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Rembrandt and Degas at The Clark

October 10, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn lived from 1606 to 1669. He was drawn to art at a young age and quickly mastered all he was taught. By the time he was 22 years of age, he had developed a reputation as an excellent artist. Students flocked to him from that point on.

Edgar Degas lived from 1834 to 1917. He left school at a young age in order to study art. Degas spent years copying the works of Renaissance Masters, and had drawn and painted over 700 such copies by the time he was 13. Rembrandt, who made self-portraits throughout his life, was one of the masters studied closely by Degas.

Guests of our Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires will soon have the opportunity to see many of the early works of Rembrandt and Degas at The Clark Art Institute.  Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists opens November 13, 2011. The exhibit runs through February 5, 2012, when it moves to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The Clark is the first United States stop of the tour of Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists. The exhibit comes to the Massachusetts Berkshires directly from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where it originated. It is a collaboration of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Clark Art Institute, and the Rijksmuseum.

If you can’t make it to our Lenox Bed and Breakfast this October to see magnificent fall foliage, head here this winter to see magnificent art.

More information about the exhibit may be found at The Clark.


Berkshires Bed and Breakfast Luxury

October 13, 2010 by Applegate Inn

You work hard. Whether your job is in an office or in the trades, caring for your children or for elderly parents, you work hard. Vacation time is required, but often it means more work before and after trips. When you take a holiday, you want it to be worth it. Our luxury Berkshires bed and breakfast has just what you need.

Enjoy a luxurious moment by a waterfall, surrounded by brilliant fall foliage.

Located in the heart of the Massachusetts Berkshires, close to Tanglewood, the Appalachian Trail, and several charming New England towns, our Berkshires bed and breakfast luxury enjoys the peace of the country and the finest art and culture. Visit the Clark Art Institute, where past exhibits have included the work of Turner, Gainsborough, Georgia O’Keefe and Toulouse-Lautrec. Or head to Stockbridge, home to the Norman Rockwell Museum and numerous shops and boutiques. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts enjoy hiking (glorious at this time of year), cycling along country roads, and skiing in the winter.

Guests of our luxury Berkshires bed and breakfast often gather for wine and cheese in the evening, warming hands by the fire and sinking into comfortable chairs after a long day of exploration. Breakfast each morning is fresh and satisfying, elegantly served in our formal dining room by candle light.

The inn is yours during your stay. Stroll through our gardens and along wooded trails, or curl up with a good book by the fire. Indulge in luxurious whirlpool bath or steam shower (inquire when booking). Each room is spacious and private, with wet bars, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Ask about our luxury Berkshire inn Spa Indulgence Special or our Additional Ad On Options (such as wine or chocolates in the room). You may never want to leave.

Picasso, Degas at The Clark

September 3, 2010 by Applegate Inn

There is still time to catch Picasso Looks at Degas at The Clark, in nearby Williamstown, MA; it runs through September 12, 2010. Guests of our Berkshires bed and breakfast will find this to be a fascinating exhibit and a delightful addition to their stay.

Edgar Degas was born in Paris in 1834 and died there in 1917. Pablo Picasso was born in Spain in 1881 and died in France in 1973. Though the two men are thought to have never met, Picasso was inspired by the work of Degas and paid tribute to the older artist in quite a few pieces of art. Never hesitant to respond to the work of another artist, Picasso brought his own unique vision to some of Degas’ most familiar subjects: ballet dancers, women bathing, and cafés.

The Clark and Musée Picasso, Barcelona worked together to organize this exhibit – the first devoted to Picasso’s relationship with the art of Edgar Degas. “Picasso Looks at Degas is the first exploration of Picasso’s lifelong fascination with Degas’s art and personality, and sheds light on the emergence of twentieth-century modernism by providing new insights into the multifaceted creativity of these two great artists” (museum website).

Early September is a wonderful time to travel to our bed and breakfast Berkshires. Summer crowds are gone and leaf peepers haven’t yet arrived. Here and there a colorful tree gives a hint of the transformation the woods will soon undergo. Days tend to be warm, evenings cool, and the air feels a bit more crisp than it has during the past few months. It feels good to sit by a crackling fire in the evening, sipping a cup of tea, a glass of wine, or spirits. Let us give you the opportunity to do just that. Let us pamper you.

Make Time for Romance

April 14, 2010 by Applegate Inn

We’re running Romance Packages at our Lenox MA bed and breakfast for just a little while longer, through the end of May. A romantic getaway is great excuse to leave city living behind for a few days.  Our Lenox Bed and Breakfast is about 1 hour from Hartford, 2 hours from Boston, and 3 hours from New York City.

Spring is a lovely time in the Berkshires. The small towns start to come out of winter hibernation, throwing open their doors to the sunshine and warmth. Chilly nights make a great excuse to cuddle by the fire at our Lenox inn.


There are wonderful pigs at Hancock Shaker Village

Come for a farm and forest trail walk at Hancock Shaker Village, where you’ll see red trillium in bloom and meet many cute calves, chicks, piglets and lambs. Take in the Giovanni Boldini in Impressionist Paris exhibit at The Clark, before it closes on April 25, 2010; be sure to explore The Clark’s walking trails and grounds, too. Check out Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s project Gravity Is a Force to be Reckoned With, at MASS MoCA.

Explore the Berkshires by day. Once back at our Lenox area B&B, you’ll be greeted by a pleasant, romantic atmosphere. Our Romance Package includes a room with a fireplace, a three-course dinner for two, champagne and chocolates. It’s a lovely way to celebrate the departure of winter, the arrival of spring, and your relationship.

Culture in the Country

March 4, 2010 by Applegate Inn

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.

Time to start thinking about Tanglewood

March 20, 2009 by Applegate Inn

Today is the first day of Spring! We are so happy that winter is finally rolling around the corner for the year, and we can start to think and plan for all the exciting activities that take place in the Spring in the Berkshires, especially Tanglewood.

The Tanglewood Festival is an annual celebration of music held at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox. It is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and setting for a variety of musical performances and events. One of the best ways to spend a summer evening in the Berkshires is to grab a blanket, some fixin’s for a picnic & head to Tanglewood for a night of music as the sun sets and the stars come out.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is currently running a Clark/Tanglewood ticket offer: Buy now and pay only $45 for two tickets to The Clark and two Tanglewood lawn tickets. I had to read that three times before I believed my eyes; four tickets to world-renowned art and mucis venues for only $45?!? It is an amazing deal and one you should take advantage of right away!

The Lawn at Tanglewood

The Lawn at Tanglewood

The Clark is located in Williamstown, about a 45 minute drive from both the Tanglewood Music Center and our Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast. Of course, the drive through our pastoral landscape in the summer with a warm breeze in your hair is not much of a chore. Plus, The Clark is not to be missed.

The Clark features an outstanding collection of Impressionist, American, and Old Master paintings, set among 140 scenic acres with hiking and walking trails. On view this summer, Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence and Through the Seasons: Japanese Art in Nature.

Look for more information on Tanglewood from our Lenox Bed and Breakfast soon!

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