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Snow in the Massachusetts Berkshires

January 11, 2011 by Applegate Inn

There is snow on the grounds of our luxury Berkshires Bed and Breakfast near Lenox Massachusetts, and more is on the way. In fact, we’re expecting quite a winter storm here in a day or two; this will be a lovely time to hunker down at the inn.

Enjoy a winter wonderland – the Berkshires.

The best part of snow is being in it, enjoying winter sports such as skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding. There are a number of trails well-suited for snowshoes near our luxury Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast. Read on for a few favorites:

One of the prettiest trails is the one mile loop through the grounds of the Hancock Shaker Village;

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Berkshire Fall Foliage is Peaking Now

October 26, 2010 by Applegate Inn

It’s true, fall colors are at their peak all around our Berkshires bed and breakfast. It’s a delight just to look out the window. When the wind blows, little pieces of color fly through the sky: a flash of orange here, a shimmer of yellow there.

Take advantage of the autumn special at our Lenox MA bed and breakfast, on through October 31, 2010: stay at least two nights and enjoy a 20% discount. Or be spontaneous and benefit from our Spur of the Moment Special: book your room within 24 hours of your arrival and enjoy a 15% discount on your stay. One special only per party.

Crunch leaves under this tree during your stay at our Lenox MA inn.

Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show

August 16, 2010 by Applegate Inn

The Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show has been a regional staple for nearly 20 years. In 2010 it will take place August 21 and 22 at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, and we highly recommend guests of our Western Massachusetts bed and breakfast check it out.

Find jewelry by Emily Hirsch at the Stockbridge Arts and Crafts Show.Talented artisans and craftspeople from around the region attend the Stockbridge Arts & Crafts Show. Look for original jewelry by Emily Hirsch, and folk art paintings by Suzanne Goudreau. This is a wonderful place to get a head start on holiday shopping, or to pick up a unique piece of art for your home.

The Berkshire Botanical Garden is among the oldest of its kind. Established in 1934, it features wooded walking trails, a traditional herb garden, and a lovely rose garden on its fifteen acres. Take a break from looking at the artisans and vendors and stroll through the grounds. Light refreshments will be available at the show, to enjoy as you explore.

Norman Rockwell called Stockbridge “the best of New England”, and it is indeed a picturesque town. After visiting the Arts and Crafts Show, take some time to explore Stockbridge itself. We’d be happy to recommend restaurants that guests of our bed and breakfast Berkshires have enjoyed in the past.

Pictured: earrings by Emily Hirsch.

Horseback Riding in the Berkshires

May 11, 2010 by Applegate Inn

One of the best ways to feel thousands of miles from the city is to mount a horse and head into the Berkshires. There is something inexplicably regenerative about riding horses in the woods. Memories of sitting in traffic or standing in the subway fade away with each clopping step of the horse. Attention is devoted to controlling the enormous animal under you and appreciating the natural surroundings. Everything else disappears.

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Western Massachusetts Brevets

March 16, 2010 by Applegate Inn

It’s true, there is still snow on the grounds of our Lenox MA bed and breakfast, but that doesn’t stop intrepid bikers from riding centuries in March.

A brevet is an organized, long distance bicycle ride. It is not a race, but is rather a test of each rider’s endurance. The designated routes are unmarked; there are checkpoints along the way with a varied amount of support.

The Berkshire Brevets serve as an introduction to the sport of randonneur cycling. Cyclists should expect to climb approximately 3000 feet in elevation for every 100km. In short, this is a sport for serious cyclists, many of whom hope to ride in the August 2011 Paris-Brest-Paris ride.

The Berkshire Brevets had its first 100km (62mi) event of the season just a few days ago, on March 14. There will be several more randonneur cycling events in the region throughout the spring and summer, including one quite close to our Lenox MA bed and breakfast, the BishBash 300K on May 8.

If you are heading to Western Massachusetts for any of these events, consider extending your ride with a stay at our bed and breakfast Lenox. We will pamper you after the event. Sink into a hot, deep bath. Sip brandy and feel it relax your sore body. Replenish yourself with a gourmet breakfast the next morning. It will feel good.

Ski in Western Massachusetts

February 23, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Less than 10 miles from our Lenox bed and breakfast is Canterbury Farm Ski Area. They have 22 km of groomed trails perfect for ski skating, cross-country skiing, and even snowshoeing. The trails make their way along brooks and through the woods, guaranteeing a peaceful and lovely outdoor experience.

There is a good deal of snow here now. Ski while you still can!

22 km of trails at nearby Canterbury Farm Ski Area

Shop the Berkshires

December 9, 2009 by Applegate Inn

T’is the season for shopping, and the truth is, sometimes we all get tired of the same old catalogs and the same old stores. If you are feeling that way this year, come stay at our Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast for a few days and explore the interesting New England towns that encircle us. Be sure to look into our Shopping Getaway.

If you enjoy antiquing, we’ll happily share some of our favorite shops with you. The heart of Lenox has several good antique shops, as does downtown Lee; those of you willing to spend a day driving around Western Massachusetts will discover many fantastic shops.

The area around our Berkshires bed and breakfast draws artists and craftspeople, and as a result, there is an abundance of local art and crafts. From the shop in our inn to any number of stores on any Main Street, you’ll find unique jewelry, pottery, textiles and paintings. Bring a little bit of the Berkshires home with you, or to someone you love.

There is also a terrific outlet village near here, so if you realize after browsing through dozens of smaller stores that you’d rather shop for bargains, you’ll find them here too.

We’ll be sure to feed you well before you head out for a day of shopping, and when your feet are sore, come back to the inn, enjoy a glass of wine and a soak in the tub. We offer a Shoppers Special for the shoppers among you, complete with coupons to the aforementioned outlet stores.

Fall Golfing Packages

September 21, 2009 by Applegate Inn

Most folks know how lovely New England is in the fall. If you have never been here at the height of fall foliage, you will be astounded by the sheer numbers of colorful deciduous trees. As one guest from the northwest uttered in awe while gazing over the colorful Berkshires, “I had no idea… I didn’t realize it was like this.” Certainly this is a good time to stay at our western Massachusetts bed and breakfast.

Bring your golf clubs the next time you stay at our Berkshires inn.

Bring your golf clubs the next time you stay at our Berkshires inn.

There are lots of ways to enjoy autumn in New England, from walks in the woods to scenic drives. For golfers, this is perhaps the best time of year to throw your clubs in the car and visit golf courses throughout New England. Crisp autumn weather is perfect for golfing: not too hot, not too cold. And nothing is quite so enjoyable as a drink in front of the fire on a cool autumn evening after you have spent the day out in the fresh air, walking from hole to hole.

We are lucky to be in such close proximity to fantastic golf. Indeed, Greenock Country Club is just across the street from our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast, and Egremont Country Club and Pontusooc Golf Club are quite close as well. Take advantage of our Fall Golfing Package and get a free round of golf at one of these locations when you stay two nights with us.

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.

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