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Have an Adventure in the Massachusetts Berkshires

June 3, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Catamount Ski Area has closed for the season, but Catamount Adventure Park is open for business. It is quite close to our Lee, MA bed and breakfast; sleep late, eat well, have an adventure, and still be back in time to gather in the parlor for a glass of wine.

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Horseback Riding in the Berkshires

May 11, 2010 by Applegate Inn

One of the best ways to feel thousands of miles from the city is to mount a horse and head into the Berkshires. There is something inexplicably regenerative about riding horses in the woods. Memories of sitting in traffic or standing in the subway fade away with each clopping step of the horse. Attention is devoted to controlling the enormous animal under you and appreciating the natural surroundings. Everything else disappears.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail

May 3, 2010 by Applegate Inn

If you have always dreamed of hiking part of the Appalachian Trail, let us help you realize that dream. The Appalachian Trail passes close to our Lenox MA bed and breakfast. Stay with us while you plan your trip, and sink into a hot tub back at the inn at the end of the day. There is no finer place to recover after a long hike than our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires.

Greylock panorama

A panoramic view from Mount Greylock, part of the Appalachian Trail

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Berkshire Mountain Biking

April 5, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Spring is a fun time to mountain bike in the Berkshires. The trails aren’t crowded, the weather isn’t too hot, and the woods are shimmering with new growth.

The MTB leg

Experience the Berkshires on a mountain bike

There are well over 100 mountain biking trails in the Central and Southern Berkshires. In fact, there are easily a dozen trails close to our Lenox bed and breakfast.

The Lenox Fire Tower offers a great challenge – the view from the top is worth all the effort it takes to get there, but we can’t say the ride down will be relaxing. October Mountain State Forest has 11 miles of rolling trails, while the trail up Lenox Mountain rewards your hard work with fantastic views.

You’ll be ready to relax with wine and cheese in the living room of our Lenox bed and breakfast, or soak in your generous jetted tub. After an excellent night’s sleep, we’ll provide a delicious, nourishing breakfast to help get you back in the saddle so you can explore more nearby Berkshire mountain bike trails.

Leave the City and Ski the Berkshires

February 1, 2010 by Applegate Inn

There are lovely aspects to winter in the city: it is perhaps the best time to head to museums and matinees, and to hole up in cafes drinking coffee and watching people. Yet somehow the cold is colder in the city, and the wind more ruthless as it roars between buildings.

So when you are feeling tired of winter in the city, head to our Lenox bed and breakfast in the Berkshires. The cold can be refreshing and invigorating under the right circumstances After a weekend of lazy mornings, scrumptious breakfasts and a romp or two in the snow, you’ll be ready to return to winter routine in NYC or Boston.

Kennedy Park is a scenic five miles north of our inn.

Kennedy Park, in Lenox, MA, is just over five miles from our Berkshires bed and breakfast. Old carriage roads and fifteen miles of groomed trails through hardwood forests make Kennedy Park an ideal place to XC ski or snowshoe. If fresh snow has fallen you can even try to ski to Kennedy Park from the inn. You’ll look forward to warming yourselves by the fire back at our inn.

Perhaps the best part of a weekend in the Berkshires is that you don’t need to sacrifice culture. If you tire of outdoor activity, spend an hour or two in one of the many fine museums in the area.

You musn’t forget to ask your innkeepers to share some of their favorite restaurants. There is excellent dining in Western Massachusetts, and you should have a good appetite after several hours in the fresh air.

You may never want to return to the city again.

Hiker’s Special at our Berkshires Inn

October 30, 2009 by Applegate Inn

4 beavers on christmas day 2007

Maybe you will see beavers at the Wildlife Preserve

October and November are two of our favorite months to hike the Berkshires. Crowds are thin, there is still good fall color, and some trees are startlingly bare against the sky. From time to time, flurries of snow fall and the cold air turns our cheeks red. This is a peaceful time to get out into the woods.

For our guests who enjoy hiking, we offer a Hiker’s Special. We will pay for your admittance into the Pleasant Valley Mass. Audubon Wildlife Preserve, and load you up with water bottles and a healthy snack. We are also happy to recommend other hikes close to our Berkshires lodging.

Seniors are Special

October 12, 2009 by Applegate Inn

Isn't this where you want to be? Now?

View of Fall Colors in the Berkshires

It’s true. You (we) seniors deserve a little recognition from time to time. We’ve worked hard at our careers and raising our children, and many of us are still hard at work volunteering our time or caring for grandchildren. Goodness knows, from time to time we need to just get away from it all and relax. So be it.

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New England Leaf Peeping

September 28, 2009 by Applegate Inn

The essence of New England

The essence of New England

Need anything more be said? We have a room waiting for you at our Berkshires bed and breakfast.

Ahhh, Autumn is in the Air

September 8, 2009 by Applegate Inn

It’s true, a hint of autumn is in the air in the Berkshires. A flash of gold and red can be spotted here and there in the woods, reminding us of what is soon to come: crisp, clean air with a hint of woodsmoke on it; rosy cheeks; wool sweaters. And of course, the crunch of dried leaves underfoot. Now is a great time to plan your next visit to our bed and breakfast in the Berkshires. If you come soon, you may still enjoy our heated pool.

The Beauty of the Berkshires

Bike the half mile from the inn to the heart of downtown Lee, where you will delight in the quaint shops, galleries and restaurants. Or grab your golf clubs and head across the street to the Greenock Country Club, where you can play on a course that was initially created in 1895. Take in a performance of The Diva Series or The Hound of the Baskervilles one evening this fall at Shakespeare & Co. in neighboring Lenox MA. Or simply enjoy a day at one of the fantastic spas in the region, pamper yourself, and relax.

As you plan your visit, be sure to look into our September and October specials. Autumn is a lovely time to wander the grounds at our Lee MA Bed and Breakfast, where a leisurely stroll brings you to an old apple orchard; we are always happy to provide a blanket should you want to share a picnic on our private grounds. We look forward to seeing you.

Massachusetts Inn: The Mount

January 29, 2009 by Applegate Inn

The Mount is the self-designed estate & gardens of Pulitzer-prize winning Edith Wharton, author of “The Age of Innocence”, “The House of Mirth”, as well as many other novels and non-fiction books on the subject of Architecture, design, decoration and travel.

Her home is a work of art, worthy of the seven-minute drive from our Bed and Breakfast Lenox. The house is currently closed, and will re-open on the first of May. The house recently went through a struggle to stay open; their primary bank was about to foreclose on them. However, there was overwhelming support to keep the beautiful turn-of-the-century home open, and the folks over at The Mount managed to raise 1.3 million dollars!

The home will be opening for an event in March as part of the Berkshires Festival of Women in the Arts. Author Julie Wosk will be presenting a lecture entitled “Alluring Androids, Robot Women and Electronic Eves: Artificial Women through the Ages”. Sounds fascinating! Held on March 28 in the drawing room of the estate, it should be a intriguing lecture in one of the most interesting historical homes in the Berkshires.

The gardens at The Mount. Photo by David Dashell

The gardens at The Mount. Photo by David Dashell

We hope you can join us this spring Lenox Bed and Breakfast for some art & culture!

New Years in Berkshires

December 30, 2008 by Applegate Inn

There are several great New Years events happening around our Lenox Bed and Breakfast. We hope this post can serve as an overview of things happening in the area.

Start the evening with us at Applegate Bed and Breakfast in Lenox, where we will be serving champagne and Hors D’oeuvres at 6 p.m. in our living room. We have several specials for the New Years that include brandy and chocolates in you room. Take a look at the specials page for our Massachusetts Inn to get more information.

Come celebrate New Years in the Berkshires!

Come celebrate New Years in the Berkshires!

Some of the events around town include:

Allium Restaurant, Great Barrington: Featuring an a la carte new year’s eve menu with open seating from 5 – 10PM. Guests will receive an amuse & selection of petit fours. Celebration will continue into the night with cocktails & music till 2 a.m.

Bogies Steak and Ale, Great Barrington: Serving dinner menu and chef specials, seating from 5 to 9 p.m. DJ entertainment all night.

Castle Street Cafe, Great Barrington: Open with a four-course dinner at 7 p.m. and at 9:30 p.m. the Teresa Broadwell Trio will play for dancing and entertainment.

John Andrews Restaurant, Egremont: Open from 6 to 9 p.m. for seating. A la carte menu as well as tasting menu. Music by Jon Suters Trio.

Spice Restaurant, Pittsfield: Dinner specials in the main dining room and upstairs is dancing and a a cash bar.

We hope this will help you plan your New Years night in Massachusetts! Look forward to seeing you soon at our Bed and Breakfast Stockbridge!

More Community Theater

November 5, 2008 by Applegate Inn

For 4 more days, a wonderful performance is at the Unicorn Theater in nearby Stockbridge.

Very appropriate for this exciting election time, and personally engaging for me around issues of gender, the one-woman play “Eleanor” was a wonderful production.

Written by Rhoda Lerman and directed by Stephen Temperley, the play was about the inner growth of

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt. It focused on the years immediately following World War I, as recalled by Eleanor looking back from 1945. It is a very personalized, intimate portrait that carefully avoids political issues directly, but maintains the importance of certain important political ideals.  In the voyage of this woman from self-doubt to confidence, her youthful ideals are challenged by gritty realities, and, instead of the bitterness or cynicism that might have resulted, we witness the tempered, reinforced idealism that emerged in Eleanor Roosevelt.

It is exciting to think of the future of the role of the First Lady. I wonder when, if ever, there will be another woman that has done as much with the role as Eleanor did.

I didn’t know that Eleanor struggled with her husbands infidelities for many years, and also her own insecurities. It is amazing to think that great people like that also struggled with self-confiedence.

There was a wonderful Berkshires crowd there, many with silver hair – those that remember Eleanor clearly! Just another great example of what the wonderful Berkshires area has to offer!

Berkshire Summer Theater

August 7, 2008 by Applegate Inn

It has been a wonderful theater season in the Berkshires.  Last year, we didn‘t go to the theater as much as we would have liked. We have been determined to see the best that is being offered this summer season.  The first thing we saw was at Shakespeare & Company.  The performance was of “The Ladies Man”, a French farce. It is a funny, convoluted story packed with smart dialogue and lots of physical comedy.  Shakespeare & Company is very adept at pulling off this style of play. The production reminds me of a cross between Marx Brothers and Noel Coward. It runs through August 31st.

Our next treat was a Barrington Stage.  Straight from a long run on Broadway, “The 25th Annual Spelling Bee” was a masterful performance.  Years ago, we were treated to this show in workshop form as it developed. The Berkshires is its first stop on a regional tour. It is a very fun musical. We will be going to see “The Violet Hour” tomorrow night at Barrington Stage.

We have also seen a variety of interesting pieces at The Berkshire Theater Festival, including “Candida”,” Pageant Play” and the thought provoking “The Book Club Play”. You can check out the other plays the Berkshire Theater Festival will show for the summer at their website:

Flat Stanley Visits the Berkshires

June 5, 2008 by Applegate Inn

Flat Stanley visits Applegate Inn, a Berkshires B&B

Flat Stanley came to the Berkshires this winter to have a look-see and it turned out that his blitz would hardly touch the surface of what is going on here.
He came from New Jersey. courtesy of our grandson Aaron, who was assigned to send the little man off somewhere. We were chosen as the target.

For those of you who have not met Flat Stanley, he is an ageless boy of 44, born to author Jeff Brown in 1964 and is now flourishing as a way to teach geography and get kids thinking outside their own little boxes.
His traditional form is a small cutout, perhaps 8 inches tall, arms outstretched and legs likewise..
In a bygone era, we’d have called him a paper doll, but his clothes don’t come off.
colored right on the cutout by the child in charge.

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