Step Back In Time at The Bidwell House Museum

Bidwell House MuseumStep back in time to the Berkshires of the 1760’s with a visit The Bidwell House Museum, an authentically restored historic house and museum, in Monterey, MA. The beautifully maintained grounds include 192 acres of gardens, fields, forest, stone walls, and trails.

The Bidwell House Museum is an elegant, two-story, post-and-beam, Georgian saltbox that was constructed as a parsonage, circa 1750. Its location marks the center of what was originally known as Housatonic Township Number 1. Docent led guided tours of this beautifully restored home are recommended. In fact, they’re the only way to see the interior!

House Tours begin outside with a focus on the grounds and architecture. Inside, a tour of the first and second floors further reveal the history of the house, the Bidwell family, and 18th century life in the Berkshires. A virtual tour on tablet is available for those unable to manage the stairs to the second floor. (more…)

Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival 2018

Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival 2018It’s Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival time once again! Live entertainment, games, food, vendors, workshops, and more! Come celebrate the autumn harvest at the Berkshire Botanical Garden during Columbus Day weekend: October 6th and 7th, 2018.

The annual Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival is one of the Berkshires’ most popular fall festivals. The Botanical gardens are always beautiful but they positively sparkle with activity and good humor during Harvest Festival.

The expanded Plant and Bulb Sale continues to be one of the biggest draws for the festival – but it’s not the only reason to attend. Artisans from across the region bring their best hand-crafted items to the festival, as well as delicious culinary creations. There are also Tag Sales of gently-used jewelry, accessories, household items, clothing, and more.

The Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival is also known for its great drop-in Workshops. Last year saw talks on beekeeping, seed collecting, ice harvesting, cider making, and much more. While this year’s workshop list has yet to be released, it’s bound to hold some exciting topics. (more…)

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary – Hiking, Wildlife, and More!

beaver swimming  - Pleasant Valley Wildlife SanctuaryWhen it comes to spending time in the great outdoors, one of our favorite hiking spots is Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary offers more than 1,000 acres of wilderness with over 7 miles of trials – and it’s located here in Lenox, just minutes from our Berkshires B&B!

Lenox’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a branch of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. The sanctuary encompasses a wide range of habitat, on Lenox Mountain, including forests, meadows, and wetlands along the slopes of Lenox Mountain.

Wildlife at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Birders and wildlife photographers love Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. As the name implies, the preserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Several migratory species use it as a stopover during different times of the year. The sanctuary also serves as a breeding ground for ducks, geese, and several varieties of hawk. (more…)

Discover Becket Quarry and the Becket Land Trust

Becket Quarry at Becket Land TrustBecket Quarry seems like a place frozen in time and the hike to it, through the forested acreage of the Becket Land Trust, can make for a wonderful day’s adventure.

Historic Chester-Hudson Quarry (Becket Quarry’s real name) was operational from the 1860’s to the 1960’s, providing granite for monuments across the country. When the quarry closed, the site was abandoned, along with a number of buildings, vehicles, and equipment.

As nature began to work its way back in, the area became a bit of a local playground and hiking paradise. In the 1990’s, when it looked as if the land was going to be developed for industry, local citizens came together to protect it.

Becket Land Trust is a 300+ acre forested parcel open to the public. The preserve contains a demonstration forest, miles of hiking and cross country ski trails, vernal pools, and lots of wildlife. The biggest draw, however, has to be the historic quarry and its remnants. (more…)

Explore Chesterwood – Estate of Daniel Chester French

Chesterwood- the Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial.Chesterwood, in Glendale, near Stockbridge, MA, is the country home, studio, and gardens of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). The 122 acre estate is now a fabulous house museum and sculpture garden here in the Berkshires.

Daniel Chester French was one of the country’s foremost public sculptors. If you’re not sure who French is, just conjure up an image of the seated Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. That’s the work of Daniel Chester French. Other iconic sculptures of his include Concord’s The Minute Man, and the Dupont Circle Fountain in Washington, DC.

Chesterwood was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors will definitely enjoy exploring the estate. You’ll see the Daniel Chester French residence, studio, barn, gardens, and gift shop. (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…)

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…)

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…)