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…)

Revisit Saturday Morning – Hanna-Barbera At The Norman Rockwell Museum

The Architects of Saturday Morning - Hanna-Barbera At The Norman Rockwell MuseumThe Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge is currently hosting the world’s first exhibition of the animation powerhouse, Hanna-Barbera. Now through May 29th, 2017.

The Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning exhibit highlights what is considered the world’s most successful animation partnership. You’ve undoubtedly seen at least one of their shows as they dominated the animated airwaves between the 1950’s and 1980’s. The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, and so many more.

The exhibit focuses on Hanna-Barbera’s Golden Age. Classic shows from this era: The Ruff and Reddy Show, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Yogi Bear, Magilla Gorilla, Top Cat, and The Herculoids.

The fascinating exhibit includes original animation art, sketches, photographs, and more. Dave Nimitz, owner of the world’s largest vintage Hanna-Barbera toy collection, even loaned some of his rarest pieces to the exhibition! (more…)

10 of the Best Things to Do in the Berkshires in Winter

The Berkshires are alive and active year-round! Winter offers sparkling skies and crisp, clean air when winter sports are available and the cultural offerings of the summer are extended although with a less ambitious schedule!

You can downhill ski, cross country ski, snowshoe and snowboard all within minutes of Brook Farm Inn and then enjoy music, theater, and dance. The Berkshires have many parks, preserved land, and public hiking trails through the mountains, trails, and hills. It is a truly beautiful time of year to stay at  Brook Farm Inn. Here are a few ideas!

For more information on things to do near Brook Farm Inn seasonally and year-round, download our free Berkshires vacation guide! It’s full of wonderful things to see and do during your vacation to the Berkshires. This includes things to do in the Berkshires in winter.

Things to do in the Berkshires in Winter

The Arts

Culture thrives in the Berkshires year-round. Whether you like art, music, theatre, dance, and more, the Berkshires offer all these during the winter months. For some rich chamber music, consider attending a performance at St. James Place or see a live comedy performance at the Mahawie Theater. Treat yourself to some award-winning drama at Shakespeare and Company. You can also be inspired by dance at Jacob’s Pillow Dance – now open year-round.

History

Hand in hand with art and culture comes history. There are several famous museums near Brook Farm Inn that please visitors from nearby and around the world. Consider visiting the  Norman Rockwell Museum, The Clark, MassMOCA, or the Berkshire Museum. Two are within 15 minutes and the others within 45. Warm up from the cold outdoor weather with an afternoon browsing house museums nearby: The Mount. Ventfort Hall Gilded Age Mansion, and Naumkeag.

Food & Drink

Cold weather calls for hearty meals and a glass of red wine. There are many wonderful Lenox restaurants that feature exquisite food to slake your hunger and satisfy your tastebuds. Indulge at the Prime Italian Steakhouse and Bar with tender steak and seafood entrees. You might also enjoy a wine tasting at Furnace Brook or another local vineyard for a romantic date. Watch the snow fall outside as you take a sip in the cozy tasting room.

Outdoor Activities

Skiing and snowshoeing are two favorite things to do in the Berkshires in winter. Hit the slopes for a day of fresh powder at Bousquet Ski Area, Butternut or Catamount Ski Areas. Or, try another winter activity, such as cross country skiing, skating, or snowshoeing at Canterbury Farm. If you love clean air, sunshine, and fresh snow, the Berkshire is heaven in winter.

Berkshires Winter Lodging

Brook Farm Inn is the perfect retreat for your holiday season getaway. Spend romantic time with your sweetheart or bonding time with friends and family here in Lenox, MA. We offer a splendid getaway here in the beautiful mountains. And we are surrounded by many winter things to do in the Berkshires! Book your stay today.

5 of the Coolest Cultural Attractions in the Town of Stockbridge, MA

Just 10 minutes away from Brook Farm Inn in Lenox, MA, lies the Town of Stockbridge, MA. This quaint Berkshires retreat offers a great cultural hub amidst the Town of Lenox, MA, the Town of Lee, MA, the Town of West Stockbridge, MA, and the Town of Great Barrington, MA. Within its boundaries are some of the most notable attractions of the Berkshires. You will discover fine art, enjoy entertaining theatre, and experience some slices of history. The Town of Stockbridge, MA is a wonderful place to visit during your stay at Brook Farm Inn! Here are just a few of the cultural attractions you will be able to explore.

Find out more about all of the fun things to do near the Town of Stockbridge, MA when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for things to see and do in all of the Berkshires!

Berkshire Theatre Group

The Berkshire Theatre Group has a Town of Stockbridge, MA campus on East Main Street that features some wonderful local entertainment throughout the year. Theatre, music, and comedy are a few genres you will find at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s many stages. You can also schedule a tour of the historic colonial theatre if you’re looking for a taste of the past along with your event of choice.

Chesterwood

In the Town of Stockbridge, MA, you will also discover the charming, historic Chesterwood. This country home, studio, and gardens once belonged to America’s foremost public sculptor, Daniel Chester French. When you visit, you will be able to explore the history of this famous artistic figure. However, that is not all you will discover. Now, the exquisite property is a wedding venue, as well as a host of numerous art exhibitions and collections. There is also a wonderful artists-in-residence program, which premieres a new artist each month.

Mission House

For another aspect of history in the Town of Stockbridge, MA, make a visit to the Mission House. This colonial-era house and museum was once home to the first missionary to the Mohican Indians. The landmark provides a glimpse into both of these past cultures and offers self-guided garden tours and guided house tours by appointment. Gather your group of friends and discover some local history!

Norman Rockwell Museum

One of the most artistic attractions in the Town of Stockbridge, MA is the Norman Rockwell Museum in the Town of Stockbridge, MA. Norman Rockwell was one of the most influential illustrators and painters of our time, and much of his original work is featured in this museum. You will garner insight into both the life and art of Rockwell while scoping a variety of collections and exhibitions. He had a way of capturing a relationship during a moment in time; make your moments in the Berkshires last as well by holding onto these precious memories!

Naumkeag

The cultural attractions in the Town of Stockbridge, MA would not be complete without Naumkeag. This former estate of noted New York City lawyer Joseph Hodges Choate features Queen Anne-style architecture and some truly stunning features! This is a chosen wedding venue for its magnificent gardens and unique house with original artwork. Walk across the Blue Steps, a series of deep blue fountain pools, and marvel at the grove of white birches. This stunning landscape is one you don’t want to miss.

Stay at Brook Farm Inn

After touring some of these cultural attractions in the Town of Stockbridge, MA, come back home to Lenox’s Brook Farm Inn for a peaceful retreat. Enjoy our charming guest rooms, relaxing massage services, and delectable breakfast! We hope to see you soon here in the Berkshires. You can book your stay today!