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…)

Step Into Another World: The Historic House Museums of the Berkshires

Visit Berkshires historic House Museums, like Herman Melville's Arrowhead!

Spring has sprung! Though there can still be a bit of a nip in the air, the sun is out, the birds are singing, and the flowers are blooming! Now is the perfect time to visit the historic house museums of the Berkshires!

The Berkshires have so much to offer: scenery, history, culture, shopping, dining, and more. Once the weather begins to warm, it can be hard to choose what to do and see first! We often suggest one or more of the many historic house museums of the Berkshires. Many of them reopen their doors in May, so now is a great time to see them freshened up after winter.

Visiting the homes of authors, artists, statesmen, or those simply very well off can be quite interesting and instructive. The opportunity to walk the same floors and fields a famous person once did can do more than just show you how they lived. Visiting a historic home may also provide insight into what drove, inspired, or otherwise influenced the lives of these fascinating people.

The Berkshires have a great many historic house museums that you can visit and explore. In fact, five of the best house museums are within ten minutes of our Berkshires B&B. One is right down the street!

Berkshires Historic House Museums

Freylinghuysen Morris Home and Studio
92 Hawthorne Street, Lenox
The Bauhaus-inspired Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio in Lenox is a historic house museum of American Abstract Artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen. You’ll see the artists’ original furnishings, collected art, unique home, and 46 acre estate.

Visit Berkshires historic House Museums, like Ventfort Hall!

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
104 Walker Street, Lenox
Ventfort Hall is a Jacobean-style mansion and museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was also used as a set in the 1999 film, Cider House Rules. Visit for tours of the estate or attend one of their many events: concerts, lectures, tea socials, and more.

The Mount – Edith Wharton’s Home
2 Plunkett St, Lenox
Come tour the magnificently restored estate & gardens of author, Edith Wharton! The Mount, house and grounds, was designed by Edith Wharton. Fascinating and beautiful.

5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge
This Gilded Age mansion is the former country estate of noted New York City lawyer Joseph Hodges Choate. The stunning home is filled with original furnishings and art and surrounded by ten acres of iconic gardens.

Herman Melville’s Arrowhead
780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield
Arrowhead was the home of American author Herman Melville during his most productive years, 1850–1863. Yep – this 18th century farmhouse is where Melville wrote Moby Dick! Visitors will enjoy guided tours, the museum shop and more.

Brook Farm Inn
15 Hawthorne St, Lenox
Our Victorian home here in western Massachusetts may not be a house museum but it is a historic Berkshires treasure! Accommodations include 15 guest rooms and a carriage house surrounded by trees and award-winning gardens. You’ll feel serene and secluded at our Berkshires B&B but, as shown above, the best of the Berkshires are at your fingertips! Book your stay at Brook Farm Inn today!