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…)

Artists Added To The 2017 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series!

2017 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series additions

Diana Ross, Chris Botti, Sting, and others have been added to the 2017 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series.

In the last few weeks, a number of dates have been added to the upcoming Tanglewood Popular Artists Series. Sting, Melissa Etheridge, Diana Ross, and many more will be lighting up the Berkshires this summer. Where will you be? (more…)

Attend the 85th Annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival!

The 85th Annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance FestivalThe 85th Anniversary Season of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is almost upon us and promises a momentous experience for all! June 17th through August 27th, 2017.

Modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn did more than legitimize men’s dance when he bought Jacob’s Pillow farm in 1931. He also started a beloved Berkshire tradition! Every year, people come from all over the world to perform in and enjoy Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

This year’s festival is hopping with the inclusion of the famed Miami City Ballet and the legendary Paul Taylor Dance Company. Camille A. Brown, the 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, will perform, along with UK-based artist Aakash Odedra, and Japanese-born artist Eiko Otake. (more…)

Explore the Lenox Leg of the Berkshires Beer Trail!

Explore the Berkshires Beer TrailAre you a fan of fresh, local and regional craft beer? I so, you’ll want to treat yourself to the local leg of the Berkshires Beer Trail! The excellent quality and wide variety of the craft beers available is truly amazing.

Craft breweries, also called “microbreweries” have been popping up all over the U.S. in the last 20 years, especially in the last ten! This is good news for people with discriminating taste. Beer is only just now being taken seriously in the U.S. after decades of being treated like adult soda pop.

Getting in on this revolution of taste is as easy as visiting your own, local brewpub. Things get even more exciting when you travel to new areas and get to try the local, microbrewed beer. It’s especially fun if you can tour the brewery as brewmasters can be some very colorful, impassioned folks!

Even if you can’t get a tour of the brewery, though, sampling fresh, local beer at their tasting room or beer pub is a reward in itself. Brewery tasting rooms serve the freshest beer you’ll ever find. Brewers are particularly impassioned about their product and work to see that your beer is as fresh and clean as possible. At a tasting room, you know you’re tasting beer at it’s very best.

To get you going, we’ve included a list below of our local leg of the Berkshires Beer Trail. All of the craft breweries listed are within less than an hour of our Berkshires B&B, Brook Farm Inn, in Lenox, MA.

The full Berkshires Beer Trail can be found on the www.berkshirefarmandtable.org website. The list includes the four breweries below and a number of others throughout the Berkshires. While the Berkshires Beer & Cider Trail is not a comprehensive list of all the craft brewers and cideries in the area, it is a great start!

Lenox Area Berkshires Beer Trail

Wandering Star Brewery
11 Gifford Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Wandering Star is a 15 barrel microbrewery witha wide variety of styles. Their facility includes a tasting room and is open for tours, tastings, and growler fills on Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm.

Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Barrington Brewery makes 25 different beers over the course of a year and always has nine beers on tap. The brewery is solar powered and the restauruant features a pub style menu. If the Chocolate Stout Cake is on the menu, you should order it. It was Bon Appetit’s recipe of the year and we dare you to try and eat an entire piece by yourself! Barrington Brewery offer no tours but is open 7 days a week.

Big Elm Brewing
65 Silver Street, Sheffield MA 01257
Big Elm Brewing reates several seasonal beers and 3 full-time beers: 413 Farmhouse Ale, Gerry Dog Stout, and IPA. Stop by their taprooom from 12-6 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for a pint or two. You can also buy 4 packs, 6 packs, and fill your growler. Free tours on Saturdays.

While you’re in the Big Elm Brewing area, if you’ve s nose for spirits as well, be sure to check out Berkshire Mountain Distillers. They’re just around the corner from the brewery: 356 South Main Street, Sheffield, MA 01257.

So go ahead, come explore the Berkshires. When you do, Brook Farm Inn would love to be your Berkshires lodging choice!

 

Discover The Hidden Waterfalls Of Berkshire County

The Hidden Waterfalls Of Berkshire County - Bash Bish Falls

Beautiful Bash Bish Falls

The arrival of spring is a cause for celebration. What better way to celebrate the warmer weather than by getting outside? There are lots of pretty hikes to take in our area but why not make your outing spectacular? Take your hike to the next level by visiting a few of the hidden waterfalls of Berkshire County!

I’m not sure why we’re all so attracted to splashing cascades of water – but we sure are! People flock from all over to see a waterfall. Maybe it’s the soothing white noise generated by the falls or the feel of the cool spray on our skin. Falling water releases negative ions into the air that have a positive effect on our moods. Combine these factors with the hypnotic sight of a waterfall and maybe we’ve solved the why of waterfall popularity.

There are lots of waterfalls in the Massachusetts Berkshires. Many are some of the most beautiful falls you will ever see. It doesn’t hurt that they are couched in Berkshires scenery, either!

Instead of going over every last waterfall in the area, we decided to highlight some of our favorites. What we refer to as the hidden waterfalls of Berkshire County. (more…)

Don’t Miss "Victor Borge: Take One" Tea & Talk At Ventfort Hall!

Victor Borge: Take One at Ventfort Hall, March 25th, 2017Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum just announced the presentation of “Victor Borge: Take One” Tea & Talk with Rikke Borge, March 25th, 2017! This rare and exciting event returns by popular demand, as anyone familiar with Victor Borge will understand!

Victor Borge (1909-2000) was a Danish-American conductor, concert pianist, and comedian. He achieved fame and popularity through Europe and the U.S. with his unique blend of classical music and comedy.

The key to Victor’s success was the depth of his talent. Not only was he hysterically funny, he could actually play the piano – and not just a little. Victor Borge regularly performed with top symphony orchestras as a world-renowned concert pianist. As an entertainer, he was one of a kind, generating packed houses of international audiences whenever he appeared. (more…)