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October is Peak Color Month for Berkshires Fall Foliage

September 23, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Fall FoliageIf you’re a “leaf-peeper,” or just a fan of stunning scenery, October is the peak month for viewing Berkshires fall foliage in western Massachusetts. Make plans to visit now, while the everchanging rainbow of autumn leaves is still up in the trees.

There is never a bad time to visit the Berkshires of Western MA but, when it comes to colorful views, you could pick a worse time than Autumn. The leaf-peeping season begins here in late September and tends to peak during mid-October, around Columbus Day weekend. That’s when our always picturesque landscape bursts to life with color. Reds, golds, oranges, browns, greens and all the tones in between.

Lucky for you, Applegate Inn is right in the middle of some of the area’s most gorgeous country. That’s the thing about the Berkshires. You don’t have to go anywhere to find beautiful fall foliage – it’s all around you!

If you’re up for a drive, however, the area offers endless possibilities.

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Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon 2019

August 12, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon 2019Come compete or spectate at one of the oldest continuous, annual triathlons in the country during Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon 2019! Sunday, September 15, 2019 – Great Barrington to Stockbridge, MA.

The Josh Billings RunAground is a bike/paddle/run triathlon, as opposed to the more common bike/swim/run event. The race involves a 27 mile bike ride, a 5 mile canoe/kayak/SUP leg, and a 6 mile run. The event was first held in 1976 and has been a Berkshires tradition ever since.

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Greenock Country Club – It’s Just Across the Road!

June 21, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Greenock Country ClubGreenock Country Club is one of America’s first golf courses. The club features a classic, 9-hole, Donald Ross designed course, clay tennis courts, a restaurant, and more. Plus it’s literally just across the road from our Berkshires bed and breakfast!

We’ve mentioned the convenience of our Lee, MA location before. So much of what brings people to the Berkshires is very easily accessed from Applegate Inn: Tanglewood, Jacobs Pillow, the Norman Rockwell Museum, The Clark Art Institute, Mass MOCA, and so much more.

But … did you realize our Berkshires B&B is just across the road from golf, tennis, and more?

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Treat Them To A Valentine’s Day Getaway in the Berkshires!

January 12, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Valentine's Day Getaway in the BerkshiresValentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to express your love and the Berkshires are the perfect place to do it. Treat that special someone to a Valentine’s Day getaway in the Berkshires with one of Applegate Inn’s romantic lodging packages.

A Valentine’s Day getaway means different things to different people. That’s part of what makes our corner of the Massachusetts Berkshires so perfect a romantic destination: there are so many wonderful things to do together here!

Outdoor recreation is available in myriad forms. We’re surrounded by skiing opportunities, whether you prefer downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, or snowboarding. Snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and both indoor and outdoor ice-skating are also available.

Cultural activities abound, as well. Melville’s Arrowhead Farm, Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Norman Rockwell Museum, Tanglewood, Mahaiwe, and so many others are all within easy reach. Like skiing opportunities, our Berkshires B&B is surrounded by world class theaters, museums, gardens, and galleries.

When it comes to dining, the Berkshires are in a class of their own. Though the scene is ever-changing, we try to keep our list of the Best Berkshires Restaurants up to date.

No matter what it is you two do while you are here, Applegate Inn’s Romance Package is a great place to start!

Our Berkshires Romance Package includes:
Two nights lodging in one of our wonderful fireplace rooms
A sumptuous 3 course dinner for two
Chocolate and a split of champagne

You can enjoy this special offer in our Queen Room for only $545. You can also upgrade this package to the King Suite for $715. The King Suite includes a steam shower, soaking tub, or two-person whirlpool tub.

Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, so our Mid Week Lodging Specials may also come in handy.

Applegate Inn’s Mid Week Lodging Special includes 2 nights midweek, Sunday through Thursday (your 2 nights can be Thursday and Friday but other restrictions apply). Options available for this special include:

A $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner for 2 at one of our 6 favorite restaurants
(the restaurant list and other details for this special can be viewed here)
OR
2 complimentary mid-week ski-lift tickets to Butternut Ski resort
OR
A Complimentary Nordic (cross country) ski package at Hilltop Orchards, with wine tasting
OR
2 complimentary passes to The Norman Rockwell Museum
OR
Special for February, a complimentary bottle of Furnace Brook Winery’s award-winning Blanc de Blancs champagne and a decedent chocolate treat.

Valentine’s Day Getaway in the Berkshires

As you can see, Applegate Inn is ready to go all out to make sure your Valentine’s Day getaway in the Berkshires is the best it possibly can be.

To take advantage of these or any of our Berkshires Lodging specials, all you need do is let us know what you have in mind when booking and we’ll do the rest.

Be sure to visit our Applegate Inn Specials and Packages page for details, restrictions, and other available add-ons.

Enjoy Lee MA Chez Nous at
Applegate Inn!

May 6, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Lee MA Chez NousThe only thing bad about a great restaurant is that its popularity can keep you from being able to get into it! Our own, favorite, fine and perpetually booked local restaurant, the Lee MA Chez Nous Bistro, has found a wonderful workaround for this with their new “to-go” Ordering System!

Chez Nous Bistro is easily one of the best restaurants here in the Berkshires and absolutely our favorite, serving French country classic dishes and offering an extensive wine list, all in a cozy, romantic setting. We regularly suggest them when our guests ask who we recommend but with the caveat that, even with their outside seating, they are very often booked solid, so get there early!

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Get Ready for the 2015 Tanglewood Season

January 24, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Tanglewood SeasonThe recently announced 2015 Tanglewood season is looking especially exciting, packed as it is with special events: this year celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood Music Center as well as the inaugural season of Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Andris Nelsons.

To commemorate its 75th anniversary season, Tanglewood Music Center has commissioned over 30 new works and the 2015 Tanglewood season’s guest list reads like a who’s who of the music world’s finest: Yo Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Bryn Terfel, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, the Mark Morris Dance Company, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Diana Krall, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and Huey Lewis and the News!

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2014

May 19, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2014The New York Times calls the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival “the dance center of the nation” and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would disagree with that.

Started by modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn in the 1930’s, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is America’s longest-running dance festival, has been designated a National Historic Landmark, and is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

Jacob’s Pillow Farm, named after a large, pillow shaped rock on the property of this rural Massachusetts acreage (the zig zag road leading to the farm was referred to as “Jacob’s Ladder” so … ), was purchased by Ted Shawn in 1931 as a retreat for the first US, male dance company. Ted Shawn hoped to help expand the role of men in modern dance and ended up not only doing so but also establishing a far greater appreciation and awareness of modern dance in the US in general.

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Applegate Inn News: Ready For Berkshires Summer Guests

July 16, 2012 by

Back View of Applegate Inn with pool

Newly carpeted and freshly repainted, Applegate Inn is ready for our Berkshires summer guests

Our luxury Berkshires bed and breakfast always strives to provide our guests with the warmest hospitality and pampering. Summer is a busy time for us. There are so many events and outdoor activities for vacationers in and around the beautiful Lee, MA area. It’s very important to us that the estate is well-prepared for the summer season. With that in mind, the inn has had all the carpets replaced. We’ve also done a great deal of repainting throughout the common areas as well as the individual guest rooms and suites. It gives the whole place a wonderful refreshed feeling, just in time for our summer guests!

During the warm summer months, the screened porch is a favorite place for guests to enjoy a Berkshires B&B gourmet breakfast. It’s been so popular, that we’ve added more tables so everyone can enjoy the fine food, admire the beautiful grounds and make pleasant conversation with friends both old and new.

With all the Berkshires summer cultural events in full swing, our rooms have been booking up very quickly. We highly encourage making your reservation as soon as possible to ensure you have your favorite room here at Applegate Inn. Conveniently close to Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Center, the Berkshire Theater and other major Berkshires area attractions, Applegate Inn is your place to stay during your Berkshires summer vacation. At any time of the year, we look forward to giving you a memorable and delightful experience of true Massachusetts hospitality!

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.

 

 

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.

Tanglewood Jazz Festival 2011

September 1, 2011 by Applegate Inn

The 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival and the Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic take place this weekend, September 2 – 4. Since we still have availability at our Lenox Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast, we encourage you to be spontaneous. Fill your Labor Day weekend with the sweet sounds of jazz, delicious food, and great wine.

Angélique Kidjo performs at Tanglewood during Labor Day Weekend, 2011.

The Tanglewood Jazz Festival line-up is guaranteed to be as impressive as ever, featuring the rising stars of jazz as well as some of the greatest jazz musicians alive. You’ll be able to listen to some of your old favorites, then check out the newest sounds sweeping the genre. For jazz aficionados, this is an event not to be missed.

Highlights include

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Opening Night at Tanglewood, 2011

June 3, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Tanglewood hosts a multitude of incredible acts each season. During the summer of 2011, audiences will be enraptured by the musings of Garrison Keilor and A Prairie Home Companion, delighted by the melodic voice of James Taylor, and thrilled by the enthusiastic and creative dance of the Mark Morris Dance Group. Yet Tanglewood was born as the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and BSO’s opening night at Tanglewood remains one of the most highly anticipated events of the season.

Charles Dutoit will conduct the BSO for Opening Night at Tanglewood, July 8, 2011.

July 8, 2011, is Opening Night at Tanglewood. Charles Dutoit will conduct as the Boston Symphony Orchestra plays excerpts from Act 1 of Norma (Bellini), the Overture to William Tell (Rossini), the Trio from Act 3 of I Lombardi (Verdi), and Pines of Rome, Symphonic Poem (Respighi). Accompanying the BSO will be Angela Meade – soprano, Kristine Jepson – mezzo-soprano, Roberto De Biasio – tenor, and James Morris – bass.

The BSO is pleased to announce that Charles Dutoit will be conducting; James Levine must regretfully cancel all 2011 Tanglewood performances on the advice of his doctors. Mr. Dutoit is the Chief conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, artistic director and principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic, and music director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra. He has conducted or collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras and all the major orchestra’s of the United States. His recordings have earned more than 40 awards and distinctions.

We still have some availability at our Berkshires Lodging for Tanglewood Opening Night, the weekend of July 8, 2001. Our Lenox MA Inn is close to Tanglewood, and we share our secret back route to Tanglewood with all of our guests.

Additional information and tickets are available at Tanglewood.

Earth, Wind, and Fire at Tanglewood

May 16, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Earth, Wind, and Fire is on their 40th Anniversary World Tour. They play at Tanglewood on June 25, 2011 at 7 p.m. This promises to be an extraordinary event. People are already booking rooms at our luxurious Berkshires Lodging. (Note to drivers: We’ll share our secret short-cut to Tanglewood with guests of our Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast.)

See Earth, Wind, and Fire at Tanglewood, June 25, 2011.

Since its creation in 1969, Earth, Wind, and Fire has garnered accolades from the music industry, critics, and fans. Eight of their albums went double-platinum. Their work has been nominated for 20 Grammy Awards and has won six Grammys. In 2000, Earth, Wind, and Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2003 they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Their music has inspired more than one generation of artists and won fans of all ages. It will be sheer pleasure to experience them live at Tanglewood.

Tanglewood offers Meals-To-Go for the Earth, Wind, and Fire performance on June 25, 2011. Choose a Picnic Bag for one, a Boxed Dinner for one, and a Picnic Tote for Two. Or arrive at Tanglewood prior to the performance and dine at the Tanglewood Café and Grill. If you’d rather dine elsewhere, ask us for a recommendation – there are several excellent restaurants near our Berkshires B&B.

Tanglewood 2011

March 10, 2011 by Applegate Inn

The Tanglewood 2011 Season may not start until summer, but the schedule has been announced and tickets are on sale. If you’re feeling a bit under the weather – uncertain if you’ll awaken to six inches of snow or a deluge of rain – cheer yourself up by making summer plans to stay at our Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast and see a show at Tanglewood.

Opening Night (with the Boston Symphony Orchestra) is Friday, July 8, 2011. This year features an all-Italian program, and opening night will be a musical extravaganza lead by James Levine, Music Director of the BSO. Soprano Angela Meade, mezzo Kristine Jepson, and bass-baritone James Morris will perform excerpts from Bellini’s Norma (Act 1). The Tanglewood Festival Chorus will raise their voices in song, and music by Verdi, Gabrieli, and Rossini will be performed. Pines of Rome, by Respighi, will conclude the evening.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash at Tanglewood

July 26, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Crosby, Stills and Nash to play at Tanglewood.

Crosby, Stills and Nash are coming to Tanglewood on Wednesday, September  1, 2010, at 7:30pm. Forty years of creative partnership, and still going strong.

Book a room at our Lenox bed and breakfast early for this big event.

Imagine Herbie Hancock at Tanglewood

July 19, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Jazz pianist and icon Herbie Hancock brings The Imagine Project to Tanglewood for one night, Monday, August 9, 2010. The show will take place at 7:30 pm at Koussevitzky Music Shed. We currently have a few openings that night at our Lenox MA bed and breakfast, and we will happily tell you our secret route to Tanglewood. Seize the moment, and experience this magnificent work of art.

Herbie Hancock has said, “Music transcends the barriers between people. It utilizes the universal language of music to express its central themes of peace and global responsibility” (http://www.herbiehancock.com/). Music fans will be delighted by the talented and diverse line-up of international musicians involved in The Imagine Project.

Once you are comfortably installed in your room at our bed and breakfast Lenox, take some time to explore our wonderful corner of the Berkshires. After an emotionally stirring evening of music by Herbie Hancock and a host of other musicians, spend a quiet day in the woods. Stroll through our gardens, or allow us to recommend a nearby day hike. It’s the perfect way to round out a trip to Tanglewood.

Simon and Garfunkel to Play at Tanglewood

June 14, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Make plans now for the historic reunion of Simon & Garfunkel: Old Friends Live on Stage at Tanglewood.

Simon and Garfunkel at Tanglewood, July 27, 2010.

They reunite Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at 8pm at the Koussevitzky Music Shed. 20,000 people are expected to attend, so book a room at our Tanglewood lodging soon.

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The Berkshires for Mother’s Day

April 28, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Mother’s Day is May 9, 2010. This year, why not give your mother a gift certificate to our Lenox MA bed and breakfast?

Family

Cherish your mother

Everyone likes to get away from time to time, but some folks just don’t do it. They are busy, or they don’t want to spend the money, or they tell themselves, “Next year I will.” Help Mom live for the moment, and send her to our luxurious bed and breakfast Berkshires.

Let her decide when to travel: perhaps she would like to attend an event at Tanglewood this summer, or the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Perhaps she longs to spend some time in the Berkshires this fall, when the woods are gloriously red, orange, and yellow. It’s up to her, once the gift certificate is in her hands.

Give Mom a special thanks for all she’s done for you throughout your life. A Gift Certificate to our Lenox Bed and Breakfast a nice way to show her how much you care.

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