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.
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!
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.
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!
Brook Farm Inn offers a Valentines and Presidents Weekend special, so bring your sweetheart in February!
All guests who stay between February 14th and February 25th will be greeted with a bottle of Prosecco and chocolate dipped strawberries. You’ll find them in your room when you arrive. So you can begin your romantic getaway with a toast to each other!
After your exhilarating ski experience, go to Chocolate Springs Cafe for hot chocolate and other treats. It’s located in Lenox and is just a short distance from Brook Farm Inn. Lenox Village is a lovely New England town, with shops and restaurants. Brook Farm Inn is just a block from the village center.
For indoor activities, you won’t want to miss the museums that are unique to the Berkshires. For example, there’s the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge and the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown.
The Berkshires offers all you culture vultures lots to do as well. At Barrington Stage Co. , see the annual 10×10 New Play Festival from February 14 to March 10. It’s a hoot!
In addition, you’ll find performances at the Colonial Theater, Mahaiwe Theater, and Close Encounters With Music.
Winter warmth at Berkshires theaters beckons now! See great plays and hear great music in January and February. Our Brook Farm Inn location in Lenox, MA is near them all. It’s less expensive than New York or Boston, and parking’s not a problem! Book now at Brook Farm Inn to enjoy winter entertainment, plus a cozy fireplace room and delicious buffet breakfast.
Coming very soon is the Winter Studio of Plays at Shakespeare & Co. It’s right around the corner from Brook Farm Inn in Lenox, MA. This annual event is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. It’s on January 19 and 20th.
Valentine’s Day inspires lots of choices to please you and your sweetheart. Winter in the Berkshires theaters includes performances at Barrington Stage Co. It’s in Pittsfield, near our Lenox B&B. From February 14 through March 10, theater goers will love the 10X10 New Play Festival. Every year during the winter season, BSC offers this unique experience of 10 Ten Minute plays by 10 playwrights.
And you won’t want to miss “Shakespeare’s Valentine Surprise” at Shakespeare & Co. It’s hosted by Kevin Bartini, a comedian you may recognize. For example, he’s worked in comedy clubs and also with Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart and in Comedy Central. That’s February 16 and 17 and it includes some very famous love scenes — a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
Now, for those who remember famous songsters from the ’50’s like The Drifters and The Platters, this is for you! At the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Colonial Theatre, you’ll enjoy Solid Gold Saturday Night: Remember the Fifties Concert. Remember “Under the Boardwalk?” Or “Save the Last Dance for Me?” How about ” Smoke Gets in Your Eyes?” You’ll have a great nostalgic evening on February 16th.
Your Lenox, MA innkeepers look forward to helping you and your sweetheart enjoy winter warmth and a great escape.
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…)
The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge is currently hosting the world’s first exhibition of the animation powerhouse, Hanna-Barbera. Now through May 29th, 2017.
The Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning exhibit highlights what is considered the world’s most successful animation partnership. You’ve undoubtedly seen at least one of their shows as they dominated the animated airwaves between the 1950’s and 1980’s. The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, and so many more.
The exhibit focuses on Hanna-Barbera’s Golden Age. Classic shows from this era: The Ruff and Reddy Show, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Yogi Bear, Magilla Gorilla, Top Cat, and The Herculoids.
The fascinating exhibit includes original animation art, sketches, photographs, and more. Dave Nimitz, owner of the world’s largest vintage Hanna-Barbera toy collection, even loaned some of his rarest pieces to the exhibition! (more…)
Do 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.