Antiques & Shopping
A mecca for antique lovers, the Berkshires (and Lenox in particular) boasts dozens of fabulous antique stores and shops, featuring American English and Continental 18th and 19th century furniture, Oriental porcelains, music boxes and phonographs, glass, china, decorative accessories, and much more.
Lee Manufacturers Shopping Outlets, one of the most frequented shopping destinations in the Northeast, is just 10 minutes away and offers shopping bargains at well-known stores, such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Jones of New, Talbots, Makasa, Coach and Etienne Aigner.
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Held in the summer, the Jacob’s Pillow is America’s premier dance festival presenting world-renowned dance in two theatres, and offering free outdoor performances, talks, exhibits, archives, and historic grounds. Founded by dance pioneer Ted Shawn in the 1930s, the Pillow today is renowned not only for producing a premier Festival, but also for its professional school and year-round community programs.
The Berkshires are recognized as a premier American cultural center and there are many museums just minutes away from the Inn. The Norman Rockwell Museum has the largest collection of Rockwell paintings in the world and presents major exhibits year-round. In Williamstown, a short drive north of Lenox, there are two fine museums: the Williams College Museum, and perhaps the finest small museum in the world, the Clark Art Institute with its remarkable collection of French Impressionists, including 57 Renoirs. Nearby in North Adams is the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), which in just the few years since its inception has attracted international attention for its exhibits and productions of film, music, drama and dance.
Norman Rockwell Museum
Another house-museum nearby is Ventfort Hall, built by George Hale and Sarah Spencer Morgan, sister of J. P. Morgan, a century ago when Lenox was the chosen retreat of American wealth and fashion with over 100 "cottages" that dotted the local landscape, and it is the house where the movie "The Cider House Rules" was filmed. Other historic homes just a few minutes away are Arrowhead, the home of Herman Melville and where he wrote his most famous novel, Moby Dick; and Chesterwood, the home and studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Music & Concerts
Set on the home and grounds where Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The House of Seven Gables and The Tanglewood Tales is Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its internationally famous music festival. The Berkshire Bach Society presents professional choral and instrumental concerts of Baroque music year round.
Berkshire Bach Society
In nearby Pittsfield is located Hancock Shaker Village which is perhaps the finest Shaker museum and collection of Shaker furniture in the world. Open year-round, Hancock Shaker Village offers guided tours of twenty buildings (including the famous Round Barn), seminars and exhibits. Just over the mountain from Hancock is Mount Lebanon, another Shaker village which was once the headquarters for the Shaker Movement in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Hancock Shaker Village
Summer Outdoor Pursuits
For nature lovers, Lenox features the Pleasant Valley Audubon Sanctuary, with miles of trails for bird watchers and hikers, who may also climb the Appalachian Trail or Mount Greylock, the highest mountain in the state. In the warmer months, there’s tennis (town courts are located just behind the Inn), golf, swimming, horseback riding, sailing, and canoe rides on the Housatonic River.
Also within walking distance is the campus of Shakespeare & Co. which presents year-round, world-class productions of the Bard and also plays based on the novels of Edith Wharton, whose home in Lenox has been restored as a museum.
Shakespeare & Company
Winter Outdoor Pursuits
In the winter months, you have lots of options to choose from for both downhill and cross-country skiing.