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The Definition of True Romance

  
  
  

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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.

Barenaked Ladies at Tanglewood! The BAND.

  
  
  

 

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A sweet selection of the pop-world’s tastiest offerings are included in this year’s Tanglewood lineup: Barenaked Ladies, the Ben Folds Five and Guster.

Barenaked Ladies, a legendary Canadian export, are touring in support of their most recent (and 11th) album “All In Good Time”. They have recently shrunk, from a quintet to a quartet, and return to their roots on this album with the same producer who produced their first album – Michael Philip Wojewoda. The material on the new album grew out of a difficult year for their lead singer, Ed Robertson. An arrest, a plane crash, the death of a parent. Weaving pop music from the threads in these dark corners of life was a welcome challenge for Robinson. 

The “Ladies” are joined on this tour by the Ben Folds Five, a band followed by fans who border on obsessed even 10 years since they broke up. It’s easy to see why – their musicality, lyrics, quirk and piano-driven song-craft are inventive, catchy, and honest. They have reconvened on this album with the hope that fans can listen like they are hearing them for the first time. More likely, fans will come to it ready to love them all over again. Even listeners who may not be naturally inclined to love pop music will appreciate their clever musicality.

Rounding out this pop-triumvirate: Guster. Another band with a loyal following, pop cred, thoughtful song-smithing and wide appeal.

This stop of the Last Summer On Earth Tour includes a downloadable copy of the new Barenaked Ladies album with each ticket purchased. Tickets are $27.50-$79.50 through the BSO website. This should be a great show for a summer evening.

 

Get Away to Lenox and the Berkshires this Weekend!

  
  
  

cat ij We are entering our second week now of our Romantic Weekend Special. So popular that our existing guests will not let it go away. You can take advantage of it every weekend until late June.

A two-night weekend stay includes a $30 Gift Certificate to Nejaimes, the local wine/gourmet food shop, full breakfast buffet by candlelight, early check-in and late check-out subject to availablity, and our help planning your perfect getaway. With your confirmation you will receive several lists: a limited restaurant recommendation list based on the feedback we receive from thousands of guests…and a list called "Planning Your Stay" which covers every subject we could think of, from hikes and spas to museums and nightlfe.

Speaking of Nejaimes, November is their 15% to 30% off month. And all wine bottles over $50 are 30% off! In essence, using this discount, you can get a $50 bottle of wine, almost FREE when you stay here.

Check Availability On-Line or give us a call at 800-203-0656.

Ventfort Hall: Gilded Age History Across Street from Hampton Terrace

  
  
  

Ventfort Hall Hampton Terrace is considered one of the "Berkshire Cottages" and its owners were part of the Lenox social scene for more than half a century. But Hampton Terrace was modest in scale to the mansions built by the Morgans, Vanderbilts, Westinghouses, et al. Many of those homes are so vast in scale that they have become destination resorts such as Cranwell, Wheatleigh, and Canyon Ranch. One such mansion has become the "Museum to the Gilded Age" and luckily it is located virtually across the street from us.

Susan and I attended a reception there last Friday evening to hear some exciting planned events and also learn of long-term goals for yet-unrestored portions of the mansion and the grounds.

Firstly, Ventfort Hall is unique among the restored "cottages" currently on tour (Naumkeag, The Mount, Chesterwood and others), in that it stays open during the winter, seven days per week. It only closes on a limited number of holidays. It also is a work in progress…..quite exciting to see the old, the new (perfectly replicated to blend with and match original detailing) and the "projected." I personally was on the board in the early part of the decade when work was still underway in the main hallway, porch, staircase and dining room. Since then, restoration has included the back porch, the billiard room, the west exterior wall and the library. Shortly, several rooms on the second floor will be open to the public.

And that is especially exciting because portions of a temporary exhibit Les Petites Dames de Mode will be moved to permanent display in two rooms on the second floor, along with some additions: Something Old, Something New: 200 Years of Berkshire Brides, a collection of historic wedding gowns, and replicas of the wedding dresses designed for two Presidents’ daughters and the Duchess of York’s wedding dress designed by John Burbidge.

There are lectures and special activities all up and down the calendar at Ventfort Hall. For a listing, www.gildedage.org. To stay at the closest possible location to the museum, pick Hampton Terrace.

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