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Summertime at Laurel Lake

August 14, 2013 by Katie Pate

Summers are meant to be spent near the water, if you ask me. We have a lovely pool at the Inn for swimming and lounging, however it can be fun to experience some fresh water while you are in the Berkshires as well.

Laurel Lake is only five minutes up the road from Applegate Inn Bed & Breakfast, where you can swim from a sandy beach with a lifeguard standing by.  There are also changing rooms, restrooms, a boat ramp and fishing is permitted.

This is a great place to spend the afternoon with a nice book and relax in the shade (or the sun, if you are working on a tan!) Pack a picnic, play some cards or lawn games and then head back to the B&B to freshen up for a delightful dinner at one of our recommended restaurants in the area.

Other Swimming Spots in the Berkshires Area

Lulu Brook in Pittsfield State Forest: An easy five minute hike brings you to an eight-foot cascade into a beautiful pool below.

"Card Lake, West Stockbridge, Mass." A Postcard from the ImageMuseum, (imagemuseum.sumgmug.com) a website with thousands of vintage postcards and photographs from Western Massachusetts.

“Card Lake, West Stockbridge, Mass.” A Postcard from the ImageMuseum, (imagemuseum.sumgmug.com) a website with thousands of vintage postcards and photographs from Western Massachusetts.

Card Lake in West Stockbirdge: Enjoy the cool, crisp and clear waters of this local lake.

Center Pond at Becket Town Beach in Becket: This small town swim spot offers free lessons every morning of the week.

Lake Mansfield in Great Barrington: Swimmers will find clear waters and a lifeguard-managed sandy beach area. Lifeguard on duty from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. during summer months.

Onota Lake at Burbank Park in Pittsfield: Located on the eastern shore of Onota Lake, Burbank Park is open year-round.  The public park is about 150 acres and offers a fishing pier and free public boat launch, picnic groves with grills, a public swimming beach with lifeguards during July and August and a walking path along the lake.

 

 

 

Housatonic River Fishing

July 17, 2013 by Katie Pate

The Housatonic River starts from four sources in the Berkshire mountains near the city of Pittsfield. It flows 149 miles southward through Massachusetts and Connecticut before emptying into the Long Island Sound.

Fishing is a major activity along the entire length of the river. Trout, bass, and perch are the most common catches. Enjoy some of the best fly fishing in southwestern Massachusetts. Fly fishing on the river has been compared with many western rivers and boasts some of the finest trophy trout fishing in the eastern US.

One of the most popular spots for fishing the Housatonic River is between the Falls Village Dam and the town of Cornwall Bridge in Litchfield County Connecticut, about an hour north of the Bed and Breakfast. However, there are local waters where excellent trout fishing takes place.

In Berkshire’s waters find large and small mouth bass, northern pike, white and yellow perch and trout of all varieties in abundance. Numerous brooks, rivers, ponds, and lakes are stocked with trout each year. Here are some of our favorite Berkshires fishing spots:

In Lee ~

  • Beartown Brook (west branch)
  • Hop Brook
  • Goose Pond
  • Greenwater Brook

    Laurel Lake in Lee, MA.

    Laurel Lake.

  • Laurel Lake
  • Washington Mountain Brook

In Lenox ~

  • Sawmill Brook
  • Marsh Brook
  • Yokum Brook
  • Laurel Lake

In Stockbridge ~

  • Marsh Brook
  • Stockbridge Bowl

An essential ingredient for any fishing trip is a free pamphlet containing abstracts of the Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Laws, available at local sporting goods shops. This pamphlet carefully outlines the rules and regulations of Massachusetts fishing and hunting. Also essential is a license, which can be obtained through either city or town clerks or through many local sporting goods stores.

Lodging for your Weekend in the Berkshires

Whether it is our lovely scenery and natural resources that draw you to the Berkshires, or our heady cultural and historical offerings, make Applegate Inn Bed and Breakfast your starting point for exploring the Berkshires.

 

 

History of the Lee Public Library

June 29, 2013 by Katie Pate

If you have an interest in American history or architecture, make sure to leave a little time during your Berkshires vacation to visit the Lee Library. A beautiful, quiet and historic place, stop in to browse the shelves or enjoy a quiet place to read for a while.

The Lee Library is the only remaining Carnegie library building in the Berkshires. Because of this, it is not only beautiful but also historically significant.

The present building is on the Peter Wilcox homestead. The Wilcox one-story, one-room log house was the location of Lee’s first town meeting held in December 1777.

The remaining original part of the building was constructed in 1907.

Photo circa 1911: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection (REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-D4-72599)

Photo circa 1911: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection (REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-D4-72599)

The total cost of the building, including the lot and furnishings, was $35,500. Andrew Carnegie donated $12,000, the town appropriated $18,300, and the remainder was donated by  citizens. Lee Marble Works quarried and cut the marble used in the construction of the building. The original section of the building is Corinthian in style, with interior woodwork of polished birch.

The library was expanded in 1977. Again, Lee Marble was used in the construction. The new wing tripled the size of the library to to 7,500 square feet. The addition includes the Betty Dennis Children’s Room, stacks, a reading room, and the Gallery.

What is a Carnegie Library?

Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated money to build a total of 2,509 libraries between 1883 and 1929, including some belonging to public and university library systems. 1,689 were built in the United States, 660 in Britain and Ireland, 125 in Canada, and others in Australia, New Zealand, Serbia, the Caribbean, Mauritius and Fiji.

Very few towns that requested a grant – and agreed to his terms  – were refused. The last grant was made in 1919 and there were 3,500 libraries in the United States; nearly half of them built with construction grants paid by Carnegie.

Lodging for your Berkshires Vacation

Whether you are visiting the Berkshires to take in modern American art at Tanglewood or Jacob’s Pillow, natural beauty or history, the Berkshires has something for everyone. We would love to be your hosts at our Bed and Breakfast in Lee, the gateway to the Berkshires.

Berkshire Special Places Tour

June 14, 2013 by Katie Pate

Would you like to see some of the most beautiful places in the Berkshire communities of Lee and Becket? Join us for a very special tour called “Gardens, Grounds and Properties of Lee.” Taking place on Sunday, June 23rd from noon to 4 p.m. this tour will lead you to six unique Lee and Becket properties. You will be provided with a map which directs you to delightful surprises: music, literature, family farms and even a former brothel. A dairy farm with frozen yogurt will be a refreshing treat and beautiful gardens are certainly on the itinerary.

Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Get yours at Karen Keenan Gifts on Main Street in Lee or at the Lee Chamber of Commerce booth on Park Place. You can also call 413.243.0852 for more information and to purchase tickets. chamber-garden-tour-2013

Other Special Places to Visit near the B&B

There are so many unique and beautiful attractions in the Berkshires, they are much too numerous for one blog post. However, we will give you a run down of some of the most popular sites in our area:

  • Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Tanglewood Jazz Festival, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
  • Jacob’ Pillow Dance Studio and Festival
  • Clark Institute
  • Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Greenock Country Club for golf and tennis (across the street from our Inn)
  • Lee Premium Outlet Mall
  • the beach at Laurel Lake
  • Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington
  • Colonial Theater in Pittsfield
  • Butternut Ski Area

Amenities at the Inn

You don’t have to leave our grounds to have a great day. Well, you will need to get dinner…but other than that, Applegate Inn has park-like grounds with a heated pool, lounge furniture and even hammocks. We provide an excellent environment for rest and relaxation.

 

 

Berkshire Art Galleries in Lee

May 29, 2013 by Katie Pate

Looking to take in some culture while visiting the Berkshires? We have a few suggestions for fun and interesting art galleries to visit in the small town of Lee, where our bed and breakfast is located.

The Good Purpose Art Gallery, 40 Main Street: The Good Purpose Art Gallery features  the work of professional artists who are in the College Internship Program, a comprehensive post-secondary program for young adults with Asperger’s, ADHD and other Learning Differences.

The lovely St. Francis Gallery

The lovely St. Francis Gallery

The St. Francis Gallery, 1370 Pleasant Street: The St. Francis Gallery, opened in August, 2012, is a not-for-profit organization founded by Dr. Philip Pryjma. All proceeds from the St. Francis Gallery benefit the Sawa Sawa foundation, which works to build and strengthen communities in impoverished nations. The gallery features contemporary work in different media by local artists.

Animagic Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art, 135 Main Street: The slogan at Animagic is “for kids from 5 to 95,” so you know going in, this space is lighthearted and fun. When you arrive, observe ceramics and other works by Irina Borisova,  a multi-talented artist and co-owner of Animagic.

After that, you can take a guided tour of Animagic, showcasing the surprisingly rich special effects history of the Berkshires. See original models used in famous movies and a genuine Academy Award won by Eugene Mamut, a co-owner of Animagic. Learn about modern technologies that made such blockbuster movies as The Matrix, X-Men and Chicken Run possible. The tour is free and takes about 20 minutes. A variety of hands-on activities are also available.

This is just a small sample of what we have to offer, and look how diverse the selection! If you would like to see something in particular, do not hesitate to ask your innkeepers – they have extensive knowledge about the area and its attractions. We hope to see you in the Berkshires this summer!

Things to do in the Berkshires: Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Lee

May 8, 2013 by Katie Pate

You can get a walking tour map from the Lee visitor information center at the Chamber of Commerce, a 2 Park Place. Here are some of our favorite stops on the tour:

Congregational Church. (25 Park Place) The 150-foot steeple makes this church the tallest structure in town. It is an unusually fine example of Romanesque style of architecture and it is the dominant feature of the green on which it stands. It was burned down in the Main Street fire of 1857 and rebuilt. Afterwards, it became a favorite item of gossip in other Congregational churches in the Berkshires because it was too ornate and fancy. From June through October tours are given every Saturday morning from 11 am to 1 pm.

Lee Library. (100 Main St.) The original part of the Lee Library was built in 1907 and is the only remaining “Carnegie library” building in the Berkshires. Lee Marble Works quarried and cut the local marble used in the construction.

The Historic Lee Library

The Historic Lee Library

Memorial Hall. (32 Main St.) Built in 1874, the town offices and Lee Police Station are housed here. The entire structure is a Civil War Memorial. Etched on tablets inside the building read the names of 38 Lee men killed in the War Between the States.

St. George Episcopal Church. (20 Franklin St) The Church was built in 1858. In 1861, it was burned to the ground. After another fire in 1879, several improvements were made to the building. Most notable among them were two beautiful stained glass windows.  One, entitled “The Light of the World”, was installed in the nave of the church.  The window pictures Jesus knocking at a door with no outside latch, bringing the message that hearts, like the door, should be open.

Visiting the Berkshires this Summer?

Come and stay with us at the Applegate Inn Bed and Breakfast. Between our expansive grounds, pool and luxurious guestrooms, you will be thrilled with your choice!

 

Girls Getaway Ideas: Lee Premium Outlets

April 26, 2013 by Katie Pate

Looking to plan a get together with the girls this spring? Why not take a weekend or overnight trip to the Berkshires and shop to your heart’s content at the Lee Premium Outlets? With 60 outlet stores, you are sure to find something (well, maybe a few things) you can’t live without, along with a perfect gift for Mother’s Day. Find impressive savings at Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Brooks Brothers, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Talbots and more. See the full listing on shops on the Outlet mall website.

Catch a quick lunch at one of their eateries. Don’t forget summer is around the corner! Hit up the Sunglasses Hut, Michael Kors or Coach and get yourself some shades.

Mother’s Day Getaway?

Maybe taking your mother (and sister and their best friends) to the Berkshires could be a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day this year!

The Lee Premium Outlets

The Lee Premium Outlets

Go shopping together and enjoy staying at our beautiful bed and breakfast. We have 10 luxuriant guestrooms or select our carriage house suite, an independent cottage separated from the main house, with two bedrooms. Start your day right with one of our delicious home made breakfasts.

Along with beautiful rooms, the grounds at Applegate Inn will be a pleasant addition. Relax on the porch near the pool in wicker furniture with comfortable cushions, perfect for starting a good book or chatting with friends.

Get some sun in the lounge chairs at the pool’s edge. Lounge chairs can easily be moved under one of our two apple trees that flank the pool if you need some shade later in the afternoon. Two comfortable hammocks are also located near the pool.

Come and see us this spring!

 

The Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts

April 11, 2013 by Katie Pate

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT) is a hiking path that runs 2175 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. Ninety miles of this long-distance trail are in Massachusetts, running along the tops of the ridges and through the valleys of Berkshire County.

The Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts provides diverse hiking opportunities for long-distance backpackers. However, there are also beautiful and accessible routes for the day hiker. The AT travels over Mount Everett in the south, Mount Greylock in the north and and through the Housatonic and Hoosac Valley’s small towns.

Appalachian Trail Day Hikes

These are some of the hikes closest to our Berkshires Inn, in Lee.

Click on the image for a PDF of the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts.

Click on the image for a PDF of the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts.

Cobble Hill. This a 3.4 mile round trip hike that starts at Main Road in Lee, 5 miles Southeast of US 20. There is limited parking along the roadside. Head South on the trail; after .1 miles, cross the Hop Brook bridge. At mile 0.8, pass through a hemlock grove and cross a small stream. 0.3 miles later, cross Jerusalem Road, which puts you in the Tyringham Cobble Reservation. Another 0.3 miles from the road crossing, reach a side trail (the 0.3 miles) to the top of Cobble Hill for a rewarding view.  Retrace your steps to complete the hike.

Warner Hill. This is an easy 1.4 mile round trip hike originating in Pittsfield. Reach the trail by following Blotz Road 6 miles east out of Pittsfield or for 1.3 miles west from Massachusetts 8. From Blotz Rd. head South on the trail and climb .7 miles through a dense evergreen forest to the top of Warner Hill. A cairn that sits a few feet to the left of the Trail marks the summit.  Retrace your steps to complete the hike.

Rest Your Feet On Our Hearth!

After a day of exploring the Appalachian Trail and the natural beauty of the Berkshires, head back to our bed and breakfast for a comfortable room with fireplace to warm your feet. Or perhaps a deep soaking tub is what you’d prefer. Either way, we have what you need!

 

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2013

March 25, 2013 by Katie Pate

While you may feel like it is still winter, the Spring has arrived and summer will be just around the corner!

One of the biggest events of the Berkshire summer is the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. This is the longest-running dance festival in the nation; Jacob’s Pillow plays host to more than 50 dance companies. There will be over 350 free and ticketed performances, talks, exhibits, films, classes, tours, and community events. The festival takes place over 10 weeks (mostly weekends) of the summer, starting with the Opening Gala on Saturday June 15th and ending the last weekend of August.

Pre-Season Tickets

Jacob’s Pillow is offering a variety of different ways to get to the front of the line when ordering tickets for the performances you want to see the most.

By becoming a member (minimum $60 donation) a subscriber (purchase tickets to 5 or more events) you can purchase your tickets before April 8, when they go on sale to the public.

Subscriber Packages

If you are unsure which performances you would like to attend when becoming a subscriber, Jacob’s Pillow has grouped shows together based on themes: Around the World, Ballet Lovers, Music Lovers, American Artists and the Variety Package.

2103 Festival Highlights

Here are a couple of the performances already slated for early this summer:

DANCE THEATER OF HARLEM (June 19-23) The preeminent American dance company opens the Festival with The Lark Ascending by Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine’s masterwork Agon, and more.

COMPAGNIE KÄFIG (June 26-30) The sold-out hip-hop show of 2012 returns! Experience the virtuosity, humor, and irresistible energy of this unique production from Brazil and France.

Lodging in Lee, MA

Our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast is located in the quaint town of Lee, about 20 minutes away from Jacob’s Pillow. We are business partners with the dance company and one of the most convenient accommodations to the festival.

Do you have your David Sedaris Tickets?

March 10, 2013 by Katie Pate

One of America’s consummate satirists is coming to the Berkshires! It is not too early to buy your ticket for David Sedaris’ show in Great Barrington on April 6. A quick 20 minute drive from our Berkshires bed and breakfast in Lee brings you to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, at 14 Castle St. where Sedaris will be speaking.

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris is established as one of America’s dominant humor writers. With great skill, Sedaris cuts through through cultural euphemisms and political correctness, showing Sedaris as master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

Here are some highlights from a review by Scotty Zacher of the Chicago Theater Beat:

“Mr. Sedaris tells the first fable from the point of view of a curious owl that asks questions of the more interesting prey. This owl is on a quest to be more than just his appetites and drive to hunt. If the prey has an interesting story, the owl releases it only to watch his parasitic (and hilariously stupid) family show up to eat the poor creatures anyway. The tales are told in a matter of fact style that is both absurd and surreal. I have yet to shake the image of the owl’s passive aggressive mother arriving as he is about to snack on an unfortunate rabbit.

Good storytellers reveal the world more than tell the listener or reader something new. There are a multitude of facts on this planet but Sedaris crafts the story behind them and puts a kaleidoscope spin on even scientific facts. As part of the owl fable, there is something revealed about leeches and hippos that could have been a gross out moment. I took away a new attitude about leeches and a new respect for gerbils.”

If you are a Sedaris fan, this is a night well worth the $45 – $65 ticket price.

 

New Productions from Shakespeare & Company in Lenox and the Barrington Stage Company

February 24, 2013 by Katie Pate

The Berkshires is known as an artful place – whether it’s the Tanglewood Music Festival, charming art galleries in town or performances, we have a rich cultural tradition here.

Two local theater companies have new productions out right now. So take a getaway from the city to the Berkshires for a weekend of impressive performances!

10×10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage Company

Running through March 3rd at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center. 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield MA.
Thurs-Fri-Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 3 p.m.
$20 Thursday evenings and Sat-Sun matinees; $25 Friday and Saturday evenings

Head to Pittsfield, about 20 minutes north of our Berkshire Inn, to the St. Germain Stage for an evening of ten 10-minute plays by 10 different playwrights, featuring seven talented actors as part of the 2013 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival. Fortunately for you, the show is running for an extended three week period!

The Lair by Shakespeare & Company in Lenox

The Liar by Shakespeare & Company in Lenox MA.

The Liar by Shakespeare & Company in Lenox MA.

Running through March 24th at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theater. 70 Kemble Street, Lenox MA.
Fri-Sat at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
$22-$42 for Friday and Saturdays; $15-$25 for Sunday matinees

A tangled web of lies, misdirected advances and the unmistakable confusion of love, The Liar has all of the ingredients that make for a great French farce.

The truth will set most people free, but for Dorante, the disingenuous hero, a sequence of fibs may pave a convoluted road to happiness. A hilarious farce about mistaken identity, The Liar was originally penned by the classic 17th-century French playwright Pierre Corneille, in 1664. This adaptation by award-winning American playwright David Ives merges the iambic humor of classic verse with a contemporary twist.

Let Us Be Your Berkshires Lodging!

Whatever brings you to the Berkshires, theater or Tanglewood, Skiing or sketching, we would love to host you in our elegant and spacious inn, located in Lee, MA.

 

Stay with us during your Ski Trip to Butternut or Catamount

February 7, 2013 by Katie Pate

Visiting Butternut Ski?

Ski Butternut is regarded by many as the number one Massachusetts ski resort. Located on the East Mountain, ski Butternut provides 110 acres of skiing, spread across 22 trails. All of the trails are also supplemented with man-made snow as necessary.

Butternut is a friendly resort that also has many family – oriented ski areas, ideal for youngsters just learning to ski or snowboard. Ski Butternut is also affordable, offering bargain ski lift tickets and downright cheap season passes. Of course, they also offer ski and snowboard lessons and rental skis or snowboard packages.

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Berkshires Downhill Ski Areas

January 27, 2013 by Katie Pate

Last post, we talked about places to cross country ski near the inn. For this post, we target those that live for the thrill and speed of alpine skiing!

Typically, our area of the Berkshires doesn’t get as much snow as the New England coast, but the snow stays longer. The first flakes fall before Thanksgiving and gets heavier in mid-December. By January the snow is building up as temperatures drop. A thaw at the end of January cleans the palate for the February storms. In March there are often early signs of spring, but the white stuff usually lingers into April.

That adds up to a four month ski season, give or take a few weeks. But that’s just the natural stuff.

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Cross Country Ski Berkshire Style

January 12, 2013 by Katie Pate

Come and enjoy the pristine, snowy trails of the Berkshire winter! We have a couple favorite places to cross country ski that are close to our Berkshire bed and breakfast in Lee, MA.

Canterbury Farm

With 22 Kilometers of groomed and tracked trails, you ski alongside beautiful brooks, beaver ponds, stone walls, lakes, fields and mountains. It is very picturesque! The trails meander through old wood stands and you really feel like you are deep in the wilderness. Other trails are wider for excellent ski skating.

If you’re a beginner, ski instructors will teach you the best techniques and skills so you can quickly be off to enjoy the winter woods. The rental equipment at Canterbury is well maintained and their ski shop employees can help you with fitting or repairs to your ski equipment. They also have hot chili, soup, wraps, cold and hot drinks and snacks available.

Ice skating is also available, with with optional lessons and equipment rentals.

Canterbury Farm is located at 1986 Fred Snow Rd. in Becket, about a 15 minute drive from the Inn.

Hilltop Orchard

Hilltop Orchard has well groomed ski trails

Hilltop Orchard has well groomed ski trails

The Orchard has lovely trails as well. In fact, Hilltop was called “The coziest place to cross country ski in the Berkshires” by Berkshire Magazine in 2012. 100% of trails are groomed for both classic and skating-style skiing – great for beginners and intermediates. The wooded country trails will challenge more experienced skiers. The scenic views into the southern Berkshires are breathtaking!

Trails Fees: $15 for adults, $12 children 12 and under. $1 off for seniors. Half days start at 2pm and are $12 for adults and $10 for children.

Hilltop Orchard is also a winery. If you’re traveling as a couple and skiing is not an interest for both of you, one of you can relax in the ‘Barrel Room’ on the comfy leather couches and enjoy a huge natural stone fireplace and LCD TV. Warm up with your sweetie upon their return from the trails with some hot chocolate, cider or a glass of wine.

Hilltop Orchard is on the border of Massachusetts and New York at Rt. 508 Canaan Rd. in Richmond, MA; about 20 minutes from our Inn.

Berkshire Events – Gilded Age Museum and Arrowhead, Home of Herman Melville

December 29, 2012 by Katie Pate

Are you a fan of Downton Abbey? Does the phrase “Call me Ishmael” have a special meaning for you? If you said “yes” to either of these statements, we have some upcoming Berkshire events that might peak your interest.

Herman Melville’s home, named Arrowhead, is the site where Moby Dick was written. The home will be open during the holiday season on weekends through January 13 for public tours. Hours are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with tours on the hour at 11,12,1 and 2. The shop is open with gifts for all the history and literature buffs in your life.
Also recently opened is The Melville Trail. The intent of the Trail is to deepen the public’s understanding of Herman Melville’s connection to and love of many places in Berkshire County. Four of his most beloved locales now have permanent interpretive panels. Find them at Arrowhead, Pontoosuc Lake, Berkshire Athenaeum and Monument Mountain.

Berkshire Events

Arrowhead – the home of Herman Melville in Pittsfield MA

Also included on the trail are eight more places that Melville loved. Park Square, Hancock Shaker Village, Crane Museum of Paper Making, Balance Rock, Lenox Court House, Tanglewood/Hawthorne Cottage, October Mountain and of course Mount Greylock.
Although Melville’s work belongs to the world, it was the Berkshires that inspired him.

Ventfort Hall Mansion

On Saturday January 12 at 3 p.m. the Gilded Age Museum at Ventfort Hall presents a Tea and Talk. “Lords, Ladies & Mummies: The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey” will be the subject with Curt DiCamillo as the speaker. DiCamillo is an architectural historian and a recognized authority on the British country house. The lecture coincides with the third season of the highly popular fictional television series Downton Abbey returning to American television. A snow date has been scheduled for Saturday, January 19, at 3:00 pm. A Victorian High Tea will follow the program.

Looking for a Massachusetts Getaway? We hope you will consider staying at our romantic Berkshire bed and breakfast – we would love to be your hosts!

Red Chair Travels to the Best Bed and Breakfasts in New England

December 13, 2012 by Katie Pate

Red Chair has arrived in the Berkshires!

What, you may be asking, is the ‘Red Chair?’ Well, here is a description from the Red Chair Travels website that will clarify:

“The Red Chair is a symbol, a movement,  a phenomenon,  a happening.  Not just a simple wooden chair, this bright red vintage object is moving from place to beautiful place, exploring the best of New England all this year.

Move aside Flat Stanley, lie down garden gnome, hang yourself out to dry traveling pants… the Red Chair has arrived and captured the hearts and minds of America.  This humble desk accoutrement, crimson paint peeling and wooden legs wobbling, will journey around New England building connections, meeting innkeepers and generally exploring some of the most beautiful corners of our country.”

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Myself and Len with the Red Chair at our Inn

Sounds fun, right? The Red Chair’s visit to our Berkshires bed and breakfast was a great way for us to share with travelers all that the Berkshires has to offer as well as our thriving little community of Lee. Here are the places we brought the Red Chair:

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Berkshire During the Holidays

November 21, 2012 by Katie Pate

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and that means Christmas is just around the corner! Here in the Berkshires, we are starting to feel the holiday spirit. In this post, we have some events that will help you get in the winter wonderland mood as well.

Hoffman Pottery: For Sale and Design-Your-Own

This artist’s shop is offering big deals for the Holidays! Get 10% off the entire Helix Collection, 15% off garden sculptures and 25-75% off already discontinued lines for the rest of 2012. Buying from a local artist and business owner is a great way to be a responsible consumer. If you’ve got your young ones in tow, bring in the whole family for a Plate-Painting Party! There’s no gift grandparents like more than a hand-made item from their grandchild to cherish. Hoffman Pottery is open daily.

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Berkshire Concerts in November & Early December

November 10, 2012 by Katie Pate

As the weather gets cold and the night sets in early, a great way to spend the evening out is at a concert. Forget about the cold and the wet outside while enjoying the pulse of the beat and the warmth you feel while dancing or hearing your favorite song.

Upcoming Concerts in the Berkshires Area

Gaia Roots: The Colonial Theatre (111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA ) Gaia Roots World Music and Dance Ensemble is an all-female performance troupe that blends drumming, dance and vocal harmonies into a unique enactment of traditional music and original creations. They draw inspiration from the roots music of West Africa, the Caribbean and many other traditions from around the world. November 24th. Performance & Workshop: $15 at 7pm; Workshop only: $10 at 7pm; Performance only: $10 at 8pm.

Mary Verdi and Tony Lee Thomas host Christmas at The Colonial Theater (111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA): This lively show begins the holiday season with all your favorite Christmas songs! Mary Verdi is a local singer and songwriter who takes the stage with her seven piece band, bell choir, dancers, children singers and of course Santa Claus! Don’t miss this family-friendly Christmas show! December 1 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

The Temptations: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA):The Temptations are known as one of the most acclaimed and successful acts to record for Motown records. December 2 at 7pm. Tickets $80-$50.

Arlo Guthrie: The Colonial Theater (111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA): With Woody’s 100th birthday approaching, Arlo’s new solo tour is a celebration of Woody Guthrie’s immeasurable contributions to the landscape of American folk music. Best known for his song “This Land is Our Land,” Woody was a giant in the folk movement, inspiring a generation of new folk musicians, including Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Bob Dylan and of course his son, Arlo. December 6 at 8pm.

If any of these artists or shows peak your interest, consider making a real event out of it with a stay at our fine Lenox, MA bed and breakfast. We have several specials you might want to take advantage of – including a romance package, mid-week specials (some of the concerts are mid-week) and more.

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