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Tanglewood Season Mid-Week Discounts in Lenox


tanglewood The Boston Symphony Tanglewood Schedule is out. Tickets go on sale in February, but many people are locking in their accommodations now. Hampton Terrace’s Mid-Week Discount can save approximately 30%. Add that to a weekend stay, and your average night stay will come well below average Lenox accommodations.

All rooms in the Main House and Cottage are discounted from $275 to $190/night. Our King Suites drop from $345 to $275. Hampton Terrace features full breakfast and an outdoor heated pool. We have 14 guest rooms with private baths and are fortunate that our Trip Advisor ratings are above 98%.

New Year’s Weekend at Hampton Terrace. Activities and Specials


KS12013 Thursday night is New Year’s Eve, and to celebrate the rare three-day weekend, we are offering all our rooms at our off-season rates. That includes extras: champagne at midnight in our private bar, and full brunch on New Year’s Day in place of our normal breakfast. Also, our guests receive the following list of New Year’s Eve Events around us:

La Terraza Restaurant at Gateways Inn, 51 Walker St., (3 buildings down) will host its annual gala dinner dance, featuring a six-course menu, champagne, favors and entertainment for $100 per person. Festivities start at 8:30 p.m. 413-637-2532.

Cranwell Resort (located 1 mile away) is doing a special a la carte menu from 5 to 11 pm, and dinner jazz from 7:30 until midnight. This is an elegant Gilded Age Mansion. 413-637-1364, extension 0

Mission Bar & Tapas on North Street in Pittsfield (20 minutes) will be counting down to midnight with two $50-fixed-price seatings at 6:30 and again at 8:30 p.m., a champagne toast and music. Reservations are suggested; e-mail

The Berkshire Bateria, Bossa Triba troupe and the Sambaland dancers will perform in the second-floor ballroom at Jae’s Spice on North Stree in Pittsfield (20 minutes), bringing more than 20 performers in for a Brazilian-style floor show. The party includes complimentary samba dance lessons, snacks and a midnight toast. A cash bar will be open for this 21-plus event. The cost is $20 at the door. 413-443-1234.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel of Pittsfield will be holding a New Year’s Eve Celebration. A full-package of cocktails, hors d’vres, plated dinner, dessert, dancing in the ballroom with the band Shut Up & Dance and a midnight toast with favors is $80 per person, including tax and gratuity. Open bar from 7 to 8 p.m. A dancing package for $25 per person includes the toast. For more information or to make reservations contact Janet Bren-nan at (413) 553-2184 or

Dream Away Lodge (25 minutes into the woods) offers two New Year’s Eve options: Pay $75 per person for a dinner seating at either 7:30 or 9:30 p.m., get dinner, music by Milton and his Merry Band of Renown, champagne toast, party favors, late-night breakfast, hot cocoa, all which includes tax and tip. Or, pay $25 after 9:30 p.m. for the party and midnight meal.. Reservations are required for dinner, and can be made by calling (413) 623-8725.

Shakespeare & Company, 10th Anniversary of Founder’s Theater


Shakespeare&Company Tina Packer founded Shakespeare & Company in Lenox thirty-three years ago, and for more than twenty years, the well-known company was located at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home. But in 1999 they had the opportunity to assume control of their own 63 acre campus, and they set to work converting an old gymnasium left over from the Lenox School for Boys into their "Founder’s Theatre."

Ten years later, that theater is the centerpiece of their campus as they celebrate its anniversary with "Richard III," "The Winter’s Tale," and "The Taster." In the Elaine Bernstein Theater, "The Comedy of Errors."

More information can be found HERE.

Hampton Terrace is located walking distance from Shakespeare & Company and we enjoy a special relationship with the company, having hosted many of their equity actors over the years, including Olympia Dukakis recently. Her assessment of her stay here? "Three thumbs up!"

Instantly! Romantic Weekend Gift Certificate at Hampton Terrace


Carriage House As we wind into the final days before Christmas, we are all falling into the trap I just encountered. My wife wanted something specific, and I went to the web. At Amazon, for an $89 item, I accepted a $29.00 two-day-delivery fee to make sure it got here in time. Normal shipping and handling was $5.95.

But the $23.00 diffrence was STILL better than driving to the mall and checking six stores to see if I could find one on the shelf.

Imagine a couple of nights in a historic inn. Fireplaces. Jacuzzis. Full breakfast buffet. Call or e-mail Hampton Terrace, and I will send a Gift Certificate right back that you can print yourself. I also send a photo-quality brochure that prints on 8 1/2 x 11 photo paper and adds pizzazz to your gift. You may purchase a number of nights….or….just pick an affordable amount, even $50, and we’ll print it up. We will personalize your Gift Certificate to say exactly what you want.

Hampton Terrace is located in the Berkshires, the #7 travel destination in the world, according to National Geographic Traveler. We are less than a three hour drive from most points in New England or New York. Our phone # is 800-203-0656.

Worried about the perfect gift? DONE!

Venfort Hall Celebrating Ten Years, Berkshires historic house museum


Venfort Hall Hampton Terrace is one of the "Berkshire Cottages." In general terms, around the turn of the century, if someone built a home to participate in the Lenox/Stockbridge late summer social register scene, their home was a "Berkshire Cottage." Some, however, are great estates, and Ventfort Hall is one of the best.

Built by J. P.Morgan’s sister, Sarah, and her husband, George (his cousin), Ventfort Hall is such a good example of the genre that it has become "The Museum of the Gilded Age." Ten years ago, it was slated to be torn down.

Thanks to some very strong supporters, especially Tjasa Sprague, who is still intimately involved, Ventfort Hall has not only been saved but predominantly restored. There is much to do, but the exterior, the main downstairs rooms, and several of the upstairs rooms are now completely restored and open for tour. More importantly, the facility hosts numerous events and productions throughout the year, adding significantly to the Lenox scene.

Hampton Terrace is very fortunate to be located just several hundred yards from Ventfort Hall and we gratefully share our Gilded Age heritage. It is not possible to stay at Ventfort Hall, but Hampton Terrace has been a well-known inn since 1937. We invite you to combine a stay at Hampton Terrace Bed and Breakast inn, visit Ventfort Hall either for a tour or an event, and then stroll into Lenox, a 2-square block village that embraces its Gilded Age past.

Stockbridge Main Street Christmas This Weekend, Berkshire icons



Most visitors to the Berkshires, and many of us who live here, recognize that Norman Rockwell’s America is still alive and well. A recent Berkshire Visitors Bureau poll revealed that the #1 answer to why people come back to the Berkshires for vacation year after year is that "it never changes." Considering this little corner of the world with 30+ hill towns draws 2.5 million visitors per year, spending $500 million….there seems to be a lot of people seeking nostalgia.

Nowhere is this best illustrated than this weekend, when the Main Street of Stockbridge is taken back in time to Rockwell’s iconic portrait. For the 21st year, the street will be cleared of modern automobiles and the streetscape will be recreated according to the details of the portrait. It does not take much… Ever since the street was immortalized, zoning prohibtions have frozen all buildings and signage for 40+ years.

December 5, and 6, 2010. For more information, visit the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce site.

And stay at Hampton Terrace Bed and Breakfast. Lenox is the next town up Route 7, about an eight minute drive to Stockbridge. Lenox, well-known as the summer home of the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood (the actual venue straddles the Lenox/Stockbridge line) consists of two square blocks of upscale shops, restaurants and galleries. Hampton Terrace features 14 rooms, fireplaces, Jacuzzis, full breakfast and a Romantic Weekend Special until late June.

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