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Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings at Hampton Terrace


authorphotosmall.jpgWe’ve had relatively well-known people stay here before.   But this was different.   As someone who worked for Dick Clark, spent 20+ years in the concert promotion business, and was affiliated with the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the National Music Foundation, it is not as if I have not met plenty of "celebrities."   I have.

And it is not that Ken Jennings wants to be a celebrity, or acts like one.   He does not, although he continues to maintain a high profile with books and television show appearances.

But I am among the millions who became addicted to the nightly drama of Ken’s relentless march through six months of daily victories and $2.6 million in earnings.   Ken Jennings is someone whom I RESPECT.

And he and his wife Mindy were as nice and unassuming as the persona he projected while appearing on your television screen every night.   Winning at Jeopardy is not about guessing cases or spinning a wheel.  Over the months, you KNOW that some of the most intelligent people in the country sought out the challenge of being the one to wrestle the buzzer out of Ken’s hand….    As it turns out, the person who beat him ended up losing the next night…so if an occasional mulligan were ever allowed, he’d probably still be on the show.

So when I took a reservation from a Ken Jennings for a fall foliage mid-week stay, I made a mental note that the caller had the same name as the Jeopardy winner and then I forgot about it.   But when Ken walked in the inn, and I pulled out the Ken Jennings paperwork, I knew it was him.   We know that everyone who stays at our inn is here for a reason, and that reason NEVER includes being made to feel uncomfortable… I never let on that I knew who he was….and if any of our guests recognized him, they did not let on to me (or hopefully not to him).

After he left, however, I did e-mail him to see if he would mail a personalized and signed copy of his book, Brainiac, to us as a gift for my mother-in-law, one of the Jeopardy faithful since before Alex Trebek.   It came today.

I do feel okay about putting him in my blog, however.   If you look at his blog, you’ll find a list of the celebrities he saw during his vacation to the East Coast.   Turnabout is fair play…

If anyone reading this would like to get an autographed copy of Ken’s books, read his daily blog, or hear of his upcoming appearances, I recommend his website,

Like Ken, seek a New England Romantic Getaways

New Year’s Eve at Hampton Terrace in Lenox


KS12013.jpg Quite different this year…..New Year’s Eve falling mid-week.   Typically we fold New Year"s Eve into the weekend and create a weekend package.

But for the 2009 New Year, we acknowledge that most of you will only get one night off….so we are allowing (for the first time ever) a single night stay on New Year’s Eve...probably a rarity for Berkshires accommodations.

We have always very much enjoyed the type of guests we attract for New Year’s.   Most do not want a party, or any commotion.   They could stay in their home town for that.   And over the years, the Berkshires seem to have recognized this and have created a certain atmosphere that accommodates.

Most of the restaurants will create special limited menus and will have an early seating and a late seating.   There will probably be snow on the ground and fairy lights everywhere…so it will be magical walking back to the inn from the more than a dozen restaurant choices within walking distance.   At midnight, we always offer champagne toasts (complimentary) in our private bar….and usually a few couples join us to watch the ball drop in Times Square.  But we put hats, noise makers, and horns in each of our guest rooms and suspect that the rest of our guests are already celebrating their New Year privately.

The next day, in lieu of normal breakfast, we always offer a complimentary New Year’s Day brunch from 10 am until noon and allow late check-out.

New Year’s at Hampton Terrace always sells out….and we do not charge a premium for the additional amenities.   Just use the in-season weekend rate quoted on our website.    Most of our rooms have fireplaces and Jacuzzis (14 rooms in total) and to get a rate quote, call 800-203-0656.   IMPORTANTLY, even though we are accepting single nights this year….it does not mean that you cannot stay longer.   For the additional nights, we can use our off-season, mid-week rate, making a multiple night stay quite a value.

Hampton Terrace is the #1 rated Lenox inn according to Trip Advisor reviews, was chosen by as one of their Editor’s Picks for viewing fall foliage, is one of only four Berkshire inns recommended by the Michelin Green Guide, and has been welcoming guests since 1937.   For a great Berkshire bed and breakfast experience, give us a call.

Jane Curtain in Great Barrington at the Mahaiwe in the Berkshires


thalia-follies.jpg Saturday November 1 / 8PM
$40 Golden Circle/ $35/$25 Mahaiwe Members

Tackling a range of issues ripe for parody, such as the battle for the presidency, Symphony Space’s Thalia Follies, curated by Artistic Director Isaiah Sheffer and featuring Jane Curtin, uses song, dance and humor to track the nation’s political landscape.

After many months of waiting and many more primaries, decision time has finally arrived and The Thalia Follies aims to make light of the build-up to the presidential election with songs like "This Nearly Was Mine" (as sung by Hillary Clinton) and "Between Barack and a Hard Place." The show features a cast of performers including star of television and stage Jane Curtin, Ivy Austin (American Radio Company), noted jazz bassist and songwriter Jay Leonhart, singer-songwriters David Buskin and Rebecca Donner, acclaimed jazz stylist Marion Cowings, colorful faux country music ensemble The Chalks, author of last season’s award-winning off-Broadway play Red State/Blue State Gregory Jones, seven-time Emmy winning arranger and orchestrator, Musical Director Lanny Meyers and star of literary public radio Sheffer himself. 

To purchase tickets, call 1-413-528-0100 or visit The Mahaiwe Theater.

This is a great reason to visit the Berkshires this upcoming weekend and stay at Hampton Terrace Bed and Breakfast, the #1 rated Lenox inn, and one of only four lodging properties in the Berkshires recommended by the Michelin Green Guide.    We are 2 hours from Boston and less than 3 hours from New York City.

You will be catching us on the first weekend of our "off’season" and rates drop 30% from those in October.   You would also be eligible for our Romantic Weekend Special, which includes a $30 Gift Certificate to the local wine/gourmet food shop in Lenox, as well as full breakfast by candlelight.   Our king or queen fireplace/Jacuzzi rooms start at $189/night.   Call 800-203-0656 to check availability and to reserve.

Romantic Weekend Package Back at Hampton Terrace


gb_b.jpg It’s too late to turn back now.   For at least 6 years, we have offered a $30 Gift Certificate to our local wine/gourmet food shop to every couple who stays at Hampton Terrace for 2 weekend nights (or more) from November 1 to June 20, plus September.  For starters, Nejaimes is a GREAT shop, full of the best choices in wine, beer and spirits and a trained staff that can help our guests find exactly what they want.   But more than that, Nejaimes is also 50% gourmet food….a by-product of the fact that it is a key place for people who are shopping for their lawn picnics at Tanglewood.   Huge selection of cheeses, breads, home-made sides and other things that compliment your bottle of wine.

What I mean, "it’s too late to turn back now" is that this is such a popular amenity, that people come back year after year to Hampton Terrace because they feel the gift certificate is such an integral part of their stay.   We have a family heirloom bar that is open only to our guests and is stocked with glasses, openers, plates, knives, etc., and we have four public room fireplaces where our guests can settle in and enjoy their bounty.

New-England-Romantic-GetawayThe owners of Nejaimes told us that another local inn asked if they could start offering the gift certificates as well.   The inn said that one of their inquirers had chosen Hampton Terrace over them because of the promotion.   But that was several years ago, we know we are still the only ones doing it.

So the Romantic Weekend Package is here to stay and we welcome anyone who is looking for a Lenox bed and breakfast to give us a call and lock in your weekend.   Most of our rooms feature fireplaces and Jacuzzis and we are very proud to be currently rated #1 in the Trip Advisor rankings from over 30 Lenox inns.  

Hampton Terrace is a proud member of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau,and  the Lenox Chamber of Commerce and was recently chosen by the editors of as one of the top places to stay for foliage.  

As of the November 1st weekend, our rates drop 30% from the current level and include the $30 gift certificate mentioned and full breakfast buffet.

New “Webisode” Feature on Berkshire Visitor Bureau Website


features_bottomfall08.gif Brand New! Only in the Berkshires Webisodes

Berkshire Visitors Bureau webisodes highlight the unique elements that make the 32 cities and towns here unlike any other destination. Every season, the Berkshires virtual tour guide, Carrie Saldo will unearth the hidden gems about the nature, culture and harmony you’ll find Only in the Berkshires.

Bookmark this page, new Berkshires webisodes will be posted throughout the calendar year. Click back here on October 8th for webisode #2.   

When does the leaf peeping peak?

Resident Leaf Chief Lauren Stevens explores this age-old Berkshire County question in this week’s column.

Autumn is awesome in the Berkshires.

There is a bountiful crop of events to reap for your social calendar. Contributing writer Bess Hochstein has the details.

Foliage Hikes & Walks
The Berkshire Visitors Bureau’s own Ann Claffie laces up her hiking boots and maps out the trails.

While visiting the Berkshires, be sure to stay at Hampton Terrace, one of the top-rated inns in the Berkshires by Trip Advisor and named by as an Editor’s Choice for viewing Fall Foliage.     Hampton Terrace, a Lenox, Massachusetts bed and breakfast is a historic inn featuring fireplaces, Jacuzzis and a full breakfast buffet.   Two hours from Boston and less than three hours from New York City.

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