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!

 

 

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

Pride and Prejudice and Shakespeare & Company!

Shakespeare & Company Pride and PrejudiceLenox’s own Shakespeare & Company is heating up the Berkshires with two upcoming presentations: a costumed reading of a new version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as well as the annual Winter Studio Festival of Plays. If you’re a fan of excellent theater (or just good entertainment) you do not want to miss these performances!

Shakespeare & Company was founded in 1978 and has since become a Berkshires’ cultural institution. They put on one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country, May through December of every year, along with a variety of other programs.

Shakespeare & Company has three different venues in Lenox: The Roman Garden Theatre, The Tina Packer Playhouse, and the Elayne P. Bernstein Theater. All three have concession stands offering light fare for both before and after the shows. The Tina Packer Playhouse and the Elayne P. Bernstein Theater also feature outdoor spaces with tables for a picnic, snack, or drink.

While Shakespeare & Company focuses primarily upon the Bard’s plays (natch), works by others are also regularly produced. The two upcoming performances mentioned at the top are excellent examples of this. (more…)

Step Back In Time at The Bidwell House Museum

Bidwell House MuseumStep back in time to the Berkshires of the 1760’s with a visit The Bidwell House Museum, an authentically restored historic house and museum, in Monterey, MA. The beautifully maintained grounds include 192 acres of gardens, fields, forest, stone walls, and trails.

The Bidwell House Museum is an elegant, two-story, post-and-beam, Georgian saltbox that was constructed as a parsonage, circa 1750. Its location marks the center of what was originally known as Housatonic Township Number 1. Docent led guided tours of this beautifully restored home are recommended. In fact, they’re the only way to see the interior!

House Tours begin outside with a focus on the grounds and architecture. Inside, a tour of the first and second floors further reveal the history of the house, the Bidwell family, and 18th century life in the Berkshires. A virtual tour on tablet is available for those unable to manage the stairs to the second floor. (more…)

Explore Chesterwood – Estate of Daniel Chester French

Chesterwood- the Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial.Chesterwood, in Glendale, near Stockbridge, MA, is the country home, studio, and gardens of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). The 122 acre estate is now a fabulous house museum and sculpture garden here in the Berkshires.

Daniel Chester French was one of the country’s foremost public sculptors. If you’re not sure who French is, just conjure up an image of the seated Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. That’s the work of Daniel Chester French. Other iconic sculptures of his include Concord’s The Minute Man, and the Dupont Circle Fountain in Washington, DC.

Chesterwood was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors will definitely enjoy exploring the estate. You’ll see the Daniel Chester French residence, studio, barn, gardens, and gift shop. (more…)

Enjoy An Afternoon of Hunting Lenox MA Antiques!

Enjoy An Afternoon of Hunting Lenox MA Antiques!If you love antique shopping, then you’ll love Lenox MA antiques. The selection of shops could keep any antique hunter busy for days! Stroll charming downtown streets while enjoying a variety of specialty shops and cafes, plus a large selection of antique shops.

As you know, no two antique stores are alike. In fact, with time, no two visits to the same antique store are alike! This makes coming back for repeat visits all the more exciting and enticing. (more…)

Explore Arrowhead the Herman Melville House Museum

Explore Arrowhead the Herman Melville House Museum

Arrowhead the Herman Melville House Museum
(image courtesy of Daderot)

Just about everyone has heard of Herman Melville’s classic “Moby Dick” but how many realize that the house where he wrote most of this famous book is right here in the Berkshires? Arrowhead the Herman Melville House Museum is just minutes away from our Lenox B&B in Pittsfield, MA.

Herman Melville lived at Arrowhead with his family from 1850 to 1863. It was a very productive time for him as an author. He worked on some of his most famous stories while here. Titles from that period include “Pierre or The Ambiguities,” “Bartleby the Scrivever,” “The Confidence-Man,” and, of course, “Moby-Dick.”

Arrowhead and the surrounding Berkshires appear in a number of Melville’s stories. Some even say that Mount Greylock was partial inspiration for his legendary white whale, Moby Dick.

“The Piazza” and “I and My Chimney,” offer very clear descriptions of Arrowhead and include details that can be seen at the museum to this day. “I and My Chimney” is one of the most accurate descriptions that exists of Arrowhead during Melville’s time. There’s even an inscription from the story’s text on the Arrowhead chimney, added by the author’s brother, Allan Melville. Another example, “The Piazza,” refers to a porch Melville added to the house. (more…)

Discover Stunning Works In Glass at Schantz Galleries

Visit Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge, MACome face to face with some of the most impressive and beautiful glass art you’ll ever see at Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge, MA. The galleries include works by more than fifty world-renowned glass artists including Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, and William Morris.

From the outside, Schantz Galleries do not look like much. With its entrance squirreled away down an alley, you may think you’re wandering into just another gift shop. Once you make it inside, however, all misconceptions fall away.

Schantz Galleries are not “just another” anything!

Exceptional works from internationally recognized glass artists fill four rooms like artifacts from some other world. The galleries host a truly lovely and absorbing collection of astonishing glass art in a wide variety of styles, shapes, and colors.

Though the galleries are small, they are filled with exclusive pieces by big name artists like Chihuly and Tagliapietra. The whole room is devoted to pieces from galleries around the world – not just the US. In fact, even though the works are for sale, not exhibition, Schantz is very much like a museum. (more…)

Step Into Another World: The Historic House Museums of the Berkshires

Visit Berkshires historic House Museums, like Herman Melville's Arrowhead!

Spring has sprung! Though there can still be a bit of a nip in the air, the sun is out, the birds are singing, and the flowers are blooming! Now is the perfect time to visit the historic house museums of the Berkshires!

The Berkshires have so much to offer: scenery, history, culture, shopping, dining, and more. Once the weather begins to warm, it can be hard to choose what to do and see first! We often suggest one or more of the many historic house museums of the Berkshires. Many of them reopen their doors in May, so now is a great time to see them freshened up after winter.

Visiting the homes of authors, artists, statesmen, or those simply very well off can be quite interesting and instructive. The opportunity to walk the same floors and fields a famous person once did can do more than just show you how they lived. Visiting a historic home may also provide insight into what drove, inspired, or otherwise influenced the lives of these fascinating people.

The Berkshires have a great many historic house museums that you can visit and explore. In fact, five of the best house museums are within ten minutes of our Berkshires B&B. One is right down the street!

Berkshires Historic House Museums

Freylinghuysen Morris Home and Studio
92 Hawthorne Street, Lenox
The Bauhaus-inspired Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio in Lenox is a historic house museum of American Abstract Artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen. You’ll see the artists’ original furnishings, collected art, unique home, and 46 acre estate.
www.frelinghuysen.org

Visit Berkshires historic House Museums, like Ventfort Hall!

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
104 Walker Street, Lenox
Ventfort Hall is a Jacobean-style mansion and museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was also used as a set in the 1999 film, Cider House Rules. Visit for tours of the estate or attend one of their many events: concerts, lectures, tea socials, and more.
gildedage.org

The Mount – Edith Wharton’s Home
2 Plunkett St, Lenox
Come tour the magnificently restored estate & gardens of author, Edith Wharton! The Mount, house and grounds, was designed by Edith Wharton. Fascinating and beautiful.
www.edithwharton.org

Naumkeag
5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge
This Gilded Age mansion is the former country estate of noted New York City lawyer Joseph Hodges Choate. The stunning home is filled with original furnishings and art and surrounded by ten acres of iconic gardens.
http://www.thetrustees.org

Herman Melville’s Arrowhead
780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield
Arrowhead was the home of American author Herman Melville during his most productive years, 1850–1863. Yep – this 18th century farmhouse is where Melville wrote Moby Dick! Visitors will enjoy guided tours, the museum shop and more.
www.mobydick.org

Brook Farm Inn
15 Hawthorne St, Lenox
Our Victorian home here in western Massachusetts may not be a house museum but it is a historic Berkshires treasure! Accommodations include 15 guest rooms and a carriage house surrounded by trees and award-winning gardens. You’ll feel serene and secluded at our Berkshires B&B but, as shown above, the best of the Berkshires are at your fingertips! Book your stay at Brook Farm Inn today!