There is a world of things to do in Lenox MA and throughout the Berkshires! We feel fortunate to be located in the heart of this wonderful area and to provide you with an oasis of peace and quiet during your explorations of nearby Lenox, MA attractions. Start your day with breakfast at the inn. Swim in our pool in summer, surrounded by lush rock gardens; relax in the hammock and enjoy the serenity.
For all of our recommendations on things to do in Lenox MA and the Berkshires, including attractions and activities, be sure to download a free copy of our Berkshires Vacation Guide.
Things to Do in Lenox MA – Attractions
A short walk from the inn will find you in the historic village of Lenox, the heart of culture in the Berkshires. Shop the appealing boutiques, discover antique treasures and fine art in its many galleries, and dine in the town’s splendid restaurants. Tour the Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, buy a new outfit at MacKimmie Co (we get our wool blankets and throws there), or grab an ice cream cone at The Scoop. Even better, do all three in a row!
The Lenox Library is a historic landmark, hosted in a 200-year-old courthouse building since 1874. The library itself has a rich history, from its famous visitors to its special collections, featuring the Tanglewood Papers. The Lenox Library also hosts modern youth programs and a distinguished lecture series, which keep the library active in the community while also continuing a tradition in furthering the literary and intellectual.
The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health is a wonderful facility that offers stress relief from the exhaustion of day-to-day life. There are a variety of classes offered at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health that focus on yoga, ayurveda, creative expression, fitness and wellness, self-discovery and psychology, and spiritual practice and inquiry.
Edith Wharton’s historic home, known as The Mount, still stands as a popular tourist destination in Massachusetts and touring it is still one of the best things to do in Lenox, MA. The Mount is an autobiographical house featuring the original gardens, architecture, and interior design that Wharton designed in the early 20th century. The 113-acre property was purchased in 1901 and became a fostering environment for writer Wharton, who poured her heart and soul into the house and surrounding landscape to create an atmosphere that would inspire her literature. Now, the estate and gardens serve as a wedding venue, host for a writer-in-residence program, and exhibition for guided touring.
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Nearby in Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Chesterwood in Stockbridge was once the summer mansion and studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). Back in 1896, the estate was purchased by French, who at the time was already renowned for his bronze Minute Man statue at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. A studio nearby the farmhouse was created on the property by French’s friend Henry Bacon, and here, the sculptor would create his artwork during his working career, including the famed Lincoln Memorial.
The Norman Rockwell Museum is an art museum dedicated to the art of Norman Rockwell. The museum is set on 36 scenic acres and houses the largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art in the world. The museum was founded in 1969, where Rockwell lived the last 25 years of his life. In addition to 574 original works of art by Rockwell, the museum also houses the Norman Rockwell Archives, a collection of over 100,000 various items, which include photographs, fan mail, and various business documents.
Naumkeag, with its views of Monument Mountain is a collection of gardens created by Joseph Choates’s daughter, Miss Mabel Choate, and Fletcher Steele. Naumkeag is an unforgettable experience with self guided tours of the gardens, including the Blue Steps, a series of deep blue fountain pools, flanked by four flights of stairs and a grove of white birches. Walk through the equally beautiful Afternoon Garden, Tree Peony Terrace, Rose Garden, Evergreen Garden, and Chinese Garden to encounter the playful, inventive spirit of Miss Choate and Mr. Steele.
The Berkshire Botanical Gardens are another lovely stop in Stockbridge which encompasses 15 acres of cultivated land. The Garden’s mission is “to fulfill the community’s need for information, education and inspiration concerning the art and science of gardening and the preservation of our environment.” The gardens are open May to mid-October and are among the oldest in the US.