Follow the Berkshire Cheese Trail!

Berkshire Cheese TrailIf you’re a fan of cheese – particularly farm-to-table, artisanal, small-batch cheese – then you’ll want to hit the Berkshire Cheese Trail and discover all the great local cheeses of the Berkshires!

Mmmmm: cheese. Is there any other staple as multifaceted? There are so many varieties and so many ways to enjoy cheese – melted, sprinkled, baked, with wine, with bread, with almost anything at all, or all by its’ lonesome. There’s just something about cheese!

Best of all, small-batch, artisanal cheeses are becoming more popular and common. The Berkshires are no exception to this trend and finding a variety of regional cheeses to sample at local dairies, farms, and farm-to-table restaurants is a snap with the Berkshire Cheese Trail! (more…)

Brian Wilson’s 50th Anniversary of Pet Sounds at Tanglewood!

Brian Wilson's 50th Anniversary of Pet Sounds at Tanglewood!Brian Wilson, legendary cofounder of the Beach Boys, will be live, onstage at Tanglewood, June 19th, 2016, in a 50th anniversary celebration performance of the entire Pet Sounds album, widely regarded as one of the best pop music albums of all time.

Brian Wilson’s upcoming performance at Tanglewood will include Beach Boys co-founder, Al Jardine and longtime touring member of the Beach Boys, Blondie Chaplin. The band will be backed by the Boston Pops Orchestra and it is likely that other, classic Beach Boys hits will be performed in addition to the entire Pet Sounds album. (more…)

Tanglewood 2016 Season TicketsOn Sale Soon!

Tanglewood 2016 Season - Joshua Bell

Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell returns to the
Tanglewood stage for the 2016 season

The Tanglewood 2016 season schedule was announced late last November, with tickets going on sale soon, at the end of the month: January 24th, 2016 at 10am.

Tanglewood Festival always brings together an amazing collection of performers and performances and Tanglewood 2016 Season looks to be no exception, with a stellar lineup that includes such luminaries as Joshua Bell, Seth McFarlane, Yuja Wang, Chick Corea, Yo-Yo Ma, Garrison Keillor, and NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! (more…)

Enjoy a Berkshires Ski Vacation!

Enjoy a Berkshires Ski VacationThinking about taking a Berkshires ski vacation? Great idea – the Berkshires have lots of areas offering a variety of ways to enjoy skiing – and snowshoeing, snowboarding, skating and sledding!

You truly do not have to look far to find good places for your Berkshires ski vacation – there are 9 great options within easy driving distance of our Berkshires B&B, and each one with its own features and perks.

Below is a list of the Berkshires ski resorts and areas within short driving distance of our Berkshires bed and breakfast, Federal House Inn (more…)

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas by Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell, Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.
From the Permanent collection, and on view at Norman Rockwell Museum. © 1967, Norman Rockwell Family Agency


It’s a case of life imitating art during the Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas weekend, December 4th through the 6th, 2015. The 26th annual celebration of Norman Rockwell’s famous painting sees Stockbridge recreating that 1950’s, Berkshires village, holiday street scene to a ‘t’!

Stockbridge, MA is already a quaint and quintessentially New England town to begin with but, once they decorate it for the annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas weekend … well, with vintage cars parked and store windows decorated to match Rockwell’s iconic work, you will feel as if you’re stepping back in time, right into a living painting! (more…)

Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village Round Stone BarnHancock Shaker Village, with its iconic Round Stone Barn, is an authentic, former Shaker site and largest Shaker museum in the east, with 750 acres of forest and farmland surrounding 20 historic, preserved buildings to discover and explore.

Hancock Shaker Village was established in 1783, the third of nineteen major Shaker villages founded in New York, New England, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana between 1783 and 1836, under the leadership of “Mother” Ann Lee. Ann Lee came to America from Manchester, England, in 1774, with eight Shaker converts and the intention of seeking the freedom to live, work, and worship. By the early 19th century, there were approximately 6,000 Shakers in America. (more…)

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. (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. (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. (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. (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. (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. (more…)

Give Your Valentine aRomantic 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. (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? (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! (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.” (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. (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! (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. (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. (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. (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. (more…)