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Berktoberfest 2014 22 Sep 2014, 7:00 am
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:
Berkshire Brewing Company
Big Elm Brewing
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Green River Ambrosia
High & Mighty
Lefty’s Brewing Company
Newburyport Brewing Company
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Westfield River Brewing Company
Dottie’s Coffee Lounge
How We Roll
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!
Saturday, October 4th
For more information, please visit berktoberfest.com
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!
Berkshires Fall Foliage 2014! 13 Sep 2014, 7:00 am
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 –
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.
Berkshires Lodging Specials 23 Aug 2014, 7:00 am
We’re dedicated to providing you with the optimal getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to enjoy yourself in the Berkshires – and our Berkshires Lodging Specials do just that.
Whether it’s a deal on multi-night stays, giving you a break on admissions to events and venues, or something as simple as a seniors rate or flowers in your room, we have the deal for you with our Berkshires Lodging Specials – just look:
Birthday / Anniversary Special
Let us know about your Birthday or Anniversary celebration plans, when you book any stay of 2 nights or more, and Federal House Inn will provide a complimentary bottle of wine or champagne for your room. This is on top of our regular afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres offering as well as the three-course, candlelight, gourmet breakfast we offer every morning!
Berkshire Restaurants Dining Special
With the Federal House Inn’s three-course, candlelight, gourmet breakfasts, you’ll not need to go anywhere for your morning meal but there are so many great Berkshires restaurants – you’ll undoubtedly want to try a few! With that in mind, we offer $25 for any two-night stay or more at Federal House Inn towards a delicious meal at your choice of any local restaurant. Not sure where to eat? We have a list of recommendations!
Berkshires Museums Admission Special
Similar to our dining special above, Federal House Inn offers $25 for any two-night, midweek stay or more towards admission to one of the many fine Berkshires Museums, like Hancock Shaker Village, Chesterwood Museum, The Norman Rockwell Museum, and others. You’ll also receive a free gift!
This is just a random sampling from our array of Berkshires Lodging Specials. You can see more of what we offer on our Berkshires Lodging Specials page. Contact us to take advantage of any special prior to booking – and be sure to check back often, as we update and add on seasonal and last minute specials throughout the calendar year.
Don’t forget our Federal House Inn gift certificates, either!
Get Caught Up in Lee Founders Day Weekend 16 Aug 2014, 7:00 am
The 20th annual Lee Founders Day Weekend, scheduled for September 19th through the 21st, is a three day celebration that includes a parade (natch), great food and drink, live music, sidewalk sales, arts and crafts, after-hours events, contests, and much more. A birthday party for the town, Lee Founders Day Weekend is a party for residents and visitors alike, past and present, for it is a celebration not only of a place but also of all who have, or would be, a part of it.
The 2014 Lee Founders Day Weekend events include:
Friday, September 19th:
A Taste of Lee, 5pm to 8pm, takes the Lee Founders Day Weekend center stage Friday with an opportunity for all attending to dine al fresco on Main Street from tastings a la Lee’s finest restaurants. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the Housatonic Philharmonic Orchestra. The after party, 8pm to 10pm, includes music & dancing under the Tent on the Green with D. J. Chuck Wright.
Saturday, September 20th:
Lee Founders Day Weekend Main Street Parade, 11am, is the thing to see if you enjoy good, old fashioned Americana: floats, cars, marching bands, drill groups, costumes, all in all good fun! Other Saturday highlights include dancing under the Tent on the Green from noon to 2pm, special sidewalk sales around town, the Latino Festival under the Tent on the Green from 4pm to 8pm, and the popular Lee Idol Talent Finals at the Spectrum at 7:30pm.
Sunday, September 21st:
The final day of the Lee Founders Day Weekend starts off with the popular Kiwanis Annual Pancake Breakfast, 8am to 11am, and is followed by the Starving Artists Musical Brunch, 11am to 2pm, a meal featuring a mix of organic food and the talents of local musicians. The Launch of the Duck Race occurs shortly thereafter and live entertainment under the Tent on the Green continues with Moonshine Holler, from 1pm to 2pm; Eagles Stage Band, from 2pm to 3:30pm; and a Magic Show from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Lee Founders Day Weekend Celebration 2014
Friday September 19 through Sunday September 21, 2014
Lee Founders Day Lodging
The 2014 Lee Founders Day Weekend is a free, family friendly event that can take up an afternoon or an entire weekend. Stop by for some great deals around town or to soak up the festivities. Whatever your reason for being in the area, making a stay at Federal House Inn part of your plans is the perfect way to cap off your Berkshires getaway. Federal House Inn is a proud part of the Lee community and would love to help show you our brand of hospitality.
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 10th – All-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 17th – The 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 18 – The Beach
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 22 – Oz with Orchestra at
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 31 – Tony 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
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.
That’s Entertainment – the Berkshires Stage 14 Jul 2014, 7:00 am
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 Berkshire 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!
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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!