It's impossible to pick just one reason that Hampton Terrace and the Berkshires make for an unforgettable vacation experience...so here's a few:
Gilded Age charm: Hampton Terrace is a historic landmark that reflects the tastes and charms of an opulent age, the Gilded Age. The Gilded Age followed the Civil War and lasted until approximately the turn of the twentieth century. It was a time of tremendous industrial growth in the United States, and the families that benefited from the growth of the key industries of the era (like railroads, manufacturing and mining) left their mark on the Berkshires, in the beautiful homes that they built. Hampton Terrace is one of the “cottages” built in that era that remains to greet visitors. From claw-foot bathtubs to the intricate details throughout, you will experience the difference.
Ventfort Hall: Our neighbor, Ventfort Hall Museum, is another treasure of that time period, and gives you another window to Gilded Age beauty and history.
Modern amenities: Though Hampton Terrace is a Gilded Age cottage it is, indeed, a citizen of the 21st Century. We have free Wi-Fi for guests, a heated outdoor pool (seasonal), and all the amenities that you require to make your trip great.
Easy access: All the restaurants, shops, and attractions in Lenox are less than a two-block walk from our door. Farm–to-table cuisine? It’s here, at Nudel. French patisserie (for those moments when nothing but a French pastry will do)? Patisserie Lenox has you covered. Excellent professional theatre productions? Shakespeare & Co. serves up an evening of theatre, piping hot. And this is just a small sample of what Lenox has to offer.
Experience: An inn since 1937, we know what our guests like and, more importantly, what they don’t. Not only do we have a history of running an inn – but our history is one of doing it well.
Trip Advisor Reviews: We are one of top bed and breakfasts in the Berkshires, according to TripAdvisor.com, and we are number one among our Lenox peers.
A Breakfast You Have To Try: Every single day, we provide our guests with a breakfast that puts a Southern twist to the traditional New England breakfast. It may be the best comfort food you ever have! And with our roots in the South, we bring an authenticity to our Southern breakfast that you’re not likely to find just anywhere in New England.
We Make You A Local: We are always blogging to provide our guest with tips and events that are beyond the tourist traps that other places recommend. To truly know the Berkshires, Hampton Terrace helps you live the Berkshires. Every confirmation includes a list of insider tips to help you plan your stay and a dining guide that singles out the best places to eat. Make sure to check out our previous blog post, a preview of the best annual party in the Berkshires – and the Hampton Terrace special to accompany the night’s festivities.
Solid, High-End Shopping: A selection of boutiques in downtown Lenox are just steps from our front door, literally. The “downtown” area is less than two blocks from our front door. Plus, the Premium Outlets in Lee are 5 miles away – a 10 minute drive at the most – and many of the small towns nearby have wonderful downtown shopping districts.
Outstanding Culinary Options: This is where the Berkshires really shines. A
culinary renaissance has taken place in recent years and the Berkshires
boasts dining options to match (or surpass!) any major city. For example:
- Nudel is about two blocks away and it does not disappoint. Last year, the chef/owner, Bjorn, was nominated for a James Beard award and also for the Food & Wine People’s Choice award. Every day, Bjorn prints a new menu inspired by whatever ingredients he found at the markets and co-ops that morning.
- Spice Dragon: Opened as just Spice in 2006, and then Jae’s Spice, at the cost of $4.5 million, it was the centerpiece of Pittsfield’s downtown renewal. Ultimately, the original owner could not sustain the overhead. Now it is run by local Vietnamese brothers, one of whom won America’s Top Chef.
- Wheatleigh/Blantyre for meals completely over the top - ambiance and price to match. These are two of the more castle-like Berkshire Cottages that have become resort hotels, with rooms at $1,000 and up. Both are now open year-round and feature price-fix menus at roughly $80 to $165/person depending on whether you get three courses or six. Both feature prominent chefs and impeccable staff. The drive is less than 5 minutes to either. Wheatleigh also offers an a la carte option if you eat in their Library.
- Chocolate Springs Café: Located in the new Lenox Commons, several blocks north of the village, this café is a MUST stop for dessert and coffee. The chef, formerly of Wheatleigh, has been named one of the Top Ten Chocolate Makers in the U.S. by Saveur Magazine.
These are just a few of the many fantastic restaurants that we spotlight in the Dining Guide we send to all guests to help plan their stay.
In addition to the shopping and dining, The Berkshires are a fine-arts lover’s dream. There is:
Or, if travelers are more interested in relaxation there is:
- World-class spa at Canyon Ranch, less than a mile away
- World-class yoga at Kripalu, about two miles from Hampton Terrace
- Fantastic golf at Cranwell Resort, a little more than two miles away
When you stay at Hampton Terrace, you will never have to wonder what's happening in the Berkshires.
We've always promised we'll let you know when cool stuff is going on in the Berkshires. Mark your calendars. The – hands down – coolest party of the year is March 9 and, incidentally, Susan and I are chairing the event. The annual fundraising event for the IS183 Art School is an outrageous affair every year.
Previous themes included "Anime Hothouse", "Hair Ball" and "Radioactive Bodega". Last year's party was the "Buckaroo Bollywood Ball.” Of course, we have a great special for you at Hampton Terrace that weekend…but more on that in a moment.
Confirmed partygoers are already planning their outfits for the event, as every year they try to devise costumes that will be more elaborate than last year's. Some will be dressed for the party at the creative center of the universe in space-suits and skinny ties, others in retro-swing dresses and pin curls beneath gamma-ray protecting helmets. Those needing more inspiration can see pictures and ideas at the event’s website.
IS183’s annual galas have evolved into ephemeral, large-scale participatory art events, as scores of volunteers contribute time and creativity to construct a one-night-only multimedia installation, and this year will be no exception. Projections by Drew Suto will flow around dancers electro-swinging until 1 a.m. thanks to music by JTD Productions, featuring a contemporary mash-up of house and dance music with jazz and big band.
We’re so excited about the event, we’d like to invite as many of our friends to attend as possible. Anyone who books a two-night stay at Hampton Terrace for the weekend will receive two complimentary tickets to join Susan and I at the dance party (a $100 value).
If you want to attend a party hosted by Don Draper in outer space, you won't want to miss this one. Type BigBang in the "arrival time" field when you book online to have your dance party tickets waiting for you when you arrive. If you’d like to enjoy more of the event, tickets at all levels can be purchased online at www.is183.org, or call 413-298-5252 x100.
No sooner have the tickets gone on sale for Tanglewood 2013 than they have already added more great performances from popular artists: The Steve Miller Band and NPR’s “Wait Wait. Don’t Tell Me!”
Fresh from Tanglewood headquarters “One of rock music's all-time greats, the Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years.” We all know songs like “The Joker” – and now you can see them live.
NPR fans, you won’t want to miss “Wait Wait. Don't Tell Me!
The Oddly Informative News Quiz”, Saturday, August 29, at 8pm, also at Tanglewood’s Shed.
According to the official Tanglewood release “Now in its 15th season, the Peabody Award-winning show, “Wait Wait. Don't Tell Me!”, uses current stories (from the global to the ridiculous) for questions and comedy.” Host Peter Sagal, is accompanied by a hilarious and extremely clever ensemble of regulars and guests who make current events into instant comedy while-you-watch. Easily enjoyable for those not already familiar with the show, too -- which makes it a great choice for a group outing.
February 11 at 10am, Tanglewood donors can call SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200 or 888-266-1200 (Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm, Sat 12 noon-6pm) or go online to tanglewood.org for tickets for the Steve Miller Band or Wait Wait. Limit of 8 tickets per performance, per donor. As thanks for your support, there is no per ticket fee until February 19. Tickets go on sale to the public on Tuesday, February 19.
Big names and big performances are schedule for this summer’s Tanglewood Festival, and tickets are on sale NOW. Audra MacDonald, John Williams, Joshua Bell, Yo-yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and a thoroughly all-star roster of featured conductors and soloists join the Boston Symphony Orchestra in bringing you the best of Mozart, Verdi and Wagner (in celebration of the bicentennial celebrations of their birth), and many more.
In addition to the sterling performances of classical music, trademark of any Tanglewood season, this season also promises popular music, dance, and radio performances you won’t soon forget.
A Prairie Home Companion returns to Tanglewood this season on June 29th, for an evening of music, humor and fun with renowned story-teller, Garrison Keillor and company.
Grateful Dead fans, rejoice. On June 22nd, the Boston Pops Orchestra performs a Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration, featuring “original compositions as well as timeless standards”.
After 15 years, Jackson Browne returns to Tanglewood, for a special July 4th concert to be followed by a fireworks display.
On July 13th, the Boston Symphony Orchestra tackles a live performance of West Side Story, pairing Bernstein’s iconic score with the newly, re-mastered film, shown in high definition.
These are just the highlights of what we anticipate will be another unforgettable summer in the Berkshires. Book now for best availability of tickets to the shows – as well as lodging. We are here to answer any questions that you may have regarding room availability and accommodations here at Hampton Terrace. We look forward to your visit.