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.
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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.
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!
I 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
As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, I think of the shortest day of the year — the winter solstice.
Every major religion has a festival/holiday, which takes place at this time of year, and most include some form of celebration toward light. From Chanukah to Christmas to Kwanza, all of us at The Rookwood Inn wish you and yours much light, laughter, good health, happiness and peace this holiday season.
Doing some last minute shopping?
If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for someone special, there’s no need to fight the crowds in the malls or stores. A Rookwood Inn gift certificate is that perfect one-size fits all present…and it really does!
A special gift for booking early —
We are also offering a special deal for those who reserve for the summer early this year. Make your summer reservations by December 31st, and we’ll throw in a stay in a standard or deluxe room for $99 per night (plus tax & gratuity) between now and May 15 ($149 per night for mini suites). This offer is good for all new reservations and is not valid on New Years’ eve or Valentine’s/Presidents Weekend. It may not be combined with gift cards or any other promotion or special.
Don’t forget to check out our blog and our e-newsletter, Rookwood Ramblings.
Have a Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year!
Looking forward to welcoming you back in 2015!
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!
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
On February 22, 2014 from 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm readers of all ages are invited to experience a New England classic literary piece in a new way at the second annual marathon reading of Ethan Frome. This classic Edith Wharton novella was based on a true sledding accident which occurred on the hill in front of The Rookwood Inn.
On Saturday, February 22nd, Edith Wharton’s cozy Drawing Room will come alive with readers making Wharton’s story come to life in the very house where she wrote it. Peer out the windows upon the snowy Berkshire landscape where she gleaned inspiration for the fictitious town of Starkfield, Massachusetts! Spend the night at The Rookwood Inn and view the actual hill where the accident occurred.
Visitors are encouraged to drop by the Mount for a chapter or two, or stay for the full reading. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged.
If you’d like to lend your voice to this exciting program, please contact Kelsey Mullen at 413-551-5110 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. For room reservations, pleae call us at The Rookwood Inn at 800.223.9750 or book online at http://www.rookwoodinn.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
October is your last — and scariest — chance to tour one of Lenox’s most popular sightseeing destinations, the home of American author Edith Wharton, known as The Mount.
The Mount, a 42-room country home designed by the author herself and built in 1902, is reminiscent of a 17th-century English mansion. Situated at the grounds’ high end, it overlooks several restored gardens, which include an Italian walled garden, alpine rock garden, lime walk, form flower garden, and extensive grass terraces.
The grounds are open year-round, but The Mount itself is only open to the public from May to October, with the exception of special events.
Visiting The Mount in October
For the remainder of October, passes and tours are available nearly every day. Opportunities to explore The Mount vary from passes to the grounds to a 45-minute, room-to-room guided tour by experts of Edith Wharton, introducing you to her life, her works, and her home. There is also a Terrace Café open, with scenic views of the garden terraces and Laurel Lake.
The Mount also holds a reputation for being haunted, offering ghost tours throughout September and October. The mansion was even featured in an episode of “Ghost Hunters” on the SciFi Channel.
Special Halloween Events
In celebration of Halloween, there will be several special events held at The Mount during late October, including special Halloween ghost tours and a dramatic reading of Edith Wharton’s own ghost tale, “Kerfol,” on Halloween night.
Rooms cannot be booked at The Mount, but there is gracious hospitality available a mere five-minute drive from the mansion at The Rookwood Inn. Don’t miss your chance to visit The Mount before the season ends or to stay at The Rookwood and learn about its connection to Edith Wharton’s writings. (Hint: she wrote “Ethan Frome” based upon a true story of a sledding accident which took place at the bottom of the Old Stockbridge Road hill which passes in front of The Rookwood Inn.)
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!
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!
Do you love to get outdoors, hike, explore, canoe, bird-watch, and picnic? The Rookwood Inn is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and unique nature sanctuaries teeming with wildlife.
In fact, two Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries — Pleasant Valley and Canoe Meadow — are within minutes of The Rookwood, each offering extensive hiking trails, riverfronts and lakesides, acres of forests, meadows, mountains, and local wildlife sightseeing opportunities.
Here’s a custom map of where these sanctuaries are in relation to The Rookwood Inn:
View Nature Sanctuaries Near The Rookwood Inn in a larger map
Pleasant Valley (~ 2 miles from The Rookwood)
Pleasant Valley is about two miles from the Rookwood Inn and boasts a thriving beaver population in the Yokun Brook. Their lodges can be found along the shores of the brook and, although primarily nocturnal, you may be lucky enough to see a beaver swimming along in the water or working on its dam. In the springtime, there is notable Salamander migration along the West Mountain Road.
The park also has trails that wind through hardwood forest, wetlands, meadows, and along Lenox Mountain’s slopes. The Housatonic River and area lakes also feature canoe trips from mid-May through Columbus Day.
Canoe Meadow (~ 6 miles from The Rookwood)
Canoe Meadow is a mere mile from the center of Pittsfield, and is most notable for its plentiful variety of birds, such as Ospreys, Great Blue Herons, Waxwings, Hummingbirds, Owls, Hawks, and Bobolinks, depending on the time of year. The meadow is a bird-watchers dream, with programs such as the Birds to Watch, Focus on Feeders bird count in February, and May’s Bird-a-thon.
Canoe Meadow also has trails winding through woods, wetlands, fields, and along the Housatonic River. Nature enthusiasts regularly sight beavers, otters, and Wild Turkeys.
This summer, come to Lenox, Massachusetts to explore acres and acres of nature. And after a day of outdoor adventuring, it’s just a short drive back to luxurious comfort, afternoon refreshments and a delicious breakfast in the morning at The Rookwood Inn.
The Rookwood Inn is fortunate to be nestled in the midst of a vibrant and multi-talented theater-loving community.
Within just a few miles of our Berkshires bed and breakfast are several wonderful, varying stage productions and theater groups that offer endless opportunities to be entertained and surprised. Whether you love Shakespeare, drama, live bands, comedy, musicals, thrillers — even rock and roll! — Lenox, MA and the Berkshires have it all.
Below are a few of the more prominent groups and stages in the area.
With over 150 contributing artists who strive to perform as the Elizabethans did — their roots in classical ideals and a love of universal mystery, poetry and physical prowess — Shakespeare & Company has been creating theater of unrivaled excellence since 1978. View their calendar.
Shakespeare & Company is approximately 1/2 mile from The Rookwood.
The Berkshire Theater Group supports performing arts on five stages around Lenox. The group is involved in a wide range of the arts, including theater, dance, music and entertainment. View their full events list or choose a stage.
Their theaters include:
- Fitzpatrick Main Stage, about 5 miles from the Rookwood
- Unicorn Theater, about 5 miles (housed on the same campus as Fitzpatrick)
- Neil Ellenoff Stage, about 5 miles (also housed on the same campus as Fitzpatrick)
- The Garage, about 6 miles from the Rookwood
- The Colonial, about 6 miles from the Rookwood
During early fall, South Main presents some of the world’s leading chamber music soloists and ensembles. Built in 1918, the Colonial-styled concert hall is now on the National Register of Historic Buildings. View their concert schedule.
South Main is approximately 5 1/2 miles from The Rookwood
With several award-winning plays and musicals to its credit, the Barrington Stage Company attracts upwards of 50,000 patrons each year on its two stages. They are nationally recognized for having productions of superior quality, as well as educational programming. View their calendar.
Barrington Stage Company is approximately 7 Miles from The Rookwood.
You’re just a click away from Rookwood relaxation and enthralling entertainment. Why not treat yourself to a restful vacation and quality theater?
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.
Thanksgiving reminds us to take time out of our busy lives to pause and think about the people and things we are grateful for. At The Rookwood Inn, YOU are at the top of our gratitude lists! Thank you for your continued support of The Rookwood through your visits, your wonderful reviews of your stays, being our Facebook friends, and sharing us with your friends and family. We appreciate your visits, your weddings, your girls weekends away, family reunions, just to name a few of the reasons you come. We love reading your letters and emails and sharing in your lives.
Have you heard about Small Business Saturday? This Saturday, November 24th Guests Receive a $25 Credit for any purchase over $25 made at a participating small business when paying with their American Express card. This can be for a stay this weekend (we’ll make sure to charge your Amex on Saturday the 24th), or for a deposit for any stay in the future, or for a Gift Certificate for a special holiday gift. So, make your reservation or buy a gift certificate on November 24th and get a $25 credit from American Express. To participate you need to enroll an eligible American Express Card at www.shopsmall.com. The number of enrollments is limited and closes at 11:59 p.m. MST on November 24th, unless the limit is reached earlier. So don’t wait!
This is also a time to be thankful that the summer schedules will soon be available. Stay tuned for the Tanglewood announcement (the link will be both a blog post and a regular e-newsletter) which should be released soon after Thanksgiving. Remember to book your room early to avoid disappointment.
Stay tuned for some exciting winter promotions. We want you to see what we love about the Berkshires this winter!
November 11, 2012 was the third time The Rookwood Inn participated in the Bed and Brekfasts for Vets program. Three years ago, we offered 8 rooms at no charge to active, reserve and retired service men and women as a way of saying thank you for their service. Last year we offered 10 rooms. This year, thanks to the generosity of The Rookwood’s employees (Chris Manarchik, Lana Schafer, and Jennifer Kahlenbeck) who donated their time and skills, we offered all 20 rooms at no charge to the service men and women.
It was a wonderful evening and breakfast time here. We had men and women from all branches of the service here. They represented many arenas but shared the common bond of being in the service. Everywhere I turned there were groups of guests sharing their stories and giving each other helpful advice on where to go for services. The sound of laughter and conversation pealed through the inn.
Through my employees’ generosity we were able to provide each room with flowers and candy, a sumptuous display of afternoon refreshments including fresh apple cider and donuts donated by Bartlett’s Orchard of Richmond.
Here is a letter we received from one of our guests:
Dear and staff,
Now-a-days it seems that any letter you receive is someone complaining about one thing or another, but I have the honor of writing to you to say thank you for a wonderful Veteranss Day stay. You, Lana, Chris, Jennifer and Isabel made our stay wonderful and I felt the need to write and tell everyone how much we appreciate all you did. As a Vietnam vet I cannot express how much your kindness means, as the vets from southeast Asia were not viewed as returning heroes, but your hard work makes up for our being slighted. So you should be very proud of all that you and your staff do on Veterans Day and you should be proud of your patriotism and your thoughtfulness.
Please let everyone know that you and the Rookwood Inn made a lot of people very happy and gave us a place to get together and feel comfortable talking about our lives.
Bill and Sherrie Brassard
Lenox Restaurants – here’s a great list
You’ve planned your long-awaited vacation to Lenox. You have your tickets in-hand. Now you need to decide where you will eat. While Lenox is a small village, we are fortunate to have some wonderful dining options within a short walk, or drive, from The Rookwood Inn. The array of Lenox restaurants will meet all gastronomic desires and wallets from a basic pizza restaurant to five star Relais Chateaux properties.
These restaurants are within a few minute walk from The Rookwood Inn. We have noted guest favorites with an asterick.*
- Alta Restaurant & Wine Bar – lunch and dinner menus offering a variety of local and organic ingredients. Their inspired Mediterranean cuisine is always fresh. Extensive wine list featuring selections from around the world, and 24 delicious wines by the glass.
- Bistro Zinc– a modern French bistro in the heart of historic downtown Lenox.
that boasts fine cuisine and a refined but welcoming atmosphere.
- Cafe Lucia *- regional Italian preparations, local organic produce, natural & organic meats, excellent wines, full bar, intimate dining in indoors or out. Chef owned & operated since 1983.
- Church Street Cafe*– American Bistro featuring fresh & local products. Outdoor dining. Full bar with extensive wine list and a variety of local beers.
- Firefly *- Vibrant, chef-owned Church Street landmark with ever-changing new American Bistro menus served in its beautiful dining rooms, tavern menu.
- Frankie’s Ristorante Italiano* – Real, home-made Italian food like your Italian grandmother (real or imagined) used to make.
- Gateways* – creative and Contemporary American dishes utilizing the finest and freshest products available each season. Prix-fixe menu for dinner; late night Piano Bar with a la carte offerings. New owners.
- Haven Cafe and Bakery *- where the priority is food and community. With a mission to offer high quality food and excellent service to all their guests – whether it be a fresh cup of great coffee to go, a healthy delicious lunch to sit down with, a tasty life enhancing meal to take home or a catered event for dozens of friends and family. Supporting a big team of local organic farmers, environmentally conscious and epicurious distributors.
- Prime Italian Steakhouse* – Featuring prime cuts with an array of Italian specialties. Striking glass bar, magnificent wine list, late-night menu after Tanglewood.
- Nudel* – a creative American pasta bar which takes its inspiration from the bounty provided by the local farms and producers of Berkshire County. Whenever possible, they use local, organic, ethical and natural ingredients.
- Olde Heritage Tavern – local “watering hole” featuring great burgers and “pub” food.
- Rumplestilizkin’s – seasonally-changing dinner menu supplemented with daily specials to take advantage of the freshest available ingredients. Colonial-inspired dishes, such as Shaker-Style Cranberry Pot Roast and Roasted Duck mix with perennial gourmet favorites, such as Filet Mignon and Fresh Salmon. After dinner, try Rumpy’s for a nightcap.
- Shots Cafe – casual ambiance featuring cold sandwiches, paninis, salads & more. Mochas, smoothies & gelato.
- Spoon* – casual restaurant open for breakfast & lunch daily featuring local, organic, natural and ethical ingredients. Evening hours for organic ice cream. Owner, Danielle, started her career at age 14 at The Rookwood Inn.
Just a short drive from The Rookwood, you’ll find the following Lenox restaurants:
- Blantyre* – Zagat survey states, “Savor exquisite New American-French cuisine, served with old-world elegance.”
- Chocolate Springs Cafe* – European-style chocolate confectionary with delicious desserts. Artisanal chocolates including truffles, pralines, tea infusions & sensual confections. Serious hot & cold chocolate.
- Cranwell* – a variety of dining experiences in multiple restaurants: Wyndhurst Music Room, Sloane’s Tavern & more.
- Jae’s of Lenox*- pan Asian cuisine with delicacies from Korea, Japan and Thailand.
- Jonathan’s Bistro – Seasonally fresh menu.
- Trattoria “Il Vesuvio”* – A tastee of Italy in the Berkshires. Fine Italian cuisine.
- Wheatleigh* – sophisticated 5 Diamond restaurant with lovely setting. Elegant prix-fixe dinners in the main dining room and more casual dining in The Library.
If you’re looking for just ice cream, frozen yogurt or a picnic to take to Tanglewood (or elsewhere) you might want to try one of these Lenox restaurants or food purveyors:
- The Scoop – Sweets cafe offering SoCo icecream, frozen yogurt, smoothies, candy, & bakend goods. Coffee, wraps & soup.
Welcome to the first Rookwood Rambings Blog. For those of you who’ve been Rookwood friends and family for a while the name, Rookwood Ramblings, isn’t new. It has been the name of our newsletter (remember when it was printed and mailed out?) and then our email version. Being a creature of habit, I decided not to mess with tradition. The newsletter will be e-Ramblings and will continue to be emailed to our loyal followers up to 6 times a year. The Ramblings Blog will be posted on a more regular schedule, hopefully weekly.
The purpose of the blog will be to communicate with you on a more personal level. I plan to share some of the local charm, lore, charater and events in a way not possible in a newsletter. I will share news of what’s happening, new openings, shows, restaurant reviews and more of my opinions than I normally do. If you have ideas of what you’d like to see featured, email me. I’ll try to incorporate as many of our readers’ ideas as possible.
It is absolutely incredulous to me that as I write this post on March 23, 2012, I am sitting the front porch (veranda) of the Inn. The sun is bright and the temperature is almost 70 degrees! It is mind blowing to imagine a more beautiful 3rd day of spring. Our daffodils have bloomed (something I’ve never seen before in the Berkshires!). The rhododendron buds are bursting forth. Forsythia is blooming all around us! Chris, my assistant innkeeper, had dusted off the porches, removed the wicker and cushions from their winter cocoons and brought them onto the porches. The wooden benches have been restored to their rightful places on the front lawn. In short, The Rookwood and its inhabitants (animate and inanimate) are awakening from a brief winter slow-down and are ready for our guests to return!
There are two exciting events which will be happening in and around Lenox. I’m going to mention them now and then detail them in other posts. The first is the Berkshire Cycling Classic a 62 or 81 mile bike race starting in Lenox and winding through picturesque southern Berkshire County on May 6. The other event is the Berkshire British Car Show. If you or anyone you know loves British cars like MGs, Austin Healey’s, Rolls Royces, Bentleys or anything British then Father’s Day weekend (June 9 and 10) is the time to come to Lenox. Call us for special offers both weekends!