Visit Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Pleasant Valley Wildlife SanctuaryThere’s nothing quite like some time in the great outdoors to refresh and rejuvenate you. The Berkshires’ own Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary offers 1,000 acres of just such a cure – and it’s only 20 minutes from Federal House Inn!

A branch of Mass Audubon, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox, MA features over 7 miles of trails through more than 1000 acres of wooded and wildlife-rich forests, meadows, and wetlands with many ponds and flowing streams. [Read more…]

Chesterfest 2015 – A New Americana Music Festival

Chesterwood's Chesterfest 2015Chesterfest 2015 – A New Americana Music Festival, is a series of live concerts scheduled for Sundays in July and August at Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site on the site of country home and studio of Daniel Chester French.

Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), considered America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, is responsible for such indelible American icons as the Minute Man monument in Concord and the Abraham Lincoln that presides over the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Chesterwood, located in Glendale near Stockbridge, Massachusetts, was donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which now operates the lush, 122 acre estate as a museum and sculpture garden with numerous events and programs throughout the year. [Read more…]

Discover Bash Bish Falls

Massachusetts' Bash Bish Falls State ParkWith a funny sounding name that seems to promise much in the way of splashing and splishing, Massachusetts’ easily accessible Bash Bish Falls is the most spectacular waterfall in the state!

As the weather warms up and the foliage fills in, one’s thoughts naturally (no pun intended) turn to the great outdoors. Luckily, western Massachusetts offers a number of scenic hikes and drives but few can top the splendor of Bash Bish Falls.

Situated just this side of the New York/Massachusetts border in Mount Washington State Forest, Bash Bish Falls runoff and spring-fed waters splash over a series of dramatic gorges before tumbling a full 80 feet down into the crystal clear pools below. [Read more…]

Tickets and Lodging for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2015

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2015The beginning of the 2015 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is but weeks away and, if you haven’t secured your tickets and lodging yet, here’s fair warning that the time is nigh!

Hailed by The New York Times as “the dance center of the nation” the annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, started by modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn in the 1930’s, is America’s longest-running dance festival and a national treasure.

Held each year in the beautiful Western Massachusetts Berkshires at Jacob’s Pillow Farm, a designated National Historic Landmark and recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is a treasure-trove dance performances, talks, tours, exhibits, workshops, and so much more. [Read more…]

Take Your Seat For Berkshire International Film Festival 2015!

Berkshire International Film Festival 2015The tenth annual Berkshire International Film Festival, scheduled for May 28th through the 31st, 2015, is a four-day, world-class film festival focusing on the talent that resides on both sides of the camera.

Founded in 2005 and held each year in Great Barrington, MA, the Berkshire International Film Festival features a selection of independent films, including feature-length movies, documentaries, short films, and animation screenings. Panel discussions and other film industry-related special events are also part of this popular festival that kicks-off the Berkshires’ cultural season. [Read more…]

Shakespeare & Company’s 2015 Season Schedule

Shakespeare & CompanyThe Berkshires are heating up with anticipation as spring approaches and so many dance and theater companies announce their schedules. Shakespeare & Company’s recently announced 2015 season schedule is just the latest in a series of such previews. Are you ready?

The Berkshires’ stage is always alive with music, dance, drama, comedy, and more. Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA does more than their fair share to maintain the Berkshires’ stage as the cultural institution it is.

The recently announced 2015 season for Shakespeare & Company is filled with goodies for fans of the Bard and his peers. There are three Shakespeare plays in the works – “Henry V,” “The Comedy of Errors,” and “Hamlet” – along with the Regional Premiere of “Red Velvet” by Lolita Chakrabarti, the World Premiere of Jane Anderson’s “Mother of the Maid,” and the premiere of new works, such as “The How and the Why,” by Sarah Treem. [Read more…]

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2015

The schedule for the 2015 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has been announced and includes more than 50 dance companies from all across the U.S. and the world, including Cuba, Germany, France, Canada, the Netherlands, and more!

Jacob's Pillow Dance Season 2015 [Read more…]

Give Your Valentine a
Romantic Berkshires Getaway

Federal House Inn is your romantic Berkshires getaway headquarters for Valentine's Day!The Berkshires are a great place to visit no matter your reason – but they’re especially perfect for a romantic Berkshires getaway on Valentine’s Day!

Federal House Inn has a number of lodging specials with just this fact in mind: package deals designed to pamper you and that special someone during your romantic Berkshires getaway, while also saving you money – what a deal!

A quick visit to the Federal House Inn Specials page will reveal a host of different ways to save on or make special your romantic Berkshires getaway. [Read more…]

Take a Berkshires Skiing Getaway!

Berkshires SkiingWinter in the Berkshires is one of our favorite seasons – the beauty of the snow on the mountains, the warmth and joy of the holidays – but perhaps most of all, it’s the winter sports and all the great, Berkshires skiing resorts!

Planning a Berkshires Skiing getaway is easy to do if you know what you’re looking for. Do you prefer cross-country, downhill, or are you a snowboarder? Perhaps you’re looking for something quieter and less crowded than a resort? Do you prefer snowshoeing to skiing? What about rentals and lessons? [Read more…]

2015 Tanglewood Season Announced!

2015 Tanglewood seasonThe 2015 Tanglewood season includes an exciting list of guest artists, such as Yo Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Bryn Terfel, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, the Mark Morris Dance Company, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Diana Krall, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and Huey Lewis and the News! [Read more…]

The 25th Annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend

25th Anniversary Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas WeekendLast post we told you about the Norman Rockwell Museum – this time around we’ll take a look at how Norman Rockwell’s famous painting, “Stockbridge Main Street At Christmas,” comes to life every December in the Berkshires!

As previously noted, Norman Rockwell not only spent his last years and left his collection in trust in Stockbridge, MA, he also used a lot of the town’s quintessential, New England ambiance in many of his works – most notably and obviously in the famous painting “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.” [Read more…]

Step Into Art at the Norman Rockwell Museum

Norman Rockwell MuseumIt doesn’t get more Americana than a Norman Rockwell painting – whether you saw it in a book, on a poster, or on an old magazine cover, you know his work immediately. Norman Rockwell’s art is the warm, welcoming kind that invites you in – well now you can take him up on it by visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.

Norman Rockwell created well over 4,000 works during his lifetime, including illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post, Look magazine, Boys’ Life, and many others. A realist artist with an eye for the warmth and humor in humanity, Norman Rockwell’s paintings, drawings, and sketches are the epitome of the American experience. [Read more…]

Berkshires Boo
A 2014 Berkshires Halloween Guide

2014 Berkshires Halloween

October brings more than just bright fall colors to the Berkshires, it also brings lots of fun, Halloween-themed events! Below is a guide to some of the 2014 Berkshires Halloween events, all of which are just a short distance from our South Lee, MA bed and breakfast! [Read more…]

Berktoberfest 2014

2014 BerktoberfestIt’s Berktoberfest time again and Berktoberfest 2014, the 7th annual return of this popular, craft beer festival, is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever – Friday, October 4th!

Berktoberfest was started in 2007 as a fundraiser and has since generated over $10,000 for local charities, not to mention attracting thousands of craft beer enthusiasts to downtown Pittsfield at the height of the Berkshires’ fall foliage season.

And no wonder – with 16 breweries scheduled to attend the festival with offerings running the gamut from stouts and porters to IPA’s, lagers, pilseners, saisons, ciders, and more – not to mention the food that will be on hand from local restaurants, and even alcohol infused cigars! [Read more…]

Berkshires Fall Foliage 2014!

Berkshires Fall Foliage

A patchwork quilt of natural beauty and community celebration
that’s Berkshires Fall Foliage

No one likes to see summer go but, you know, without summer passing we don’t get autumn and, without autumn there would be no … Berkshires Fall Foliage!

As you probably know, fall here means Berkshires Fall Foliage and that spells nothing more than a world of stunning natural beauty: browns, greens, reds, oranges, yellows, oh my.

Look, we’re biased, we think it’s always beautiful here in the Berkshires but no one can deny that the Berkshires Fall Foliage is absolutely one of the most gorgeous sights out there – and, located in South Lee, MA, we’re in the thick of it. [Read more…]

Berkshires Lodging Specials

lThere’s always a reason to take a Berkshires vacation – if not many reasons! – but making it work is another thing all together. That’s why we have our Berkshires Lodging Specials!

We’re dedicated to providing you with the optimal getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to enjoy yourself in the Berkshires – and our Berkshires Lodging Specials do just that. [Read more…]

Get Caught Up in Lee Founders Day Weekend

Lee Founders Day Weekend 2014The annual celebration of Lee Founders Day has long been such a smashing success as an event that, though it’s called Founder’s DAY, it actually takes a whole weekend to accomplish!

The 20th annual Lee Founders Day Weekend, scheduled for September 19th through the 21st, is a three day celebration that includes a parade (natch), great food and drink, live music, sidewalk sales, arts and crafts, after-hours events, contests, and much more. A birthday party for the town, Lee Founders Day Weekend is a party for residents and visitors alike, past and present, for it is a celebration not only of a place but also of all who have, or would be, a part of it. [Read more…]

2014 Tanglewood Season

2014 Tanglewood SeasonThe 2014 Tanglewood Season is in full swing but that doesn’t mean there aren’t shows and events left to see – August is full of great reasons to visit the Berkshires and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home.

Starting at the end of June and running through August, Tanglewood heats up the Berkshires with their stunning selection of top-tier performances. We’ve already seen some incredible concerts and events pass through but more are on the way with an August schedule that looks like a who’s who of classical music and outstanding entertainment. [Read more…]

That’s Entertainment – the Berkshires Stage

The Berkshires StageFor a fan of the theater arts, there’s hardly a better place to be than the Berkshires.

There are lots of opinions as to why the Berkshires stage is the center of so many world-class theater companies, troupes, mainstay productions, and festivals but there is little argument that once The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Tanglewood, and Jacob’s Pillow were established, they served as magnets for much of what followed.

[Read more…]

Countdown to Summer

This is a great list provided by the Berkshire Visitors Bureau. Twenty more reasons why the Berkshires is the place to be this summer!

Twenty Ways to Make the Most of Your Berkshires Experience.

Spring in the Berkshires

It’s spring in the Berkshires! The crocuses are up and the tulips are not far behind. We look forward to welcoming you at our luxurious Bed & Breakfast this spring and summer. Call us at 800-243-1824 to book your getaway.

Jiminy Peak

In this video Brian and Kolleen Weinrich, Innkeepers of Federal House Inn, give an overview of Jiminy Peak and other Berkshire ski areas.

Join Us at Jiminy Peak!

Brian also says:

We offer a ski package in partnership with Butternut. And Butternut is partnered with Catamount. You can buy a pass and ski in either one of the two places.

Canterbury Farm

In this video Kolleen Weinrich, Innkeeper of Federal House Inn, gives an overview of Canterbury Farm.

Join Us at Canterbury Farm!

Kolleen adds:

Many of our winter guests enjoy cross country skiing, snow shoeing and winter hiking. The Arcadian Shop at Kennedy Park rents snow shoes and has daily reasonable rates. [It is definitely our favorite sports store in the area!]. Also, Hilltop Orchards in Richmond has beautifully groomed cross country ski trails. Our guests particularly enjoy wine tasting in front of the large stone fireplace after an afternoon’s workout on the trails!

Berkshire Botanical Garden

In this video Kolleen Weinrich, Inkeeper at Federal House Inn, gives an overview of the Berkshire Botanical Garden.

Join Us at Berkshire Botanical Garden!

And Brian Weinrich says:

The Berkshire Botanical Gardens is open from May though October but the beautiful grounds can be explored year round. Classes, workshops, lectures and events are also offered twelve months of the year. One of Kolleen’s favorite pastimes on a beautiful summer’s day is sitting on one of their many unique benches under one of the gorgeous old trees writing in her journal or reading a good book. Many annual events include the spring Plant Sale, the Flower Show, the Fete des Fleurs Garden Party and the fall Harvest Festival and December Holiday Fair.

Shakespeare & Company

In this video Brian Weinrich describes gives an overview of Shakespeare & Company.

Join Us at Shakespeare & Company!

Brian also says:

In addition to Shakespeare & Company, there is Barrington Stage Company and the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, and The Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, three other high quality live stage venues. So if you’re interested in live performance in a variety of different venues and different styles, from the traditional classical to much more contemporary comedy and drama, the offerings really are quite extensive in a very small area here in the Berkshires.

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