The Berkshires are well known for their art and culture but few area museums fully justify this reputation like The Clark Art Institute. The Clark is one of the world’s most beloved and respected art museums, with a collection of more than 6,000 pieces spanning from the fifteenth to the twentieth century.
Any self-respecting art or history fan who finds themselves in the Berkshires owes it to themselves to visit The Clark. The 140 acre campus, surrounded by gorgeous forest and mountain vistas, is a jewel unto itself – never mind the art!
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Did you know that Arrowhead, The Herman Melville House in Pittsfield, MA is just a 15 minute drive from Applegate Inn? It’s true and both history and literature fans will enjoy a visit to this popular, historic house museum.
Between 1850 and 1863, Arrowhead Farm was home to one of America’s great writers. It was also his most fruitful period. During that time, Melville penned not only “Moby-Dick” but also “Pierre or The Ambiguities,” “Bartleby the Scrivever,” and others.
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It’s hard not like Christmas trees. They’re pretty. They sparkle. They smell good. Christmas trees evoke the best of the holidays.
Surround yourself with Christmas trees the next time you come to our luxury Berkshires Bed and Breakfast this winter. “Under the Big Top: Festival of Trees 2011” runs at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield from November 18 to January 2, 2012. The more than 100 decorated Christmas are just part of the extravaganza.
The circus theme conveyed with “Under the Big Top” is underscored on November 18, during the Opening Night Party. As guests enjoy drinks and tasty appetizers, atmospheric aerialists, towering stilt walkers, and a nimble contortionist will move among them. Circus workshops take place the following day for children aged 8 to 16. Walls will be lined with circus posters, circus memorabilia, and circus photographs throughout the duration of the exhibition.
The circus comes to town again on December 31st for a Circus Spectacular at the Berkshire Museum. Acrobats, jugglers, and contortionists will take the stage at 11 a.m. What a cheerful way to bid 2011 farewell.
The Berkshire Museum has several interesting permanent exhibits as well. See toys created by Alexander Calder in 1927, walk through the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, and gaze at the wondrous underwater world of their famous aquarium, recently renovated by Raleigh Aquarium Maintenance, on the museum’s lowest level.
Plan an enchanting getaway at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast sometime between November 18, 2011 and January 2, 2012, and stop by the “Under the Big Top: Festival of Trees.”
Consider a few days in the cultural hotbed of the Western Massachusetts Berkshires. The area around our bed and breakfast Lenox, Lee, and Stockbridge have fantastic museums. The perfect time to explore them is now, while it is still cold and snowy outside.
The Berkshire Museum, in Pittsfield has many great permanent exhibits, such as pieces by Alexander Calder and local creations in the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation. There is also a fascinating visiting exhibit about the Art of the Arsenal through June 6, 2010. See a Sioux War Headdress, a Samurai suit, and a Persian horned helmet. It is fascinating to see how our ancestors armed themselves, and to learn something about the ritual of war (war is not glorified in this exhibit, merely examined).
The work of Giovanni Boldini, and impressionist in Paris, is currently at The Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown. There you will also find the impressive Manton Collection – over 200 pieces of British art by greats such as Turner and Constable.
Or spend an afternoon at the nearby Norman Rockwell Museum. On view is through May 16, 2010 is To Rockwell, With Love: Fan Mail and the Saturday Evening Post. A lifetime of the artist’s work is put in perspective when you read how the public responded to him.
We offer a “Two Night Culture in the Country Package” through June 25, 2010. Stay two nights during the week at our Lenox inn and receive free admission to the local museum of your choice. In addition, you enjoy all the comforts of home – and then some – at the inn.