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2019 Tanglewood Festival Late Additions and Our Spring Lodging Special

April 20, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

2019 Tanglewood Music Festival Popular Artists The weather is warming and so, too is anticipation for this year’s Tanglewood Music Festival. A number of concerts have been added to Tanglewood’s Popular Artists Series and we here at Applegate Inn have unveiled our Spring Fever Lodging special!

Tanglewood Music Festival may be primarily known as a celebration of classical symphonic, chamber, and chorale music but that’s certainly not all the event brings to the Berkshires each summer. The festival also celebrates musical theater and contemporary music, like jazz and pop.

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Spring Has Sprung at Berkshire Botanical Garden

April 13, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshire Botanical GardenThe signs of spring are all around us right now: blossoms, birdsong, and the annual opening of the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Berkshire Botanical Garden is open all year ’round – but their display gardens are only open May 1st through October 11.

Berkshire Botanical Garden (BBG), in Stockbridge, MA, is one of the oldest public display gardens in the Northeast. The garden’s meticulously groomed 15 acres include display gardens and walking trails throughout. Best of all, they’re just a little over 6 miles from the door of our Berkshires B&B.

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Bash Bish Falls and Other Magnificent Berkshires Waterfalls

March 22, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Bash Bish Falls and other magnificent Berkshires waterfalls

Bash Bish Falls

Applegate Inn is just down the road from Massachusetts’ highest waterfall, Bash Bish Falls. In fact, we’re surrounded by magnificent Berkshires waterfalls and spring is the perfect time to visit them!

There’s nothing like an active waterfall to refresh and rejuvenate your spirit. The soothing sight and sound of water cascading down over rocks and crags to splash in a receiving pool below can be almost hypnotic.

There are well over 30 popular waterfalls in Berkshire County. They vary in size and accessibility but all tend at their peak with spring runoff this time of year.

All 5 Berkshires waterfalls listed below are well within a scenic hour’s drive of Applegate Inn, our Lee, MA bed and breakfast. In fact, most are an easy half-hour away.

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So Many Great Things To Do In Lee MA

March 15, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Things To Do In Lee MAThe Berkshires of western Massachusetts offer something for everyone, no matter the season. Why, the things to do in Lee MA alone could keep you busy!

Applegate Inn is a four-season retreat located in the town of Lee, in the heart of the Berkshires. Our diverse and beautiful region is well worth exploring, and Applegate Inn makes the perfect “home base” for just such adventures.

We like to say that there’s always something to see or do in the Berkshires and it’s absolutely true. Between the area’s natural beauty and world-class offerings like the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Norman Rockwell Museum, you’re likely to spend more time figuring out what to miss than what to see.

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Visit Ioka Valley Farm In March For Massachusetts Maple Month!

February 22, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Ioka Valley Farm for Massachusetts Maple Month 2019It’s almost March and that means Massachusetts Maple Month! Come celebrate this sweet season with a visit to a local sugar house, like Ioka Valley Farm!

The Maple sugaring season in Massachusetts is a short one, typically running from mid-February to mid-March. This is the time when temperatures rise enough for the sugar maple sap to flow.

Sugarmakers collect the sap with taps and buckets, then boil it down in their sugarhouses to make pure and delicious Massachusetts maple. The sweet and seductive scent of maple from their operations is a wonderful part of the season. Come experience it during Massachusetts Maple Month!

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Get Your Tickets for the 2019 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series

February 8, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

2019 Tanglewood Popular ArtistsSnow is falling outside my window as I write this but I am warmed with thoughts of the upcoming 2019 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series of concerts. Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds, James Taylor for the 4th, Star Wars, The Goo Goo Dolls, and many others are on the summer schedule.

Tanglewood Music Festival is always worth considering when making your Berkshire getaway plans. The amount of talent that descends on the Tanglewood campus over the summer is truly stunning. It’s like a who’s who of the classical music world. Our recent post highlighting the 2019 Tanglewood Music Festival lineup illustrates that well enough.

As you likely already know, Tanglewood Music Festival isn’t restricted entirely to classical music. The annual Tanglewood Popular Artists Series is a fun aspect of the festival that brings a little bit of pop to the otherwise classical stage.

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Come Ski the Berkshires of Western MA

January 21, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Come Ski the Berkshires of Western MAThinking of enjoying a skiing getaway this winter? Great idea! Applegate Inn is conveniently close to many of the area’s best winter-sports resorts and has a variety of winter lodging specials to choose from. Come ski the Berkshires and save!

There’s nothing quite like a Berkshires skiing getaway. Whether you’re a fan of downhill, cross-country, or snowboarding, the Berkshires offer plenty of options. There are also great sledding spots, snowshoeing trails, and snowmobile tours! It’s a winter-sports wonderland!

Berkshires Lodging Specials

Applegate Inn makes it even easier to ski the Berkshires with our lodging specials!

We offer a mid-week Berkshires Skiing Special that gets you 2 ski lift tickets at Ski Butternut OR cross country skiing at Hilltop Orchards.

We’re also currently offering a Post-holiday Getaway Special that expires soon. A variety of other offers can be found on our Berkshires lodging specials and packages page. Be sure to check it out before you book your stay!

Ski the Berkshires of Western MA

As I said above, Applegate Inn is startlingly close to a great variety of Berkshires skiing opportunities. If you’re looking to ski the Berkshires, we’re well paced to be your base camp!

Cranwell Resortwww.cranwell.com
55 Lee Road, Lenox, MA – only 10 minutes from Applegate Inn. Though parts of the facility are currently undergoing renovation, skiing is still available.

Bousquet Mountain Ski Resortwww.bousquets.com
101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield, MA – only 15 minutes from Applegate Inn.

Canterbury Farm Cross Country Skiingwww.canterbury-farms.com
1986 Fred Snow Road, Becket, MA – only 20 minutes from Applegate Inn.

Ski Butternutwww.skibutternut.com
380 State Road, Route 23, Great Barrington, MA – only 20 minutes from Applegate Inn.

Hilltop Orchardswww.hilltoporchards.com
508 Canaan Road, Route 295, Richmond, MA – only 20 minutes from Applegate Inn.

Catamount Ski Areawww.catamountski.com
Route 23, South Egremont, MA – only 20 minutes from Applegate Inn.

Maple Corner Farmwww.maplecornerfarm.com
794 Beech Hill Road, Granville, MA – only 40 minutes from Applegate Inn.

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resortjiminypeak.com
37 Corey Road, Hancock, MA – only 40 minutes from Applegate Inn.

Notchviewwww.thetrustees.org
Old Route 9, Windsor, MA – only 45 minutes from Applegate Inn.

Berkshires Lodging

As you can see, ski options near our Berkshires B&B are plentiful. Take advantage of our lodging specials when you book your room and we’ll help get you out on the slopes for a fantastic winter getaway!

Enjoy A Berkshires Romantic Getaway This Valentine’s Day!

January 11, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Romantic GetawayEnjoy a Berkshires romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day and save with Applegate Inn’s Romance Package lodging special!

The ageless and quintessential beauty of the Berkshires lend themselves to all manners of romance. Our quiet and friendly villages are filled with wonderful shops, galleries, museums, and theatres. Our dining scene provides a wealth of options, from brewpubs and wineries to more intimate settings.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, a romantic Berkshires getaway is a great way to share some time together. Our Romance Package lodging special makes it easy while saving you money.

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Highlights of the 2019 Tanglewood Schedule

December 21, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Tanglewood Schedule 2019The 2019 Tanglewood schedule has been announced and tickets go on sale the morning of February 10th. Now is the time to make your plans for Tanglewood season 2019!

The announcement of the Tanglewood schedule is always an exciting and eagerly anticipated event. As the summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) the annual Tanglewood Music Festival brings classical music’s biggest names to the Berkshires stage every summer. This year is no exception, with a cornucopia of returning and first-time stars, premiers, and special events on the calendar.

2019 will see the opening of the Tanglewood Learning Institute and a full-performance of Wagner’s “Die Walküre.” 2019 will also feature the world premiere of “The Brightness of Light,” Kevin Puts’ piece based on letters between Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe.

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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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