Come to Tanglewood Learning Institute Now!

Tanglewood is not just for the summer! You can come to Tanglewood Learning Institute now for special programs in every season.  It’s at the Linde Center for Music and Learning, on the Tanglewood campus,  and it’s one mile from Brook Farm Inn.

Tanglewood Learning Institute offers music and much more.

Tanglewood Learning Institute offers music and much more.

Here’s the lineup:

The Taste Series  incorporates food and music.  A Russian – themed evening will be held February 21st, 2020 and the pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn will perform.  (He’s the son of famed novelist, Alexander Solzhenitsyn.)  

“Around the World” will wrap up this series on May 28th, 2020.  It’s not too early to book rooms for these dates, so reserve at Brook Farm Inn, Lenox, MA.

 

TLI Concerts are starting at Tanglewood Learning Institute now

Coming up soon will be a string quartet on December 1st.  Then audiences will enjoy a brass and percussion program on February 23, 2019  and a double-bass extravaganza April 5th.

Rounding out the series on April 11, 2020, is the 50th anniversary  of theTanglewood Festival Chorus.

 

Open Forum Series

This series features music, connected talks and panel discussions. TLI partners with local organizations such as the Norman Rockwell Museum and the state Cultural Council to provide the programs.

Come to Tanglewood Learning Institute on April 11, 2020, when TLI partners with MassAudubon to present “Reclaiming Our Connection with Nature.”

So come to Tanglewood Learning Institute now and enjoy all the museums, historic homes, concerts and and nature activities .  The winter season offers skiing and snowshoeing as well as hiking and scenic views.  Enjoy all the attractions of the Berkshires and come back to Brook Farm inn for a warm and cozy stay.

 

 

 

 

Don’t Miss Out on the Berkshires Right Now!

Here at Brook Farm Inn we’re ideally located for enjoying all the Berkshires offerings, so don’t miss out right now and through December!

Festival of Trees at the Berkshire Museum,  November 16 – December 5

It’s an annual favorite at the museum in nearby Pittsfield.  See the creativity of organizations, businesses and schools who’ve decorated trees to fit this year’s theme, “Heroes!”

Another ongoing exhibit is “She Shapes History” as we enter 2020, the hundreth anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage in the U.S.

 

The Mount, home of Edith Wharton

It’s right here in Lenox! Tours are Saturdays and Sundays 10:45 – 4:00, on the hour.  See the stunning home and property of this iconic American author.

Special Holiday House Tours take place November 23 – January 5.  Don’t miss out!

 

Winter Lights at Naumkeag, November 22 – December 29

In Stockbridge, the historic mansion hosts a bigger and better holiday exhibit.  It’s magical!  Don’t miss out!

 

A Christmas Carol at the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

Don’t miss out!  This holiday favorite is performed December 7 through 21, 2019.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol at the Colonial Theatre

“The Nutcracker” at Barrington Stage Co.

See the holiday favorite performed by Albany Berkshire Ballet, December 7 and 8.  Don’t miss it!

Stockbridge Main Street At Christmas, December 6 through 8

Norman Rockwell made Stockbridge famous by his painting of the town during the holidays.  Celebrate with activities all weekend long, and experience Main Street as Norman Rockwell pictured it.

Shakespeare & Co Presents “Sense & Sensibility”

It’s around the corner from Brook Farm Inn.  See a playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, December 14 and 15.  Don’t miss it!

Bach at New Year’s, at Great Barrington’s Mahaiwe Theater

Ring in the New Year with a concert on December 31st, from 6 – 9 p.m.  It’s another annual favorite.  Then return to a cozy room at Brook Farm Inn and enjoy our Champagne Brunch on January 1st.

                                       Brook Farm Inn Celebrates Spring and Summer
Brook Farm Inn celebrates spring and summer! You can enjoy Berkshires events and activities now and throughout the season.
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At Brook Farm Inn there’s been a flurry of activity to freshen the paint and beautify the garden. For arrivals between now and May 31st, enhance your stay with a complimentary bottle of Prosecco, which will be in your room when you arrive!

The special offer for May arrivals

So Many Things to do…
If you’re a history and museum buff, we recommend the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Clark Art Institute, Naumkeag,Hancock Shaker Village, Herman Melville’sArrowhead, and The Mountwith its wonderful tours of Edith Wharton’s home and gardens.”
The Mount
Norman Rockwell Museum

Enjoy a Shakespeare performance!

The Berkshires cultural scene has already begun to heat up. The theater season has offerings right now and through the summer and fall, so you’ll want to check out Berkshire Theatre Group,Shakespeare & Co., Barrington Stage Co. andWilliamstown Theater.
Beginning in June Tanglewood will be more exciting than ever. Just for starters, the June lineup includes popular artists Chris Tile, Brian Wilson, Richard Thompson, Postmodern Jukebox, Earth Wind & Fire. The Popular Artist Series continues through the summer with Josh Groban, Gladys Knight, Reba McIntyre and others.
Of course the Boston Symphony will arrive in July – you won’t want to missYoYo Ma, Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax…the list goes on.
And there’s huge excitement building for the new
Tanglewood Learning Institute,
down the road from Brook Farm Inn. It opens in June, you can buy tickets now, and here’s how it’s described:
Diverse Voices. Daring Ideas. Beyond sublime, transcendent concerts at Tanglewood, this summer a new concept in creative enrichment begins. The Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI)offers engaging programs for curious minds—immersion weekends, interactive talks, open rehearsals, films, master classes, unconventional performances, and visual arts experiences that will inspire spirited dialogue and deepen your understanding of music, the arts, and the human spirit.
Looking for ways to connect with nature? Hike the Appalachian trail, drive to the summit of Mt. Greylock and eat atBascom Lodge, or visit a Trustees of Reservations or aMassAudubon property. Or you can just relax in the garden and swimming pool at Brook Farm Inn!
Picnic on the Great Lawn
Don’t forget, the Berkshires is a destination for fine restaurants and shopping too. At the inn, we offer concierge service in planning your perfect getaway.
Hiking the Berkshires of Western MA

Commune with nature in the Berkshires

Merry Month of May

The Merry Month of May is a great time to visit the Berkshires.  First of all, guests of Brook Farm Inn, your Lenox, MA bed and breakfast, who arrive in May will receive a complimentary bottle of Prosecco or non-alcoholic sparkling beverage. It’s our Sparkling Spring Special.

Winter Special

Sparkling Spring Special

Here’s your guideline to what’s happening in the Berkshires in May.

May 3 – Meet Rockwell’s Models

At the Norman Rockwell Museum, people who posed for the famous illustrator will tell about their experiences.

 

May 10 and 17 – Music at the Dream Away Lodge

This restaurant has been a Berkshires legend for over 90 years.Featuring great food, a funky atmosphere and live music, it’s located in Becket. On May 10, enjoy the music of Bernice Lewis.  On May 17th, Podunk Throwbacks will perform.

 

May 2, 3, 4 – TheatreFest@Saint James Place

Enjoy 8 works by 7 local playwrights. Be among the first to see original plays, works in progress and emerging artists.  This is a new way to experience the exciting Berkshires cultural scene. It’s in Great Barrington, MA.

May 5 – Close Encounters With Music

The Luncheon Musicale  features phenom cellist Hayden Idson. Celebrate in the Salon in the Gilded Age elegance of the Lenox Club, a venerable Berkshire presence since 1864!. Savor a superb lunch and support Close Encounters With Music. La vie est belle!!!

 

May 22 – June 8 – Barrington Stage Co.

“Hold These Truths ” is about unsung American hero, Gordon Hirabayashi.  He refused to go to a relocation cam with other Japanese Americans during WW II.  Journeying from college to courtroom to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he’s the subject of this award winning play.

 

May 23 – July 14 – Shakespeare & Co.

Starting in the Merry Month of May, our local Lenox theater offers “The Waverly Gallery.” It was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and tells of a NYC family matriarch. She was a lawyer and ran a gallery for decades, but now faces memory and hearing loss. It’s a touching play about how family roles are re-fashioned over time.

 

May 23 – June 2 – Mac-Haydn Theatre

This is a  theater in the round, known for producing wonderful musicals. Starting Memorial Day Weekend, you  can enjoy the classic “Camelot.” It’s the legendary show about King Arthur, Guinevere and Sir Lancelot.

 

May 24 – June 15 – Berkshire Theatre Group

At BTG’s Unicorn Theatre,  see Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” This play won many awards and has been labeled “provocative,” “daring,” and “controversial.”

 

So you mustn’t lose the opportunity to visit the Berkshires in May, or any time, to experience the great cultural offerings.  Hope to see you soon!

Merry Month of May

 

 

 

 

New Music & Learning Center at Tanglewood

The new Music & Learning Center at Tanglewood will officially open on June 28.  At Brook Farm Inn in Lenox, MA, we’re excited because this all-season complex is just one mile from our Berkshires B&B.

Our local newspaper, The Berkshire Eagle,  announced that luminaries from the worlds of music and theater will be there this summer. In addition, leaders from government and academia will join in the exciting programs.

Tanglewood's new Linde Center for Music and Learning is home to the new Tanglewood Learning Institute, set to launch this summer. The four-building complex also will offer year-round programming, and be available for event rental by the Berkshire community.

Tanglewood ‘s Linde Center for Music and Learning

Visitors can attend any of 140 ticketed events this summer.  You will enjoy performances and talks by big-name artists and speakers.  For example, Yo Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax are among the performers.  Madeleine Albright, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Tom Stoppard will present lectures.  You can be there for the seven-week Sunday evening film series, and refresh yourself at the indoor/outdoor cafe.

Check out the four immersion weekends. They’ll feature concert conversations, lectures, films, musical workshops, and personal encounters with the musicians. The announcement from the BSO says that the goal of the Learning Institute is to break down barriers between performers and the public.

In addition, the new space will house the Tanglewood Music Center.  That’s the BSO’s summer academy for advanced music study.  Guests of Brook Farm Inn have always enjoyed performances by the talented young musicians in this fellowship program, and now the new center offers expanded space for this program.

The parking lot for the new Center is at the corner of  Hawthorne Road and Hawthorne Street.  Our Lenox B&B is located on Hawthorne Street, so it’s easily accessible. The new complex is located on the hill right behind Ozawa Hall.  These beautiful new buildings, like Ozawa Hall, fit into the natural landscape. It’s a great place to enjoy the nature and culture that the Berkshires is known for. We’re looking forward to touring the new facility on free open house days — June 29, 30 and July 1st. So that’s a great time to visit the inn!

 

 

Valentine and Presidents Weekend Special

Brook Farm Inn offers a Valentines and Presidents Weekend special, so bring your sweetheart in February!

All guests who stay between February 14th and February 25th will be greeted with a bottle of Prosecco and chocolate dipped strawberries.  You’ll find them in your room when you arrive. So you can begin your romantic getaway with a toast to each other!

Treat Your Valentine To A Romantic Berkshire Getaway!

Toast your Valentine with a glass of bubbly and some scrumptious chocolate strawberries.

And we have lots of suggestions for your weekend activities. If you’re the outdoors type, there’s skiing nearby at Bousquet, Butternut, and Jiminy Peak ski areas.

After your exhilarating ski experience, go to Chocolate Springs Cafe for hot chocolate and other treats. It’s located in Lenox and is just a short distance from Brook Farm Inn.  Lenox Village is a lovely New England town, with shops and restaurants.  Brook Farm Inn is just a block from the village center.

For indoor activities, you won’t want to miss the museums that are unique to the Berkshires.  For example, there’s the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge and the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown.

The Berkshires offers all you culture vultures lots to do as well.  At Barrington Stage Co. , see the annual 10×10 New Play Festival from February 14 to March 10. It’s a hoot!

In addition, you’ll find performances at the Colonial Theater, Mahaiwe Theater, and Close Encounters With Music.

 

Winter Warmth at Berkshires Theaters

Winter warmth at Berkshires theaters beckons now!  See great plays and hear great music in January and February.  Our Brook Farm Inn location in Lenox, MA is near them all.  It’s less expensive than New York or Boston, and parking’s not a problem! Book now at Brook Farm Inn to enjoy winter entertainment, plus a cozy fireplace room and delicious buffet breakfast.

Coming very soon is the Winter Studio of Plays at Shakespeare & Co.  It’s right around the corner from Brook Farm Inn in Lenox, MA.  This annual event is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.  It’s on January 19 and 20th.

 

Valentine’s Day inspires lots of choices to please you and your sweetheart. Winter in the Berkshires theaters includes performances at Barrington Stage Co. It’s in Pittsfield, near our Lenox B&B. From February 14 through March 10, theater goers will love the 10X10 New Play Festival. Every year during the winter season, BSC offers this unique experience of 10 Ten Minute plays by 10 playwrights.

And you won’t want to miss “Shakespeare’s Valentine Surprise” at Shakespeare & Co. It’s hosted by Kevin Bartini, a comedian you may recognize.  For example, he’s worked in comedy clubs and also with Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart and in Comedy Central.  That’s February 16 and 17 and it includes some very famous love scenes — a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Now, for those who remember famous songsters from the ’50’s like The Drifters and The Platters, this is for you!  At the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Colonial Theatre, you’ll enjoy Solid Gold Saturday Night:  Remember the Fifties Concert. Remember “Under the Boardwalk?”  Or “Save the Last Dance for Me?” How about ” Smoke Gets in Your Eyes?” You’ll have a great nostalgic evening on February 16th.

 

Things to Do

Your Lenox, MA innkeepers look forward to helping you and your sweetheart enjoy winter warmth and a great escape.

Winter Specials

Winter specials will delight you in January and February at Brook Farm Inn! Discover winter in the Berkshires  at Brook Farm Inn in Lenox, MA.  Active days and cozy firelit evenings offer an escape during the quieter time of year.  Brook Farm Inn welcomes you in January with a special discount, Also, in February we offer complimentary romantic gifts to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Presidents Weekend. You may choose a room with a fireplace, and some rooms have whirlpool tubs, too.

Here are the Specials 

In January, with a two-night reservation, receive the second night at a discount of $50.  In addition, from February 14 to February 24 we offer our Be My Valentine Special.  So, all Brook Farm Inn guests will receive a bottle of Prosecco and chocolate dipped strawberries.  These gifts will be in your room when you arrive.  Book here! https://secure.thinkreservations.com/brookfarm/reservations

Winter in the Berkshires

The winter season in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts is filled with activity. Ski slopes and hiking trails are ready for those who enjoy the outdoors. In addition there are cultural experiences too. The Berkshire museums are uncrowded and have a variety of offerings.  We have a central location in Lenox, MA.  For instance, we’re near the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Clart Art Institute and MassMOCA,  In addition there are the concert and theater venues, such as the Colonial and Mahaiwe Theaters, Close Encounters With Music, and Shakespeare & Co.

Plan Your Winter Specials Getaway

At Brook Farm Inn, your innkeepers are here to help plan your getaway.  You can book a massage or private yoga sessions with us by phoning 413-637-3013. As always, your stay includes comfy rooms, memorable breakfasts and afternoon tea on Fridays and Saturdays.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Linda and Phil, owners/innkeepers

Winter Special

Be My Valentine Winter Special

Get Set for Tanglewood Music Festival 2019!

Tanglewood Music Festival 2019Tickets for Tanglewood Music Festival 2019 go on sale Sunday, February 10th, 2019. Now is the time to start planning your summer getaway with the BSO in the Berkshires!

Tanglewood (as you are likely already well aware) is the summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). Their annual summer festival has been bringing classical music’s biggest names to the Berkshires stage for over 80 years!

If you have plans to be in the Berkshires this summer, you should definitely consider making Tanglewood Music Festival 2019 part of your experience. Further, if you do plan to go, now is the time to start making your plans and reservations.

Tickets go on sale February 10th and will go very quickly. Accommodations, on the other hands, are already being snapped up … (more…)