THE HEART OF THE BERKSHIRES – LENOX, STOCKBRIDGE & ENVIRONS
Lenox is the center and cultural heart of a Berkshires vacation, and having a local expert help guide the way is invaluable. Otherwise, one might be tempted to porch-sit all day long, daydreaming about calling this gracious countryside home. Yet venture out you must, to the Tanglewood Music Festival, to locally sourced eateries, to A-listed spa resorts and more. Nearby, Stockbridge’s wide Main Street doesn’t even sport a stoplight, a delightful omission in modern life. Iconic New Englander Norman Rockwell lived and worked here for a significant chunk of time at the end of his life and found pleasure in his own porch-sitting afternoons at the historic Red Lion Inn. Rest assured, if it’s peace and tranquility you’re after, a Lenox and Stockbridge vacation is sure to deliver.
WHAT WE REVEAL
Our ventures into the Heart of the Berkshires pave the way into the region’s genteel historic air. Visit Stockbridge’s quaint Red Lion Inn, home to a famous teapot collection with hundreds from all over the world. Listen to stories about the town’s founders as you visit the First Church. Our local experts take you to Chesterwood, home to Daniel Chester French, the sculptor of the seated Lincoln in Washington, DC. Spend a day with a private guide on a Berkshires cottage tour – this area is known as the “inland Newport” – during which you’ll see the homes of Andrew Carnegie, Harley Proctor of Proctor & Gamble Co., George Westinghouse, the Vanderbilts and more of America’s aristocracy. Take in an evening of classical music at the Tanglewood Music Shed, an indoor amphitheater and distinctly Berkshires experience. Lunch and shop in Lenox, a quintessential New England town with an eclectic collection of artistic and next-level shops. Hancock Shaker Village is a treat, comprised of 25 historic buildings showcasing the life of the Shakers – the Round Stone Barn is a must-see. For nature-lovers, join our guide on the best sections of the Appalachian Trail through the Berkshire Mountains. And what’s a New England vacation without maple syrup? Taste the sweet nectar – and other farm bounty – for yourself at the 18th-century Bidwell House.
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