America’s “Gilded Age,” occurred between the end of the Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century. It was period of upheaval and rapid economic growth that benefited wealthy tycoons and corrupt industrialists over the working class.
The wealthier class were drawn to the Berkshires by both the beautiful countryside and the famous artists and writers who preceded them. Literary and art world luminaries like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
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Did you know that our Lenox MA bed and breakfast is just two hours west of Boston? The drive couldn’t be simpler: get on I-90 with coffee and water, and get off in Lee, well-hydrated and ready to go. It’s an easy escape from the city.
Here, in the Berkshire Mountains near Lenox, the air is clean and the crowds are thin. Why join the masses as they head north to NH when you could sail west? After your drive, enjoy a glass of wine at the inn before heading out to dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants in nearby Lee, Lenox or Stockbridge. Back in your room, relax with a glass of brandy before drifting off to sleep. You’ll want to be well-rested.
There is terrific skiing near our Lenox area inn. Jiminy Peak in Hancock is the largest downhill ski area in Southern New England. It’s 44 trails are open day and night, so you can ski or snowboard until you drop. Catamount on the NY border, and Butternut Ski Area in Great Barrington are also excellent mountains for skiing and snowboarding. Be sure to check out our Berkshires ski and lodging special while planning your next trip.
If you prefer to avoid adrenaline sports, Beartown State Park to the south has superb trails for XC skiing and snowshoeing. Or head east a few miles to October Mountain State Forest, where more trails for cross-country skiing and snow shoeing await.
Fresh snow is expected this week. Grab your skis, boards or shoes and head west!
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.
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.