Summer in the Berkshires – Music and Dance: Part I

It’s that time of year again… Tanglewood Season

The Stockbridge and Lee areas of the Berkshires are filled with cultural attractions that match or surpass those of many metropolitan areas.

During the summer months, Tanglewood is a top attraction. This music venue in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts is one of the world’s premier summer music festivals and famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937. Tanglewood is conveniently located to the Federal House Inn and features many concerts throughout the summer season. Area lodging books quickly so plan your trip early.  Below is the 2019 schedule of


June 15, Saturday

  • Popular Artist Series Live From Here with Chris Thile

June 16, Sunday

  • Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds

June 22-30, Saturday

  • Tanglewood Learning Institute String Quartet MasterPass

June 23, Sunday

  • One Day University at Tanglewood: Immigration, Literature and Musical Masterpieces

June 29, Saturday

  • Ozawa Hall String Quartet Marathon

June 30, Sunday

  • Chamber Music: Brass and Percussion Extravaganza
  • String Quartet Marathon

July 02 Tuesday,

  • Josh Groban


Winter in the Berkshires – ski resorts, Cross country skiing, ice skating and more

Berkshires Outdoor Activities in the Winter

Winter in the the Berkshires is one of our favorite seasons. Our area has many excellent downhill skiing resorts and ski areas, and there are numerous cross-county ski areas and opportunities for ice skating and snowmobiling as well. As winter wanes, our local ski areas have also stepped up with some great warmer weather adventures.

After a day of fun and games outdoors…the Federal House Inn welcomes you back.  Here you will find a quiet place for reading nestled by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate/tea/coffee and homemade cookies always available.  If it’s a hot shower after a strenuous day on the slopes or a hike in the woods, you can return to your own private bath complete with Turkish Towels(tm)…then relax in our cozy robes and Comphy(tm) sheets/blankets.

Here are a few things to do in the area:

Ski Butternut – Great Barrington, MA

Bosque Ski Resort – Pittsfield

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort – Hancock, MA

Catamount Ski Area – South Egremont

Canterbury Farm – Becket, MA

John Drummond Kennedy Park – Lenox, MA

Winter Sports – Link for numerous Cross country skiing, ski resorts, and ice skating opportunities in the Berkshires

And finally, see The Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts for information on miles of local snowmobile trails.


Summer Attractions at local ski resorts –

JiminyPeak Aerial Adventure Park

JiminyPeak Mountain Adventure Park

JiminyPeak Mountain Biking

Catamount Aerial Adventure Park/



Restarting the FHI Blog

It’s been a couple of years since this blog was updated, so we’ll start slowly.  Ken and Marcia Andersen, beloved owners since 2016, have retired and moved to be closer to family.  Gayle Misner-Elias is the newest innkeeper.  Much has changed, but much remains the same.  First some of the changes:

  • All rooms now have individual climate control – no more A/C in the window during the summer months!
  • Room names have changed – Michael’s, Helen’s, Miriam’s, Max’s, Catherine’s, Teresa’s, Rose’s, Karol’s, and Joseph’s (1-9)
  • The second room of Joseph’s suite now has a lockable door
  • Miriam’s room is now a second “King” room, with brand new king size bed and mattress
  • We’ve moved to more standard hours (any can be adjusted, based on individual needs and with prior discussion):
    • Check-in 4 p.m.
    • Check-out 11 a.m.
    • Morning coffee – out by 7 a.m.
    • Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. weekdays; 8:30 – 10 a.m. weekends
    • Wine and hors d’oeuvres – 5 – 6 p.m.

The same:

  • Three-course breakfast (bread item [gluten-free available on request], fruit item, and a savory or sweet item [depending on the day])
  • Comphy(TM) sheets, Turkish Towels
  • Federal House Blend coffee from No 6 Depot
  • Dash & Albert rugs and Pine Cone Hill bed dressings

More to follow as we get better at this.