Meet the Innkeepers
In July 2015, Angela Lomanto and John Nelson were delighted to take over day-to-day hosting at Brook Farm Inn. For the past decade the Berkshires has been their home-away-from home, and look forward to welcoming you to this special place.
Angela has had a career in development for nonprofit organizations, as well as being a small business owner. Her ease at interacting with people has been most helpful — skills gained early, in her extensive Italian-American family! She learned most types of home repair in the process of restoring five properties, ranging from an 1880 Queen Anne Victorian house to a 1920 Cape Cod cottage. She’s also an avid gardener.
John grew up in a household where his mother tried new recipes every week. He and his siblings learned to shop, cook, and clean-up for ambitious and adventurous meals. Regular events in the family home included guests at dinner, play reading groups, musical performances, and other celebrations of the arts. That foundation in hospitality has taken new forms in his ministry career: John is the pastor of Church on the Hill (UCC) in Lenox. During a recent sabbatical he took cooking classes for everything from dim sum to croissants with an emphasis on fresh, organic food preparation.
Soon after Angela and John met they discovered a curious coincidence: both had grandparents who emigrated from their home countries to the US on the same ship: different voyages, but the same vessel. “We count it a blessing to have been raised in families who remember what it is to make a new home in a new place — and we hope to welcome you to Brook Farm Inn.”
Recipes from Brook Farm Inn have been featured in the New England Bed and Breakfast Cookbook, A Taste And Tour of Northeast Country Inns, and have won a prize in North American Inns Magazine.
A unique, luxurious bed and breakfast in Lenox, Massachusetts, Brook Farm Inn has also been accepted as a member of the prestigious Select Registry-Distinguished Inns of North America.