Berkshire Coaching Weekend — a Step Back in Time

Posted on August 21, 2014 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

Berkshire Coaching Weekend

Relive the Gilded Age through the elegance of coaching, one of the most popular activities of the time for sporting ladies and gentlemen.

Beginning Saturday, October 11th, 2014, historic and meticulously restored horse-drawn coaches will travel the roads and lanes of Lenox and Stockbridge during the annual Berkshire Coaching Weekend. The first day’s stop is Shakespeare & Co., for a presentation and commentary of the coaches.

On October 12th, the coaches will travel to the Norman Rockwell Museum, which will include a coach horn demonstration, in addition to the presentation and commentary.

October 13th is the final event day, during which the coaches will journey around Stockbridge and Lenox, ending at Edith Wharton’s Estate and Gardens, The Mount. Bring a picnic lunch, and enjoy the sprawling gardens and air of a bygone era.

And after these exciting days of historic wonderment and exploration, The Rookwood Inn welcomes you to rest your head on our comfy beds, before setting out on another day’s adventure. Book an October 11-13th long-weekend suite today.

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Wendy Seltzer

Stretch Your Legs in October with the 46th Annual Mt. Greylock Ramble

Posted on September 26, 2013 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

Photo Credit: Sam Kulpinski (Creative Commons)

Photo Credit: Sam Kulpinski (Creative Commons)

As summer slips away and autumn falls upon us, you may be growing restless for the outdoors, a chance to breathe in the crisp, cool air and appreciate the spectacle of the changing leaves.

We’ve got just the thing for you.

This October 13th and 14th, Adams, Massachusetts will be celebrating the 46th Annual Mount Greylock Ramble and RambleFest, a lively celebration of fall.

About the Mount Greylock Ramble

A local favorite that also attracts visitors from thousands of miles away, this family-friendly, albeit invigorating, hike promotes both community and tourism.

Each Columbus Day, thousands of hikers of all ages and backgrounds ascend the 3,941-foot mountain, the tallest in the state. Greylock has a notable history for being inspirational to Herman Melville as he wrote Moby Dick and for striking up a friendship between Melville and another great American author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, during a family picnic.

Certificates of accomplishment are awarded to the first 2,000 hikers who reach the summit as well as to the youngest and oldest hiker and the hiker who travelled the farthest distance to attend. In 2012, the oldest person to reach the summit was 91; the youngest was 2.

Some participants flew from as far as Hawaii to enjoy the hike!

Useful Info About the Festival

Beginning October 13th, RambleFest’s first day features live bands, mouthwatering dishes from local vendors, apple cider, cider donuts, and apple pies.

The Mount Greylock Ramble falls on RambleFest’s 2nd day, October 14th, from 8am to 4pm. Refreshments and souvenirs are available for purchase and leashed pets are permitted. A free shuttle delivers hikers to the trailhead.

The festivities commence despite the weather, and are free to all.

RambleFest is a scenic 45-minute drive from The Rookwood Inn. We look forward to seeing you there!

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!

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