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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Shakespeare & Company’s 2015 Season Schedule 14 Mar 2015, 7:00 am

The Berkshires are heating up with anticipation as spring approaches and so many dance and theater companies announce their schedules. Shakespeare & Company’s recently announced 2015 season schedule is just the latest in a series of such previews. Are you ready?

The Berkshires’ stage is always alive with music, dance, drama, comedy, and more. Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA does more than their fair share to maintain the Berkshires’ stage as the cultural institution it is.

The recently announced 2015 season for Shakespeare & Company is filled with goodies for fans of the Bard and his peers. There are three Shakespeare plays in the works – “Henry V,” “The Comedy of Errors,” and “Hamlet” – along with the Regional Premiere of “Red Velvet” by Lolita Chakrabarti, the World Premiere of Jane Anderson’s “Mother of the Maid,” and the premiere of new works, such as “The How and the Why,” by Sarah Treem.

Take a gander:

Shakespeare & Company’s 2015 Season

The How And The Why May 22 – July 26 at the Bernstein Theater
by Sarah Treem, directed by Nicole Ricciardi

Henry V June 18 – August 23 at the Bernstein Theater
by William Shakespeare, directed by Jenna Ware, starring Ryan Winkles

The Comedy of Errors July 2 – August 23 at the Packer Playhouse
by William Shakespeare, directed by Taibi Magar

The Unexpected Man July 18 – September 6 at the Packer Playhouse
by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, directed by Seth Gordon

The Mother of the Maid July 30 – September 6 at the Bernstein Theater
by Jane Anderson, directed by Matthew Penn

Red Velvet August 6 – September 13 at the Packer Playhouse
by Lolita Chakrabarti, directed by Daniela Varon, starring John Douglas Thompson

Cry Havoc August 28 and 29 at the Packer Playhouse
written and directed by Stephen Wolfert

Shakespeare and the Language That Shaped the World July 10 – August 15 at the Rose Footprint Theatre
written and directed by Kevin G. Coleman

Hamlet July 16 – August 22 at The Dell at the Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home
by William Shakespeare, directed by Jonathan Croy

Shakespeare & Company Benefit August 3 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Produced by Deborah Grausman, directed by Sam Scalamoni

Tickets for all Shakespeare & Co. shows can be purchased at their box office location in the Miller Administration Building or via phone: 413-637-3353, Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-3pm

Shakespeare & Company
70 Kemble Street
Lenox, MA
www.shakespeare.org

Shakespeare & Company Lodging
Whether it’s the stage, business, or just the natural beauty of the Berkshires that brings you here, making a stay at Federal House Inn part of your Berkshires getaway is the perfect choice. Centrally located in lovely South Lee, The Federal House Inn provides easy access to all the Berkshires have to offer, along with delicious breakfasts, stately amenities, and uncommonly comfortable accommodations – a one of a kind Berkshires lodging experience!

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2015 14 Feb 2015, 7:00 am

The schedule for the 2015 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has been announced and includes more than 50 dance companies from all across the U.S. and the world, including Cuba, Germany, France, Canada, the Netherlands, and more!

Held each year at Jacob’s Pillow in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival hosts a wealth of international dance performances, talks, tours, exhibits, workshops, and more. The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has been instrumental in training and educating generations of dancers, choreographers, administrators, and instructors of dance theory, history, and technique.

Set to run from June 13th through August 29th, with a special performance April 11th and 12th, this year’s festival is working to rival last year’s, which was the most successful Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival to date.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2015

KEIGWIN + Company
April 11 – April 12
MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
June 13 – June 14
Ted Shawn Theatre

Ballet BC
June 24 – June 28
Ted Shawn Theatre

New York Theatre Ballet in Cinderella
June 24 – June 28
Doris Duke Theatre

Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely
– Live Music
July 1 – July 5
Ted Shawn Theatre

BODYTRAFIC
July 1 – July 5, 2015 | Doris Duke Theatre
Doris Duke Theatre

Nederlands Dans Theater 2
July 8 – July 12
Ted Shawn Theatre

Big Dance Theater in Alan Smithee Directed This Play: Triple Feature
July 8 – July 12
Doris Duke Theatre

Alonzo King LINES Ballet
July 15 – July 19
Ted Shawn Theatre

Sébastien Ramirez & Honji Wang in Monchichi
July 15 – July 19
Doris Duke Theatre

Daniil Simkin’s INTENSIO
World Premiere
July 22 – July 26
Ted Shawn Theatre

Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus
July 22 – July 26
Doris Duke Theatre

Daniel Ulbricht & Stars of American Ballet
– Live Music
July 29 – August 2
Ted Shawn Theatre

Jessica Lang Dance in The Wanderer
– Live Music
July 29 – August 9
Doris Duke Theatre

Malpaso Dance Company with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble
– Live Music
August 5 – August 9
Ted Shawn Theatre

The Sarasota Ballet
August 12 – August 16
Ted Shawn Theatre

La Otra Orilla
– Live Music
August 12 – August 16
Doris Duke Theatre

L.A. Dance Project
August 19 – August 22
Ted Shawn Theatre

Liz Gerring Dance
August 19 – August 23
Doris Duke Theatre

A Jazz Happening
Benefit Performance for The School at Jacob’s Pillow – Live Music
August 23
Ted Shawn Theatre

Martha Graham Dance Company
90TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
August 26 – August 30
Ted Shawn Theatre

MADboots Dance
August 26 – August 30
Doris Duke Theatre

2015 Festival Finale
featuring: Martha Graham Dance Company & MADBoots Dance
August 29

For more information on Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2015, including a list of free performances, exhibits, talks, tours, and more, be sure to check the Jacob’s Pillow Dance site: www.jacobspillow.org/festival/.

Tickets for the 2015 Jacob’s Pillow Dance festival went on sale to members January 12th, 2015 while single tickets will go on sale to the public April 1st (no foolin’).

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Lodging
Whenever you’re in the Berkshires, please consider Federal House Inn your home away from home. With our convenient location, you’re set to explore the Berkshires by car, on foot, bike, or what have you. Just minutes from Jacob’s Pillow Dance Center, Tanglewood, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Berkshire Theater Festival, the Barrington Stage Company; staying with us puts you in the center of the action, yet we’re secluded enough that you’ll find we make the perfect quiet retreat as well. We look forward to seeing you!

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Give Your Valentine aRomantic Berkshires Getaway 3 Jan 2015, 7:00 am

The Berkshires are a great place to visit no matter your reason – but they’re especially perfect for a romantic Berkshires getaway on Valentine’s Day!

Federal House Inn has a number of lodging specials with just this fact in mind: package deals designed to pamper you and that special someone during your romantic Berkshires getaway, while also saving you money – what a deal!

A quick visit to the Federal House Inn Specials page will reveal a host of different ways to save on or make special your romantic Berkshires getaway.

The first, most relevant offer is our “I LOVE YOU” special. Put together with romance in mind, this package adds a bouquet of a dozen roses in a lovely vase to your room as a surprise bonus for your special love. And for only $50 – that’s $25 off the going rate!

But roses in your room are just the beginning – you can also take advantage of our Stay Two Nights and Save! special:

January 5th through May 14th, 2015, a two-night stay at Federal House Inn, any day of the week, nets you a $25 savings. Stay a third night and receive $75 off! Add that to your roses and you just saved $100! Wont that come in handy while you wine and dine your valentine during your romantic Berkshires getaway?

Speaking of wining and dining, have you taken a look at our Berkshire Restaurant Dining Discounts special?

Similar to our Stay Two Nights and Save special but available year-round, the Berkshire Restaurant Dining Discounts special gets you a bonus of $25 to your stay of two or more nights to go towards a delicious meal at your choice of any of our wonderful, Berkshires restaurants. You choose the place and let us act as concierge to make the reservation!

Many folks choose Valentine’s Day as a wedding day, meaning each year’s return of the date is especially important – not just as a nationally recognized, romantic holiday but also as your wedding anniversary. If that’s true for you then you’ll be interested in our Birthday / Anniversary Special!

If your special day happens to fall within your time at the Federal House Inn, let us know and, when you book a stay of 2 nights or more with us, you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of wine or champagne in your room to celebrate the happy return of the date. This is on top of the afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres and romantic candlelight gourmet breakfast already part of every stay at our Berkshires inn!

Do be sure to contact us directly if you’re interested in taking advantage of these or any of our other Berkshires lodging specials and packages. Some restrictions may apply and some additional options may be available – maybe we can even customize a package to fit your needs!

Clearly, we here at Federal House Inn understand and appreciate comfort, romance, and value. Make us your choice of lodging during your romantic Berkshires getaway this Valentine’s Day – or any time! – and we’ll work hard to make sure your stay with us is the best anyone can provide.

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Take a Berkshires Skiing Getaway! 13 Dec 2014, 7:00 am

Winter in the Berkshires is one of our favorite seasons – the beauty of the snow on the mountains, the warmth and joy of the holidays – but perhaps most of all, it’s the winter sports and all the great, Berkshires skiing resorts!

Planning a Berkshires Skiing getaway is easy to do if you know what you’re looking for. Do you prefer cross-country, downhill, or are you a snowboarder? Perhaps you’re looking for something quieter and less crowded than a resort? Do you prefer snowshoeing to skiing? What about rentals and lessons?

Let us help you pick the area that’s right for you with this quick list of some of our favorite Berkshires ski resorts and and areas:

Ski Butternut
www.skibutternut.com
380 State Road, Route 23, Great Barrington
Butternut Basin has 22 trails, 10 ski lifts, 2 terrain parks, a tubing area, and offers lessons at their ski school. Butternut Basin is also known for its summer concerts and festivals, including the annual Berkshires Arts Festival!

Bousquet Mountain
101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield
www.bousquets.com
Bousquet Mountain Ski Resort features downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, skiing lessons, and ski rentals. During warmer seasons you can also engage in Segway tours, ziplining, waterslides, go-karts, a disk golf course, and more at their Adventure Park. Did we mention the full service bar on premises?

Jiminy Peak
37 Corey Road, Hancock
www.jiminypeak.com
Jiminy Peak is the largest ski resort in southern New England with 45 trails, lessons, rentals, snowboarding, and night skiing. In the warmer months, they also have a popular ropes course, ziplines, alpine slides, climbing wall, trails for hiking and mountain biking, you name it. All this plus dining on-site.

Catamount
Route 23, South Egremont
www.catamountski.com
Catamount Ski Area offers the winter sports enthusiast 33 trails of downhill and cross-country skiing along with a terrain park that includes some gnarly jumps and jibs. Full rentals of gear and lessons are also available.

Canterbury Farm Cross Country Skiing
1986 Fred Snow Road, Becket
www.canterbury-farms.com
Canterbury Farms provides 13+ miles of alpine skiing on groomed trails. Snowshoeing and ice-skating are also available, plus they offer rentals, lessons, and meals on-site.

Kennedy Park
Route 7 and 20 Pittsfield Road, Lenox
www.berkshiresports.org
Lenox’ Kennedy Park in Lenox is a wonderful place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing – or mountain biking, hiking, and running, when weather permits. Town-owned and maintained, this hardwood forest is riddled with old carriage roads and upwards of 15 miles of groomed trails. If you go, be sure to take a map.

Berkshires Lodging
Federal House Inn’s location provides easy access to all the ski areas listed above and more. Whether your Berkshires vacation is based on skiing, theater, music, or just general rest and relaxation, a stay at Federal House Inn will make your Berkshires getaway that much better. Happy holidays form all of us at Federal House Inn!

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2015 Tanglewood Season Announced! 29 Nov 2014, 7:00 am

The 2015 Tanglewood season includes an exciting list of guest artists, such as Yo Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Bryn Terfel, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, the Mark Morris Dance Company, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Diana Krall, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and Huey Lewis and the News!

Only recently announced, the 2015 Tanglewood season is especially action-packed as this year sees both the inaugural season of Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons and the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood Music Center. Running from June 20 through the first weekend in September, Labor Day, the 2015 Tanglewood season promises to entertain and delight with programs from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Tanglewood’s popular artist series, and many special events.

In celebration of its 75th anniversary season, Tanglewood Music Center has commissioned over 30 new works, with Andris Nelsons leading a performance of Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 on August 8th, which will be available free as a live webcast from bso.org. Free, weekly downloads of performances from Tanglewood’s 75-year performance history will also be made available online. Other 75th anniversary attractions include an archival exhibit at the Tanglewood visitors center and commemorative program books on the center’s lengthy and fascinating history available online and at the center.

A new honorary title for the 2015 Tanglewood season, Koussevitzky Artist, has been awarded to Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax for both their multidimensional commitments to the 2015 season as well teaching and performing at Tanglewood for more than 30 years. As part of this honor, they will perform together in a recital of the Complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Beethoven in the Koussevitzky Music Shed on Aug. 9.

Maestro Andris Nelsons is scheduled to lead six Tanglewood programs, four BSO concerts, selections from Verdi’s opera Otello, two Strauss tone poems, works of Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Barber, programs featuring Christian Tetzlaff, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Renaud CapuÇon, Gautier CapuÇon, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture as part of Tanglewood on Parade.

Other highlights from the 2015 Tanglewood season include:

June 21 – Diana Krall
June 25 & 26 – Mark Morris Dance Group
June 27 – A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor
June 28 – Huey Lewis and the News
June 30 – Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
July 6 – Boston Pops brass and percussion featured with famed drum & bugle corps Boston Crusaders and Blue Devils
July 9 – recital appearance by Bryn Terfel
July 11 – Act I from Puccini’s Tosca with Bryn Terfel and Sondra Radvanovsky, Bramwell Tovey ditrecting
July 14 – recital appearance by Sarah Connolly
July 14 – Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Aug. 6 – all-Brahms program with Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Leonidas Kavakos
Aug. 9 – Charles Dutoit and Joshua Bell

For more information on the the 2015 Tanglewood season, please visit: www.tanglewood.org.
Brochures and tickets for the 2015 Tanglewood season will be made available in early February.

Tanglewood Lodging
Tanglewood tickets go fast, so planning ahead is the way to go – but don’t forget lodging! Less than 15 minutes away the Tanglewood campus, Federal House Inn, your Berkshires getaway headquarters, is the perfect home base for any Tanglewood events. Plan your stay now!

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The 25th Annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend 15 Nov 2014, 7:00 am

Last post we told you about the Norman Rockwell Museum – this time around we’ll take a look at how Norman Rockwell’s famous painting, “Stockbridge Main Street At Christmas,” comes to life every December in the Berkshires!

As previously noted, Norman Rockwell not only spent his last years and left his collection in trust in Stockbridge, MA, he also used a lot of the town’s quintessential, New England ambiance in many of his works – most notably and obviously in the famous painting “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.”

In honor of this beautiful work of art by this amazing illustrator and one-time resident, Stockbridge holds an annual Christmas celebration in which they recreate the mid-50’s scene of “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas,” complete with vintage automobiles, holiday decorations, and more for you to visit and explore.

The 25th anniversary of the Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas weekend includes such activities and attractions as Christmas-themed readings, holiday house tours, caroling, horse drawn rides, a holiday concert, and of course, a visit from Santa. The 25th anniversary weekend of the annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas weekend finishes up on Sunday, December 7th, with a recreation of the scene depicted in Rockwell’s famous painting – and you can be in it!

Other Berkshires attractions during the Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas weekend include:

Santa’s Cookie Workshop at Norman Rockwell Museum
December 6, 3pm – 5pm
Decorate artistic holiday cookies inspired by the spirit of the season with Christmas music and special gallery talks about Norman Rockwell’s holiday art.

Holly Fair at the First Congregational Church
December 6, 10am – 3pm
Handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gifts of unique greenery and yummy home-baked treats to adorn your door, holiday table, or give as gifts.

Holiday Marketplace at Berkshire Botanical Garden
December 6 & 7, 10am – 5pm
Select a handmade wreath or decoration made of natural materials for your home or as a gift. Beautiful, reasonably priced and for a good cause!

The Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend

December 5 – 7, 2014
For more details and tickets, please visit: stockbridgechamber.org

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Lodging
Much of the attraction of the Berkshires is the area’s seeming timelessness. Stockbridge has changed little since Rockwell’s famous painting and the town is not alone. The special ambiance that draws so many to the Berkshires can best be felt with lodging not in some impersonal hotel or motel but in the lush and carefully selected accommodations of a Berkshires bed and breakfast like the Federal House Inn: a stately and beautifully restored, 1824 mansion. Continue the timeless feeling of your Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend in the Berkshires with a stay at the Federal House Inn!

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Step Into Art at the Norman Rockwell Museum 18 Oct 2014, 7:00 am

It doesn’t get more Americana than a Norman Rockwell painting – whether you saw it in a book, on a poster, or on an old magazine cover, you know his work immediately. Norman Rockwell’s art is the warm, welcoming kind that invites you in – well now you can take him up on it by visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.

Norman Rockwell created well over 4,000 works during his lifetime, including illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post, Look magazine, Boys’ Life, and many others. A realist artist with an eye for the warmth and humor in humanity, Norman Rockwell’s paintings, drawings, and sketches are the epitome of the American experience.

Part of the charm of the Norman Rockwell museum is its location: Norman Rockwell spent the last 25 years of his life in Stockbridge.

During a visit here, the Norman Rockwell fan may recognize parts of town – and so they should, as Stockbridge inspired Rockwell and was often used as a character in his work. Stockbridge is so a part of the vision Norman Rockwell presented to the world that the town holds an annual, Christmas-time event that recreates one of his most famous paintings: “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.”

Rockwell was instrumental in establishing the trust that was to become the Norman Rockwell Museum, even arranging to have his studio and its contents curated as part of the collection. Consequently, the Norman Rockwell Museum now houses the largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art in the world.

The permanent collection at the Norman Rockwell Museum includes 998 original paintings, drawings, and sketches. The Norman Rockwell Archives, a collection of more than 100,000 items, includes photographs, letters, fan mail, and other items from Rockwell’s studio, such as his reference library and even some of the furnishings!

Norman Rockwell died in 1978 but his spirit and wonderful body of work lives on at The Norman Rockwell Museum.

The Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Route 183 – Stockbridge, MA
For more information, hours, and current exhibits, please visit: www.nrm.org

Norman Rockwell Museum Lodging
Stockbridge and the Norman Rockwell Museum are less than 10 minutes away from our Berkshires Bed & Breakfast here in South, Lee, MA. Our location puts us in the epicenter of Berkshires culture, making us both a natural and wise choice for your Berkshires vacation. If you love the warmth of the yesteryear that Norman Rockwell so skillfully imbued his works with, you’ll love a stay at the Federal House Inn. Our Berkshires inn seamlessly merges the elegance of the past with the convenience of the modern, for your comfort right now.

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Berkshires Boo A 2014 Berkshires Halloween Guide 11 Oct 2014, 7:00 am

October brings more than just bright fall colors to the Berkshires, it also brings lots of fun, Halloween-themed events! Below is a guide to some of the 2014 Berkshires Halloween events, all of which are just a short distance from our South Lee, MA bed and breakfast!

Ventfort Hall and the Gilded Age Museum

104 Walker St., Lenox, MA.

Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection The Cobweb – Thursday, October 30, 7pm
At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients in an insulated atmosphere: starring Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Charles Boyer, Gloria Grahame, Lillian Gish, John Kerr, Susan Strasberg, Fay Wray and Oscar Levant

Tea and Talk – Saturday, November 1, 3:30 – 5:30 pm.
Rob Velella will portray Hawthorne: Shrouded in Blackness introducing us during the Halloween season to the reclusive 19th-century author’s intensely dark works, which our entertainer and scholar reminds us are possibly more macabre than those by Edgar Allen Poe.

For more information about this Ventfort Hall event, please visit: gildedage.org

The Mount – Edith Wharton’s Home

2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, Massachusetts

Ghost Tours of The Mount – Friday evenings in October and Saturday, October 25, 5:45pm or 7pm
Prepare for a night of creaky floors, slamming doors, and ghostly fun as you tour the most haunted parts of the estate. A spooky Berkshires Halloween event not recommended for children under 12.

All Souls: A special Halloween reading with Ariel Bock – Friday, October 31, 7:30pm
An All Hallows’ Eve for a reading of “All Souls,” Wharton’s last ghost story, written the year she died. Seasonal refreshments will be available.

Halloween Ghost Tour – Friday, October 31, 10:30pm
The Mount presents their special, annual midnight tour on the spookiest night of the year! This Halloween evening tour will lead you through the most haunted parts of the estate and is not recommended for children under 12.

Victorian Boudoir: A Berkshires Halloween Masquerade -Saturday, November 1, 8pm
An evening full of sinister good fun at The Mount’s first ever masquerade ball, with frights, food, dancing, and a costume contest.

For more information about this event at The Mount, please visit: www.edithwharton.org

Jiminy Peak

37 Corey Rd, Hancock, MA

13 Nights – October Fridays and Saturdays – plus Sunday, October 12th
Make your Berkshires Halloween a special one with a tour of the school house of the Jericho Valley, where you never know what will be lurking around the corner. Then, if you dare, ride through the darkness to the summit of Jiminy Peak where chaos lies in wait for you. The terror and thrills will last around 40 minutes – but will you?

For more information about this Jiminy Peak event, please visit: www.13nightsatjiminy.com

Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA

Luminaries: Exploring Stockbridge Cemetery – October 23rd, 5pm
This Norman Rockwell Museum walking tour is the perfect compliment to your Berkshires Halloween adventures. Informative and only mildly spooky, this tour begins on the lawn adjacent to the bell tower parking area at the Old Town Hall

For more information about this event at The Norman Rockwell Museum, please visit: www.nrm.org

Berkshires Halloween Lodging

As you can see, there are a great many seasonal events in our area to help spice up your Berkshires getaway. It’s a situation that remains true no matter what time of year and part of what makes the Berkshires – and a stay at Federal House Inn – so popular!

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Berktoberfest 2014 22 Sep 2014, 7:00 am

It’s Berktoberfest time again and Berktoberfest 2014, the 7th annual return of this popular, craft beer festival, is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever – Friday, October 4th!

Berktoberfest was started in 2007 as a fundraiser and has since generated over $10,000 for local charities, not to mention attracting thousands of craft beer enthusiasts to downtown Pittsfield at the height of the Berkshires’ fall foliage season.

And no wonder – with 16 breweries scheduled to attend the festival with offerings running the gamut from stouts and porters to IPA’s, lagers, pilseners, saisons, ciders, and more – not to mention the food that will be on hand from local restaurants, and even alcohol infused cigars!

Check out the list:

Barrington Brewing
Berkshire Brewing Company
Big Elm Brewing
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Element
Green River Ambrosia
High & Mighty
Lefty’s Brewing Company
Newburyport Brewing Company
Old Burnside
Paper City
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Samuel Adams
Slumbrew
Wandering Star
Westfield River Brewing Company
Baba Louie’s
Dottie’s Coffee Lounge
Flavour’s
How We Roll
Mad Jack’s
Guy and Lady Barrel LLC

Berktoberfest 2014 will also feature music to dance to, games to play, and even tents to huddle under should fall weather appear. Berktoberfest is rain or shine because, with a mug full of fresh, craft beer, a mouthful of delicious, local food, and ears full of great, live music, who cares about a little wind or rain – right?

Again, the best part of Berktoberfest 2014 – any Berktoberfest – isn’t all the great craft beer and local food, hard to believe as that might be, but rather the fact that so much of the money generated by this fabulous annual Berkshires festival goes towards a good, local cause. It’s the best of both worlds!

Berktoberfest 2014

Saturday, October 4th
For more information, please visit berktoberfest.com

Berktoberfest Lodging
Federal House Inn is here for you with our centrally located located, stately and comfortable home, no matter what shape your Berkshires vacation takes: Berktoberfest 2014, Fall Foliage Getaway, Tanglewood, or Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Let us be your Berkshires home away from home so that you may enjoy our beautiful area and rewarding, one of a kind lodging experience. See you soon!

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Berkshires Fall Foliage 2014! 13 Sep 2014, 7:00 am

A patchwork quilt of natural beauty and community celebration
that’s Berkshires Fall Foliage

No one likes to see summer go but, you know, without summer passing we don’t get autumn and, without autumn there would be no … Berkshires Fall Foliage!

As you probably know, fall here means Berkshires Fall Foliage and that spells nothing more than a world of stunning natural beauty: browns, greens, reds, oranges, yellows, oh my.

Look, we’re biased, we think it’s always beautiful here in the Berkshires but no one can deny that the Berkshires Fall Foliage is absolutely one of the most gorgeous sights out there – and, located in South Lee, MA, we’re in the thick of it.

The Berkshires fairly come alive this time of year as many others are winding down. There are numerous events throughout the region this time of year – most of them independent of the attraction of the Berkshires Fall Foliage but still timed rather nicely to coincide with the appearance of it.

Most are – or once were – harvest festivals and parades that are a wonderful way to see and celebrate the warm traditions of small town America that, in many communities today, have long since faded away. Come to the Berkshires this fall and celebrate with us the gorgeous bounty and beauty of the Berkshires Fall Foliage season.

Berkshires Fall Foliage Events

North Adams – Berkshire Food Festival — September 15, 2013 – 12-4pm
Lee – Founders’ Weekend — Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
Pittsfield – Hancock Shaker Village Trail Races – Sept. 20, 2014
Lenox – Lenox Tub ParadeNoon – Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Lenox – 38th Josh Billings Runaground Triathalon — Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Lee – Founders’ Weekend — Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
Lee – Founders’ Weekend — Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Lenox – Apple Squeeze — All day – Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
Lenox – Apple Squeeze — All day – Saturday, Sept. 28, 2014
Pittsfield – Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village – Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
Pittsfield – Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village – Sat. & Sun. Sept. 27 & 28, 2014
Lenox – Brock Trot — 7AM registration – Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Adams – Annual Fall Run to Charlemont — 11AM – Sunday, Sept. 28, 2013
North Adams – Fall Foliage Parade – 1PM – Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
Stockbridge – Berkshire Harvest Festival — 10AM – 5PM – Sat. Oct. 11, 2014
Stockbridge – Berkshire Harvest Festival — 10AM – 5PM – Sun. Oct. 12, 2014
Pittsfield – Pittsfield City Jazz Festival — Oct. 10 – 17, 2014
Pittsfield — Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 10-12); Jazz About Town – venues TBA
Pittsfield — Jazz Prodigy Concert, 7pm, Berkshire Music School – Oct. 15, 2014
Pittsfield — Third Thursday block party, featuring Metro West Thump – Oct. 16, 2014
Pittsfield – vocalist Stephanie Nakasian with the Hod O’Brien trio at Baba Louies – Oct. 17, 2014
Pittsfield – Empire Jazz Orchestra w/ Claire Daly, Sharel Cassity, and Ada Rovatti, Colonial Theatre – Oct. 18, 2014

Berkshires Fall Foliage Lodging
Federal House Inn is located in South Lee, a mile outside of Stockbridge: the heart of Berkshires Fall Foliage country. We’re centrally located to provide you with easy access to numerous southern Berkshire attractions including Tanglewood, the Appalachian Trail, and the list of Berkshires Fall Foliage events you see listed above. Stay at Federal House Inn for your Berkshires Fall Foliage getaway and realize true comfort.

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