The 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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The 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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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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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!
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.
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.
Guests of our Berkshires Inn never lack for something to do.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 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.)
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.
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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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.
Make plans now for the historic reunion of Simon & Garfunkel: Old Friends Live on Stage at Tanglewood.
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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Mother’s Day is May 9, 2010. This year, why not give your mother a gift certificate to our Lenox MA bed and breakfast?
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.
The Tanglewood Season will soon start, and it is none too early to start considering which events you’ll want to attend. Once you do, be sure to look into lodging at our Lenox MA bed and breakfast, as we fill quickly during the summer months.
Opening Night at Tanglewood is July 9, 2010, yet there are events almost every night starting June 26, when Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion take the stage. This live broadcast is sure to be full of beautiful music, poignant tales, and silliness.
11am Sunday, June 27, marks the start of the String Quartet Marathon at Tanglewood. Fourteen string quartets will perform music by Mozart and Schumann among others. Later that night, the Mark Morris Dance Group takes the stage to perform a Grand Duo, and a new piece set to Beethoven arrangements of traditional folksongs. The Mark Morris Dance Group are currently Tanglewood Music Center Fellows.
Now is the time to peruse the Tanglewood 2010 Schedule and make your picks. Once you do that, you are ready to plan your stay at our Tanglewood Bed and Breakfast, minutes from Lenox, Massachusetts. We’ll make you comfortable, feed you well, and share our shortcut to Tanglewood. It’s time to listen to the music.
The Official opening night of Tanglewood is July 3, although talented folks such as Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home Companion, the Juilliard String Quartet and the Emerson String Quartet have already come and gone. Those of us who live and work at this Berkshires bed and breakfast are super excited for the new season; it always brings a surprisingly varied selection of skilled musicians, dancers, and artists of all kinds. We look forward to meeting the guests who come to our inn specifically for events at Tanglewood, and to hearing what they thought of performances we can’t make.
Those of you who plan on attending more than one performance during the 2009 Tanglewood season should consider purchasing a Tanglewood Lawn Pass Book. There are eleven tickets per book, which are valid for all Boston Symphony and Pops concerts in the Koussevitzky Music Shed and Ozawa Hall. Our Lee MA Bed and Breakfast is close enough to Tanglewood to make using your Lawn Pass a cinch – especially once we show you the secret route we use to get there. Enjoy all our amenities before and after the concert: relax by the pool or take a dip; fill yourself with an amazing, home cooked breakfast in the morning, and enjoy a glass or wine in the parlor in the evening.
Weekends fill up at Tanglewood. Consider staying at our Tanglewood lodging during the week, when the crowds are a bit thinner. The music is delightful any day of the week.
Hailed as “one of the most important violinists of his generation” (Tanglewood website), Christian Tetzlaff will delight music aficionados with several performances at Tanglewood. Hear him play Stravinsky and Brahms on July 5, and Beethoven’s complete sonatas for violin and violin July 6, 7 and 9, when he is joined by Alexander Lonquich on the piano.
July 14 and 15, Le Concert des Nations offers listeners the chance to hear Jacobean Masque and Stage Music, Locke’s music for The Tempest and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, as well as Lully’s Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. The two performances are both directed by Jordi Savall, but each one is unique and engaging in its own right.
We are thrilled that the 2009 Tanglewood season is at last upon us, and hope to see you here soon.
All of us at our Massachusetts Inn are anticipating opening night at Tanglewood.
The Mark Morris Dance Group are skilled dancers and fabulous performers. They will perform at Tanglewood on August 5 and 6 2009, at 8:00 PM, very near our Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast. Joining them will be Emanuel Ax on the piano, Colin Jacobsen on the violin, and Yo-Yo Ma on the cello. The trio will play Haydn’s Horn Concerto No. 2 as the dancers perform “A Lake.” The world premier of “Visitation” will be performed to Beethoven’s Sonata No. 4 in C for cello and Piano, Op. 102, No. 1., and “Candleflowerdance” will be accompanied by Stravinsky’s Serenade in A for piano. Finally, the world premier of “Empire Gardens” will be danced to Ives Trio for piano, violin and cello.
It is a great honor for Tanglewood to be the site of two world premiers by Mark Morris. This talented choreographer from Seattle has created works for ballets and operas around the world. Yet perhaps it is no surprise that he chose the Tanglewood Festival to unveil two new performances; he is known for his musicality, and according to the Tanglewood website, “has been described as undeviating in his devotion to music.”
We at our Bed and Breakfast Lenox, MA are thrilled that the Mark Morris Dance Group will be at Tanglewood this August. We look forward to the performance.