Brook Farm Inn A luxury Lenox, MA bed and breakfast 2016-09-22T18:42:53Z /feed/atom/ /wp-content/uploads/2016/02/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Brook Farm Inn <![CDATA[5 of the Coolest Cultural Attractions in the Town of Stockbridge, MA]]> https://brookfarm.com/?p=5591 2016-09-22T18:42:53Z 2016-09-22T18:38:33Z 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

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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!

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Brook Farm Inn <![CDATA[5 of the Most Breathtaking Western Mass Wedding Venues]]> https://brookfarm.com/?p=5567 2016-09-21T01:22:49Z 2016-09-21T01:21:54Z There are some beautiful landscapes in Western Massachusetts near Brook Farm Inn ideal for a vacation or private event. If you are thinking about a forest landscape for your wedding,

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There are some beautiful landscapes in Western Massachusetts near Brook Farm Inn ideal for a vacation or private event. If you are thinking about a forest landscape for your wedding, then consider some Western Mass wedding venues. From barn weddings in Western MA to garden weddings in Western MA, there are so many gorgeous backdrops that will work perfectly for your ceremony or reception. Included in this piece are just 5 of the most breathtaking Western Mass wedding venues!

Find out more about wedding venues, art galleries, and cultural events near Brook Farm Inn when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for places to host your ceremony and reception, like these Western Mass wedding venues!

5 Western Massachusetts Wedding Venues

Chesterwood

Stockbridge, MA

A wonderful option when choosing Western Mass wedding venues is Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA. This country home, studio, and gardens is the former abode of America’s foremost public sculptor, Daniel Chester French. This memorable, picturesque backdrop is ideal for your Berkshires wedding. With Italianate gardens and a surrounding rural landscape, you will have panoramic views during your ceremony or reception. Your guests can wander historic terraces, stroll along the hydrangea walk, and admire perennial gardens. Here, you can have anything from an intimate elopement to up to 500 guests.

Stonover Farm

Lenox, MA

Western Mass wedding venues would not be complete without a farm setting. Choose Stonover Farm for your wedding ceremony or reception. This magical setting features a duck pond and four-acre field for a tented wedding or a marvelous hay barn for a barn wedding. The barn can accommodate up to 200 for dinner and dancing, while the field is large enough for a tent of any size. Wedding ceremonies are typically held on the barn ramp, while guests are seated on the lawn. With high, wood beamed ceilings and room for beautiful lights, dancing, and dining, the barn at Stonover Farm is truly a unique and incredible reception space!

Stanley Park of Westfield

Westfield, MA

Western Mass wedding venues include the beautiful Stanley Park of Westfield. This 300-acre park includes an arboretum and botanical garden, making it a peaceful setting for tying the knot. You can use any of the park’s six garden sites for your wedding ceremony. Choose from Cathy’s Garden, the Rose Garden, the Duck Pond, the Japanese Garden, the Arboretum, and the Herb Garden. Receptions can then be held at the sheltered pavilion for a wonderful outdoor celebration!

Crissey Farm

Great Barrington, MA

Entertaining guests in the Berkshires since 1977, Crissey Farm is an authentic, romantic selection from Western Mass wedding venues. Originally a fine restaurant, Crissey Farm is now an environmentally friendly banquet facility located among the mountains. Events here range from 40 to 200 guests, providing a range of flexibility depending on the size of your wedding party. The best feature of Crissey Farm is the gorgeous setting. You will open your eyes to breathtaking views of Monument Mountain and the surrounding Berkshire Hills. Choose from a variety of catering packages, which include hors d’oeuvres, champagne toasts, hot buffets, and open bars, with dessert!

Cranwell Resort, Spa, and Golf Club

Lenox, MA

Wedding reception sites in MA include the gorgeous Cranwell Resort, Spa, and Golf Club. This spectacular wedding destination will place you amidst a beautiful panorama of the Berkshire Hills. Have your ceremony on the lawn in the spring or summer or inside for a cozy atmosphere during autumn and winter. The variety of wedding and banquet venues includes the Gilded Age Mansion, Rose Terrace, Historic Ballroom, Mansion Front Lawn, Meadow View Barn, Elegant Dining Rooms, or Outdoor Ceremony Space. Choose which selection works best for your wedding picture!

Let the Wedding Party Stay at Brook Farm Inn

Whatever selection you make from Western Mass wedding venues, make Brook Farm Inn your wedding party’s home for the week or weekend. Enjoy our luxurious, quaint bed and breakfast with homey decor, delicious breakfast, and relaxing massage services. We want to make your wedding day the best it can possibly be and hope to accommodate in any way! Book your stay now.

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Angela <![CDATA[Country Fair & Quilt Days at Hancock Shaker Village]]> https://brookfarm.com/?p=5582 2016-09-21T01:20:32Z 2016-09-21T01:20:32Z Just down the road from Brook Farm Inn, on September 24th & 25th you can enjoy a quintessential New England pastime: the Country Fair and Quilt Days at Hancock Shaker

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Just down the road from Brook Farm Inn, on September 24th & 25th you can enjoy a quintessential New England pastime: the Country Fair and Quilt Days at Hancock Shaker Village: “A Heritage Farm Untouched by Time.” A farmers’ market, craft show and sale, antique tractors and engines, and chicken races (yep, chicken races!) are just a few of the offerings.

The “Harvest of Quilts,” a juried show, will include over 55 antique and modern pieces. Vote for your favorite and watch quilting demos. For youngsters there will be hay piles, face painting, balloon art, beanbag toss, sack races, and more.

We have coupons for discounted admission to the Fair, for the first ten guests who request them!

Then return to Brook Farm Inn, where tea is served on Friday and Saturday afternoons, and your hosts look forward to welcoming you back to your Berkshires home away from home.

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Brook Farm Inn <![CDATA[Your Inside Guide to the Best Pittsfield MA Restaurants]]> https://brookfarm.com/?p=5535 2016-09-08T13:08:21Z 2016-09-08T13:06:32Z If you’re scoping out some delicious places to dine during your vacation stay at Brook Farm, look no further than these Pittsfield MA restaurants. Just 15 minutes away from Lenox,

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If you’re scoping out some delicious places to dine during your vacation stay at Brook Farm, look no further than these Pittsfield MA restaurants. Just 15 minutes away from Lenox, MA, Pittsfield features some of the best dining in the Berkshires. Whether you are looking for lighter fare or a grand three-course meal, these Pittsfield MA restaurants cover quite the spectrum. Here are just a few of our favorites that you should consider.

5 of the Best Pittsfield MA Restaurants

Mazzeo’s Ristorante

For some fine Italian fare, enjoy the authentic cuisine at Mazzeo’s Ristorante. This choice family-owned eatery of Pittsfield MA restaurants offers fresh ingredients in a beautiful location. Start off with some antipasto, such as bruschetta with shaved parmesan and oregano or mushroom beignet with garlic butter and hollandaise sauce. Follow up with a delectable pasta place. Just a few options include the fettuccini bolognese, homemade lasagna, or gnocchi alla Melissa. Chicken marsala or poached salmon are also some mouthwatering entrees.

Mission Bar & Tapas

If you’re looking for a great tapas option of Pittsfield MA restaurants, look no further than Mission Bar. Offering pinchos, tapas, seafood, sandwiches, salad, and paella, there is quite a variety! Start off with a cured meat plate featuring Spanish chorizo, whole grain mustard, and a baguette. Or, try the shredded brussel sprouts and kale with bacon or chicken as add-ons. For a heartier portion, try the house cured salmon with lemon dill sauce and pickled onion. Or, enjoy a steak and cheese sandwich or pork tacos with house slaw. The Mission grilled cheese is also a favorite! You might even catch some live music during your meal.

District Bar & Kitchen

A contemporary American cuisine option of Pittsfield MA restaurants is District Bar & Kitchen. The warm, cozy atmosphere compliments the delicious food and drink menus that will leave your palate wanting more. The food also comes in a convenient variety of sizes, from small bites to large platters. For just a bite, you can opt for the small cheese board with seasonal jam, housemade pickles, cherry compote, bread and butter, and a grilled baguette. The chilled local melon, cucumber, and mint soup is another delicious treat. For a larger entree, indulge in a full plate of mac and cheese with pancetta, smoked gouda, roasted tomato, and panko. Or, enjoy the grilled rib eye steak with corn fritters, grilled onion, and a zucchini and mushroom salad. Follow up your meal with an Irish cream cinnamon cheesecake, grilled peaches, or a honey lavender creme brulee.

Roasted Garlic

You will discover some delicious wood-fired pizza at the Roasted Garlic, a favorite of Pittsfield MA restaurants. Start off with some satiating appetizers, such as crispy chicken wings, wood-fired banana peppers, and garlic knots tossed in parmesan butter. For lunch, try a sandwich with house chips. The black bean burger, Mickey’s meatball bomber, or the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with spicy jalapeno coleslaw, should do the trick! For your entree, try anything from the fish and chips to the eggplant sacatto. Or, indulge in a wood-fired pizza with flavors such as margherita, BBQ chicken, and Italian deli.

Methuselah Bar and Lounge

For a casual, rustic chic atmosphere, visit the Methuselah Bar and Lounge in Pittsfield, MA. Start off with a house cocktail, such as the Maple Me Crazy, FireCide Chat, or Cider Dark and Stormy. While you sip, try a nibble, such as the spiced pecans, roasted almonds, spicy kimchi, or marinated olives. For a fuller appetizer, try the pigs in a blanket, chip and dip trio, or butternut tarts. The cheese and charcuterie makes for a great follow-up, with smoked andouille sausage and cacio de roma as a few options for your plate. Sweets include a SoCo creamery gelato, flourless dark chocolate cake, and lemon chevre cheesecake with blueberry compote. Yum!

Lighter Fare You Shouldn’t Miss:

The Marketplace Cafe

Teo’s Hotdogs

Stay at Brook Farm Inn

Our beautiful Berkshires bed and breakfast will provide the ultimate relaxation you deserve in a quiet, peaceful setting! Enjoy in-house massages, delicious breakfast each morning, and charming rooms during your stay at Brook Farm Inn. For more restaurants to enjoy near the inn, read our complimentary vacation guide!

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Brook Farm Inn <![CDATA[What You’ll See at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge]]> https://brookfarm.com/?p=5424 2016-08-29T22:27:53Z 2016-08-29T22:27:53Z Just over 10 minutes away from Lenox, MA, in Stockbridge, there lies a museum in commemoration of one of the greatest American painters of our time. The Norman Rockwell Museum

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Just over 10 minutes away from Lenox, MA, in Stockbridge, there lies a museum in commemoration of one of the greatest American painters of our time. The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge features the famous illustrator’s original paintings, his studio, and transitioning American Illustration exhibits. When you visit the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, you will get an insight into both the life and work of this master. History and art coalesce into a variety of collections and exhibitions. You will learn from and appreciate them simultaneously. Here are just a few things you should know and a few things that you will see during your visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge.

Visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge

If you plan on visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum during your stay at Brook Farm Inn, here are some things you should know. The museum is open from May until October from 10am to 5pm daily. It is also open until 7pm on Thursdays in July and August. From November until April, the museum is open from 10am to 4pm during weekdays and from 10am to 5pm on weekends and holidays. However, the museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The Norman Rockwell Museum admission fee is $18 for adults, $17 for seniors, $16 for veterans, $10 for students with a college ID, $6 for children 6-18, and free for children 5 and under.

Group Tours

Once you’ve arrived at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge and paid admission, you can opt to participate in a group tour. The museum welcomes groups of 15 or more at a discounted admission rate. Guided group tours can then be arranged at an added cost. These prices depend on the size of the tour group you are with and range from an audio and digital guide for just $5 per person to curator-led tours featuring behind-the-scene knowledge for $20 a person in groups of over 10 people.

You can also embark upon the Highlights of the Collection Tour, a one-hour adventure led by a museum guide that will investigate key pieces and inspire interactive discussion. The Side Walk & Talk Tour is a seasonal option that includes the Norman Rockwell Museum grounds , including the Peter Rockwell sculpture walk and the exterior of the Linwood Mansion. The Plein Air Art Experience will allow guests to create their own artwork on the 36-acre site, while you can also Meet Rockwell’s Models on the first Fridays of most months. During this tour, you will see what it was like to pose for America’s most beloved illustrator.

Exhibits

The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge holds the largest and most significant collection of Norman Rockwell’s original artwork. There are enduring favorites from the Saturday Evening Post and the enthralling, powerful Four Freedoms paintings. In addition to Rockwell’s art, there are also special exhibits of works by past and present American illustrators that are constantly changing. Inside the museum, you will discover 10 large galleries, a gift shop, and a gorgeous 36-acre property that also features Rockwell’s artwork, along with sculptures by his son, Peter. Though the Norman Rockwell paintings are the main feature, there is also a library with archives and image resources available.

After Touring the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge

After your visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, head back to Brook Farm Inn for a relaxing vacation getaway in the Berkshires. Enjoy our stress-relieving massage services, charming guest rooms, and gourmet breakfasts. For more local attractions, you can download our vacation guide, which offers inside information about the area.

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Brook Farm Inn <![CDATA[Why You’ll Love October Mountain in the Fall]]> https://brookfarm.com/?p=5419 2016-08-24T17:24:16Z 2016-08-24T17:23:22Z What more fitting place for an autumnal hike than October Mountain? This beautiful feature in the central Berkshires offers a gorgeous state forest full of fall foliage during the autumn

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What more fitting place for an autumnal hike than October Mountain? This beautiful feature in the central Berkshires offers a gorgeous state forest full of fall foliage during the autumn season. Glowing red, burning orange, and golden yellow hues light up the entire mountain range in a glorious display that will leave you short of breath. Here are just a few things you should know about October Mountain, including some great activities you can enjoy during the fall.

October Mountain History

The name for October Mountain is, in fact, attributed to American author and poet Herman Melville. In his Pittsfield home, Melville could view the stunning hills in the distance, and the scenery during the fall particularly impressed him. He first mentioned October Mountain briefly in a short story from 1853, titled “Cock-a-doodle-doo.” Later, he wrote another short story called “October Mountain,” in which the official name originated. The land itself once belonged to the estate of William C. Whitney, who was President Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of the Navy. It was purchased in 1915 by a group of individuals and donated to the state for preservation purposes. It was also the harboring grounds for Gideon Smith during the Revolutionary War. Smith was discovered to be harboring a British prisoner-of-war. He hid in a gorge until the end of the war that was later called Tory Cave

Is October Mountain Haunted?

There are some folklore and ghost tales surrounding October Mountain. Whether this stems from its Halloween-centric name or the apparently haunted 19th-century cemetery among the trees, it is not certain. At this cemetery, visitors have been said to hear strange humming sounds and see a ghoulish girl in a white dress among the tombstones. The girl is thought to be Anna Pease, who died in 1829 at the age of 10 and is the only female child buried in the graveyard.

However, more than ghosts are said to haunt October Mountain. In 1983, two Pittsfield men were enjoying a picnic near an old boy scout camp site on Felton Lake when they saw a bizarre creature in the woods. It was described as brown, six to seven feet tall, and featuring glowing eyes. A similar sighting was later reported in 1989 when a hiker saw something large move among the trees about 100 yards away. He claimed to have seen the same type of creature covered in fur with a human face and very long arms and grubbing for roots and insects.

U.F.O.s have even made the list of bizarre sightings on October Mountain. In 1970, a boy scout saw two strange lights hovering in the sky. He claimed that they seemed to be checking a particular spot in the forest over and over again. After five minutes, they supposedly launched vertically into the sky at an extremely high speed. These mysteries are a part of the lure to October Mountain and part of its history.

October Mountain Hiking

The 16,500-acre expanse makes October Mountain the largest state forest in the state of Massachusetts.There are opportunities for camping, hiking, and more among the glorious forested expanse. An October Mountain State Forest trail map reveals a variety of paved and unpaved paths. There are also snowshoe and skiing trails available, as well as trails for multi-use, including snowmobiles. Some are even plowed in the winter time to make them more accessible. The Appalachian Trail also runs through the October Mountain State Forest and is available for foot travel only.

Stay in Lenox at Brook Farm Inn

Among your October Mountain hiking adventures and ghost-hunt explorations, you will need a place to stay. Indulge in luxurious accommodations at the Brook Farm Inn. From massages to soothe your aching muscles to a protein-filled breakfast each morning to jumpstart your day, relax. We have a variety of rooms to suit your particular traveling needs. For more information on what to do in the Berkshires during your visit, download our free vacation guide!

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Brook Farm Inn <![CDATA[What You Need to Know About Hiking and Exploring Lenox Mountain]]> https://brookfarm.com/?p=5414 2016-09-07T15:14:45Z 2016-08-18T15:10:34Z When exploring the beautiful Berkshires during your stay at Brook Farm Inn, don’t leave out Lenox Mountain. Located in the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox Mountain rises along the horizon

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When exploring the beautiful Berkshires during your stay at Brook Farm Inn, don’t leave out Lenox Mountain. Located in the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox Mountain rises along the horizon at 2,126 feet. The majestic mountain offers some truly stunning panoramic views as well as a variety of hiking trails for your forest escapades. Enjoy the changing leaves in the autumn or the chirping birds in the springtime as you make your way to the peak. There are plenty of natural features and unique plantlife and wildlife to keep things interesting on your adventure. There are also a variety of hikes based on your level. You can opt for an easy loop or a more strenuous vertical session to the summit. Here are just a few things you will experience during your expeditions on Lenox Mountain.

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About Lenox Mountain

The wildflowers are in bloom. The serene clouds float overhead, soaring in between green leaves and tree branches as you look skyward. You look down to the dirt path below, dusted with small rocks, fallen leaves, and new undergrowth peeking out of the soil. You’re ready to hike Lenox Mountain!

Hiking Lenox Mountain

The Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary offers seven miles of walking trails as well as three favorite loops to explore. The Yokun/Beaver Lodge Trails Loop begins at an easy 1.5-mile walk that will take you just about an hour to complete. You will get some great views of the northern beaver ponds and some views of the Lenox Mountain ridge. This trail is ideal for birding. However, if you’re looking to get your feet on the mountain itself, you will have to take a bit more of a strenuous hike. A 3-mile round trip trail ascends Lenox Mountain in an 850-foot vertical climb. This two-hour trail is the Ledges/Overbrook Loop. It could be a challenge, but the panoramic views from the peak ofthe mountain are worth the tired muscles. Enjoy a vista of Mount Greylock to the north, the Taconic Range to the west, and the Catskill Mountains to the southwest. There are some steep slopes on this trail that deserve caution. For example, the Ledges Trail should only be hiked up and not down because of the slippery slope.

Other Activities on Lenox Mountain

Lenox Mountain isn’t just a great space for hiking. It is also ideal for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking. The main trafficked loop around Lenox Mountain is accessible from April until October, while other areas are open during the winter months. Bartlett’s Apple Orchard is another great place to visit on Lenox Mountain. With 52 acres of orchards that produce about 20,000 bushels, you can pick a snack for the trails or enjoy some delicious fresh apple cider and baked goods.

Stay at Brook Farm Inn

After your Lenox Mountain adventures, come back to Brook Farm Inn for a relaxing getaway. You can enjoy our massage services after a long day of hiking or other strenuous outdoor activities. After a rejuvenating experience, settle down in your comfortable accommodations for the evening. Then, wake up in the morning to a delicious complimentary breakfast to start your day off right. For more places to explore in Lenox, MA, download our free vacation guide. We hope to see you soon!

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Brook Farm Inn <![CDATA[Why You Need to Visit the Beautiful Kennedy Park in Lenox, MA]]> https://brookfarm.com/?p=5402 2016-08-09T19:58:57Z 2016-08-09T19:58:57Z When visiting the Brook Farm Inn, consider a picnic lunch along with an outdoor adventure at Kennedy Park in Lenox, MA. This beautiful park is a favorite place to visit

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When visiting the Brook Farm Inn, consider a picnic lunch along with an outdoor adventure at Kennedy Park in Lenox, MA. This beautiful park is a favorite place to visit in the area, serving as a multi-use community space. When you visit Kennedy Park in Lenox, MA, you will discover hikers, skiers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. The park features great trails for all of these activities, extending in all directions. From the Kennedy Park trails to the Kennedy Park Lenox MA Monument, there are plenty of attractions to enjoy during your trip! Here are just a few features that show why you need to visit Kennedy Park in Lenox, MA.

Premier Location of Kennedy Park in Lenox, MA

Kennedy Park in Lenox, MA, is just five minutes from the city center, giving you the ultimate convenience as well as a series of amazing paths to journey along. There are some great views included also! The proximity to town is also ideal if you forget to pack a lunch or forget any supplies. You can also take a lunch break in town if you desire after a full morning of hiking.

Kennedy Park Trails

Mountain biking is one of the most popular activities in Kennedy Park. This area is one of the best for mountain biking and running in Berkshire County. One reason is because the well-maintained trails have not been destroyed by four-wheelers (which are not allowed on the trails). The mostly smooth trails are also ideal for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in colder weather. Start off with an easy, shady trail in the park. Then, extend your journey on a mountain bike or on horseback. Just a few trails to enjoy at and around Kennedy Park in Lenox, MA, include the 7-mile Kennedy Park Short Loop, 13-mile Kennedy Park Medium Loop, 13-mile The Finger, and 3-mile Burbank Trail from Olivia’s Overlook. Be sure to view a Kennedy Park map for all available trails! There are quite a few (though they are well marked), so be sure to stay on course.

The Arcadian Shop

Before you embark on one of these trails, stop by the Arcadian Shop. Here, you will be able to park and will also garner some information about the trails and what you will encounter. You can also purchase some necessary gear here, in case you forgot anything. Athletic clothing, footwear, skis, and snowshoes are just a few items you will find at the store. After your hike, ride, or all-around adventure, indulge in some coffee and pastries back here at the shop.

Stay at Brook Farm Inn

Kennedy Park in Lenox, MA, offers a variety of trails for a multitude of activities. Whether you desire a quiet, peaceful stroll or a rowdy expedition through the forest, there is a trail for you! After a morning, afternoon, or full day of adventure at Kennedy Park, come back to Brook Farm Inn for a soothing Berkshires getaway. Enjoy our spa services, gourmet breakfast, and charming accommodations. You can also appreciate our extensive library and poetry readings! Plan your vacation in advance by downloading our free vacation guide.

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Brook Farm Inn <![CDATA[How to Find the Best Places for Wine Tasting in MA]]> https://brookfarm.com/?p=5392 2016-08-03T14:29:36Z 2016-08-03T14:29:36Z When visiting Brook Farm Inn in Lenox, be sure to enjoy all the wonderful activities and attractions in the area. There are many outdoor adventures, from a Berkshires hike to

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Waiter serving wineWhen visiting Brook Farm Inn in Lenox, be sure to enjoy all the wonderful activities and attractions in the area. There are many outdoor adventures, from a Berkshires hike to a summer zip line or wintry slope escapade at the Bousquet Ski Area. If you’re looking for a more mellow way to enjoy your vacation, try an experience for your taste buds. Wine tasting in MA is a favorite way to spend time, with so many beautiful vineyards and delicious pairings awaiting. Here are just a few places to go wine tasting in MA!

Furnace Brook Winery

Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards has a rich history, boasting a 200-year-old historic property in the Berkshires. The winery and orchard combination features both a tasting space and surrounding fields for apple picking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and more! It is also just 15 minutes away from Brook Farm Inn. Enjoy beautiful hilltop views and don’t forget to try the famous cider donuts along with your glass of wine. Some of the wines you can indulge in at this space for wine tasting in MA include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, White Zinfandel, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sparkling Moscato. You can also enjoy French-style cider, apple ice wine, and Johnny Mash made straight from the orchards! You can taste any of the wines for free and add an additional 5 tastings for just $5!

Amherst Farm Winery

At this destination for wine tasting in MA, you will find a tasting room set in a 19th-century post and beam barn. The charm of this old dairy barn is balanced with the surrounding modern, state-of-the-art winery. Tastings are available from Friday through Monday at 12-5pm. Receive a choice of 6 of 19 vintages and a logo glass for just $8. Some award-winning flavors at the Amherst Farm Winery include apple, blueberry, peach, pear, and raspberry. Yum!

Hardwick Vineyard and Winery

The Hardwick Vineyard and Winery is on a quiet country road near the Quabbin Reservoir. The Giles E. Warner mansion on the property was constructed in 1795 and was authentically restored by the Samek Family. Their dream of starting a vineyard and winery took action in 1997, with the purchase of the house and surrounding 150 acres of land. The main part of the house has no electricity or plumbing, maintaining its original state. However, a modern section has been added using old-fashioned techniques. Today, the grand mansion is surrounded by six varieties of French hybrid grapes, which produce around 3,500 gallons of wine each year. Try the bestselling Massetts Cranberry during your visit!

After Wine Tasting in MA

After wine tasting in MA, settle back in at Brook Farm Inn for a cozy retreat. Snuggle up in your comfortable bed next to the fireplace and enjoy a wonderful evening. Our subdued floral decor and antique charm will delight visitors, and our morning breakfast is served each day! Enjoy amenities such as massage services and explore more of the Berkshires and Massachusetts during your vacation stay. For more fun date ideas and local activities, download our free vacation guide!

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Brook Farm Inn <![CDATA[Why You Need to Check Out the Frelinghuysen Morris House]]> https://brookfarm.com/?p=5387 2016-07-26T19:37:39Z 2016-07-26T19:37:39Z The Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio features a collection of American and European Cubist Art on a 46-acre estate in Lenox, MA. It is a wonderful artistic destination during your

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The Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio features a collection of American and European Cubist Art on a 46-acre estate in Lenox, MA. It is a wonderful artistic destination during your stay at local bed and breakfast, Brook Farm Inn. Offering frescoes, sculpture, paintings, and more, the Frelinghuysen Morris House is a cultural gem in the Berkshires. Explore a unique style of art while admiring the historic grounds. Here are just a few reasons that you should check out the Frelinghuysen Morris House during your vacation!

Frelinghuysen Morris House History

The history of the Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio lies with George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen. These two abstract artists since the late 1930s were an edgy couple in both the national and international art scene. They were collectors and intellectuals, creating a Berkshire home to reflect their personal aesthetic. The Frelinghuysen Morris House is a piece of their world, preserved as it was when they created it. Morris was influenced by the white stucco of Paris, while Frelinghuysen was influenced by the indigenous buildings of Arizona and New Mexico. Together, with both inspirations and a Modern take, they created an estate that served as home and studio. The Frelinghuysen Morris House used marble and leather flooring, and Morris created the frescoes in the living room while Frelinghuysen constructed her designs in the dining room. Modern furniture completed the aesthetic with a balance of art, architecture, and design.

Visiting the Frelinghuysen Morris House

The Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio opened for visitation in 1998, a decade after Frelinghuysen’s death. The original furnishings and artwork don the space, along with some works of colleagues and contemporaries. These include Picasso, Braque, Leger, and Gris. Early 20th-century art survives and thrives in this unique estate. Visitors can schedule a tour throughout the year. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $7.50 for grounds only or students with a valid ID. The surrounding 10-minute woodland walk to the house and studio is quite lovely and a piece of art in itself. The house and studio is open at different times throughout the year, which you can discover on the website.

The Berkshires and Brook Farm Inn

After you are finished browsing the artwork and touring the grounds at the Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio, continue your Lenox explorations. There is so much to do in the Berkshires, such as go apple picking, zip lining, or hiking! There are a variety of exciting and fun outdoor activities that will keep your adventurous heart happy. There are also restaurants and shops to enjoy as well. Indulge in that delicious vacation dinner and find the perfect souvenir to bring back home to remember your trip. Then, once your day of fun is over, settle in at Brook Farm Inn for a great night’s sleep. Wake up to a delicious breakfast, spa amenities, and more! Download our free vacation guide for additional ideas on what to do in the area.

 

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