Looking to soak up some of that beautiful Berkshires scenery? Take a cruise along the Jacob’s Ladder Trail. The historic, 35 mile Scenic Byway treats its travelers to gorgeous views of the southern Berkshires between Lee and Russell, MA.
Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway, part of U.S. Highway 20, runs from Russell, MA, to the Lee/Lenox town line, here in Berkshire County. In between, the road takes you through the towns of Huntington, Chester, and Becket. The area has seen less development than other parts of New England, leaving it rich in culture yet charming and unpretentious.
The Trail will also take you through plenty of lush nature scenery, too. It crosses over the Appalachian Trail, through three State Forests, past Jacob’s Pillow, across Westfield River, and up Mount Tekoa. You’ll see ponds, streams, hiking trails, campgrounds, scenic overlooks, and much more.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
Get in the “spirit” for Halloween all through the month of October in the Berkshires with Ghost Tours at Edith Wharton’s The Mount!
Edith Wharton’s The Mount is always good for a visit. Edith Wharton (1832-1937) was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer who wrote over 40 books in 40 years, including “The Age of Innocence,” “Ethan Frome,” and “The House of Mirth.” She was the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, among other honors.
October, peak foliage season for the Massachusetts Berkshires, is just weeks away. If you’re an unabashed leaf-peeper, now is the time to plan your Berkshires fall foliage getaway!
There is always something to see or do in the Berkshires but few things exceed the beauty or popularity of our colorful fall foliage. Bright displays of leafy color under a crisp, blue autumn sky are inspiring, drawing you out of doors to soak up their magnificence.
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the Berkshires fall foliage is with a short road trip. The scenic byways of the Berkshires offer endless possibilities but a few favorites come to mind.
The 26th annual Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts show is right around the corner, August 19th and 20th, 2017. This beloved event has become a regional staple, drawing talented artisans and craftspeople from around the region for nearly 30 years.
Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping – or even something just for you!
Frelinghuysen and Morris in front of one of their home’s frescoes.
The Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio in Lenox, MA is the historic home of two American abstract artists: George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen.
Suzy Frelinghuysen and George L.K. Morris played a large role in the rise of abstract art in America. This remarkable couple created a Berkshire home that reflected their aesthetics. Now you can tour that home, preserved as it was when they lived in it!
The Frelinghuysen Morris House is a Bauhaus-inspired, Modernist structure of white planes and glass blocks that stands out from its Gilded Age neighbors.
The Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum in Lenox, MA is your ticket to the fun and exciting world of railroad history in the Berkshires – and don’t miss the chance to ride on the Hoosac Valley Service Train!
The Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) is a fast track to the past, beginning at the historic and restored, 1903 Lenox Station.
Here you can explore Berkshires railway history through the museum’s historical and technical exhibits, the O-gauge model train display, and via a ride on the Yard Jitney!
The holidays can be a magical time but, let’s face it, they can also be a lot of work and stressful. Why not start your new year off right by giving yourself the rejuvenating gift of a Berkshires Spa Getaway?
Applegate Inn’s convenient location in the Berkshire countryside allows us to offer the promise of a quiet, relaxing atmosphere while also keeping within easy reach of such local institutions as Tanglewood, Jacob’s Ladder, and the Norman Rockwell Museum. We’re also close to some great shopping opportunities, wonderful galleries, fine restaurants, and numerous spas, gyms, and wellness centers.
Ventfort Hall Mansion in Lenox, MA is an imposing, Jacobean Revival-style mansion built by the J.P. Morgan family in the late 1800’s and is now restored as a Gilded Age Museum you can tour!
If you’ve seen the film “Cider House Rules,” this Berkshires mansion may look a little familiar to you – the exterior of Ventfort Hall was used as St. Cloud’s Orphanage in the movie. Beyond that, the iconic building has been a dormitory for Tanglewood music students, a summer hotel, the Michel Fokine Ballet Summer Camp, and community housing for a religious organization – but before that, it was just another Berkshire Cottage.
The recent sighting of an albino humpback whale off Australia’s Gold Coast put Moby Dick in many people’s minds – but did you know the house where Melville wrote his famous book – Arrowhead the Herman Melville House – is right here in the Berkshires?
Herman Melville published 11 novels, 17 short stories, and even more poems – but chances are, one title of this classic, American author is the first that comes rushing to mind: Moby Dick.
If you’re looking for a little something spooky to do this Halloween, how about a Berkshires Ghost Tour at Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount?
The Mount, was designed by Edith Wharton in 1902 as her home and writer’s retreat and is now both a historic site and the only monument to Edith Wharton in the United States.
Beyond historically significant exhibits and events available to the public year ’round at The Mount, October brings out the spooky in this otherwise stately cultural venue in the form of, among other Halloween events, Ghost Tours! Given Wharton’s own history with the paranormal, it’s an appropriate offering.
Edith Wharton didn’t only pen the occasional ghost story, she was also troubled by the supernatural, stating that she was “haunted by formless horrors” and once described feeling “some dark undefinable menace … I could feel it behind me, upon me; and if there was any delay in the opening of the door I was seized by a choking agony of terror.”
Sold by the Wharton’s in 1911, The Mount became part of Foxhollow School for Girls in 1942. During this time, residents reported hearing unexplained noises and odd sensations in the old, Wharton servant and family quarters. Similarly, when Shakespeare & Co. used The Mount as both dormitory and theater in the late 70’s, numerous people reported odd noises and visions of figures in old-fashioned clothing!
Now’s your chance to find out find out if Edith Wharton’s old home is still inhabited by otherworldly beasties – with a Berkshires ghost tour of The Mount!
Visit The Mount for a special evening ghost tour this October and see for yourself if the paranormal activity others have reported in the servants’ quarters, stables, and formal rooms register for you. Ghost Tours at The Mount are available throughout October:
Berkshires Ghost Tours at The Mount
Fridays, 5:45pm or 7pm
Saturday, October 25, 5:45pm or 7pm
If it’s rattling chains and moaning spooks you’re after, our Berkshires bed & breakfast may disappoint but, on the flip-side, you’ll have more than a ghost of a chance of a good night’s rest when you stay at Applegate Inn – and, come morning, you’ll feel downright spirited after one of our signature breakfasts! Applegate Inn offers 11 beautifully appointed suites with private baths, fireplaces, and spa tubs to provide you with true relaxation – stay with us and enjoy real Berkshires comfort!
There’s never a bad time to visit the Berkshires but one of the most popular times is now – autumn – when the Berkshires fall foliage comes to life with beautiful colors and the area abounds with fun things to do and see.
While many parts of the country begin to wind down once summer passes, the Berkshires heat up (so to speak) with a variety of events including things like down-home harvest festivals and parades, special concerts, parties, tours, and more.
There isn’t any one reason why the Berkshires became the cultural destination it is but, if you were looking for a cause, The Clark Art Institute would be a major contender.
The Clark Art Institute’s collection includes a broad array of pieces, from European and American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts that range from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century – and it was begun in the early 1900’s by entrepreneur, soldier, explorer Robert Sterling Clark, and his wife, Francine.
Shakers are known for their mode of simple living and their iconic architecture and furniture. Did you know the single, largest Shaker community in the US was once very close by: the Mount Lebanon Shaker Village.
The Mount Lebanon Shaker Village was founded in 1787 and remained the single largest communal society in America for 160 years, with over 6,000 acres and 100 buildings.
If you have never seen Bash Bish Falls, located on the state line of NY and MA in Mt. Washington, you’re missing what is undoubtedly the most spectacular waterfall in Massachusetts.
Bash Bish Falls name has to be onomatopoeia. Runoff and spring-fed waters splash over a series of dramatic gorges before tumbling down 80 feet into the pools below – what a sight! It is well worth the moderate hike from the parking area at Bash Bish Falls State Park.
Bash Bish Falls are gorgeous and entrancing even when there hasn’t been much rain. With spring’s rains, however, Bash Bish Falls are going to be quite spectacular once more. Soon they’ll be filling the air and covering the nearby foliage (and visitors!) with mist from all that bashing, bishing water.