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Add Great Theater to a Weekend Getaway in the Berkshires

September 14, 2009 by Applegate Inn

Few things are quite as restorative as throwing an overnight bag in the car and heading off for a romantic getaway in the country. Surrounded by charming New England towns and the beautiful Berkshires, our western Massachusetts bed and breakfast is the ideal location for such a trip. In addition to a lovely, tranquil setting on six acres, elegant lodging and delicious food, you will find our Berkshires inn to be conveniently located to an extraordinary number of cultural attractions.

The Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield is one such place, not far north of our Lee MA lodging. Freud’s Last Session is running through October 4, 2009. Don’t miss this fascinating, imagined conversation between atheist Dr. Freud and devout Christian C.S. Lewis, as they discuss God, sex, and the meaning of life. Their exchange is thought provoking as well as deeply humorous. This play is followed by a favorite musical; The Fantasticks is “a captivating romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall.”

If you happen to be staying with us on the third Thursday of a month, you may enjoy a trip up to Pittsfield for 3rd Thursdays. From 5 – 8pm, the downtown area of Pittsfield is full of music, art and great food. Art Galleries and museums stay open late, and art and music take over the town. The next two 3rd Thursdays are September 17 and October 15. Why not check out our specials – you may find temptation to cancel everything and head to the Southern Berkshires in time for 3rd Thursday on September 17.

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.

More Community Theater

November 5, 2008 by Applegate Inn

For 4 more days, a wonderful performance is at the Unicorn Theater in nearby Stockbridge.

Very appropriate for this exciting election time, and personally engaging for me around issues of gender, the one-woman play “Eleanor” was a wonderful production.

Written by Rhoda Lerman and directed by Stephen Temperley, the play was about the inner growth of

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt. It focused on the years immediately following World War I, as recalled by Eleanor looking back from 1945. It is a very personalized, intimate portrait that carefully avoids political issues directly, but maintains the importance of certain important political ideals.  In the voyage of this woman from self-doubt to confidence, her youthful ideals are challenged by gritty realities, and, instead of the bitterness or cynicism that might have resulted, we witness the tempered, reinforced idealism that emerged in Eleanor Roosevelt.

It is exciting to think of the future of the role of the First Lady. I wonder when, if ever, there will be another woman that has done as much with the role as Eleanor did.

I didn’t know that Eleanor struggled with her husbands infidelities for many years, and also her own insecurities. It is amazing to think that great people like that also struggled with self-confiedence.

There was a wonderful Berkshires crowd there, many with silver hair – those that remember Eleanor clearly! Just another great example of what the wonderful Berkshires area has to offer!

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