Discover the Berkshire Wineries Near Our B&B

Discover Berkshire Wineries Near Our B&B - Brook Farm InnThe Berkshires are well known for their stunning scenery, picturesque villages, award winning museums, stage companies, and annual festivals – but did you know we’re also home to a number of outstanding wineries? Come discover the Berkshire wineries near our Lenox, MA B&B.

There’s so much to do and see year ’round in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts that you wouldn’t think there was room for more – but there is! The rise of craft brewing and distilling seems to have reawakened our taste for local and regional favorites over big brand producers. Consequently, they’re springing up all over, including right here in the Berkshires.

Wineries, in general, have long traded on the uniqueness of their process, tradition, and region. The recent interest in farm-to-table and local dining finds our Berkshire wineries quite at home.

Brook Farm Inn is lucky to be near a number of excellent Berkshire wineries that are definitely worth your attention. Many of our guests enjoy visiting our local wineries during their stay, especially in spring. (more…)

Enjoy A Berkshires Yoga Retreat At Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, MACome to the Berkshires to relax, revive, and renew with a stay at Brook Farm Inn and a visit to the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health!

The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts are famous for their culture, history, and natural beauty. Did you know we’re also an excellent destination for a yoga retreat?

Enjoying a Berkshires yoga retreat is a snap with all the studios and practitioners in the area. Best of all, the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is right here, just a mile from our Berkshires B&B!

The Kripalu Center is North America’s largest residential facility for holistic health and education. It was started in the late 60’s by Amrit Desai, an Indian-born yoga enthusiast and disciple of Indian yoga master, Swami Kripalu. The center moved to Stockbridge in 1983.

Kripalu Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga. It uses inner focus, meditation, standard yoga poses, breathwork, “development of a quiet mind”, and relaxation. The center offers classes on yoga, Ayurveda, creative expression, fitness and wellness, psychology, and, spiritual practice. (more…)

Treat Your Valentine To A Romantic Berkshire Getaway!

Treat Your Valentine To A Romantic Berkshire Getaway!What better place to renew or refresh your love than in the endlessly romantic Berkshires of Western Massachusetts? Come to Brook Farm Inn this Valentine’s Day and treat your special Valentine to a romantic Berkshire getaway!

The Berkshires are well known for their astonishing variety of culture, dining, and scenery. Museums, wineries, historic estates, theaters, restaurants, mountains, and so much more. The New York Times has described the Berkshire restaurant scene as an “epicenter of great food.”

People come here year ’round for enriching experiences at some of our country’s most iconic art, music, and theater organizations. In our hometown of Lenox alone, you’ll find Ventfort Hall, Edith Wharton’s The Mount, and Tanglewood Music Center, to name just a few. Even the Lenox Library is a 200-year-old, historic landmark. (more…)

Tickets On Sale Soon For Tanglewood Music Festival 2018!

Tanglewood Music Festival 2018Tickets for Tanglewood Music Festival 2018 are set to go on sale January 28th, 2018. This year celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday through his works and a special gala evening on August 25th.

“Bernstein Centennial Summer — Celebrating Lenny at Tanglewood!” is the title of this year’s summer music festival. Though it won’t be all Lenny, all the time, the season features a wide array of the composer/conductor’s works.

Leonard Bernstein had a close relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra that spanned fifty years. He was a member of the first Tanglewood class in 1940 and a protégé of BSO conductor, Serge Koussevitzky. In 1990, he conducted his final final concerts with the BSO and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. (more…)

It’s Time To Plan Your Berkshires Ski Vacation

Berkshires Ski VacationThe new year is almost upon us and now is the time to plan your Berkshires ski vacation. Bousquet Mountain, Jiminy Peak, Ski Butternut, and many others are just minutes from the door of our Berkshires B&B – so what are you waiting for?

There’s never a bad time to visit the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Shopping, antiquing, dining, museums, and numerous opportunities to visit the stage remain a constant whether it’s spring, summer, winter, or autumn. When the snow flies here, it only serves to make our rolling hills and quaint towns that much more magical.

And winter sports? Downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, and snowmobile tours are all in the area. Some of the area’s best are an easy drive from our Lenox inn. (more…)

Edith Wharton’s The Mount Now Open Through February 2018

Edith Wharton's The Mount

Edith Wharton’s historic Lenox estate
is now open through February 2018!
photo credit: Elisa.rolle

The Mount has extended its season to run through February 2018! This extension presents an unparalleled opportunity to experience Edith Wharton’s historic estate during a beautiful Berkshires winter.

Traditionally, Edith Wharton’s “Berkshire Cottage” is open daily – but only from May through October. This year, they have extended their normal season by four months: Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 4pm. After February, The Mount will close again until the official start of their 2018 season in May.

Best of all, Brook Farm Inn has discount coupons for The Mount’s extended season! Just let us know you want to visit The Mount during your stay at our Berkshires B&B and they’re yours.

Admission during these special fall and winter hours includes a guided house and library tour. If you’ve never visited The Mount before, you’re in for a real treat.

Touring Edith Wharton’s Berkshire home isn’t like your typical historic mansion tour. No velvet ropes hold you back. In fact, you are encouraged to gently interact with the rooms. Many of Wharton’s original belongings are here, including her original library collection, complete with inscriptions from famous friends and admirers.

Special exhibits are open during this time, as well. “Life in the Dale: Augustus Martin’s Lenox,” is a collection of photographs documenting working-class life in Lenox Dale at the beginning of the 20th century. “Edith Wharton and the First World War” is a timely exhibit that examines a lesser-known chapter of the author’s life. (more…)

The Whimsical, Wonderful Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees

Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees 2017The annual Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees is back with a “Whimsical, Wonderful” forest of creative Christmas trees to tour. Don’t miss a chance to catch this festive, holiday display, running from November 18th, 2017 through January 7th, 2018.

Come see a unique forest of imaginatively decorated Christmas trees at the Berkshire Museum. This annual, holiday exhibit features a broad variety of independent and festive trees, unlike any others you have seen before.

All the Christmas tree creations are put together by local organizations, businesses, and schools. The exhibit serves as an annual fundraiser for the Berkshire Museum, with proceeds going towards the museum’s educational programs. Consequently, visiting the Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees isn’t just a good time – it’s also a good deed. Now that’s the holiday spirit! (more…)

2018 Tanglewood Schedule is Here!

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has released its schedule for the 2018 season at Tanglewood!

Another marvelous lineup of some of the world’s finest musicians, along with exciting new talent, will make 2018 a summer of exceptional delights. Tanglewood’s press release also announces a special focus of the season:

Throughout the summer of 2018, Tanglewood celebrates the centennial of conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein’s birth. Bernstein’s close relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra spanned a half-century, from the time he became a protégé of legendary BSO conductor Serge Koussevitzky as a member of the first Tanglewood Music Center class in 1940 until the final concerts he ever conducted, with the BSO and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra at Tanglewood in 1990.

Click here to see the 2018 Tanglewood schedule. And then click here to check availability at Brook Farm Inn, just around the corner from some of the world’s most splendid music!

Attend the Lenox Making Spirits Bright Weekend 2017!

Lenox Making Spirits Bright Weekend 2017Come celebrate the start of the holiday season at the Lenox Making Spirits Bright Weekend: December 1st through the 3rd, 2017! Three days, 6 events, and tons of related festivities – and all in the lovely setting of the Massachusetts Berkshires.

Honestly, there is no bad time to visit the Berkshires but the holidays are definitely one of the more exciting times here. Christmas in the Berkshires displays the very best of old-time, small-town America. Our always friendly communities are that much more welcoming when imbued with the festive holiday spark.

This is especially true at events like the Lenox Making Spirits Bright Weekend.

Downtown Lenox is the epitome of small-town America and the perfect place to celebrate the start of the holiday season. The Making Spirits Bright Weekend offers plenty of ways to do so, too. There will be a classic tree lighting, holiday house tour, choir concert, pub crawl, and more. Take a look! (more…)