4 Reasons to Spend Memorial Day Weekend at The Rookwood Inn

Posted on May 17, 2016 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

Memorial Day at The Rookwood InnMemorial Day is the unofficial start of summer so here are 4 reasons to start summer early and spend Memorial Day Weekend at The Rookwood Inn:

  1. The Berkshires are known for their beautiful and majestic scenery. This is the perfect time to visit the Berkshire Botanical Garden, Mount Greylock, the Freylinghuysen Morris House & Museum, as well as Naumkeag and Chesterwood (before the crowds). Take to the trails which are in great condition and there’s always something new to explore.
  2. You can still get reservations at some of the best restaurants in Lenox and throughout the Berkshires.Enjoy beautiful weather and dine outdoors. New menus and freshly decorated restaurants await.
  3. The Rookwood Inn still has some wonderful rooms available and we are offering 30% off three night stays during May. (Mention MDW2016 when making your reservation).
  4. Come experience the changes we’ve made and help us preview some new recipes. Our gardens have been freshened up and new flowers and bushes are bursting into bloom daily. The wicker has been freshly painted just for you to enjoy with your afternoon refreshments.
  5. We miss you and don’t want to wait to see you! (Oops, I couldn’t stop with just 4 reasons).

Give us a call at 800.223.9750 and make your reservations today. You’ll be glad you did.

 

The Rescue Dog Who Rescued Me

Posted on March 8, 2016 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

Migo The Rescue Dog smiling as he gets ready to greet guests after breakfast

Migo, The Rescue Dog, smiling as he gets ready to greet guests after breakfast

Meet Migo, The Rescue Dog Who Rescued Me

As many of you know, my dog Reo passed away in December at the age of 16. He lived a long and wonderful life at The Rookwood Inn. I knew I wanted another dog for the inn but also knew that Reo’s paw prints would be very hard to fill. After the holidays I began my search. I was smitten with Reo’s intellect, his quirky personality and his funny little face; not to mention his spotted paws. There was never a question in my mind…I wanted a rescue dog. I began by visiting our two local shelters but they had nobody who was the right size (medium), past the toddler years and trained. So, I began to search online for rescue dogs.

Migo was the first dog I saw and fell immediately in love wit him. Here is his history. Migo was found as a stray walking along a highway in North Carolina and rescued by a wonderful woman. He was young and scared. He lived for about a year and a half in a no kill shelter but nobody was interested in him because he was very shy and timid. The shelter decided that he would be a good candidate for their “New Leash on Life” program at a minimum security prison. He has spent four months there learning to trust and be comfortable with his trainer, learning to socialize with other dogs, lots of people and learning basic obedience skills. Migo and his trainer have even been working on agility skills such as learning the balance beam and jumping hoops.This program, and the many others in minimum security prisons around the nation are life savers for the inmates and the dogs. The inmates learn a skill (dog training) and have the opportunity to gain self confidence and unconditional love that only an animal can provide. The dogs are spared a death sentence which unfortunately is a high likelihood in overcrowded, high kill shelters and learn to love and trust.

I spoke with the program coordinator, Kay, and told her I would be traveling to Asheville, NC and asked if it was possible to meet Migo (he was known as O’Rourke or “O” at the time). I was fortunate that Kay, the volunteer in charge of the New Leash on Life Program, brought Migo to meet me at The Albemarle Inn owned by my friends, Rosemary and Fabrizio Chiariello.  It was love at first sight. Within minutes he was giving his paw and kisses to me.

My application was completed, Migo and I were vetted (me to see that I would qualify as an adopter and he to get all his shots). He would be joining me in Lenox soon!

Despite a weeks’ delay caused by a snow storm, Migo arrived in Brattleboro, Vermont on January 30, 2016, along with almost 20 other dogs traveling to their new homes! We settled on the name Migo following the tradition of removing the initial vowel from a common word/name. In Reo’s case we removed the initial O from Oreo and for Migo I deleted the A in amigo. I had been thinking of naming him Rookie however  when I arrived in Brattleboro to get him I tested out the two names. He had no reaction to Rookie, but when I called Migo he immediately looked at me and there was recognition in his eyes.

Migo, The Rescue Dog, Heading North

After a very long (15 hour) trip up to the Northeast from North Carolina we put him in the backseat of my car. My friend, Liz, drove and I sat with Migo. He immediately snuggled up to me, put his head on my leg and went to sleep. I’d like to think he remembered me from our visit a few weeks ago when I was in Asheville. Whatever it was, I felt that we had a special bond from that moment. When we arrived at The Rookwood Inn, he jumped out of the car and headed straight for the kitchen door. It was uncanny! He seemed to sense that this was his home!

Migo has settled into his life as both a family dog and inn dog.

Migo & Grandma

Migo, The Rescue Dog Who Rescued Me,  Visiting With My Mom

I bring him to visit my mother and stepfather at their assisted living facility and he is loving and gentle with my parents and the other residents. He loves greeting everyone and giving kisses. He has even attended Friday night services at the facility. Migo also enjoys our guests of all ages, other dogs and even cats!

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Migo the Rescue Dog napping on the job at The Rookwood Inn.

I want to thank Teddi, Kay and Migo’s trainer, Chris, for making it possible for Migo to come into my life and the life of The Rookwood Inn. Here’s a photo of Migo napping on the job. We hope you’ll come visit and meet Migo soon. He is eager to make new friends!

Marathon Reading of Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome

Posted on February 13, 2014 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

Edith Wharton's home The Mount

Edith Wharton’s home The Mount

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://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.

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.

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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