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.
If you have questions you can call us toll free at 800 285 7638
Upcoming Events
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

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…)