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Late-summer fun with Harry Connick Jr. and Donal Fox

  
  
  

Our friends at Tanglewood sure do know how to plan a party. They recently announced the lineup for Labor Day weekend and it looks like it’s going to be a great weekend. On Saturday, there are two great shows: jazz and classical composer and improviser Donal Fox at 1 p.m. and piano-man Harry Connick, Jr. at 7 p.m. Then, on Sunday, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will close out the season at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available for both concerts individually. You may also purchase an all-day lawn pass for $40, which is good for admission to the lawn for both performances. Lawn pass holders will be permitted to remain on the grounds between the shows. 

We’re going to up the ante by offering an either/or special: book a three-night stay and receive a 20 percent discount. If you prefer a shorter stay, we’ll waive the traditional three-night holiday minimum and reserve a two-night weekend stay as long as your stay includes Saturday night.

Donal Fox performs his Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project at Ozawa Hall on August 31. Mr. Fox creates music that bends the boundaries of genre, fusing jazz, classical, Latin and original music in ways that, according to Downbeat Magazine confound “the genre police.” He takes the stage at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 31.connick fox 345x290

Fox was the first African-American composer-in-residence with the St. Louis Symphony. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Music. The annual prize is awarded to composers of "exceptional accomplishment" and "outstanding artistic achievement." From 2009-2011, Fox was Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Multi-award winning performer, composer, and philanthropist Harry Connick Jr. plays the Shed at Tanglewood at 7 p.m. on August 31 (talk about a day packed with amazing music). Connick and his band will play this performance in support of his current album Every Man Should Know, an album that explores life and love. Exclusive VIP meet-and-greet packages are available for this performance. The VIP package includes a post-concert reception and the opportunity to meet Harry Connick Jr.

For tickets to these special performances, and for more information about the VIP reception package for the Harry Connick Jr. show, call SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200 or 888-266-1200 (Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat 12 noon to 6 p.m.) or visit www.tanglewood.org for tickets. 

They’ve got the music and we’ve got your rooms – ready upon arrival – for your Labor Day Weekend vacation.

*Photo via the Tanglewood website.


First Friday Artswalks In Pittsfield

  
  
  

Just minutes from Hampton Terrace, a first Friday tradition lets you enjoy the summer air and enjoy the arts all at once: The First Friday Artswalks in neighboring Pittsfield.


Painting by MA artist Tracy Levesque.First Friday Artswalks fall on the first Friday of each month on North St. Pittsfield, in the Upstreet Cultural District. These Artswalks feature gallery exhibits, work from individual artists, and displays by the hospitality businesses along the corridor as well. You will find art everywhere – in galleries, bars, restaurants, even medical centers and real estate offices.

The monthly Artswalk kicks off the month’s exhibits for the participating venues, and each month the exhibits change.

This sample program from the June event gives you an idea of the layout, the diversity of the destinations, and the density of the offerings. The July program will be posted shortly on the event site.

A variety of artistic media are represented each month – photography, sculpture, paintings, and more await your discovery. Live music is also featured as part of the Artswalk experience, depending on the month. Both local/regional artists and artists from further abroad are invited to show their work.

For more information about the First Friday Artswalks, visit the event website or call 413-499-9348. First Friday Artswalks also has a Facebook page

Receive a $30 Gift Card To Newly-Expanded Nejaimes - Book A Romantic Weekend Getaway

  
  
  

Big news for our friends at the Nejaimes Lenox Wine Cellar – they have doubled the size ofThe French Country Picnic from Nejaimes, Lenox, MA their store. That can only mean one thing: More GREAT wine and beverage selections.

We have been sending our guests there for years, for great wine – often with their $30 gift cards in hand as a part of the Hampton Terrace Romantic Getaway Weekend Special. 

The Romantic Getaway Weekend Special begins at $229/night and includes: 

  • Hampton Terrace’s trademark “Gilded Age glamour” and an experience Traditional Home Magazine called “absolutely perfect.”
  • Spend a romantic weekend at one of the East Coast’s “premier getaway destinations,” the Berkshires.
  • We make the Romantic Weekend Package accessible for you. Pay half when you book and half when you arrive.
  • A $30 gift card for the newly-expanded Nejaimes, our local wine/gourmet food shop.
  • A candle-lit breakfast buffet.
  • A comprehensive list of activities in the area during your stay (attached to your confirmation), as well as a list of guest-approved restaurants in the area.
  • Free early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability).
  • An additional 30 percent discount when you book a third night.
  • We can also adorn your room with flowers and a bottle of champagne, or arrange for an in-room massage.
  • Check availability or request your Romantic Getaway Weekend Package personal rate quote directly from the Innkeeper. It's guaranteed in writing!

We have sent literally thousands of guests to Nejaimes with their $30 gift cards. Nejaimes is a treasure trove of excellent wines, other beverages, including grappa, hard cider, whiskey,The Berkshire Summer Classic picnic from Nejaimes, Lenox, MA ale and many more, as well as gift baskets, picnics, and gluten-free treats. In other words – some key ingredients to a romantic weekend experience. A summer picnic in the Berkshires is an experience you’ll never forget, shared with your special someone.

At Nejaimes, you can select the picnic of your dreams from their picnic menu. Their three picnic options will not disappoint. Choose from The French Country, The Berkshire Summer Classic, or The Nejaimes Mediterranean. The French Country includes typically French favorites such as double-crème brie, truffle pâté, and homemade fruit pie. The Berkshire Summer Classic includes a roasted salmon fillet, goat cheese, and more. The Nejaimes Mediterranean will tempt your palate with Tabouli salad, dry, Italian Sopressata, and homemade Lebanese Baklava. The Nejaimes staff can also assist you by recommending the perfect wine or beverage accompaniment for your picnic.

The walk to Nejaimes is one elegant facet of the whole experience, when you book your Romantic Getaway Weekend here at Hampton Terrace. With their newly expanded store, and selection, you will have many more delicious choices!

 

Tanglewood Rocks: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals come to Lenox

  
  
  

Tanglewood continues to expand its brand with another pop show in its roster.  August 19th at 7pm, Josh Ritter, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals come to the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood’s storied Lenox campus.

The show opens with Josh Ritter, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and author. Ritter is in the midst of a bit of a musical rebirth. Historically he has written his work on the guitar, but his more recent works move beyond the guitar and result in a complex collection of songs featuring a rainbow of instruments – piano, horns and strings, conspiring to tell an indelicate story. As the musician himself says (via the Tanglewood website):

"The air of gravitas around me was getting oppressive. For some reason it seemed like there was a premium being placed on earnestness and that can be pretty stifling. There was a lot of talk about true love and righteous indignation. I wanted to write about gunslingers and missile silos."

This should prove an intriguing opening to a night that is guaranteed to rock. If you’ve seen a Grace Potter and the Nocturnals live show, you know the electricity they generate – and thatgrace potter Grace Potter herself is an iconic stage presence. If you have not – prepare yourself for an evening of driving American rock, with just a little pop softness mixed in, and hooks that give you no choice but to come along for the ride.

Their current album, in archetypical fashion, was the result of a soul-searching road trip. Touring hadn’t really allowed Potter to experience the landscape. This trip allowed her to take it all in – and translate it into a full album, with a story to tell.

Tickets for their August 19th performance are $23.50 to $52.50, and are available online at the Tanglewood website.

As always if you are planning to make it to this great show – plan ahead to make sure you get the best accommodations. Summer is very busy in the Berkshires and extremely busy at Hampton Terrace. We are just a 3 minute drive, or a short walk from the venue – and a great place to fall into some sweet rock and roll dreams after the show.

Don’t Miss The Berkshires Dream Auction – Bidding Is Open!

  
  
  

The Berkshires are a beautiful destination, and the Berkshire Visitors Bureau is dedicated to telling the world all about it. The Berkshires Dream Auction is an event to support that work, and it’s chock full of must-haves that you’ll want to check out. 260 fabulous items have been donated to this auction – 260 items that you can bid on!logo 339x90

Online bidding runs until June 23, 2013. Bid on vacation getaways, golf, spa and theatre experiences to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. Tell your friends, family, community. Let the bidding begin! It just so happens that one of the items that you can bid on is a “Weekend Stay for Two at Hampton Terrace Bed & Breakfast”. The value of our Hampton Terrace package is $511 and the current bid is $225. A $280 Williamstown Theatre Festival Package is currently at $145...a beautiful Tibetan sterling silver bracelet worth $125 has $52 in bids so far. Get bidding now for some great steals!

Every bid you make supports the Berkshires of Western MA. All proceeds benefit the Berkshire Marketing Fund. So you can bid on all the great items you want, knowing you are helping the Berkshire Visitors Bureau promote the Berkshires as a premier travel destination for the economic well being of all its businesses and residents.

The auction only lasts for a short time, however – this coming Sunday is the deadline. Get your bids in NOW!

 

The Innkeepers Blog: Things On Wheels Edition!

  
  
  

Last year was the inaugural one for what will now be an annual event: The Berkshire Cycling Classic. June 9th, the second annual Berkshire Cycling Classic comes to Lenox.  The race will begin and end on Church Street and will be followed by a post-event reception in the center of town for cyclists.  This race is more than just a race, however, and the event includes activities scheduled in Lenox during the day as well. 

The event website shows a map for the 100 or 130 km race (your choice). Cyclists will speed through the towns of Stockbridge, South Lee, West Otis, Sandisfield, New Marlborough, Sheffield, Alford and more. You can be a participant – or, really embrace the role of spectator, taking in sights along the race route, or indulging in the Lenox-based race events.

For more information, or to register for this event, visit berkshirecyclingclassic.com.

Now for a completely different type of wheeled vehicle event: On Friday, June 14th, Lenoxsexy vintage car hosts the Lenox Motorcar Classic from 6-9 pm.   Classic cars and trucks will be seen on the streets and come to rest for display at the closed-to-traffic portion of Main Street. A collection of vintage military vehicles and fire trucks will be a part of the festivities as well, in addition to some non-auto related events: Local band Whiskey City is slated to perform in the adjacent Library Reading Park, and food and drink will be available.  Raffle tickets priced at $20 are available now if you call 637-3646. The grand prize is a day at the Skip Barber Driving School, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lenox Fire Department.

Both of these events are just a short walk from the Hampton Terrace threshold, thanks to our extremely convenient location. If you ever have questions about events such as these, or any other Berkshires events that you may need some local guidance on, don’t hesitate to call us – that’s why we’re here!

Heather Lind, Jonathan Brody, Lewis Black, George Bernard Shaw and the Marx Brothers - must be time for Williamstown Theater Festival 2013!

  
  
  

With the release of the 2013 season for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the buzz for this year’s festival has begun. As always, this year’s festival looks to be a rich soup of fresh faces, veteran talent, and shows both known and anticipated.

June 26, the festival kicks off with a modern production of a Marx Brothers’ classic: Animal Crackers. Music, dancing and screwball comedy combine to engage the audience in a search for a thief. Animal Crackers at Williamstown Theatre Festival 2013

Another 20th century classic, Pygmalion, runs from July 17 to July 27. George Bernard Shaw’s play is, of course, the one that later became the musical film My Fair Lady. What happens when you take a lower class girl from her flower-selling cart and transform her into a lady? On a bet? To say that extremely witty hilarity ensues would almost belittle what is a smart and truly pointed examination of class.

Heather Lind in Pygmalion at Williamstown Theatre Festival 2013

The Bridges of Madison County is a classic of another kind – a bestselling novel, interpreted for the stage. Love and passion are meant for the stage, and this play delves into these matters, with a woman who must choose whether she will follow her heart. What does the play have that the book does not? Music. The stage allows for the addition of a completely new dimension to a story that has already been enjoyed by millions of readers.

There will be (as always, truly) a number of familiar faces on stage this summer throughout the WTF season: Actors of television, Broadway and film. Heather Lind, who starred on Broadway opposite Al Pacino in “The Merchant of Venice” will appear as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. The Animal Crackers’ cast includes “Jonathan Brody, who has appeared on Broadway in ‘Monty Python's Spamalot’ and ‘Titanic,’ as well as the off-Broadway ‘Naked Boys Singing;’ Adams Chanler-Berat, of Broadway's ‘Peter and the Starcatcher;’ Mara Davi, who recently appeared on television's ‘Smash’ and in the movie ‘New Year's Eve;’ and Renée Elise Goldsberry, who has appeared as Olivia Warner on Fox's ‘The Following’ and as Geneva Pine on "The Good Wife," according to the North Adams Transcript.

And fully-produced plays are not the only activities at WTF. An evening with Lewis Black, and a timely reading of “Scott and Zelda” are also among the season’s offerings.

Lewis Black at Williamstown Theatre Festival 2013

For more information visit the Williamstown Theatre Festival website. Their blog is also a fun read throughout the season.

The Definition of True Romance

  
  
  

Gimped Mini Mogi and Friends

A romantic getaway is not just flowers and wine – it is an experience (that of course may happen to include flowers and wine). A romantic getaway creates a special experience for you and your special person to enjoy. It will relax, rejuvenate, and maybe even entertain. It will engage your senses, as you give you and your loved one time to detach from the mundane.

Here at Hampton Terrace, we understand how important it is to take time for romance – and happily, we are nestled in a special place that is rich in all of the elements that a true romantic getaway requires.

The rising, gentle peaks of the Berkshires are the first to greet you when you arrive. They are the canvases upon which nature expresses the dramatic nature of the New England seasons. In winter, white peaks beckon you to join them on the slopes. In Fall, the mountainsides erupt into one of the great wonders of the world – trees that glow in colors straight from a jewel box, reds, oranges, yellows. And of course in the summer, lush greens invite you to picnic on the grass, hike the ancient woods, and stroll the town at night, sipping wine and touring the culinary globe.

Hampton Terrace has your plush, cozy bed, your private room, and a special gift card to our local, Lenox wine shop, Nejaimes. In-room massage? We can arrange that for you. Wine and flowers to set the tone for your special trip? Call ahead, they’ll be ready for you when you arrive.

And that’s just your arrival.

Once your bags are settled in your room and you’ve had a chance to test the coziness of the big, fluffy bed, it’s time to explore the neighborhood. Within a short walk, guests at Hampton Terrace find the lovely town of Lenox to explore. 

French cuisine is renowned the world over for its elegance, richness, and exquisite flavor. Patisserie Lenox is an authentic French patisserie just a short walk from your room at Hampton Terrace. Rich chocolate, decadent cakes, flaky croissant, and so much more. French pastries are moist, flavorful, and unforgettable. Enjoy something there, and bring a little something back to your room for later. 

Ready to explore?

Lenox itself is a rich collection of art galleries, antique shops, and unique stores. Discover a must-have treasure together at Coffman’s Antiques. Find that perfect piece of contemporary art for your home at the Wit Gallery. Inspire your sense of humor at the Tom Fiorini Sculpture Garden. Take in a collection of the region’s finest visual art at the Lenox Gallery of Fine Art.

Your stomachs will tell you when it’s time for dinner. The Berkshires are home to a strong farm-to-table movement and Nudel are masters of their genre. Chef Bjorn Somlo was nominated for a Best New Chef award in 2012 by Food & Wine Magazine. His pasta bar draws its ingredients from local sources and transforms food into an experience. There’s a reason his fans are ardent and enthusiastic.

Don’t forget to stop at Nejaimes, the wine shop, with your certificate, before you settle in for the evening. Located appropriately right near the patisserie, they stock a dense selection of fine wines and other beverages. Perhaps pair your wine with the delicious pastry you picked up at Patisserie Lenox?

Once you’ve returned from town, your Jacuzzi tub is here for you at the Inn, in your private oasis of relaxation.

After a great night’s sleep spent sinking deeper into relaxation mode, you’ll likely awaken to the savory smells of whatever we are cooking that morning in the kitchen, and we will have a private candlelit breakfast ready for you. Breakfast is no cookie cutter affair at Hampton Terrace. You’ll have a different selection each morning of your visit, sweets, savories, and vegetarian options are available.

And that’s just day one. The Berkshires have so much more to offer you, as you explore the all-too-rare experience of true relaxation and romance.

Congratulations To Our Hampton Terrace Getaway Winner: Lauren!

  
  
  
In April, we paired up with our friends at Oasis Day Spa, the #1 spa in New York City andlauren oasis winner Westchester County, for a contest.

Bruce generously offered a FREE day of beauty to one of our Facebook friends or email subscribers. Your day would include a massage, facial and manicure, worth nearly $300. And anyone who entered received a 15% discount on any 60-minute spa service at any of Oasis’ locations in 2013.

We at Hampton Terrace offered anyone who entered a $50 credit off a two-night stay at Hampton Terrace, and a free two-night getaway (midweek or weekend) at Hampton Terrace to one Oasis fan or subscriber.

That lucky winner is Lauren! Lauren has booked a special anniversary weekend with us for this fall, and we’ll be delighted to greet her in person with some Berkshires hospitality.

Congratulations, Lauren!

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The Berkshires Then and Now: Our “Gilded” past

  
  
  

Modern day visitors to the Berkshires follow in a tradition that was established at the end of the 19th Century, by Society players of the Northeast, who called this place home – at least during the summer! 

HAMPTON TERRACE

Hampton Terrace is one of the “cottages” built by money industrialists and their social brethren in the post-Civil War era known as the Gilded Age. Dozens of these cottages, many of them quite opulent, and hardly what we would call a cottage these days, are still occupied or in-use. Hampton Terrace of course, is occupied as an inn – and has been since the 1930’s. Our property knows a longer history, however, as it was the site of Lenox’s first blacksmith shop.

VENTFORT HALL

Our neighbor, Ventfort Hall is occupied 7-days/week, year round, as a museum to the Gilded Age. Currently on display there, are the exquisite Gilded Age Fashions of the “Les Petites Dames Du Mode” (The Little Ladies of Fashion) exhibit. The exhibit features 59 “petites dames” or doll models sporting women’s fashions from 1855 to 1914. It is the culmination ofventfort showcase resized 600 40 years of work, byt John R. Burbidge, designer and creator and retired Senior Designer for the famed bridal house of Priscilla of Boston. The fashions will evoke a sense memory that you didn’t even know you had – for the “feel” of the era.

Ventfort Hall was originally the residence of George Hale Morgan and Sarah Spencer Morgan. The Morgans, who moved into the house in the early 1890s, were well-known New Yorkers, and members of a prominent banking family. The fortune that Sarah inherited from her banker father funded the construction of her grand home. After the death of its original inhabitants, the property went through a series of incarnations including life as a rental property (to families with names like Vanderbilt), a summer ballet camp, and a small hotel, until it was rescued for preservation and life as a museum.

THE MOUNT

Another of our Gilded Age neighbors? The Mount. Edith Wharton’s Berkshires home. The Mount is a property that hosts a variety of types of event. If you book a wedding there and need lodging for guests, we couldn’t be closer. Other events include literary events, Wharton-centered lectures and presentations, a summer lecture series, private library tours…and the gardens, the gardens are an absolute must-see. This year, the estate is celebrating the 100th birthday of Edith Wharton’s novel “The Custom Of the Country”. It is a unique celebration – an online serial, to replicate the original manner of publication of the work, in installments. “In addition to Wharton’s delightful prose, we will include commentary from Wharton Scholars, Mount staff, and others giving context and definition to one of Wharton’s most debated works.” – The Mount Website

COLDBROOK

This former residence of John S. Barnes, and Susan Hayes Barnes, was built in 1882. Captain Barnes was a Civil War naval officer. Their grand home is another Lenox destination. Though the home began its life saddled with contentious energy bred between Captain Barnes and his builder (said builder alleged that the Captain was rather unpleasant to work with), it is now a piece of the tranquil Cranwell Resort, home to a most luxurious spa, resort, golf and fitness center.

SHADOW BROOK

This formerly grand 1894 Lenox residence is now but a ghost, replaced by a place for spirit and reflection. It began its life as a residence to Anson Phelps Stokes and his wife, Helen Louise Phelps Stokes. Anson Phelps Stokes was an investment banker and Anglophile. Even the naming of the family followed English aristocratic tradition, by giving each of the children both of the names, Phelps and Stokes, without a hyphen, for a rather stately result.

Though Mrs. Phelps Stokes put much of her own design authority into the decorating of the home, the family did not spend a long time is residence there – Mr. Phelps Stokes had injured a leg while horseback riding, and had that leg amputated. The amputation prevented him from enjoying his country estate as much as he would have liked and so the house eventually fell into new hands. The last private resident of the home was Andrew Carnegie. Upon his death it was sold to a Jesuit order, while called the structure home until it burned down in 1956. A new building was created by the order, and that building is now home to Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, a peaceful place to explore the mind-body connection.

CREATE YOUR OWN GILDED AGE TOUR

The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts website offers suggestions for an excellent, “Gilded Age”-themed tour experience of the Berkshires.

THE WINTHROP ESTATE

The Winthrop Estate, also located here in Lenox, MA is another property that may be of interest to those wishing to soak in the very feel of the Gilded Age. The Estate was originally a country retreat for the US Ambassador to Denmark, in 1875. However, its next residents were ones with an established history in the state of Massachusetts.  Early Winthrop family history includes ancestor John Winthrop becoming the founding governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Robert Winthrop was the Winthrop to inhabit the Estate, along with his wife Kate (whose father was the first president of what is now known as CitiBank). Because it is not a museum or dedicated to an alternate use, visitors are able to tour and experience the home as a country home, as its original inhabitants did.

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