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…)

Come To Our Berkshires B&B For A Wedding Vow Weekend!

Come To Our Berkshires B&B For A Wedding Vow Weekend!You’re engaged to be married and now you need to write your vows – but what to say? Don’t fret: Brook Farm’s Wedding Vow Weekend is the answer you’ve been looking for!

We’re huge advocates of writing your own wedding vows. They are the most meaningful part of your wedding day, after all. We spend so much time fretting over the littler aspects of the ceremony: the reception, the colors, the centerpieces, the cake. 20 years from now, what will matter more – the way the cake looked, or the words you spoke to one another from your hearts?

The wedding-day memories you’ll cherish most will be of standing up in front of everyone, looking your partner in the eyes, and committing to a lifetime with them through your vows. The rest of the ceremony – the decorations, the food, the clothes – are really just dressing for the wedding vows. (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…)

Explore Arrowhead the Herman Melville House Museum

Explore Arrowhead the Herman Melville House Museum

Arrowhead the Herman Melville House Museum
(image courtesy of Daderot)

Just about everyone has heard of Herman Melville’s classic “Moby Dick” but how many realize that the house where he wrote most of this famous book is right here in the Berkshires? Arrowhead the Herman Melville House Museum is just minutes away from our Lenox B&B in Pittsfield, MA.

Herman Melville lived at Arrowhead with his family from 1850 to 1863. It was a very productive time for him as an author. He worked on some of his most famous stories while here. Titles from that period include “Pierre or The Ambiguities,” “Bartleby the Scrivever,” “The Confidence-Man,” and, of course, “Moby-Dick.”

Arrowhead and the surrounding Berkshires appear in a number of Melville’s stories. Some even say that Mount Greylock was partial inspiration for his legendary white whale, Moby Dick.

“The Piazza” and “I and My Chimney,” offer very clear descriptions of Arrowhead and include details that can be seen at the museum to this day. “I and My Chimney” is one of the most accurate descriptions that exists of Arrowhead during Melville’s time. There’s even an inscription from the story’s text on the Arrowhead chimney, added by the author’s brother, Allan Melville. Another example, “The Piazza,” refers to a porch Melville added to the house. (more…)

The 83rd Annual Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival

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…)

Discover Stunning Works In Glass at Schantz Galleries

Visit Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge, MACome face to face with some of the most impressive and beautiful glass art you’ll ever see at Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge, MA. The galleries include works by more than fifty world-renowned glass artists including Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, and William Morris.

From the outside, Schantz Galleries do not look like much. With its entrance squirreled away down an alley, you may think you’re wandering into just another gift shop. Once you make it inside, however, all misconceptions fall away.

Schantz Galleries are not “just another” anything!

Exceptional works from internationally recognized glass artists fill four rooms like artifacts from some other world. The galleries host a truly lovely and absorbing collection of astonishing glass art in a wide variety of styles, shapes, and colors.

Though the galleries are small, they are filled with exclusive pieces by big name artists like Chihuly and Tagliapietra. The whole room is devoted to pieces from galleries around the world – not just the US. In fact, even though the works are for sale, not exhibition, Schantz is very much like a museum. (more…)

Don’t Miss the South Mountain Concerts 2017 Season!

South Mountain Concerts 2017 SeasonThe 2017 South Mountain Concerts Season is just around the corner, with 5 concerts of chamber music scheduled between September 3rd and October 1st, 2017. Come to the Berkshires and experience an evening of fine music at one of the nation’s longest-standing chamber music venues, South Mountain Concert Hall.

Each fall, South Mountain Concert Hall, located just outside of Pittsfield MA, presents a series of chamber music concerts. To call the annual chamber music series a tradition is a bit of an understatement. South Mountain Concerts have been put on here, albeit with a few fits and starts, since 1916!

The annual chamber music concert series owes its existence to the vision and generosity of renowned American music patron, Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. She founded what was then known as the Berkshire Festival of Chamber Music in 1918 but held the first two annual concerts at her own home.

In 1918, however, wood from an old textile mill was used to construct the colonial style South Mountain Concert Hall. The 440 seat concert hall was designed specifically to showcase chamber music and demonstrates superior acoustics to this very day. It was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. (more…)

Horseback Riding In The Berkshires At Undermountain Farm

Horseback Riding In The Berkshires At Undermountain FarmLooking for a unique experience that’ll get you out into the great outdoors of the Berkshires? Undermountain Farm offers guided trail rides and year-round horseback riding opportunities right here in Lenox, MA!

Undermountain Farm is a beautiful, 150 acre Victorian farm located just five minutes away from our Lenox B&B. The farm raises and boards horses, offers a summer camp for kids, and provides year-round horseback riding opportunities.

Whether you’re an expert rider or have never even touched a saddle, Undermountain Farm has a horse for you! In fact, they specialize in beginning riders of all ages. Consequently, they have a large stable of calm, friendly, and reliable school horses. Even the most nervous novice will find themselves relaxed and assured in the saddle here. (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…)