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Spend the 4th of July in the Massachusetts Berkshires

June 27, 2011 by Applegate Inn

New England is a wonderful place to spend the 4th of July. After all, some of the first stirrings of revolution took place in Massachusetts back in the 18th century. The 4th of July is always festive here at our Bed and Breakfast Lenox MA.

Guests of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast are welcome to swim and lounge by the pool all day on the 4th. Yet those who want to get out and about may enjoy the following activities:

Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox puts on a free but heart-felt reading of the Declaration of Independence each July 4th. This year, the reading will be preceded by Revolutionary Moments, a collection of vignettes that divulge Shakespeare’s influence “on some of history’s most fascinating figures.” The afternoon concludes with a community barbecue. More information is available at Shakespeare & Co.

Learn the Samba at Jacob’s Pillow on July 2, 2011.

There will be many free events and classes offered at Jacob’s Pillow throughout the weekend. More information is available at Jacob’s Pillow.

The 2011 4th of July Pittsfield Parade will feature almost 140 marching units. It feels historically significant. More information is available at Pittsfield Parade.

We look forward to welcoming guests to our Berkshires lodging for the 4th of July, 2011.

Add Theatre to a Berkshires Fall Getaway

September 20, 2010 by Applegate Inn

In rural areas such the one where our bed and breakfast Berkshires is located, theatre companies often thrive during the summer months. Some close their doors come fall. Those that remain open are heartily appreciated by locals and visitors alike. If you’re the type of person who loves to spend fall evenings sitting in darkened theatres, lost in the lives of the characters on stage, read on for a list of show you can see while staying at our Lenox bed and breakfast.

John Lithgow performs at The Colonial on October 7, 2010

From October 6 – 24, The Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield is presenting The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. Written in response to McCarthy’s blacklisting of suspected Communists, The Crucible is a timeless tale of human nature, persecution, and redemption.

For a more lighthearted evening, head to Shakespeare & Company in Lenox for The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard, playing September 18 – November 7, 2010. It is billed as a “hillarious whodunit” and is sure to have you laughing until tears stream down your face.

The Colonial Theatre, also in nearby Pittsfield, features a wonderfully eclectic schedule. Shows include a Woodstock Festival Tribute on September 24, the National Dance Company of Ireland on October 1, and John Lithgow’s Stories by Heart on October 7.

There is no need to sacrifice art and culture during your fall trip to the Berkshires. You’ll enjoy the tranquility of the country and the culture of the city when you stay at our Lenox b&b.

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.

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:

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