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The Berkshires Autumn Attractions

September 20, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

So many things to do in a Berkshires Autumn

So many things to do in a Berkshires Autumn

As summer’s greens turn to autumn’s golds and harvest time gets into full swing, New England comes to life with things to see and do. From fresh-pressed apple cider and festivals to hiking and biking, there is no end to the Berkshires autumn attractions.

Get out and revel in the autumn air with a Berkshires tradition: the 46th annual Mount Greylock Ramble! Starting 8am, Columbus’ Day, in Adams, MA, thousands of hikers will make the ascent up the Cheshire Harbor Trail to the summit of the state’s highest mountain for an incredible view of the region’s seasonal colors!

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Plan Ahead to Enjoy the Fall Colors in the Berkshires

September 2, 2012 by

Lee MA Berkshires Fall Colors

Fall foliage in the Berkshires…plan ahead for your fall viewing vacation at our elegant Lee, MA bed and breakfast.

Summer is coming to its end… which means the spectacular show of the Berkshires fall foliage is about to begin! Plan your relaxing stay at our Berkshires bed and breakfast during the height of autumn color in October.

There are so many ways to take in that beautiful explosion of red, yellow and orange! The cool crisp air of fall is the perfect time to be active. Take an easy nearby hike on the Appalachian Trail. A leisurely bike ride in town or country will reward you with scenic views of our lakes and hills. If you love to kayak, there’s nothing better than getting on a peaceful lake ringed by trees bursting with color. Go for pure nature by visiting our local parks or visit quaint Berkshires towns to see the harmony of New England historic buildings set against the backdrop of hills drenched in color.

The arts and culture of the Berkshires will also enliven you during your fall foliage vacation in the Berkshires. Live theater, musical concerts and visual arts of the highest quality are part of the Berkshires landscape year-round. See our Things to Do page for more ideas on museums, performances and outdoor activities you can enjoy during your stay.

September 21-23, 2012 Lee Founders Day
A fall visit to our Berkshires B&B is also well-timed to join in Lee’s annual heritage celebration. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy local culinary delights at the Taste of Lee, plus a colorful parade, live music and other fun events and activities. For more information on the Lee, MA Founders Day, please visit

You can also relax at our stately Berkshires accommodations with its grounds and gardens putting on their own autumn show. You can take in the view from your luxurious room or sit in a comfortable chair on the spacious screened-in porch. If you love the fresh air and the sight of the fall leaves outside, you can have your full gourmet breakfast on the porch too.

Fall will soon be here…Be sure to book your room today and experience fall in the Berkshires and the warm hospitality of our Lee, MA B&B near Stockbridge.

Summer in the Berkshires

May 25, 2012 by Applegate Inn

Guests come to our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast during the summer to bask in the beauty of nature and enjoy outdoor recreation. They also come to immerse themselves in the extraordinary art and culture that’s found here.

Appalachian Trail, Berkshires Massachusetts

Hike the Appalachian Trail this summer.

One day they can hike the Appalachian Trail. The next day they can visit world-renowned museums like The Clark and watch a performance by the Hong Kong Ballet. In between, they can dine in fabulous restaurants and lounge by the pool of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast.

Each summer brings a plethora of festivals to the Berkshires. Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow Dance, the two most widely known festivals, draw audiences from all over the world. Other festivals, such as the Berkshires Art Festival, are smaller but also well regarded. Guests of our Berkshires Inn find there is plenty to do during the summer, and also plenty of space in which to do nothing.

The truth is, the Berkshire region of Massachusetts is a marvelous place for a summer vacation. Come see for yourself.



Be a Berkshire Locavore

April 17, 2012 by Applegate Inn

raspberries berkshires

Summer at Applegate means fresh raspberries.

We’re proud to be members of the Berkshire community, and to own and operate a Berkshires Bed and Breakfast.

Sharing the beauty and bounty of the Berkshires is one of the best parts of the work we do. We love to help guests discover our “back yard” during their stay.

One of the ways we do this here at our Berkshire Inn is through the food we serve.

Berkshires locavore

One of the great pleasures of life: eating food you’ve grown

We are members of Berkshire Grown, an organization dedicated to supporting local food and farms. Whenever we can, we purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables and locally raised meats. As you know if you’ve stayed with us in the past, many of the herbs and summer vegetables that end up in our breakfasts are grown in our own garden.

Many of our guests travel from great distances to experience the communities and natural beauty of the Berkshires. It’s the least we can do to serve foods that reflect the land our guests have come to visit.

To learn more about Berkshire Grown, please visit their website.

To enjoy the bounty of the Berkshires, come to Applegate Inn.

A Night Out in the Berkshires

April 10, 2012 by Applegate Inn

Many of the people who travel to Berkshires Bed and Breakfasts come from the large metropolitan areas of New York, Boston, and Hartford. Others come from smaller cities in and around the Northeast: Albany, NY; Manchester, NH; Worcester, MA. We have many guests from Canada and many from the Midwest. New England draws people from everywhere.

Experience The Ring Cycle at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington.

Spending an evening at one of our local theaters is a favorite activity for guests of Berkshire Inns, no matter where they call home.

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington offers sensational programming year-round. Dance, music, theater, opera, and film are all showcased in this restored, historic theater. In the next two months alone, guests of Applegate Inn may:

  • Watch the 1953 film Titanic (April 15)
  • Hear China’s “Empress of Pipa”, soloist Liu Fang and CEWM–Trade Winds–From China with Love (April 21)
  • Laugh with Comedian Bobby Collins (May 5)
  • Experience The Met Opera Ring Cycle (May 7-20)

The newly restored Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield also offers year-round programming. On April 17, 2012, our guests may see The Magic of Bill Blagg Live, a show that has been called “The Second City meets David Copperfield.” Bon Journey, a Bon Jovi and Journey tribute band, performs on April 20; and the Bronx Wanderers take the stage on the 27th to share their love of doo-wop and rock n’ roll.

Adding theater to a Berkshires Bed and Breakfast getaway makes time here that much more memorable. So go ahead, have a night out on the town in Pittsfield or Great Barrington.

Mid Week Romance in the Berkshires

March 26, 2012 by Applegate Inn

Who says romance has to be limited to weekends? Well, maybe nobody actually said that, but many people live as if that’s true. We say, cast that belief system aside. Have a little mid week romance in the Berkshires.

Berkshires restaurants.

Enjoy a romantic dinner during a mid week getaway in the Berkshires.

We offer a mid week lodging special at our Berkshire Bed and Breakfast through May that is perfect for a romantic getaway. It involves a complimentary prix fixe dinner for 2 at one of our favorite restaurants, including your first glass of wine.

This special may be used at the following Berkshires restaurants:

Alta Restaurant and Wine Bar in Lenox. Local and organic ingredients form the base of this inspired Mediterranean cuisine. The wine list is extensive, and there are 24 wines offered by the glass. The people who work here are happy, the food sophisticated, the wine satisfying and well-priced.

Chez Nous in Lee. Chez Nous is, as its name suggests, casual. You feel like you’re in the home of the two chefs who created the restaurant, pastry chef Rachel Portnoy and French chef Franck Tessier. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The food is out of this world.

Morgan House in Lee. Located just down the street from our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast, Morgan House is cozy and warm. The food isn’t fancy, but it is tasty and satisfying.

Old Inn on the Green in Marlboro. The fine dining restaurant at Old Inn on the Green is romance incarnate. Faces are lit by candlelight. The atmosphere is warm and the food is innovative, elegant and inspired. Dining here is, quite simply, sublime.

Perigee in South Lee. The place to enjoy New England favorites, plain and simple. This wonderful restaurant will be closed through April but will reopen in May.

A good dinner in the right restaurant is almost inherently romantic. Come see for yourself. Come to the Berkshires.

May Your Dreams Come True in the Berkshires

February 7, 2012 by Applegate Inn


A simple dream: to stand on a snowy mountain.

People travel to our Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires for all sorts of reasons. Some come here to be close to Tanglewood and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.  Some come here to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Berkshires. And some come here to make a dream come true.

We recently hosted a guest who was here for just that reason. This woman was fighting cancer, and the cancer was gaining the upper hand. Her dream was to stand on top of a snowy mountain and take in the view.

We contacted all the ski areas in the region, and they were all eager to help. In the end, it was Jiminy Peak that was best able to accommodate her. She rode to the top of the mountain on a chairlift, saw what she wanted to see, and then made the journey down. Somehow, the fact that Jiminy Peak produces much of its energy from a wind turbine made the adventure that much better.

We can’t guarantee that all of your dreams will come true when you stay at our Berkshires inn. We can, however, help you realize some of them. Do you dream of finding a bottle of wine or champagne in your room upon arrival? It can happen. Do you dream of having a Swedish massage during your stay? All you need to do is ask.

Sometimes it can mean a lot to have people in your corner when you travel. Consider us those people in the Berkshires.

Step Out in the Berkshires

January 20, 2012 by Applegate Inn

Guests of our Berkshires Inn never lack for something to do.

The Mount, Edith Wharton´s Estate, The Berkshires, MA

Edith Wharton's Estate, The Mount.

The region has superlative outdoor recreation, from hiking to skiing, paddling to zip-lining. It has some of the finest cultural offerings in the country: Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. It has world-class museums and historical sites: The Clark Art Institute, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Edith Wharton’s The Mount, and Melville’s Arrowhead.

Many guests of our Berkshires B&B live in a city, either New York City, Boston, or Hartford. They come to the Berkshires to stretch out and breathe in the fresh air. Some are avid outdoorsmen, and want to spend all of their time exploring the mountains, lakes, and rivers of the Berkshires. Others are drawn to the quintessential New England small towns that surround our inn. Still other guests come to enjoy the many cultural offerings the region has to offer.

No matter what you do by day, consider stepping out in the evenings.

Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield offers a wide array of entertainment. Recent events include the great Elvis Birthday Bash, which featured both a young Elvis and Elvis from the ’70s. Upcoming events include Jamie Kent & The Options on February 2, T Bone Daddy, a rocking’ blues trio on the 9th, and The Duke’s Men of Yale: A Night of Love and Heartbreak with Da Doox! on February 11.

Of course, quiet evenings spent at our luxurious Berkshires Bed and Breakfast also hold great appeal.

Antiquing in the Berkshires

January 11, 2012 by Applegate Inn

You’ve shopped for others, now shop for yourself.

The Massachusetts Berkshires are home to dozens of antique stores, some small and crammed with every kind of knickknack and collectible imaginable, others large, sparse, and elegant. Avid antiquers have spent months–no, years–perusing the shops and galleries that surround our Berkshires Inn. Regardless of what is found, the hunt itself is exciting.

Antiquing ignites passion.

The thrill of discovering something long sought makes hearts pump faster. The thrill of finally finding that perfect antique table, or a rare piece of china, can have the same effect. This is especially true when antiquing with someone you love.

Sheffield, Massachusetts, the “Antiques Capital of the Berkshires” is less than twenty miles south of our Berkshires B and B in Lee. After a leisurely breakfast at the inn, you’ll have plenty of energy for a day of browsing.

  • Check out the great selection of old American clocks at Dovetail Antiques (440 Sheffield Plain).
  • You’ll find amazing furniture at Susan Silver Antiques. Susan Silver is a woman who freely admits that antiques make her heart race; visit her store.
  • Cupboards and Roses is the best place in the Berkshires to find Swedish antiques and Scandinavian folk art.

These are just a few of the many antique stores in Sheffield and elsewhere in the Berkshires. But antiquing is a bit like wine tasting; you don’t want to do too much in one day. Instead, plan to return to our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast again and again.

Passionate about antiques? Head to the Berkshires.

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Follow the Leaves to Our Lee B&B

October 3, 2011 by Applegate Inn

You know how it happens. One day you walk out of your office in Boston and notice that the trees along the street are starting to change. The air feels invitingly crisp. You decide to leave the car parked or the subway underground and you walk. You take the long way home so you can see more trees. Once you arrive home, you realize that you crave more color.

Discover the beauty of the Berkshires in autumn.

The best step to take in these circumstances is to book a room at our Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires as soon as possible.

Take the scenic route if you don’t mind spending an extra hour or two in the car. Route 2 can be slow but it’s pretty, meandering through such picturesque towns as Concord and Templeton. Farther south, Route 20 is a bit faster and leads through the charming towns of Sturbridge and Springfield, Massachusetts. I-90 is the quickest route to our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast from the Boston area.

Once here, explore the region by foot, bike, kayak, or car. There is plenty to do in the Berkshires in autumn. Try apple picking at nearby Bartlett’s Orchard. Take a hike; we’ll happily suggest day hikes that will surround you with fall foliage. Canoe or kayak down the Housatonic River. Bike along tree covered country lanes. Ride a horse. Or simply unwind in the gardens of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast.

Take advantage of the Spur of the Moment Special at our Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires. If you arrive within 24 hours of booking a room for two or more nights, you’ll receive a 15% discount on your stay.

Wine Tasting in the Berkshires

April 4, 2011 by Applegate Inn

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Enjoy wine tasting during a stay at our Inn Berkshires

Our Berkshires lodging is close to four wineries, all of which offer wine tasting. Many of our guests enjoy visiting these Berkshire wineries during their stay – especially in the spring, when it is hard to predict whether to bring skis or hiking boots along for a vacation in the Massachusetts Berkshires.

Berkshire and Hudson Valley Wineries

  • Furnace Brook Winery is less than 30 minutes from our Inn Berkshires, and 15 minutes from downtown Lenox. They offer wine tasting Thursday – Sunday at The Farm Winery Store at Hilltop Orchards. In addition to both red and white wines, they make fantastic hard apple cider and a variety of fresh baked pies, apple cider donuts, and homemade preserves. See Furnace Brook Winery for more details.
  • Hudson-Chatham Winery is just over 30 minutes from our Berkshires lodging, in Ghent, NY. Try their award winning 2009 Baco Noir Reserve or their semi-dry sparking Blanc de Blanc (perfect for a warm afternoon on our porch). Open for wine tasting Friday – Sunday; see Hudson-Chatham Winery for additional information.
  • Brookview Station Winery is in Castleton, NY, about 45 minutes from our Inn Berkshires. Try wines like the Whistle-Stop White, a semi-dry apple wine, or the All Aboard Red at their Wine Tasting Bar Monday – Saturday. More information is available at Brookview Station Winery.
  • Finally, Tousey Winery is just over an our from our Berkhsires bed and breakfast. You’ll find a small but varied selection of wines – a Riesling, a Pinot Noir, a Rebellion Rose, and more –  at their recently renovated tasting room. Open weekends; for more information please see Tousey Winery.

You’ll be able to purchase more wine if you take advantage of the off season rates at our Berkshires lodging, good through June 16, 2011.

Winter Bliss in the Berkshires

January 26, 2011 by Applegate Inn

It’s cold in the Northeast these days. We imagine that folks in the city – be in Boston, New York, Hartford, or some other place – are bundled into themselves, swathed in scarves, hats and winter coats as they trudge from one warm interior to the next.

No so here at our Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast.

Glorious winter in the Berkshires.

Oh, it’s cold here too, to be sure. But cold in the country feels different than cold in the city. The wind doesn’t gather up its strength to blast between skyscrapers and knock you down here – it spreads out over snow covered fields and blows through forests, making leafless trees dance.

Yes, winter in the Berkshires is the stuff of poetry.

Come see for yourself. Be spontaneous, and enjoy savings with our Lee Bed and Breakfast Last Minute Special. Plan ahead, call a friend, and stay for a while. Embrace the cold while you’re here, and delve into it with skis or snowshoes; it makes sitting by the fire so much better.

Welcome 2011 at our Luxury Berkshires B&B

December 8, 2010 by Applegate Inn

This New Year’s, instead of rubbing elbows in crowded Boston, Hartford, and New York City, travel to our luxury Berkshires bed and breakfast. We’re close enough to these cities to be convenient, but far enough away to be something special.

Applegate Inn Dining Room

Enjoy the first meal of 2011 at our luxurious bed and breakfast in the Berkshires.

Spend two or three nights in beautiful  Western Massachusetts and let us pamper you. Enjoy wine and cheese in the parlor before dining at one of the good local restaurants. When you return to your room after dinner, you’ll find chocolates and a decanter of Brandy awaiting you. Break your fast by candlelight, on crystal and fine china. Spend your days exploring charming New England towns, skiing, or relaxing by the fire.

On New Year’s Eve, we’ll break out the champagne and feast on tasty hors d’oeuvres. Laugh and cry over the best and worst of 2010, and share your aspirations for 2011. Play a song or two on the piano, challenge each other to a game, or simply enjoy conversation with friends, old and new.  Finish the evening with more brandy and chocolates, and sleep peacefully. On New Year’s Day, sleep late and then start the year off with a gourmet brunch by candlelight.

We’re happy to combine some of our other packages with our 2010 Bershires b&b New Year’s Special. Contact us to discuss your options; call toll free: (800) 691-9012 or email

Step into a Norman Rockwell Christmas

November 8, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Norman Rockwell Museum & Gallery

Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum and Gallery while in town for the Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.

Each year, the historic town of Stockbridge Massachusetts brings a Norman Rockwell painting to life. Not literally, of course, but as close as you can get. Norman Rockwell’s hometown is a picturesque village any time of year, but when it dresses for the Christmas season, it outdoes itself.

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Picasso, Degas at The Clark

September 3, 2010 by Applegate Inn

There is still time to catch Picasso Looks at Degas at The Clark, in nearby Williamstown, MA; it runs through September 12, 2010. Guests of our Berkshires bed and breakfast will find this to be a fascinating exhibit and a delightful addition to their stay.

Edgar Degas was born in Paris in 1834 and died there in 1917. Pablo Picasso was born in Spain in 1881 and died in France in 1973. Though the two men are thought to have never met, Picasso was inspired by the work of Degas and paid tribute to the older artist in quite a few pieces of art. Never hesitant to respond to the work of another artist, Picasso brought his own unique vision to some of Degas’ most familiar subjects: ballet dancers, women bathing, and cafés.

The Clark and Musée Picasso, Barcelona worked together to organize this exhibit – the first devoted to Picasso’s relationship with the art of Edgar Degas. “Picasso Looks at Degas is the first exploration of Picasso’s lifelong fascination with Degas’s art and personality, and sheds light on the emergence of twentieth-century modernism by providing new insights into the multifaceted creativity of these two great artists” (museum website).

Early September is a wonderful time to travel to our bed and breakfast Berkshires. Summer crowds are gone and leaf peepers haven’t yet arrived. Here and there a colorful tree gives a hint of the transformation the woods will soon undergo. Days tend to be warm, evenings cool, and the air feels a bit more crisp than it has during the past few months. It feels good to sit by a crackling fire in the evening, sipping a cup of tea, a glass of wine, or spirits. Let us give you the opportunity to do just that. Let us pamper you.

Look Ahead to Fall in the Berkshires

August 25, 2010 by Applegate Inn

We know, we know, you’re still enjoying summer and autumn seems a long way off. Nonetheless, now is a good time to start planning for leaf-peeping trips to our Berkshires bed and breakfast.

Consult your calendars and then consult the calendar of our Massachusetts bed and breakfast. Dream of leaves crunching underfoot while you walk through forests dressed in red, orange, yellow and gold.

Visit Historic Lee, Massachusetts

June 24, 2010 by Applegate Inn

When next you come to our bed and breakfast lodging Berkshires, we hope you’ll take an hour or so to visit Lee.

The lovely little town of Lee, Massachusetts.

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Come to the Williamstown Theatre Festival

June 10, 2010 by Applegate Inn

The Williamstown Theatre Festival has been a Berkshires tradition in the Berkshires over 50 years. Each year, the festival produces fresh takes on classics and new plays. Williamstown Theatre Festival has the clout to draw well-established artists to the stage, but is also committed to cultivating young and aspiring artists.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum runs June 30 - July 11 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival

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