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.

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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!

 

 

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!

6 of the Top Massachusetts Wineries to Visit This Year

wine into glassDo you consider yourself a wine aficionado? Are you always on the hunt for delicious new versions of your favorite varietals? Consider planning a few days to experience Massachusetts wineries. Lenox, in Western Massachusetts, maintains a notable reputation for having exceptional wineries and delicious wine throughout the Northeast.

The Brook Farm Inn is a fabulous place to stay when you embark on an adventure to explore incredible Massachusetts wineries. During your visit, you’ll probably want to check out the local dining scene, or perhaps do a little shopping. Download our free vacation guide to find out our recommendations for the best things to do and see in the region!


Massachusetts Wineries Near Brook Farm Inn


The Furnace Brook Winery

The Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards is planted 15 minutes from the Brook Farm Inn with a rich 200-acre expanse. The legendary, 160-year-old winery and orchard has been documented on NBC for their rich wines. From the Cabernet to Chardonnay to Sparkling Moscato, the Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchard houses a variety of wine and provides wine for each palette. The winery and orchard also offers the delectable, New York Times-approved Johnny Mash Hard Cider made from Hilltop Orchard apples. Try other excursions like apple picking from the Orchard, exploring the Boston Globe-raved snowshoeing and cross-country skiing experiences, or hiking during a full moon. All activities are exceptional with a glass of wine.

Les Trois Emme Winery

Find time for Les Trois Emme Winery located in rural New Marlborough. Translating into “The Three M’s,” the winery shares its name with Mary Jane and Wayne Eline’s three granddaughters: Megan, Madison, and Mary. The family-centered winery provides unique wines such as Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin Wine and the sangria-inspired Jack’s Ruby Red. The large tasting room boasts an open space for you to experience all their premium wines and find your new favorite.

Black Birch Vineyard

Located in nearby Southampton, Black Birch Vineyard emphasizes bringing people together over a large selection of wine. Their signature rich red and fresh white wines delight all who try them. Bring blankets, towels, or chairs to enjoy the fresh Northeastern air with stunning scenic views of the vineyard and the surrounding mountains and fields. To prepare the best wine, the vineyard remains closed for several months out of the year and opens in April. 

Mineral Hills Winery at Godard’s Red Hen Farm

The Mineral Hills Winery at Godard’s Red Hen Farm creates fresh, palate-pleasing wines for all tastes. Located outside of Lenox in Florence, the Winery began as an orchard and bee farm in 1984 and added the winery in 2010. Try their 15 different blends and find your perfect wine in one sip (of each). When seasons allow, the winery also sells signature favorites such as fresh apples, savory apple cider, ripe blueberries, and natural honey.  

Pioneer Valley Farm & Vineyard

Located in Hatfield, the Pioneer Valley Farm & Vineyard traces its roots back six generations to their first vine. Their historic, refined wine blends taste incredible over the company of friends and family. The Pioneer Valley Farm and Vineyard creates specialty blends with other fruits such as cranberry, blackberry, apple, and blueberry. From dry to semi-dry to sweet, the farm and vineyard provides an excellent, high-quality selection for your indulgences.

Amherst Farm Winery

Taste wine in a 19-century post-and-beam barn. Amherst Farm Winery offers a rustic venue and award-winning wines from the heart of the Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts. The exquisite blends of apple, pear, peach, or raspberry dazzle the taste buds with fresh, smooth flavors. Any wine taster could purchase their choice of 6 of 19 vintage wines and a logo glass for $8. What a deal!

Stay at Brook Farm Inn

Once the wine tastings conclude, check into the sumptuous Brook Farm Inn. Our cozy bed and breakfast offers a luxurious retreat with 15, elegantly-furnished guest rooms perfect for a large party or a couple’s getaway. Enjoy our scrumptious breakfast, delightful afternoon tea, and tasty recipes. Stop in our beautifully restored library to read extensive poetry collections and even stay for a poetry reading over afternoon tea.

What You’ll See at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead

The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts feature a strong artistic and literary culture that you will be able to appreciate during your stay. There is also a rich history that comingles between these cultures and fuels many interesting attractions and destinations in the area. One of these such attractions is the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA. Here, you will take a trip back to the 1800s, when the famous poet and journalist William Cullen Bryant lived within these walls.

Find out more about all of the great cultural and historical attractions near Brook Farm Inn when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for literary destinations as well, such as the William Cullen Bryant Homestead!

William Cullen Bryant Biography

Born in 1794, William Cullen Bryant became a popular American poet, journalist, and editor of the New York Evening Post during his influential lifetime. His boyhood home was the William Cullen Bryant Homestead, which he would later occupy and which would eventually become a museum. Inspired by the surrounding nature of Cummington, MA, Bryant began writing poetry. A single bird flying on the horizon inspired one of the most famous William Cullen Bryant poems, “To a Waterfowl.” He later became connected to New York City, where he was hired as editor of the New York Review and then of the United States Review and Literary Gazette. His star career role, however, was as the editor of the New York Evening Post. After retiring from his affluent career, Bryant returned to poetry and translations of Homer, passing away in 1878.

Touring the William Cullen Bryant Homestead

When you visit the William Cullen Bryant Homestead, you will discover the personal history of one of America’s most famous journalists and poets. With a sweeping view of the Hampshire Hills, the homestead is a testament to a prominent past. Bryant purchased the house in 1865, which his family had sold in 1835. He renovated it as a summer home, making it very similar to the homestead you will see today. He also planted over 1,500 fruit trees on the property, and remnants of this orchard still remain on the south end of the farm. 188 of the original 478 acres of the William Cullen Bryant Homestead are still preserved today, and the property is a designated National Historic Landmark. A self-guided tour of the property will take visitors to many of the locations that Bryant talked about in his poetry, including along the Rivulet Trail! 

Discover Our Poetry Collection at Brook Farm Inn!

Here at Brook Farm Inn, you can discover even more ties to poetry! Poetry, in fact, is at the very heart of our Lenox bed and breakfast. The library at our Berkshires inn features an extensive collection of poetry, both traditional and contemporary. We also showcase a poem of the day each morning, encouraging guests to browse our selection. There is ample comfortable seating throughout the inn, from seating by the library fireplace to the gardens outside or hammock beside the pool. Along with our library collection of poetry, we also host poetry readings throughout the year during which you can enjoy homemade scones and strawberry jam among inspirational words!

This is Why You’ll Love the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Lenox, MA, is a great destination for a variety of cultural and artistic endeavors. Whether you’re looking to peruse art galleries, go to a concert, or attend a play, there are many venues that will suit your preferences. The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is a great destination for live performances that are sure to delight and entertain. At this beautiful historic theater, you will discover music, dance, theater, opera, film, and more! Discover a variety of artistic endeavors at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

Find out more about all of the great entertainment near Brook Farm Inn when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for places to discover local creatives, like the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

History of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

The Mahaiwe Theater was built back in 1904, after a coalition of local businessmen orchestrated the architectural and cultural achievement. The three-story French Renaissance Revival brick and marble building officially opened the next year. With a capacity of 1,000, the performing arts center was initially home to vaudeville acts and musical performances, such as that of John Philip Sousa. Renovations and redevelopments followed, with the final work completed in 2005. The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers a year-round schedule of performances!

Events at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Discover the best of the artistic entertainment scene during your stay in the Berkshires when you visit the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. From a rousing holiday performance of the Nutcracker Ballet to film showings for audiences of all ages, there are many things to love about this venue. There are many operas at the center as well, while theater takes the main stage throughout the year for some comedies, tragedies, and everything in between. Musical performances, from classical string quartets to bluegrass bands, are some other Mahaiwe favorites! Discover what shows are happening while you are in town, and plan to work one into your itinerary.

Plan Your Visit to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Located in Great Barrington, MA, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is a popular Berkshires entertainment destination. When you plan your visit to the Berkshires and your stay at Brook Farm Inn, be sure to consider this attraction for your itinerary. Whether you are looking to see a band, play, or movie, there are several performances throughout the year at Mahaiwe in a variety of media and genres. Your visit to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is the perfect date night plan, following or preceding a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. Discover a taste of what the Berkshires art scene has to offer with this great venue!

Stay With Us at Brook Farm Inn

Our Lenox, MA, bed and breakfast is the perfect retreat to enjoy during your stay in the Berkshires. Our charming inn features luxurious amenities among antique decorations and spacious accommodations. A complimentary breakfast each morning, as well as an on-site spa, are just two reasons you should stay with us!

Your Guide to the Best Williamstown, MA, Restaurants

Just north of Lenox, MA, and the charming Brook Farm Inn, you will discover Williamstown, MA, on the Green River. Surrounded by beautiful scenery and nestled among the Berkshire Hills, this residential town is home to arts, shops, and restaurants. If you’re looking for a quick trip from Lenox, then Williamstown is a great destination. Here, you will discover some quaint attractions to explore, as well as some delicious Williamstown, MA, restaurants.

Find out more about all of the charming towns to visit near Brook Farm Inn when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for things to see and do in the Berkshires, like enjoying lunch or dinner at one of these Williamstown, MA, restaurants!

5 of the Best Williamstown, MA, Restaurants

Water Street Grill

The Water Street Grill in Williamstown, MA, is a great stop for fresh seafood, steak, burgers, organic salads, and more. This casual dining option of Williamston, MA, restaurants features a cozy tavern and fireside dining room for a romantic evening. Enjoy 21 rotating craft beers on tap along with some creatively crafted mouthwatering plates. Tavern fare includes New England fish fry, a bourbon mushroom grilled chicken sandwich, and a black angus sirloin burger, all for under $10. Or, splurge on the New York sirloin with a shallot and rosemary demi glaze.

Hops & Vines

You will love this premier selection of Williamstown, MA, restaurants. Hops & Vines in Williamstown, MA, is a favorite beer garden and brasserie, offering a contemporary American menu. Enjoy modern takes on comfort food, twists on classic French brasserie cuisine, and a collection of craft draughts. The dinner menu includes a bleu cheese toast appetizer and entrees such as pan-seared scallops with crispy prosciutto or pork loin with goat cheese and asparagus.

Pera Mediterranean Bistro

The Pera Mediterranean Bistro in Williamstown, MA, also makes our list of delicious eateries. This restaurant specializes in kebabs, with a sample platter featuring hummus, tabouli, grape leaves, falafel, and grilled eggplant puree. You can also enjoy a tasty flatbread here, including the spicy ground lamb with goat cheese and basil or buffalo chicken with onions and scallions. You will also discover artisanal pastas here, such as the wild mushroom ravioli or shrimp fra Diavolo.

Coyote Flaco

If you’re looking for a Mexican option of Williamstown, MA, restaurants consider Coyote Flaco. On this menu, you will discover starters such as Coyote guacamole made with avocados, jalapenos, cilantro, onions, and fresh lime. Main plates include the Quesadilla Linda with mushrooms, baby cactus, pico de gallo, guacamole, and sour cream over a choice of meat or vegetables. The Nayarit is a favorite, featuring sauteed shrimp with baby lettuce and a touch of mango chipotle sauce.

Spice Root

For some modern Indian cuisine, visit the Spice Root restaurant in Williamstown, MA. Begin your dinner with samosa or nan bread. Then, indulge in chicken tikka with coconut rice or a lamb kabob with lemon rice. There are many vegan and vegetarian options here as well, such as tofu, sauteed potatoes, eggplant, cauliflower, chickpeas, and more.

Make Brook Farm Inn Your Berkshires Retreat

When you start planning your Berkshires getaway, book your bed and breakfast stay at Brook Farm Inn first! Our charming guest rooms with antique decor and hand-carved wooden furniture are just a few details that make our inn cozy and inviting. Enjoy our spacious guest rooms with thematic wallpapers, exposed brick, and other touches unique to each accommodation. Select your room of choice now, and book your Massachusetts retreat!

The Top 4 Reasons You Need to Visit Barrington Brewery

A great way to unwind during vacation is to visit a local brewery and try some good craft beer. During your stay at the Brook Farm Inn in Lenox, MA, you can visit the Barrington Brewery for some great beer and food. Just a 15-minute drive away from our bed and breakfast, Barrington Brewery features some great specials, along with a laid-back atmosphere perfect for relaxing during your stay. Follow up a day of hiking, touring artist galleries, or visiting museums with a visit to Barrington Brewery!

Find out more about all of the fun things to do near Brook Farm Inn when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for things to see to relax, like enjoying a craft beer at Barrington Brewery!

Solar Brewed Beer

The beer at Barrington Brewery has quite a unique story! In each pint glass, you will discover sun power along with a delicious beverage. Let us explain. Barrington Brewery, established in 1995, was the first brewery on the East Coast to install a solar panel system to supply heated water for brewing and restaurant use. Some favorite seasonal beers brewed by solar power include the New Englander, Yule Fuel, and Fresh Hop. You will also discover delicious year-round flavors such as the Ice Glen IPA, Berkshire Blonde, Hopland Pale Ale, and Black Bear Stout on tap.

Local Farm Seasonal Ingredients

Along with using solar powered water, Barrington Brewery also utilizes local ingredients. These Berkshire Mountain brewers gather seasonal ingredients from Taft Farms, Equinox Farm, Howden Farm, and Windy Hill Farm. The restaurant uses this fresh produce from these farms as well as grass-fed beef and free-range chicken. All these fresh ingredients are used to create some truly mouthwatering dishes. From a local sausage sampler and chargrilled burgers to a spinach and eggplant casserole or sweet potato veggie pot pie , your palate will not be disappointed!

Great Beer & Food Deals

There are also some great beer and food combinations available at Barrington Brewery, along with menu staples for a fixed price. Each day of the week offers a new deal that you will love. On Mondays, pair a burger with a beer for just $12. On Tuesdays, you can enjoy the roast pork dinner for just $12. Brewhouse kabobs are on the menu for Wednesdays, while a prime rib dinner on Thursdays will only cost $17. Check the website for even more great deals and new offers!

Famous Barrington Brewery Chocolate Stout Cake

Among delicious menu items is the local favorite special of Barrington Brewery. Gracing the dessert menu is the chocolate stout cake, a rich, robust, moist cocoa concoction that will have you licking your lips in anticipation!

Relax & Unwind at Brook Farm Inn

Another great way to relax and unwind in the Berkshires is to settle in at Brook Farm Inn. Our luxurious yet charming bed and breakfast has the perfect atmosphere for relaxation and rejuvenation. Cuddle up in our cozy guest room beds or indulge in a massage at our spa. We hope to make your Berkshires getaway a wonderful, stress-free experience!

Enjoy a Day of Fun at the Berkshire East Mountain Resort

The winter season leaves a blanket of snow on the mountain slopes and peaks of the Berkshires. This time of year is ideal for cuddling up at a bed and breakfast retreat like Brook Farm Inn next to the fireplace with a good book. It’s also ideal for winter sports activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. The Berkshire East Mountain Resort is the perfect place to visit for all your outdoor winter sports! With 42 ski trails, you will have plenty of ground to cover as you make your way through the surrounding winter wonderland. Here are just a few things you will enjoy during a visit to the Berkshire East Mountain Resort.

Find out more about all of the exciting winter activities to enjoy Brook Farm Inn when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for things to see and do outdoors, like going skiing at the Berkshire East Mountain Resort!

Skiing & Snowboarding in the Berkshires

A favorite winter activity in the Berkshires is skiing. With pristine, snowy mountain slopes and gorgeous landscapes for miles and miles, it is the perfect place for a day in the powder. Whether you’re looking to show off your skills or learn a new sport, the Berkshire East Mountain Resort is a great destination. From winding beginner trails to daring descents, there is a wide range of ski trails for visitors to enjoy. Snowboarding is another great option provided at Berkshire East Mountain Resort. Bring your own equipment or rent it at the lodge! During January through March, there is also a special night skiing opportunity. You can hit the trails until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Snow Tubing Park

If skiing and snowboarding aren’t quite your ideal winter activities, do not fear. The Berkshire East Mountain Resort also features a fantastic snow tubing park. This is a great option for those who are a little wary of the slopes. Here, you will get to make a much less drastic descent while still having fun with friends. You can even team up and ride together! You can secure a two-hour block for a morning or afternoon at the snow tubing park.

Non-Winter Fun

Winter isn’t the only time of year that you can have fun at this favorite outdoor resort! Berkshire East Mountain biking, the Berkshire East zip line, and more exciting activities are available in the spring, summer, and fall. Enjoy the Thunder Mountain Bike Park, Aerial Adventure Park, Berkshire Whitewater Rafting, and more!

After a Day at the Berkshire East Mountain Resort, Relax at Brook Farm Inn

Brook Farm Inn is the perfect bed and breakfast retreat after a long day on the slopes. Settle into one of our luxurious yet homey accommodations for a quiet evening relaxing. Or, enjoy our rejuvenating spa services to ease your tired muscles after skiing or snowboarding. After a peaceful night’s rest, wake up in the morning to a delicious gourmet breakfast. We hope to see you soon in the beautiful Berkshires!