Winter Warmth at Berkshires Theaters

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.

 

Things to Do

Your Lenox, MA innkeepers look forward to helping you and your sweetheart enjoy winter warmth and a great escape.

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

Edith Wharton’s The Mount Now Open Through February 2018

Edith Wharton's The Mount

Edith Wharton’s historic Lenox estate
is now open through February 2018!
photo credit: Elisa.rolle

The Mount has extended its season to run through February 2018! This extension presents an unparalleled opportunity to experience Edith Wharton’s historic estate during a beautiful Berkshires winter.

Traditionally, Edith Wharton’s “Berkshire Cottage” is open daily – but only from May through October. This year, they have extended their normal season by four months: Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 4pm. After February, The Mount will close again until the official start of their 2018 season in May.

Best of all, Brook Farm Inn has discount coupons for The Mount’s extended season! Just let us know you want to visit The Mount during your stay at our Berkshires B&B and they’re yours.

Admission during these special fall and winter hours includes a guided house and library tour. If you’ve never visited The Mount before, you’re in for a real treat.

Touring Edith Wharton’s Berkshire home isn’t like your typical historic mansion tour. No velvet ropes hold you back. In fact, you are encouraged to gently interact with the rooms. Many of Wharton’s original belongings are here, including her original library collection, complete with inscriptions from famous friends and admirers.

Special exhibits are open during this time, as well. “Life in the Dale: Augustus Martin’s Lenox,” is a collection of photographs documenting working-class life in Lenox Dale at the beginning of the 20th century. “Edith Wharton and the First World War” is a timely exhibit that examines a lesser-known chapter of the author’s life. (more…)

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!

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!

How to Plan the Best Ski Trip to Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

Winter is here, which means it is time for some outdoor sports and activities in the snow! The Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is a wonderful place to visit for skiing, snowboarding, and more. Discover winter in the Berkshires with a trip to this mountain resort for a day of adventure on the slopes. Bring your own equipment or rent some at the lodge, and look forward to racing through the white powder. Just a half hour away from Brook Farm Inn, the Jiminy Peak Adventure Park is a fun way to spend part of your vacation. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, there is a place for you on the slopes!

Find out more about all of the great outdoor activities near Brook Farm Inn when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for great seasonal adventures, like skiing at the Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort.

Hit the Slopes at the Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort!

If you’re looking for an exciting outdoor expedition during your stay in the Berkshires, then head to the Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort. Here, you can choose from a variety of options for your winter sporting escapade. If you plan on skiing each day of your trip, then you can purchase a 2-day, 3-day, 4-day, or 5-day pass at the resort. You might be making a vacation out of it, because the skiing here sure is top-notch! You can also purchase a 4-hour or 8-hour pass if you only plan on skiing for one day of your vacation. Holiday rates apply Dec. 25 through Jan. 2, Jan. 14-16, and Feb. 18-26, so you can plan ahead if you want to avoid the heightened price. Once you’ve purchased your lift tickets, then hop on for the ride up to the top of the mountain. Rent your gear at the resort, and then it’s time to hit the slopes!

Rent Your Skis, Boots, and Poles

Though you are allowed to bring your own equipment, there is also rental gear available at the Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort. The rental shop is located in the Thatcher Building in the upper courtyard of Village Center, and carries top brands for skis, boots, poles, and cold weather clothing. Once you are all geared up, then you are officially ready to make your debut in the fresh powder!

More About the Mountain

Jiminy Peak Mountain has some impressive skiing stats. It is 2,380 feet in elevation and 1,150 feet in vertical rise. The ski area offers almost 168 acres and 45 trails for your enjoyment. There are even 9 lifts to take you to just the right points for your ski adventure. Be sure to check the snow report before hitting the slopes. You will want to know what snowfall awaits before you travel to the ski resort.

Stay With Us During Your Ski Adventures!

Make Brook Farm Inn your Berkshires retreat during your skiing escapades. If you plan on spending your entire vacation slicing through the snow at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, then book your stay at Brook Farm Inn. Our charming bed and breakfast will be the perfect place to come back to at the end of a long winter’s day on the mountain. Relax by the fire, snuggle up in your comfortable bed, and fall asleep blissfully. Then, wake up in the morning to a delicious breakfast to give you energy for your next day on the slopes!

10 of the Best Things to Do in the Berkshires in Winter

The Berkshires are alive and active year-round! Winter offers sparkling skies and crisp, clean air when winter sports are available and the cultural offerings of the summer are extended although with a less ambitious schedule!

You can downhill ski, cross country ski, snowshoe and snowboard all within minutes of Brook Farm Inn and then enjoy music, theater, and dance. The Berkshires have many parks, preserved land, and public hiking trails through the mountains, trails, and hills. It is a truly beautiful time of year to stay at  Brook Farm Inn. Here are a few ideas!

For more information on things to do near Brook Farm Inn seasonally and year-round, download our free Berkshires vacation guide! It’s full of wonderful things to see and do during your vacation to the Berkshires. This includes things to do in the Berkshires in winter.

Things to do in the Berkshires in Winter

The Arts

Culture thrives in the Berkshires year-round. Whether you like art, music, theatre, dance, and more, the Berkshires offer all these during the winter months. For some rich chamber music, consider attending a performance at St. James Place or see a live comedy performance at the Mahawie Theater. Treat yourself to some award-winning drama at Shakespeare and Company. You can also be inspired by dance at Jacob’s Pillow Dance – now open year-round.

History

Hand in hand with art and culture comes history. There are several famous museums near Brook Farm Inn that please visitors from nearby and around the world. Consider visiting the  Norman Rockwell Museum, The Clark, MassMOCA, or the Berkshire Museum. Two are within 15 minutes and the others within 45. Warm up from the cold outdoor weather with an afternoon browsing house museums nearby: The Mount. Ventfort Hall Gilded Age Mansion, and Naumkeag.

Food & Drink

Cold weather calls for hearty meals and a glass of red wine. There are many wonderful Lenox restaurants that feature exquisite food to slake your hunger and satisfy your tastebuds. Indulge at the Prime Italian Steakhouse and Bar with tender steak and seafood entrees. You might also enjoy a wine tasting at Furnace Brook or another local vineyard for a romantic date. Watch the snow fall outside as you take a sip in the cozy tasting room.

Outdoor Activities

Skiing and snowshoeing are two favorite things to do in the Berkshires in winter. Hit the slopes for a day of fresh powder at Bousquet Ski Area, Butternut or Catamount Ski Areas. Or, try another winter activity, such as cross country skiing, skating, or snowshoeing at Canterbury Farm. If you love clean air, sunshine, and fresh snow, the Berkshire is heaven in winter.

Berkshires Winter Lodging

Brook Farm Inn is the perfect retreat for your holiday season getaway. Spend romantic time with your sweetheart or bonding time with friends and family here in Lenox, MA. We offer a splendid getaway here in the beautiful mountains. And we are surrounded by many winter things to do in the Berkshires! Book your stay today.

Winter Fun – Skating and Snow Shoeing

We heard from our friends at Canterbury Farm (Becket, MA) that the skating conditions and snow shoe trails are open. They snowshoe and ice skate rentals for you! – if you would like to get outside for this beautiful weekend. There is not enough snow to open for cross country skiing, but the ice is smooth, trails are beautiful and maybe a little snow on Saturday. There’ll be a nature tour Sunday at 11am, taking you to Beaver and Bird habitats.

Canterbury Farm
413-623-0100
www.canterbury-farms.com