“A glistening community gem,” the Berkshire Botanical Garden has 15 acres of display gardens, an arboretum, and interpretive woodland trails with more than 3,000 species and varieties, mainly of plants that are indigenous to or thrive in the Berkshires. [Read more…]
There’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, 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…]
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…]
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…]
The 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…]
The 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…]
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!
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!
Winter 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…]
The 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…]
Last 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…]
It 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…]
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 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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
The 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…]
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.
This is a great list provided by the Berkshire Visitors Bureau. Twenty more reasons why the Berkshires is the place to be this summer!
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.
In this video Brian and Kolleen Weinrich, Innkeepers of Federal House Inn, give an overview of Jiminy Peak and other Berkshire ski areas.
Brian also says:
In this video Kolleen Weinrich, Innkeeper of Federal House Inn, gives an overview of Canterbury Farm.
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!
In this video Kolleen Weinrich, Inkeeper at Federal House Inn, gives an overview of the 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.