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Wow! Colonial Theater Raiding my I-Pod


InPageGrid_Seating.pngThe Colonial Theater in Pittsfield is an amazingly restored turn-of-the-century theater. Worth the price of admission to just gawk.

That would make all the offerings there free, right? I am sure Director David Flemming was thinking it would take more than the scenery to get people in, so he has put together an incredible array of musical acts over the next three months…and they seemed aimed right at me. And for a theater of less than 1000 seats…all seemingly right on top of the stage, to attract a line-up this impressive is a magical act.

Let’s start with iconic acts: Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers Band) on May 20. Ani DeFranco on April 21. Bela Fleck on March 26th. You won’t see the following artists on the stage of the Colonial (or any other stage in the world) but you can see the best "tributes" to them available: "Revolution: A Tribute to the Beatles" on March 14th and "The Machine Performs Pink Floyd" on April 18th. This stuff populates my personal I-Pod.

I just pointed out these personal favorites to Susan and she had a different list of things she wants to see: The National Acrobats of China on March 11, Footloose! on March 16-17 (our 30th anniversary), and Celtic Crossroads on March 20.

For their schedule and ticket information, CLICK HERE.

You can combine these great shows with an off-season stay at Hampton Terrace in Lenox. The #1 rated b&b, Hampton Terrace features fireplace/Jacuzzi rooms $175 midweek and $189 weekends. A weekend stay also includes a $30 gift certificate to the wine shop as part of the Romantic Weekend Special.

Click on our SPECIALS page for more information.

Hampton Terrace Visitation Up in Difficult Economic Times


ae6f439d6e2459b6.jpg We are all feeling the pressure of the economic crisis.   I won’t go into how much my mortgage has bumped up, or bemoan the rise in our taxes, utlities and marketing costs.

But here at Hampton Terrace, our January and February visitation is up 30% over any prior year.   I attribute that to the fact that people still need to "get away."   Relaxation and escape are the same, whether it is a trip to Hawaii, London or the Berkshires.    And we know that the Berkshires are "comfort food" to many people.

A couple of hours drive… airport hassles, delays or missed connections……..  expectations established….

The latter is the important point.   Several years ago the Berkshire Visitors Bureau commissioned a comprehensive survey of Berkshire visitors and learned many key facts about our demographic.   Repeat visitation to the Berkshires is profound…..the typical overnight visitor has come, on average, seventeen times to the area!  

And the reason for their virtually annual repeat visits?   "Because it never changes."

From the visitors’ perspective, this is very true.   Most of our arts presenting groups range between 30 and 80 years old.   The museums have been here from a quarter century to more than a century.    Vistas and outdoor activity choices remain stable due to very stringent development regulations.    Many restaurants are well established, although every year some exciting additions pop up.    Most of the historic inns keep plugging along, although over the last ten years there has been the introduction of more hotel chains along the commercial corridors.    Probably the most stabilizing component of the area is Tanglewood….which has established a successful formula that undergoes only slight tweaking from year to year.

So welcome to Hampton Terrace.    Allow us to show you why people will continue to visit the Berkshires…in good times and bad.

Become Engaged at Lenox’s Hampton Terrace Bed and Breakfast Inn


King Suite 2, small JR I love every time this happens.

For the Valentine’s Weekend, Randy and Heather checked in. They’ve stayed here twice before, in our king suites. This morning at breakfast, Heather held out her hand and showed me a new addition to her finger, a beautiful engagement ring! I asked Randy where he had proposed…and they said in their room, the Rosalyn Elkan Suite.

I am estimating this is the tenth time or so that we have hosted couples who have become engaged here. It really makes us proud that we have played a tiny role in such an important milestone in their lives. Susan and I were engaged in New York City under a streetlight about midnight on the upper East Side. That was not my plan.

I had an engagement ring in my pocket and I had flown Susan to NYC from Macon, GA to give her the ring at Studio 54 (this was 1978). Unfortunately, there was a large crowd at the door and we did not seem to pass the minimum "coolness" criteria from the doormen. Susan had no idea I was looking for the right place to propose, and we tried about four places before I gave up. One place was too dark, one had a cover charge too high. Another wasn’t located where we were told. I wish I had had a better Plan B.

At Hampton Terrace, you won’t need a Plan B. Let us help make this important occasion what it should be.

Romantic Weekend Wine Special at Hampton Terrace in Lenox


wine Thirty eight weekends per year are considered "off-season" at Hampton Terrace. And off-season is a good thing…because this area is known for its great restaurants, shops, galleries, museums, outdoor activities….and all will be much more accessible without the crowds associated with Tanglewood (summer home of the Boston Symphony) and foliage watchers.

If you come on an off-season weekend, you will also pay about 30% less per night….and at Hampton Terrace in Lenox you get an added bonus….a $30 gift certificate to our local wine/gourmet food shop in town.

On many of those weekends, you are only giving up the chance to go to Tanglewood…as most of the theater companies start up in June, go through December, and also frequently offer shows over the winter and early Spring.

Click on Specials above and all details will be available to you. You can book on-line or call us at 800-203-0656.

Our rooms run $189/night to $249/night, with most in the lower price range and most of those rooms include fireplaces and Jacuzzis. We also include a full hot breakfast buffet.

Hampton Terrace is the top rated Lenox inn according to Trip Advisor reviews and has been chosen by Michelin as one of only four inns to endorse in the Berkshires.

Visit our home page and our website for several lists of guest reviews and comments. We will do everything in our power to include you in our list of satisfied and returning guests.

Berkshire Secrets: Hair Ball! One of many Berkshire Attractions


hairball poster final sm rgb A few minutes down Route 183 (past Tanglewood, Kripalu and Stockbridge Bowl) is IS183. Located in the village of Interlaken, it is an old school converted to an arts training mecca. The average person can take art courses, in a myriad of genres, any time throughout the year. Obviously, a community resource such as this is a not-for-profit and depends on support beyond tuition fees to remain open.

Add an on-going fundraising need….to a set of creative, over-the-top people, and you have events like the "Hair Ball."

Saturday, March 14th. Tickets for as little as $50..and an opportunity to expand the evening with private parties at affiliated local restaurants.

For tickets and information, CLICK HERE.

So plan a great weekend in the Berkshires and stay at Hampton Terrace, the #1 rated Lenox inn according to Trip Advisor reviews. Take advantage of our Romantic Weekend Specials and off-season discount rates. Fireplaces. Jacuzzis. Full breakfast.

Kripalu Accommodations verses Hampton Terrace, a Lenox Inn


Kripalu Accommodations

Kripalu is considered one of the premier yoga retreats in the world. Its programs attract thousands to the Berkshires. Not well known is the fact that their accommodations are spartan…..the majority of their rooms are dormitory style, holding 6-22 people with bathrooms at the end of the hall. They do have a limited number of private, or semi-private options at a price much higher than staying in a local inn.

We frequently host Kripalu program participants at Hampton Terrace in Lenox. To stay beyond Kripalu, you would pay a $50 guest fee, which includes use of all Kripalu facilities including meals. Then you would pay for the program and services you use. At Hampton Terrace, mention our Kripalu Special, and we will give you a king or queen room with fireplace and Jacuzzi, daily housekeeping, private bath……for $150/night, 20% off our normal off-season rate (slighly higher on weekends). At this discount, we are virtually paying your daily Kripalu fee and your meals.

We are located one mile from Kripalu….about a 2 minute drive.

This is $150 per room…..not $150 per person. Compare that to the cost for dormitory, semi-private, or private options at Kripalu…..and you would choose a highly rated local inn EVERY time. Share a room, and the difference is profound.

Room prices are not obvious on the Kripalu website. Take the overall charge….deduct the cost of the program you are attending, which is listed separately, then deduct $50/day for the number of nights you will be paying the daily…and then the balance is what you are paying for your room. Compare that number to us at $150/night. We know you will be checking with us for availability: 800-203-0656 (add $15/night for weekends) (not available July, August and October).

James Taylor at Tanglewood Tickets on Sale Today


James Taylor James Taylor, now a Lenox, Massachusetts resident, performs at Tanglewood every year. He always prepares a special show for his hometown crowd, and more often than not, proceeds of his performances remain at Tanglewood to benefit the Boston Symphony.

This year is different only in that he has put together four consecutive days of performances…each with a different twist. He plans to perform with Sheryl Crow, Yo Yo Ma, John Williams and the Boston Pops, and other notables.

Tickets went on sale this morning for the "Shed" and although the 6,000 seats available will sell out rather quickly, 12,000 "lawn tickets" per show are also on sale and they will take a while longer to run out….although they always do for James Taylor shows.

Hampton Terrace is a historic Lenox inn which has been hosting guests since 1937. It was originally built as a summer "cottage," if you can call a 6,000 square foot main house with 10 bedrooms, and a 3,000 square foot carriage house a "cottage."

We have owned Hampton Terrace for ten years, and have always enjoyed hosting the James Taylor crowd each summer. I do not think he has ever played four consecutive nights here, so we’ll enjoy them all the more. Although we have a 3-night minimum typically on Tanglewood weekends, the bookings we have taken so far have left us some one and two night gaps during his 4-day run….so please call us for information on this. Trying to book single or double nights on the website will not be possible due to the 3-night minimum it will try to impose…but we can override those restrictions here at the inn, if we have availability.

Dr. Mark Hyman of Lenox on the Martha Stewart Show


Dr. Mark Hyman Dr. Mark Hyman, well-known author and developer of numerous types of "ultra-fitness" programs, practices in Lenox, Massachusetts. Over the past weeks, we have seen him give advice several times on the Martha Stewart Show. Many of his patients have stayed here at Hampton Terrace Bed and Breakfast in Lenox while receiving advice or treatment from Dr. Hyman.

We are very lucky here in the Berkshires when it comes to the healing arts. Many internationally known professionals come to the area to be associated with Canyon Ranch (consistently voted the top wellness spa in the world), Kripalu Yoga Institute, or various private practices and clinics. The quality of life, the pace, and the culture keep them here.

Dr. Hyman’s presence in Lenox follows this trend. Medical Director at Canyon Ranch for eight years, Dr. Hyman preaches a life style change called UltraWellness, that balances nutrition, exercise and mental well being.

People frequently stay at Hampton Terrace while taking advantage of what the Berkshires have to offer. If you are looking for a spa experience on a "day" basis, Cranwell Resort has a new $9 million spa. Former yoga instructors, massage therapists, and other wellness professionals have hung shingles all over Lenox and the surrounding area.

Hampton Terrace is just several buildings down the sidewalk from Dr. Hyman’s office, and we are less than a two block walk to all of Lenox’s heralded shops, galleries and restaurants. We are the #1 rated inn according to Trip Advisor members, from among all Lenox properties. Let us tailor a stay at Hampton Terrace with a wellness experience for you.

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