Explore Lenox, MA’s “Novel” History with Your Book Club

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

Book Club Getaway to Lenox MA

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November through April mark the darker months in Massachusetts, or what we fondly refer to as the “Snuggle Season.” But don’t let the cold keep you from exploring the history-filled Berkshires.

Whether you’re a bookworm or history buff, bring your book club to Lenox for a twist on the traditional meeting.

Explore the past, walk the same grounds and halls, witness the inspirations of some of the country’s most beloved writers.

Reading Edith Wharton?

Edith Wharton lived and wrote from her home, The Mount, located in Lenox. Her novella, Ethan Frome was based on a true story of a sledding accident which happened on the hill now known as Old Stockbridge Road which is located in front of The Rookwood Inn. You and your group can tour her estate and gardens (in warm weather). We can arrange for an expert to facilitate a discussion for your book group on one of her works or about the period in which she wrote.

Reading Melville?

Herman Melville lived less than 5 miles from The Rookwood Inn when he penned one of the greatest American novels.

Read Moby Dick or Pierre and see Mount Greylock, the notable landmark that both inspired the great White Whale and features dedications from Melville himself.

Explore the home, Arrowhead, where Melville lived during his most productive years. We can arrange for a guided, private tour of the home and grounds, which are rich in history.

Reading Hawthorne?

Melville’s friend and notable American author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, also has tremendous history in the Berkshires.

He wrote The House of Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance, as well as his collection of short stories, A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys, while living in the area. His short story, Tanglewood Tales, was the inspiration for naming the summer home of the Boston Symphony.

Reading The Cider House Rules?

Lenox, MA was among the filming locations for the movie adaptation. Ventfort Hall was used as the exterior of St. Cloud’s Orphanage, and additional scenes were shot on the Great Hall’s breathtaking staircase.

Reading Shakespeare?

If Shakespeare is your cup of tea, we can invite a guest from the famous, nearby Shakespeare & Company to thoroughly delve into the bard’s tales, or we can get your group tickets to attend one of their plays. This holiday season they will be performing It’s A Wonderful Life.

Whatever your venture, we will work with you and your group to arrange a private, guided tour that will further explore the tales within and surrounding those famous pages.

Books inspire the imagination, transporting us somewhere new and incredible. Let your book take you somewhere real, to The Rookwood Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Give us a call at (800) 223-9750 for ideas and help setting up your book club getaway.

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