy the best of the Berkshires fall foliage!

October is THE month for viewing the peak fall foliage here in western Massachusetts. The Berkshires fall foliage season begins late September and typically peaks during mid-October, Columbus Day weekend.

If you’ve a love for forested backdrops of crimson, yellow, russet, and all tones in between, a Berkshires fall foliage trip is for you! Luckily, Applegate Inn is at the epicenter of some of the most striking autumn vistas around. It’s a simple thing to plan a lovely little drive or day trip from our Berkshires B&B for some gallery-hopping, antiquing, and lots of great leaf peeping!

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Visit and Explore Naumkeag Gilded Age Cottage and Gardens

September 28, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

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.

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Norman Rockwell Museum – Parrish, Wyeth, and Rockwell Exhibit

September 22, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Norman Rockwell Museum  Keepers of the Flame“Keepers of the Flame,” the current exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, has been receiving rave reviews – but is only up for one more month. Fans of Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, and Rockwell owe it to themselves to catch this exhibit before it comes down October 28th, 2018.

This recent exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum has been garnering even more praise and attention than usual. “Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition” traces the connection between the three legendary artists and the roots of European painting.

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Come Travel the Berkshire Cheese Trail!

August 24, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshire Cheese TrailCome discover a world of amazing flavors when you set out along the Berkshire Cheese Trail. Makers throughout the Berkshires, from Williamstown to Great Barrington, Plainfield to Old Chatham – produce exceptional, artisanal, small-batch cheeses, some of which you’ll find nowhere else!

The recent farm-to-table movement that swept the nation has helped to bring great, regional foodmakers to light. More people than ever, now, are eager for locally-sourced ingredients, regional flavors, and sustainable practices. What this translates to is healthier, more delicious foods and unique regional flavors.

The Berkshires are no exception. Independent farms, foodmakers, and local food scenes are flourishing here in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley.

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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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