Marathon Reading of Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome

Posted on February 13, 2014 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

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 kmullen@edithwharton.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

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

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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!

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.

Thanksgiving Wishes from The Rookwood Inn

Posted on November 20, 2012 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

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Thanksgiving Wishes from The Rookwood Inn

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!

Welcome to Rookwood Ramblings!

Posted on March 24, 2012 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

Welcome to the first Rookwood Rambings Blog. For those of you who’ve been Rookwood friends and family for a while the name, Rookwood Ramblingsisn’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!

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