Come Out For The 17th Annual Berkshires Arts Festival!

Berkshires Arts Festival 2018The 17th annual Berkshires Arts Festival is coming: July 6th through the 8th, 2018 at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, MA.

The Berkshires Arts Festival is a weekend of arts and crafts, live music, food, drink, and so much more. The annual festival brings hundreds artists and thousands of art fans to the Berkshires from all across the US and Canada.

Artists at the Berkshires Arts Festival are jury selected and represent a broad variety of mediums. You’ll see jewelry, art glass, ceramics, wearable art, paintings, sculpture, studio furniture, and more. You’ll also enjoy live performances, great food, and a happy, relaxed atmosphere. (more…)

Get Set For Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2018!

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2018Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2018’s collection of special events and performances is less than a month away! Come see the annual event that lights up the Berkshires – June 20th through August 26th, 2018.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2018 is jam-packed with debuts, world premieres, collaborations, and happy returns. The annual event promises well over 200 performances of live music and dance, most of them free. You’ll see dance artists from around the world presenting everything from classic ballet to innovative contemporary dance.

Highlights for this year’s festival include the U.S. debut of Compañía Sharon Fridman, The Royal Danish Ballet, Limón Dance Company, Houston Ballet, PHILADANCO! and so much more. (more…)

Don’t Miss Berkshire International Film Festival 2018!

Berkshire International Film Festival 2018Berkshire International Film Festival 2018 is bringing 28 documentaries, 30 narrative features, and 22 short films from 27 countries to the Berkshires for four days of celebratory cinema. May 31st through June 3rd, 2018 in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, MA.

If you love good, engaging movies, you’ll love Berkshire International Film Festival 2018. Every year, the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) brings the best independent films and filmmakers to the Berkshires to showcase their work.

Along with all the great films and eager fans, BIFF also attracts celebrities. Actors Karen Allen, Jayne Atkinson, Scott Cohen, Michel Gil, and Peter Reigert will be on hand as narrative and documentary film jurors.

This year’s BIFF honoree is Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actor, Rachel Weisz. Weisz will screen her newest film, “Disobedience,” at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on June 1st. Not only will she be on hand for the screening but also for a pre-screening conversation with film critic David Edelstein. With any luck, her husband, Daniel Craig, will accompany her to the festival … (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…)

Golfing in the Berkshires – Courses Near Our Lenox B&B

Golfing In The Berkshires - Golf Courses Near Our Lenox B&BLooking to get a few holes in during your Berkshires getaway? Good idea! There are a variety of excellent courses near our Lenox B&B for anyone wanting to go golfing in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

The Lenox area is a perfect destination for your Berkshires golf vacation. Not only can you soak up the quiet and quaint New England atmosphere the Berkshires are known for but also work on your golf swing.

There are many excellent courses in the Lenox area, including the only A.W. Tillinghast designed course in Massachusetts!

Brook Farm Inn, in Lenox, MA makes the perfect home base for anyone looking to go golfing in the Berkshires. There are numerous public and semi-public courses and clubs within easy driving distance of our B&B. (more…)

Get Carried Away … On A Berkshires Hot Air Balloon Ride!

Berkshires hot air balloon rideThe Berkshires of Western Massachusetts are known for their natural beauty – but have you ever seen them from the air? You can on a Berkshires hot air balloon ride!

Have you ever watched a hot air balloon and wondered what it must be like to ride in one? If so, you’re not alone – nor do you have to keep wondering. Hot air balloon rides are just one more fun thing you can do, here in the Berkshires!

Imagine seeing the lush and beautiful landscape of the Berkshires rolling out below you as you float serenely above them. Many have seen the Berkshires from above in an airlplane – but that experience hardly rivals that of a balloon. Airplanes are noisy and claustrophobic in comparison to a hot air balloon. (more…)

Getting Out and About: Hiking the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts

Hiking the Berkshires of Western MassachusettsAs we transition from winter to spring, warmer temperatures, emerging blossoms, and beautiful bird song are beckoning to us all. Come soak up the great outdoors hiking the Berkshires!

With the first day of spring less than a week away, it is natural that our thoughts should turn to the great outdoors. When it comes to breathtaking scenery, you would be hard pressed to beat the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Our mountains and forests are dotted with rivers, lakes, and picturesque waterfalls. Best of all, we also have plenty of easily accessible parks and trails.

The convenient location of Brook Farm Inn, our Lenox-area B&B, puts all the best of the Berkshires right at your feet. Many our guests are eager to explore the area and we have plenty of suggestions for hiking the Berkshires. (more…)

Discover the Berkshire Wineries Near Our B&B

Discover Berkshire Wineries Near Our B&B - Brook Farm InnThe Berkshires are well known for their stunning scenery, picturesque villages, award winning museums, stage companies, and annual festivals – but did you know we’re also home to a number of outstanding wineries? Come discover the Berkshire wineries near our Lenox, MA B&B.

There’s so much to do and see year ’round in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts that you wouldn’t think there was room for more – but there is! The rise of craft brewing and distilling seems to have reawakened our taste for local and regional favorites over big brand producers. Consequently, they’re springing up all over, including right here in the Berkshires.

Wineries, in general, have long traded on the uniqueness of their process, tradition, and region. The recent interest in farm-to-table and local dining finds our Berkshire wineries quite at home.

Brook Farm Inn is lucky to be near a number of excellent Berkshire wineries that are definitely worth your attention. Many of our guests enjoy visiting our local wineries during their stay, especially in spring. (more…)

Enjoy A Berkshires Yoga Retreat At Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, MACome to the Berkshires to relax, revive, and renew with a stay at Brook Farm Inn and a visit to the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health!

The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts are famous for their culture, history, and natural beauty. Did you know we’re also an excellent destination for a yoga retreat?

Enjoying a Berkshires yoga retreat is a snap with all the studios and practitioners in the area. Best of all, the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is right here, just a mile from our Berkshires B&B!

The Kripalu Center is North America’s largest residential facility for holistic health and education. It was started in the late 60’s by Amrit Desai, an Indian-born yoga enthusiast and disciple of Indian yoga master, Swami Kripalu. The center moved to Stockbridge in 1983.

Kripalu Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga. It uses inner focus, meditation, standard yoga poses, breathwork, “development of a quiet mind”, and relaxation. The center offers classes on yoga, Ayurveda, creative expression, fitness and wellness, psychology, and, spiritual practice. (more…)