Our Inn-credible First Week as Innkeepers — 19 Years Ago Today!

Posted on October 8, 2015 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

October 8, 1996 that was the date my late husband, Steve, and I became the owners/stewards of The Rookwood Inn. This is my story of our inntroduction to innkeeping – – our inncredible first week as innkeepers. Happy 19th Anniversary to me!

On October 6, we packed up most of our belongings from our house in Lansdowne, PA and set out on our journey to Lenox, MA and The Rookwood Inn. So began our move from PA to MA and our lives as innkeepers.

We arrived at the inn with a car towing a U-Haul driven by Steve accompanied by our daughter, Nina.  I followed with my car and daughter, Maya, with our four cats. Our dear friend, Liz, brought up the rear in her loaded to the gills car.

During our five plus hour drive from PA, Maya and I were serenaded by a meow symphony — no match for the BSO and Tanglewood!

When we arrived in the Berkshires, Maya and I went straight to a kennel to drop the cats off until we closed on the inn and settled into our apartment.

On Monday morning after breakfast, we left the full house of guests, and Steve and I went to closing. Liz took our girls to find pumpkins.

Closing went smoothly and we returned to the inn that afternoon as the new innkeepers. That evening we again had a full house of guests including a large group of hikers who checked-in that afternoon.

Liz left for her home in New Jersey on Tuesday in the middle of a nor’easter. That evening we lost power! We searched the inn for candles but didn’t find any. So I grabbed the girls and the three of us set off to find the supermarket.

Steve stayed at the inn to help guests and begin breakfast preparations. After buying all of the votives in the supermarket, we returned to the inn. Boy do I wish there were smart phones with cameras in those days! We walked into the kitchen and found Steve with a flashlight between his teeth and a whisk in his hands prepping breakfast! What a sight!

As customary, on Wednesday when the hikers were checking out, we held aside the Williams Suite so they could shower and change before leaving. Everything was going smoothly until we got word that there was a woman locked in the Suite’s bathroom because the doorknob fell off!

Steve grabbed a ladder and helped the woman out through the window. (Again, a missed photo opportunity!) He then climbed into the bathroom through the window, fixed the doorknob and we were almost ready to greet the next group of guests (of course, after the room and bath were cleaned).

Lest you think this was the end of our inauguration as innkeepers, our first week wasn’t quite over and neither were the challenges.

Friday was a full turnover of guests and a full house coming in. We had brought the cats to the inn on Wednesday and they seemed to be adjusting well. Our veterinarians had suggested that we not allow them outside for at least two weeks so they could fully acclimate to to their new surroundings.

That evening as guests were arriving, I was sitting at my desk and looking at what I thought was a reflection of our Ashley (the white cat) in the window. What I didn’t realize for a while was that the window was open and I was seeing her sitting on the railing outside.

When I realized, I tried to grab her but she ran away. I ran outside to tell Steve who was directing guests to park. He had his flashlight and looked a lot like an airport runway attendant. (Later some of our guests affectionately referred to Steve as the “Parking Nazi” for the way he directed traffic. However, when he was in charge of parking, we never had guests parking on the walkway or blocking the front entrance or driveways — something to be said for the “Parking Nazi.”)

After the guests were parked, Steve and I, with flashlights in hand, crept around the perimeter of the building whispering Ashley’s name. We didn’t want to wake or disturb guests who might have been asleep at 11:30. Finally she came to us and allowed us to bring her in.

As many of you might remember, Ashley was the queen of The Rookwood for many years. She loved our guests and their attention and was often found being pet and loved on the front porch.

What a first week we had and what memories it made! Driving to the grocery store surrouded by the Berkshire hills afire with the most spectacular fall foliage made mundane tasks enjoyable. Nineteen years  later I am still sure that I live in God’s country.

I am so very grateful for the experiences I have had with Steve and my daughters here, and for the friends, family and guests who have come and stayed with us and shared their time at The Rookwood.

I am very grateful for the wonderful women who make up Team Rookwood — Chris, Mel, Jen, Kali, Lana — and the others who served along the way. I look foward to seeing what the future brings as I embark on the beginning of my twentieth year as innkeeper of The Rookwood Inn!

I’m looking forward to seeing you here soon. The Rookwood Inn is where memories are made — I hope you’ve enjoyed sharing some of mine.

Shana tova to all !

Posted on September 13, 2015 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

Shanah tovaTo all of our Rookwood guests, friends and family who celebrate and to all of those who do not, we wish you a Shana tova; a New Year filled with peace, happiness, good health and good friends.

We hope that this New Year brings you back to visit The Rookwood Inn, Lenox and the Berkshires!

With love from all of The Rookwood Inn Team!

Autumn Weekends

Posted on September 7, 2015 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

Are you looking for something different to do these upcoming autumn weekends? Look no further than The Rookwood Inn for apple picking, hay rides, pumpkin picking and carving, memoir writing and for Halloween Weekend – ghost stories and Frankenstein – getaways!

As the nights cool down and the brilliant colors of fall appear, The Rookwood Inn team has been planning some fabulous activities for guests. We have collected the best orchards for apple and pumpkin picking, compiled a list of farm stands for fresh apple cider and apple cider donuts, identified places for fun hayrides and hikes for amazing scenery and leaf peeping, and can even point you in the right direction for hard cider and seasonal beer tasting.

During September, Lenox celebrates the apple with its Apple Squeeze (September 26  27). This is a two day downtown event with music, food and great sidewalk sales and art exhibits. Couple this with some apple picking and lots of wonderful apple themed food at The Rookwood and you’ve found yourself a great escape from your hectic life right into quintessential small town New England.

In addition, during the weekend of September 25-27 The Rookwood Inn will be hosting its second Women’s Memoir Writing SeptemberMemoir Writing Weekend co-sponsored by the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. The facilitator for this weekend will be Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D. who is the co-founder of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and Writing Fire Press and a professor at Simon’s Rock College.  The focus of this weekend will be on place…Spend a wonderful weekend surrounded by new and supportive friends in a beautiful location, with Apple Squeeze activities surrounding you. We will provide the accommodations and scrumptious food. You bring your writing implements and ideas and be prepared to embark on the writing journey of your life. Call us for details! 800.223.9750


Halloween is coming and our ghosts and goblins are planning a fun-filled spooky weekend. We’re stirring the cauldron and getting some witches’ brew ready for you. Arrive at The Rookwood on Friday night, October 30th. We’ll have some special refreshments for you and ghost story readings by some IMG_2385.JPGlocal actors. Perhaps one of our own ghosts will make an appearance.

On Saturday, after a ghoulish breakfast, go apple picking or select your pumpkin; take a hayride to the top of Hilltop Orchard; try their Johny Mash Hard Cider, explore Lenox and the Berkshires. Afternoon refreshments will be to die for…then after dinner enjoy a staged reading at the Lenox Library of Frankenstein. Sunday morning enjoy your breakfast and then a leisurely morning in town before heading home. Complete two night packages start at $594. Call for details and reservations. 800.223.9750


Dog Days of Summer Turn Into Beautiful Autumn Days

Posted on August 11, 2015 by Amy Lindner-Lesser


August is a very special time for me. It is the month of my birth and cause for celebration for me. But it also marks the time for huge changes. The hot summer days are waning and with that start the cool nights and fabulous sleeping weather. I remember the nights we would take our daughters, Nina and Maya, to Tanglewood for a concert and pack their sleeping bags and sweat suits. The temperature differences and moisture are good predictors for our leaf peeping season. The bigger the difference in temperatures (day and night) coupled with a decent amount of precipitation mean that the colors will be brilliant and long lasting.

Fall is a wonderful times to enjoy the Berkshires! The colorful trees provide a great backdrop for drives along country roads. Lenox is known for its annual Tub Parade and the Apple Squeeze as well as the Josh Billings Run Aground. The Tub Parade is a yearly event where horses and carriages decorated with flowers parade around the downtown area. It is a throwback to the turn of the century when the wealthy “cottagers” would celebrate the end of the summer season and harvest by decorating their carriages (tubs) and have a parade. This year the 24th Annual Tub Parade will be held beginnng at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 12th. Following the parade, join the horses and carriages at Shakespeare & Company for cider and donuts.

The 36th Lenox Apple Squeeze Festival will be held on September 26 & 27th in downtown Lenox. Come and experience small town New England at its best. Here you’ll fid hadmade crafts sculptures and origial art works fillig the streets along with handmae jewelry, textiles, wood carvings, leather goods and hand woven clothing. Taste the harvest with foods wines, beers and delicacies from near and far. Farmers will be displaying the biggest and best of their harvests. Apples and all kinds of apple recipes abound. There will be live music throughout the village and special entertainment for kids of all ages! For more information, call the Lenox Chamber of Commerce at 413-637-3646.

Throughout the fall most of the historic homes and museums are open, without the crowds of summer. There is still theatre happening and our restaurants are open. It’s a perfect time to experience the Berkshires without the crowds and the scenery is perfect.  Contact The Rookwood Inn now for reservations (800-223-9750).

Fall in the Berkshires, Lenox and at The Rookwood Inn

Posted on August 9, 2015 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

As the dog days of summer wind down I find myself anticipating the arrival of fall in the Berkshires, Lenox and at The Rookwood Inn. Nights begin to get cooler and sleep comes easier for this innkeeper. Just as school children anticipate the first days at school, I can’t wait for the brilliant colors of autumn to emerge  – the deep crimsons, the yellows, the orange and even the browns and tans. Each leaf, just as each guest of ours, is unique and I love the diversity and the opportunty to learn about all!

September in Lenox provides a great opportunity to experience small town America. There are two events which occur annually and are lots of fun for people of all ages. The first is the Tub Parade. This is a recreation of a Gilded Age event which celebrated the close of the summer season for the “cottagers” who summered in Newport, RI and then Lenox. As in the past, horses and carriages (known as tubs) are decorated with flowers and driven around the center of Lenox. Join the carriages and their riders after at Shakespeare & Company where cider and donuts will be served. The Tub Parade begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, 1015.   

 On Saturday, September 26 and Sunday,September 27 the Lenox Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 36th Annual Apple Squeeze. The village opens its doors and streets to celebrations honoring the apple harvest. Store owners offer great deals on merchandize, galleries open their doors to visitors and some have live demonstrations. There are food purveyors in addition to our fabulous restaurants. Music fills the streets. There are even game areas for children. It a fantastic street festival for folks of all ages.

The Rookwood Inn, along with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, will be offering its second Memoir Writing Weekend from Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27. The focus this time will be on place. Participants will write from personal experience Experienced leader, Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D., will again facilitate. For more information, contact The Rookwood Inn. We would love to have you!

Rookwood Inn Launches Retreats for Writing Memoirs 

Posted on April 2, 2015 by Amy Lindner-Lesser


You know you have a million great stories to tell, but you’re not sure how to get going, or how to organize the stories into a coherent narrative. You want to share your life’s highs and lows with others, whether just friends and family or the whole wide world, but you’re not sure what to include and what to leave out. You know how to write your story descriptively and chronologically, but you’d like to think creatively about using narrative techniques like flashback, internal monologue, dialogue and detail to bring the reader along with you into the most powerful scenes of your life. You want the support and encouragement of a circle of women all working together to bring out the best in each other’s writing.

Spark your creative fires while enjoying the hospitality of the beautiful Lenox Rookwood Inn.  Find new entries into the story of your life in a warm, supportive atmosphere. Bring your memoir in progress, your ideas, or just your enthusiasm to these intensive weekend writing workshops that will provide structure and support for a memoirist in any stage of the writing journey, from working with the initial concept of the memoir to fine-tuning the details and narrative arc.


There will be time for individual writing, and each participant will have a chance to share and receive constructive feedback from the group, carefully designed to build confidence and enthusiasm. The weekend will conclude with optional one-on-one sessions with the workshop leader, along with the opportunity to create an action plan supported by regular coaching and developmental editing that will ensure you continue to give your memoir the attention it deserves. We have scheduled three weekends, each different. Select any one, two or all three.

Your Workshop Leader

Jennifer Browdy earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at New York University, specializing in contemporary autobiographies and personal narratives by women from around the world. She has taught writing at the college level for more than 25 years, trained in the creative Bard Institute for Writing & Thinking methodology used at her home institution, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where she is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Media Studies.  

The Founding Director of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, an organization aimed at nourishing and supporting the creative expression of women of all ages and from many walks of life, Jennifer is an accomplished and experienced journalist, blogger, editor and teacher of writing. Her own memoir, What I Forgot…And Why I Remembered: A Purposeful Memoir of Personal and Planetary Transformation, will be published in 2016 by Green Fire Press.

Weekend Writing Retreats
(June 5 – 7, 2015; September 25 – 27, 2015 & January 15-17, 2016)

Retreats include Friday night welcome reception (BYOB), breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, lunch Saturday and Sunday, breaks, and instruction. All inclusive rate of $718.25 per person for a standard room or $835.50 for a deluxe room per person; add $467 per weekend for a second per (commuter fee is $425/weekend; limited commuter slots). Discounts for early bird registration and multiple weekends. There will also be an optional Saturday night dinner with entertainment.

Call us at 800.223.9750 to register.



The Rookwood Inn’s 6 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Posted on February 16, 2015 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

IMG_1758-0.JPGAre you feeling snowed in? Sick of winter already? We at The Rookwood Inn have put our heads together and have come up with 6 ways to beat the winter blues.

1. Make Plans for your Spring and/or Summer Vacations. Tanglewood tickets are on sale to the public so you can call the Boston Symphony or go to their website and order your tickets for Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, the Symphony or the Boston Pops, for Bernadette Peters, Idina Mendez, or a host of other wonderful concerts.After that, go to our website (or call us at 800.223.9750) and book your room.

2. If music isn’t your thing, how about theatre or dance? The Berkshires offers different types of theater through its different companies: Berkshire Theatre Group (in Stockbridge and Pittsfield), Barrington Stage (two venues in Pittsfield), Shakespeare & Company (two venues in Lenox), the Williamstown Theatre Festival or Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

3. Perhaps you enjoy the white stuff when its prepared properly. There are great locations for downhill and cross country skiing near the inn as well as opportunities for snowshoeing and snow tubing. Some offer rentals and many have places to warm up with a hot chocolate. We promise to have plenty waiting for you at the in along with a delicious afternoon treat.

4. Prefer to cuddle up with that special person in front of a beautiful fire? Book one of our fireplace rooms, bring your special honey and we will supply the romantic ambiance. Check out our packages on our website for some special goodies (Sweetheart Package, Spa Indulgence Package for example) to add to your visit.

5. Bring your BFF(s) and have a girls weekend. We can arrange for massages, yoga classes, meditation for you at the inn. We have jigsaw puzzles, board games,cozy robes to make your slumber party extra special!

6. Did you know that March is Berkshire Festival of Women Writers’ 5th Anniversary? What that means is that there are literally tons of workshops and readings by women for women (and men) throughout the month of March. In addition, The Rookwood Inn will be co-sponsoring a three part series on memoir writing in conjunction with the Festival. The first weekend will be June 5, 6, & 7th at The Rookwood. Details will be coming out soon! Space is limited so if you’e interested, email me so I can get you the information soon!

Jacob’s Pillow Summer 2015

Posted on January 16, 2015 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

SeasonBrochure_widgetI am stating to believe that Summer will be here….eventually. We’ve seen the Tanglewood 2015 schedule (tickets go on sale to the public on January 25.) And now, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has released it’s summer schedule. I am just able to imagine feeling the breeze through the trees at the Inside Out performances.

Programs start this year in mid-June and run through the end of August with ticket sales starting on April 1st for non-members. Pick your performance(s), book your room at The Rookwood Inn and summer will be here soon!

Straight from their website, here’s the 2015 Festival schedule:
THREE ACTS, TWO DANCERS, ONE RADIO HOST Ira Glass, host of public radio’s This American Life, is joined by dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass in a lively production that combines two unique art forms–dance and radio. Special Event! June 13 and 14 | Ted Shawn Theatre

BALLET BC Directed by Emily Molnar, Canada’s premier contemporary ballet company returns with stellar dancers and new works from top international choreographers. June 24-28 | Ted Shawn Theatre

CINDERELLA This classic story ballet, performed by the outstanding dancers of New York Theatre Ballet, is a delightful treat for the entire family. June 24-28 | Doris Duke Theatre

DORRANCE DANCE Tap sensation Michelle Dorrance and her all-star company return with The Blues Project, featuring live music by folk/blues composer Toshi Reagon and her band BIGLovely. July 1-5 | Ted Shawn Theatre

BODYTRAFFIC This on-the-rise ensemble brings athleticism and style to Dust by Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter and a new creation by Victor Quijada of RUBBERBANDance Group. July 1-5 | Doris Duke Theatre

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 NDT2 masters exquisite technique in striking contemporary works by Sol León, Paul Lightfoot, Johan Inger, and other major dancemakers. July 8-12 | Ted Shawn Theatre

BIG DANCE THEATER Blurring the lines between theater, dance, and performance art, Alan Smithee Directed This Play: Triple Feature seamlessly merges video, song, movement, and scenic design. July 8-12 | Doris Duke Theatre

LINES BALLET Artistic Director Alonzo King is a ballet visionary. His San Francisco-based company astonishes with classical elegance and bold new ideas. This mixed program features King’s newest works. July 15-19 | Ted Shawn Theatre

MONCHICHI The dynamic dance duo Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang perform in a touching, theatrical show combining hip-hop, contemporary dance, and inventive set design. July 15-19 | Doris Duke Theatre

DANIIL SIMKIN’S INTENSIO Critics compare American Ballet Theatre’s Daniil Simkin to Baryshnikov and Nureyev. See him perform in this much-anticipated world premiere, with stars of ABT (and beyond) in new dances by the world’s top choreographers. July 22-26 | Ted Shawn Theatre

GAUTHIER DANCE From Germany in its U.S. debut, this ensemble’s multifaceted talent shines in original, entertaining dances by Alejandro Cerrudo, Artistic Director Eric Gauthier, and others. July 22-26 | Doris Duke Theatre

DANIEL ULBRICHT & STARS OF AMERICAN BALLET After last season’s BALLET 2014 engagement, audiences were clamoring for the return of Ulbricht and fellow dancers. They’re back, with an all-new program. July 29-August 2 | Ted Shawn Theatre

JESSICA LANG DANCE in THE WANDERER Jessica Lang creates a wondrous contemporary story ballet to Franz Schubert’s moving song cycle, Die schöne Müllerin, performed live. July 29-August 9 | Doris Duke Theatre Two week run!

MALPASO DANCE COMPANY This versatile contemporary company from Cuba delivers power and charisma in two new works: one by Osnel Delgado, with live music by GRAMMY winning composer Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, and the other by the ever-popular choreographer Trey McIntyre. August 5-9 | Ted Shawn Theatre

THE SARASOTA BALLET Lauded for their vitality and elegance, this top ballet company performs Sir Frederick Ashton’s Monotones I and II, Christopher Wheeldon’s The American, and a world premiere by Ricardo Graziano. August 12-16 | Ted Shawn Theatre

LA OTRA ORILLA From Montréal, La Otra Orilla embodies a deep mastery of traditional flamenco dance and the music of Andalusia, married with a rebellious contemporary twist. August 12-16 | Doris Duke Theatre

L.A. DANCE PROJECT In their Pillow debut, these gorgeous, classically-trained dancers present works by New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck, a new ballet by Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied, and more. August 19-22 | Ted Shawn Theatre

LIZ GERRING DANCE The New York Times calls glacier “an enthralling and important new dance work.” This is a performance full of beautiful contradictions–grace, athleticism, passion, and poeticism. August 19-23 | Doris Duke Theatre

A JAZZ HAPPENING This celebration of joyous dance and live music features students of the Musical Theatre Dance Program, and benefits The School at Jacob’s Pillow. August 23 | Ted Shawn Theatre

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY The legendary modern dance company launches its 90th Anniversary at the Pillow, celebrating a pioneering past and trail-blazing future with classic Graham works and exciting new dances by choreographers of today. August 26-30 | Ted Shawn Theatre

MADBOOTS DANCE Discover this young company of male dancers with fresh ideas about modern masculinity and dances that are athletic, powerful, and tender. August 26-30 | Doris Duke Theatre

Tickets go on sale to the public April 1. Members get early access to tickets, the best seats, and $10 off Ted Shawn Theatre tickets during the Member

Summer in the Berkshires – Tanglewood 2015

Posted on December 16, 2014 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

It’s here! The Tanglewood schedule for Summer 2015.  The schedule is longer and more varied this year (June 20 – September 7) with programs to appeal to everyone.. There will be appearances by Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Leon Fleisher, two nights of Mark Morris Dance, as well as Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga, Huey Lewis and the News, Diana Krall, James Taylor and Audra McDonald. Tickets go on sale to the public on January 25, so reserve your room(s) now. Click on the link for the Tanglewood schedule.
Jacob’s Pillow, Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Barrington Stage will be releasing their summer schedules soon, so check or blog regularly. Better yet, subscribe to Rookwood Ramblings Blog RSS Feed and we’ll notify you when a new blog is posted!

Eighteen Years as the Innkeeper of The Rookwood Inn

Posted on October 8, 2014 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

Amy, Maya, and Nina - Innkeepers at The Rookwood Inn

Amy, Maya, and Nina – Your Innkeepers at The Rookwood Inn

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!

You’ll Fall in Love With Our Valentine’s Day Special

Posted on January 30, 2014 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

Roses for Valentine's DayValentine’s offers the perfect opportunity to sneak away for a romantic weekend in the Berkshires. And this year, we have a deal to make that escape even sweeter.

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.

Winter Excitement with Banff Mountain Film Festival in Lenox

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

BanffDo 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.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Announces Summer 2014 Season

Posted on January 6, 2014 by Amy Lindner-Lesser


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!

What’s Happening at Tanglewood in the Summer of 2014

Posted on November 27, 2013 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

Tanglewood ShedThe 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!

B&Bs for Vets at The Rookwood Inn

Posted on October 19, 2013 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

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. 20131017-202010.jpgEvery 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!


What’s happening in Lenox, MA this September?

Posted on August 23, 2013 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

September Events and Attractions in Lenox, MAAs summer winds down into the crisp, colorful fall, you may be looking for that one last hurrah before the weather – and warmth – goes south.

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!

Spring in the Berkshires

Posted on March 12, 2013 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

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!window box

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!

Bring in the New Year at The Rookwood Inn!

Posted on December 12, 2012 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

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,

Make it a Happy New Year at The Rookwood Inn!

Make it a Happy New Year at The Rookwood Inn!

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.

Rookwood Inn Offers Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Posted on December 4, 2012 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

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.

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