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!

Rookwood Inn Launches Retreats for Writing Memoirs 

Posted on April 2, 2015 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

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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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There will be time for individual writing, and each participant will have a chance to share and receive constructive feedback from the group, carefully designed to build confidence and enthusiasm. The weekend will conclude with optional one-on-one sessions with the workshop leader, along with the opportunity to create an action plan supported by regular coaching and developmental editing that will ensure you continue to give your memoir the attention it deserves. We have scheduled three weekends, each different. Select any one, two or all three.

Your Workshop Leader

Jennifer Browdy earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at New York University, specializing in contemporary autobiographies and personal narratives by women from around the world. She has taught writing at the college level for more than 25 years, trained in the creative Bard Institute for Writing & Thinking methodology used at her home institution, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where she is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Media Studies.  

The Founding Director of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, an organization aimed at nourishing and supporting the creative expression of women of all ages and from many walks of life, Jennifer is an accomplished and experienced journalist, blogger, editor and teacher of writing. Her own memoir, What I Forgot…And Why I Remembered: A Purposeful Memoir of Personal and Planetary Transformation, will be published in 2016 by Green Fire Press.

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.

 

 

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

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