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…)

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…)

Tangle and Sip At Our Berkshires Zentangle Workshop

Tangle and Sketch Berkshires Zentangle WorkshopCome out to our Lenox, MA B&B this November for our Tangle and Sip Berkshires Zentangle Workshop. November 4th, 2017 at Brook Farm Inn.

Zentangles are a fun, easy-to-learn, way to relax while creating beautiful, hand-drawn images. Drawing a Zentangle is a form of meditation that increases your focus and creativity through the drawing of structured patterns. Almost anyone can do it and the practice is known for providing both artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of well being.

At first glance, a Zentangle can seem very intricate and complicated. Once you learn the Zentangle method, however, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy, fun, and engrossing they are to create. Almost anyone can use the Zentangle method to create beautiful images. (more…)

Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival 2017

Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival 2017The Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival offers great local food, live entertainment, farmers market, arts & crafts, and so much more. Come out and experience this Berkshires’ tradition. October 7th through the 8th, 2017.

The 83rd annual Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival is one of the longest running of its kind. In fact, the event was the Garden’s first fundraising event and is as old as the Gardens, themselves. It has since become the Berkshires’ best-known community gathering.

Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival is a family friendly event offering opportunities to shop and to learn. Vendors will be on hand with handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and other unique goods. The festival also features a silent auction and plant sales. (more…)

Get Set For the 44th Annual Berkshire Crafts Fair!

Berkshire Crafts Fair 2017If you’re a fan of one-of-a-kind, fine, handmade items, then you will not want to miss the 2017 Berkshire Crafts Fair! August 11th, 12th, and 13th at the Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, MA.

The Berkshire Crafts Fair is a 3 day, juried show of traditional and contemporary crafts and fine art. More than 89 master artisans from all around the country, from Washington to Florida, will be on hand.

Anyone looking for gifts for others or themselves will be overjoyed with the wide selection. Items in a variety of categories, running the gamut from useful to purely decorative, will be available. Contemporary and traditional jewelry, furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware, apparel, and much more.

Best of all, proceeds from the Berkshire Crafts Fair go towards innovative initiatives and programs at Monument Mountain Regional High School. Consequently, you can feel doubly-good about any purchases you make. (more…)

Attend the 85th Annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival!

The 85th Annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance FestivalThe 85th Anniversary Season of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is almost upon us and promises a momentous experience for all! June 17th through August 27th, 2017.

Modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn did more than legitimize men’s dance when he bought Jacob’s Pillow farm in 1931. He also started a beloved Berkshire tradition! Every year, people come from all over the world to perform in and enjoy Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

This year’s festival is hopping with the inclusion of the famed Miami City Ballet and the legendary Paul Taylor Dance Company. Camille A. Brown, the 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, will perform, along with UK-based artist Aakash Odedra, and Japanese-born artist Eiko Otake. (more…)

Don’t Miss "Victor Borge: Take One" Tea & Talk At Ventfort Hall!

Victor Borge: Take One at Ventfort Hall, March 25th, 2017Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum just announced the presentation of “Victor Borge: Take One” Tea & Talk with Rikke Borge, March 25th, 2017! This rare and exciting event returns by popular demand, as anyone familiar with Victor Borge will understand!

Victor Borge (1909-2000) was a Danish-American conductor, concert pianist, and comedian. He achieved fame and popularity through Europe and the U.S. with his unique blend of classical music and comedy.

The key to Victor’s success was the depth of his talent. Not only was he hysterically funny, he could actually play the piano – and not just a little. Victor Borge regularly performed with top symphony orchestras as a world-renowned concert pianist. As an entertainer, he was one of a kind, generating packed houses of international audiences whenever he appeared. (more…)

The Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees is an Event You Need to See

The holidays are upon us, and festivities in the Berkshires abound. One of our favorite things to do around Christmastime each year is attend the Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees. This vibrant celebration lasts from mid-November through New Year’s Eve and spreads winter cheer. The Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees includes a collection of over 100 creatively decorated holiday trees that will wow visitors. Spend your holiday season escaping to the Berkshires and enjoying our local festivities! Here is more that you should know about the Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees.

Looking for more exciting holiday events to attend during your November or December stay at Brook Farm Inn? Download our free vacation guide and discover more annual festivities, such as the Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees. You will also find great attractions, activities, and cultural venues to enjoy year-round.

What is the Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees?

The Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees is an annual celebration of the holiday season. This fundraiser for the Berkshire Museum benefits educational programs and adds some holiday spirit into the hearts of those who visit. With over 100 uniquely decorated Christmas trees, the event draws in many eyes, alive with wonder. The trees are each sponsored by a local business, school, or organization. The branches are then decorated with whatever creative ideas that sponsor formulates. There is a wide range of decorations, from old photographs to hand-made ornaments to eclectic collections. Prepare to be surprised and dazzled by the variety of decorations. Also, prepare to be whisked away into a pure joy and magic that surrounds the holiday season!

Attend the Festive Premiere Party

If you are staying at Brook Farm Inn on opening day of the Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees, consider attending the premiere party! Always on the first day of the festival, this evening gala will give you a first look at the dazzling trees. The extravaganza includes a regal red carpet, wining and dining, and, of course, mingling with the crowd. Dress in your finest attire for this festive celebration, and enjoy an exclusive night at the museum. Medium-range tickets for this spectacular event include entry to the premiere party and recognition on the Festival of Trees map. You will also receive a Hollywood star with your name on it in the museum galleries and a professional photograph during the party on the red carpet. Lead tickets also include two return tickets to the Festival of Trees during the exhibition.

Plan a Holiday Getaway at Brook Farm Inn

The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time for a getaway before all the hustle and bustle is in full swing. Plan your holiday escape to Brook Farm Inn in the beautiful Berkshires for a snowy winter retreat. Enjoy our luxurious bed and breakfast in Lenox, MA, where you can cozy up by the fire with a good book and unwind. Also enjoy our rejuvenating massage services to relieve all your built-up holiday tension. Then, spend a relaxing evening in one of our 15 charming guest rooms. After a wonderful night’s rest, wake up in the morning to a delicious breakfast to begin your day right. We can’t wait to see you in the Berkshires this winter!

Country Fair & Quilt Days at Hancock Shaker Village

Just down the road from Brook Farm Inn, on September 24th & 25th you can enjoy a quintessential New England pastime: the Country Fair and Quilt Days at Hancock Shaker Village: “A Heritage Farm Untouched by Time.” A farmers’ market, craft show and sale, antique tractors and engines, and chicken races (yep, chicken races!) are just a few of the offerings.

The “Harvest of Quilts,” a juried show, will include over 55 antique and modern pieces. Vote for your favorite and watch quilting demos. For youngsters there will be hay piles, face painting, balloon art, beanbag toss, sack races, and more.

We have coupons for discounted admission to the Fair, for the first ten guests who request them!

Then return to Brook Farm Inn, where tea is served on Friday and Saturday afternoons, and your hosts look forward to welcoming you back to your Berkshires home away from home.