Federal House Inn

1560 Pleasant Street, Route 102 P. O. Box 248, South Lee, Massachusetts 01262
Innkeeper(s): Kolleen and Brian Weinrich
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    Welcome to Federal House Inn


2014 Tanglewood Season 21 Jul 2014, 7:00 am

The 2014 Tanglewood Season is in full swing but that doesn’t mean there aren’t shows and events left to see – August is full of great reasons to visit the Berkshires and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home.

Starting at the end of June and running through August, Tanglewood heats up the Berkshires with their stunning selection of top-tier performances. We’ve already seen some incredible concerts and events pass through but more are on the way with an August schedule that looks like a who’s who of classical music and outstanding entertainment.

Take a look at these few highlights of the remainder of the 2014 Tanglewood Season:

August 7-10 Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic
A three day celebration of wines from around the world, East Coast chefs preparing locally sourced foods on the Tanglewood grounds. 11 separate events over four days.

August 10thAll-Tchaikovsky Program with Yo-Yo Ma
An all-Tchaikovsky program featuring Yo-Yo Ma performing Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello and orchestra, with conductor David Zinman.

August 17thThe Last Southern Gentlemen with Ellis Marsalis and Delfeayo Marsalis
The Last Southern Gentlemen concert will feature songs from the album pairing Delfeayo Marsalis with his father, Ellis Marsalis, Jr. The album includes both standards and original compositions as expressed via Delfeayo Marsalis’ gently persuasive trombone stylings.

August 18The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys come to Tanglewood and heat up the dance areas on the lawn, led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnson, with Jeffrey Foskett, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, and Scott Totten.

August 22Oz with Orchestra at Tanglewood
The brilliantly restored classic film, The Wizard of Oz on the big screen as accompanied by a the Boston Pops playing entirely new transcriptions of Harold Arlen’s brilliant lost scores.

August 31Tony Bennett performs at Tanglewood with very special guest Antonia Bennett
No one else in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence as Tony Bennett. He has received 17 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Lifetime Award and sold over ten million records in the last decade alone.

We’ve barely scratched the surface of the upcoming shows and events Tanglewood Music Center has scheduled – for a full list of the 2014 Tanglewood Season’s remaining performances as well as tickets, visit: www.bso.org

Tanglewood Lodging
Conveniently located in South Lee, Federal House Inn is less than 15 minutes drive from Tanglewood and many of the other attractions that make the Berkshires one of the most popular vacation destinations in the US. For your next Berkshires vacation, why not stay at Federal House Inn and see why we have earned so many rave reviews.

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That’s Entertainment – the Berkshires Stage 14 Jul 2014, 7:00 am

For a fan of the theater arts, there’s hardly a better place to be than the Berkshires.

There are lots of opinions as to why the Berkshires stage is the center of so many world-class theater companies, troupes, mainstay productions, and festivals but there is little argument that once The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Tanglewood, and Jacob’s Pillow were established, they served as magnets for much of what followed.

The Berkshire Playhouse may have started it all in 1928 with the Berkshire Theatre Festival, which continues to this day under the guidance of the Berkshires Theatre Group. The five different stages that make up the Berkshires Theatre Group – the Fitzpatrick, the Unicorn, the Neil Ellenoff, the Colonial, and The Garage – bring steady entertainment year-round to the Berkshires stage.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, founded in 1933 by modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn is the longest-running dance festival in America. Running every summer from June to August and including over 50 different performance companies from across the globe, Jacob’s Pillow Dance is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the property was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s busy summer house, routinely brings musicians and conductors from all over the world to the Berkshires stage. Between the Festival of Contemporary Music, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and various big name artists passing through the area, it’s a good bet that you’ll end up before a Tanglewood stage when you’re in the Berkshires.

Another old Berkshires venue, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center has been in Great Barrington since 1905 and routinely presents a great and varied selection of music, dance, theater, opera, and film in its recently renovated, 700-seat performance center.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Tony Award-winning and innovative stage productions attract audiences and artists alike with productions that often lead to Broadway and beyond.

Founded in 1995, Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company offers compelling and award-winning new plays and musical productions year-round.

Looking for the Bard on the Berkshires stage? Shakespeare & Company, in Lenox has produced both classic Shakespeare and newer works since 1978.

Other Berkshires stages include:
The Guthrie Center at Old Trinity Church in Great Barrington
The Music & More Festival, August through September at The Meeting House in New Marlborough
The Berkshire Fringe Festival during August in Pittsfield
The New Century Theater at Smith College in Northampton
South Mountain Concerts starting in September in Pittsfield
Lebanon’s Theater Barn

… and, of course, more – there’s always more on the Berkshires stage!

Berkshires Stage Lodging
Whatever brings you to the Berkshires, whether its the stage, our area’s natural beauty, recreation, business, or what have you, do yourself a favor and stay at The Federal House Inn.
Centrally located in lovely South Lee, The Federal House Inn provides easy access to all the Berkshires have to offer, along with delicious, candlelit breakfasts, stately amenities, and uncommonly comfortable accommodations. Come see what you’ve been missing!

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Countdown to Summer 15 May 2013, 6:03 am

This is a great list provided by the Berkshire Visitors Bureau. Twenty more reasons why the Berkshires is the place to be this summer!

Twenty Ways to Make the Most of Your Berkshires Experience.

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Spring in the Berkshires 19 Apr 2013, 1:33 pm

It’s spring in the Berkshires! The crocuses are up and the tulips are not far behind. We look forward to welcoming you at our luxurious Bed & Breakfast this spring and summer. Call us at 800-243-1824 to book your getaway.

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Jiminy Peak 12 Aug 2012, 11:02 am

In this video Brian and Kolleen Weinrich, Innkeepers of Federal House Inn, give an overview of Jiminy Peak and other Berkshire ski areas.

Brian also says:

We offer a ski package in partnership with Butternut. And Butternut is partnered with Catamount. You can buy a pass and ski in either one of the two places.

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Canterbury Farm 10 Feb 2012, 1:36 pm

In this video Kolleen Weinrich, Innkeeper of Federal House Inn, gives an overview of Canterbury Farm.

Kolleen adds:

Many of our winter guests enjoy cross country skiing, snow shoeing and winter hiking. The Arcadian Shop at Kennedy Park rents snow shoes and has daily reasonable rates. [It is definitely our favorite sports store in the area!]. Also, Hilltop Orchards in Richmond has beautifully groomed cross country ski trails. Our guests particularly enjoy wine tasting in front of the large stone fireplace after an afternoon’s workout on the trails!

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Berkshire Botanical Garden 3 Feb 2012, 12:15 pm

In this video Kolleen Weinrich, Inkeeper at Federal House Inn, gives an overview of the Berkshire Botanical Garden.

And Brian Weinrich says:

The Berkshire Botanical Gardens is open from May though October but the beautiful grounds can be explored year round. Classes, workshops, lectures and events are also offered twelve months of the year. One of Kolleen’s favorite pastimes on a beautiful summer’s day is sitting on one of their many unique benches under one of the gorgeous old trees writing in her journal or reading a good book. Many annual events include the spring Plant Sale, the Flower Show, the Fete des Fleurs Garden Party and the fall Harvest Festival and December Holiday Fair.

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Shakespeare & Company 19 Dec 2011, 7:31 am

In this video Brian Weinrich describes gives an overview of Shakespeare & Company.

Brian also says:

In addition to Shakespeare & Company, there is Barrington Stage Company and the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, and The Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, three other high quality live stage venues. So if you’re interested in live performance in a variety of different venues and different styles, from the traditional classical to much more contemporary comedy and drama, the offerings really are quite extensive in a very small area here in the Berkshires.

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Tanglewood 26 Nov 2011, 8:53 am

In this video, Brian and Kolleen Weinrich share their experience of Tanglewood.

They also say:

Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony, is ideally located just seven miles from the Federal House where visitors can hear classical, popular and jazz concerts all summer long. Tanglewood is such a unique spot to spread out a blanket on the vast lawn, feast on a delicious picnic and listen to live music as the sun sets and the stars come out. Fortunately, the beautiful Tanglewood grounds, overlooking the Stockbridge Bowl, are open year round. So an off season autumn stroll or a trek on cross country skies make an enjoyable afternoon outing at Tanglewood!

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Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) 11 Nov 2011, 12:45 pm

In this video Brian Weinrich, Federal House Innkeeper, gives an overview of Mass MoCA: Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art.

Brian also says:

An added plus to this unique museum, MassMoCA, are their presentations year round from music of their alternative cabaret series to scored silent films, to dance parties and July’s contemporary music festival. Their gift shop is filled with an assortment of unique items [great scarves according to Kolleen!] and their small café is the perfect place for a bite of lunch [their homemade soups are delicious].

We often suggest to guests that on their way to the MassMOCA they plan a stop in Williamstown, a quintessential small New England college town with lovely shops and a variety of restaurants. The college itself has a charming small art museum, but of course the world famous Clark Museum is located just minutes from downtown. Privately endowed, The Clark presents world class quality exhibits year round. Many of our guests who are connected with the art world in Boston, NYC and abroad are always very complimentary after their visit to The Clark.

And Kolleen Weinrich says:

One of the things that I always recommend for our guests is to visit the highest point in the state Mount Greylock, as they go right past the entrance on their way up to Williamstown and North Adams. It’s a wonderful day trip to go to Graylock, and then go up to the Clark in Williamstown and have some lunch. And then if they have time, continue on to MASS MoCA in North Adams.

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