Eighteen years ago today we became the owners/innkeepers/stewards of The Rookwood Inn. This day was beshert.
For those of you without knowledge of Yiddish, beshert means “destined or meant to be.” This couldn’t have truer for October 8, 1996 would have been my mother-in-law’s 73rd birthday. It was through her passing and legacy that we were able to purchase the inn.
The house we owned in Lansdowne, PA, a small town outside of Philadelphia, was painted, by us, in Sherwin Williams’ hisoric paint colors. We used Rookwood Red and Rookwood Green, among others. Our address in Lansdowne was 117; the inn’s street number is 11 and the post office box is 1717. And the owners, our predecessors, bought from sent their son to the same camp as our daughters had attended, albeit many years apart.
The people we bought from also shared experiences with us. The wife was from PA and was in healthcare prior to innkeeping. I too was in healthcare. Their daughter and our younger daughter were born less than a week apart. How could we not see this purchase and life change were meant to be?
Both Stephen and I had some health issues the year before we purchased The Rookwood Inn and decided that you need to live the life you have and not necessarily the life you want. We thought that we would wait until our children were in college before buying an inn. But decided to take the plunge then because, “who knows what the future might bring?” This was also fortuitous because a mere two and a half years later Stephen lost his battle with malignant melanoma.
In these eighteen years we (I) have made many changes and updates to the inn from a complete Victorian “Painted Lady” color scheme to installing a whole-house sprinkler system to bumping out the south side of the third floor and adding gas fireplaces to three of the rooms to renovating some of the guest rooms and baths to installing WiFi and phones. Many changes are visible while others are part of the heating and cooling systems and would only be noticeable if not working.
Eighteen is a significant number in my Jewish tradition. Eighteen in Hebrew is “chai” which means life and what a life it has been here at The Rookwood Inn! I have been fortunate to have been able to be involved in my daughters’ lives and have watched them grow from little girls to talented, intelligent, productive and loving women.
Nina is a teacher and lives with her husband, Greg, in Jacksonville, Florida where he is stationed in the Navy. Maya is happily employed with a large hotel chain, a trained aesthetician, and in a loving relationship with a very nice man. I was able to spend time with Steve during his illness and am now able to have the time and flexibility to care for my mother and step-father as they age.
Throughout these eighteen years, I am lucky to count many of our guests as friends and have been lucky to attend weddings (some of which I’ve been honored to perform in my capacity as Justice of the Peace), meet their new babies and grandchildren, and share a meal or a holiday. Others share their lives with us when they visit. Some share their joys. Some share their sorrows. But all share their lives. For that I am deeply grateful.
I thank each and every one of you for sharing your lives and your time over these eighteen years with me, with my family, and with our Rookwood family (employees and other guests). I look forward to many more visits with you all!
For any new, direct bookings in the month of February, The Rookwood Inn will add gourmet chocolates, sparkling cider, and a gorgeous bouquet of flowers to your luxurious room, free of charge.
Sweep the love of your life off his or her feet with a surprise getaway to our peaceful, fairy-tale Berkshires bed and breakfast in the charming village of Lenox, Massachusetts.
On the Road to Romance
Snuggle up in front of the fireplace in our parlor.
Take a romantic snow shoe hike or cross country ski the nearby trails and parks.
Enjoy a night out at one of Lenox’s many delicious restaurants or a night in, uninterrupted by the outside world’s worries and responsibilities.
Valentine’s Day (or any other February night) at The Rookwood Inn is sure to be an irreplaceable and treasured memory.
New February reservations only, please. Not to be combined with any other discounts or gift cards. Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Liz West.
Do you love extreme sports? Then you need to be in Lenox to see the 2013/14 Banff Mountain Film Festival. Take a look at this preview of some of the films you will be able to see February 14 and 15th. During each of these two nights, the Arcadian Shop of Lenox will present more than 3 hours of award winning films from this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival. Each night will have a different lineup, with only a few of the most popular movies being repeated.
Pre-film you may enjoy a dinner menu and baked goods offered by the Lenox Crew Team or take your sweetheart to dine at one of Lenox’s fantastic restaurants. During the intermission you’ll still have a chance to support the Crew team by purchasing baked goods and refreshments.
Tickets are $12 and may be purchased directly through the Arcadian Shop. If you purchase them online the shop will remove the freight when they complete the sale on their end. All tickets will be held at the door and may be picked up before hte show on either night. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the films begin at 7 p.m.
The performances will be held at the Duffin Theatre, Lenox Middle and High School, 197 East Street, Lenox, MA.
Reserve your room for this special weekend at The Rookwood Inn and we’ll take off the price of your tickets (show us you purchased them) and have a special Valentine’s Day special gift waiting for you in your room. Mention Banff Special when booking your reservations.
One of the highlights of our winter season here in Lenox, is the announcement of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s schedule. Returning this summer are favorites such as the Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, along with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Joining them will be the Hong Kong Ballet, As I Remember It, the Trey McIntyre Project, Unreal Hip-Hop, Bleu!, Moses(es), Ballet 2014, Dorrance Dance, Circa, Chalk and Soot, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Stardust, Companhia Urbana de Danca, Doug Elkins Choreography Etc., A Jazz Happeing, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and Leesaar the Company. Again there will be world premieres and some live music to accompany the troupes.
A complete schedule is available on their website and you can click on the photo link above to order your tickets and take advantage of their $10 off special.
And don’t forget to book your room at The Rookwood Inn!
The exciting details of Tanglewood‘s 77th season (June 28 – August 30) have been released giving all of us another reason to be thankful this weekend!
This summer, Tanglewood and the Berkshires welcome Andris Nelsons for his first festival appearances as BSO Music Director Designate.
2014’s program highlights American music. Along with the concert performance of Bernstein’s Candide and the movie presentation with live orchestra of The Wizard of Oz, mentioned above, Tanglewood will present American baritone Thomas Hampson in a selection of Old American Songs by Aaron Copland, with Christoph von Dohnányi conducting (7/18), and the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Circus Overture to open a BSO concert celebrating Leonard Slatkin’s 70th birthday (8/8).
The American music theme will extend to the season-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of Ozawa Hall with an appearance by Chanticleer in a program entitled She Said/He Said, with music ranging from Renaissance madrigals to new arrangements from Chanticleer’s popular and jazz repertoire (7/9); a performance of Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
The 2014 Festival of Contemporary Music, July 17-21, under the direction of John Harbison and Michael Gandolfi, will present programs featuring works by American composers, with a special emphasis on music from a younger generation of Americans, many of whom have been Fellows at the Tanglewood Music Center.
The Boston Pops Orchestra with Keith Lockhart and John Williams will be joined by two American icons: Jason Alexander, and Josh Groban. Besides leading the Boston Pops in the score to The Wizard of Oz to accompany the universally beloved movie classic (8/22), Keith Lockhart will conduct Boston Pops concerts featuring Broadway veteran and Tony Award-winner Jason Alexander in a program of comedy, song, and dance (7/13), and superstar singer Josh Groban in a program that brings the 2014 Tanglewood season to a close on August 30. John Williams will lead Tanglewood’s Film Night, one of the most eagerly-anticipated evenings of the Tanglewood season, with special guests to be announced at a later date (8/2). The annual day-long musical celebration, Tanglewood on Parade, culminating in an evening concert with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras, led by Keith Lockhart, John Williams, and Stéphane Denève will take place on August 5.
Tanglewood welcomes back James Taylor and his extraordinary band for two performances in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, July 3 and 4. A spectacular fireworks display over the Stockbridge Bowl will follow the concert. Mr. Taylor, who regularly performs to sold-out audiences at Tanglewood, has returned to the festival 21 times since his first performances there in 1974.
Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning on January 26, 2014 ; and for James Taylor’s July 3 and 4 concerts on Thursday, January 16. All proceeds for the July 4 concert to benefit Tanglewood. Rooms at The Rookwood will start filling up sooner. Make your reservation early to avoid disappointment!
For the fourth year in a row, The Rookwood Inn is offering its rooms as part of the B&Bs for Vets and as our way of thanking our military for their service. Every one of our 20 rooms is available at no cost for the night of November 10 to active, reserve, discharged and retired military personnel, with proof of service. The Rookwood Inn is also offering additional consecutive nights (up to three) for 50% off the regular winter rates.
Arrive at The Rookwood and enjoy our afternoon refreshments. Last year, our regular offerings were augmented by Bartlett’s Orchards (a fantastic apple orchard and farm stand in Richmond, MA – just over the mountain from the inn), and a very generous baker and friend of The Rookwood Inn, Terrill. Then you’re off on your own for a delicious dinner in one of the great restaurants in and around Lenox.
Awaken in your comfy room on Veteran’s Day to the aromas of one of our delicious breakfasts. You can choose a table for just the two of you, or decide to share with a fellow service man or woman. When it’s time to go, you’ll leave with wonderful memories and some additional thank you for protecting us gifts and our desire that you’ll be back to stay another time. B&Bs for Vets – our way of saying thanks for taking care of us!
Even after the hubbub of summertime, the towns surrounding The Rookwood Inn are as eventful, lively, and entertaining as ever.
Whether you’re looking to relax, eat some delicious food, or put your athletic ability to the test, Lenox, Massachusetts has an event that will suit your fancy.
Here are a few of our favorite events coming this September:
The Tub Parade – September 15th, 2013
Held in downtown Lenox, the Tub Parade is an extravagant display of festive carriages and horses, decorated with local flowers. The small carriages, known as “tubs” trot around the downtown loop twice before heading out. The traditional parade dates back to the 1800s when New England’s rich and famous showcased their finest carriages and horses in a friendly competition which celebrated the fall harvest and the end of the summer season. This year, the Tub Parade is just one event of an entire heritage weekend. Some of the original Berkshire estates will be open for tours.
Josh Billings RunAground – September 21st, 2013
The Josh Billings RunAground is the 2nd oldest triathlon in the United States.
Hundreds of participants bike over 27 miles of back country, rolling hills, and through five towns in the Berkshires; then canoe, kayak, or paddleboard five miles around Stockbridge Bowl; and end with a six mile run around the lake to Tanglewood. Afterwards, everybody comes together to celebrate at the Josh “Bash” with awards, food, and live bands.
Hurry! The last day to register is September 14th!
The 34th Annual Apple Squeeze – September 28th, 2013, 11am-4pm
The annual Apple Squeeze in Lenox is a two-day autumn and harvest festival celebrating all things apple-related. There will be apple cider, apple pies, apple cobbler, caramel apples – even apple pizza. The event also includes pony rides, children’s dog shows, hayrides, crafts, sidewalk sales, and much more.
If you didn’t get as much vacation time in as you’d hoped for this summer, or really missed out on that truly relaxing weekend away, book a room at The Rookwood. We look forward to seeing you this September!
We turned our clocks back this past Saturday night and many of us, myself included, are in desperate need of that lost hour. The positive part of Daylight Savings Time is that as I sit at my computer writing this blog at 6 pm it is still light out! This brings up a whole lot of reasons why an escape from your early spring routines with a Rookwood Inn Escape is perfect at this time of year!
The tranquility of our location lends itself to a feeling of complete relaxation. You can meditate, if you want, or add a massage to enhance the relaxation. Pick up that book or magazine you’ve wanted to read for months and actually start, or finish, it. Visit Colorful Stitches in Lenox Village to find that special wool for a project or learn how to create your own work of art and come back to The Rookwood Inn to knit or crochet in front of a cozy fire. Visit Rhythms or Kripalu for a yoga class or workshop. Take a hike and explore flowers, trees, birds and animals awakening from their winter hibernation. Returning birds can be seen (we have a huge pileated woodpecker here at The Rookwood).
Perhaps you prefer culture. Shakespeare & Company is in production, the Berkshire International Film Festival is in swing, and there is always a concert or movie to be found. The Clark Art Museum is open and through May offers free admission to its wonderful exhibits.
We’ve turned our winter special into a Spring in the Berkshires special valid through April. Stay any two nights in a standard or deluxe room for $299 (plus tax and gratuity) or in a mini suite for $499 (plus tax and gratuity). Our delicious breakfasts and afternoon refreshments are included, as is our warm welcoming service.
Whatever the season, you’ll find the reason to visit The Rookwood Inn, Lenox, and the Berkshires!
New Year’s Eve carries with it the idea of something very special. Some people go all out to find a special place to have dinner,
perhaps go dancing. Others find a cozy meal at home or with friends to be their special way of celebrating. This year, start a new tradition at The Rookwood Inn.
Spend two, or three nights including New Year’s Eve at The Rookwood, enjoy the beauty of the Berkshires both inside and out. Go skiing (downhill or cross-country), try snow-shoeing or snowmobiling. Stroll through the unique shops and villages like Lenox and Stockbridge. Enjoy exhibits at the local museums such as the Norman Rockwell or Clark Art Institute or MassMoCA. Take in some music. Savor delicious meals at one of the fine local restaurants. Or spend your time at the inn snuggling in front of a fire, reading, playing a board or card game, or talking with friends – old or new.
At midnight on New Year’s Eve join us for a dessert and cheese gathering along with a special champagne toast. Sleep in on New Year’s Day and then join us for our our famous brunch. Check-out is extended until 2 pm to allow you to have a lazy morning. If you spend three nights we’ll give you 25% off our New Year’s rates. Two nights, take 10% off.
Whether or not we want to accept it, the holidays are quickly approaching. Even if we wanted to forget them, the stores and television commercials keep reminding us. Chanukah and Christmas will be here soon! Can’t bear the thought of another tie or pin? Don’t want to buy fuzzy socks or scarves? Look no further. The Rookwood Inn has some great gift ideas for you – one size fits all – including your budget!
How about a weekend (12/7 & 8 OR 12/8 & 9) at The Rookwood Inn including two tickets to the Lenox Holiday Inn Tour, Choral Festival and Gingerbread House Contest? We’ve wrapped this one just for you with a very special package price of $299 (plus tax and gratuity)!
If you can’t get away this weekend, a gift certificate make the perfect gift for anyone in your life – a loved one, business associate, good friend, birthday or holiday. You pick the amount of the certificate and we do the rest. We will issue a certificate and mail it to you or the recipient with a note. They can then use it toward any Rookwood getaway, at any time of year and toward any room they wish. As our special holiday gift to you, we’re offering a second gift certificate for you to use however you wish for 10% of the purchased certificate value. This means that if you purchase a $500 gift certificate for Aunt Mary and Uncle Bill, we will send you a certificate for $50 for you to use yourself or gift to someone else.
Should you prefer a smaller gift, Rookwood Inn mugs, bathrobes and cookbooks are available.