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The Innkeepers Blog: Things On Wheels Edition!

  
  
  

Last year was the inaugural one for what will now be an annual event: The Berkshire Cycling Classic. June 9th, the second annual Berkshire Cycling Classic comes to Lenox.  The race will begin and end on Church Street and will be followed by a post-event reception in the center of town for cyclists.  This race is more than just a race, however, and the event includes activities scheduled in Lenox during the day as well. 

The event website shows a map for the 100 or 130 km race (your choice). Cyclists will speed through the towns of Stockbridge, South Lee, West Otis, Sandisfield, New Marlborough, Sheffield, Alford and more. You can be a participant – or, really embrace the role of spectator, taking in sights along the race route, or indulging in the Lenox-based race events.

For more information, or to register for this event, visit berkshirecyclingclassic.com.

Now for a completely different type of wheeled vehicle event: On Friday, June 14th, Lenoxsexy vintage car hosts the Lenox Motorcar Classic from 6-9 pm.   Classic cars and trucks will be seen on the streets and come to rest for display at the closed-to-traffic portion of Main Street. A collection of vintage military vehicles and fire trucks will be a part of the festivities as well, in addition to some non-auto related events: Local band Whiskey City is slated to perform in the adjacent Library Reading Park, and food and drink will be available.  Raffle tickets priced at $20 are available now if you call 637-3646. The grand prize is a day at the Skip Barber Driving School, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lenox Fire Department.

Both of these events are just a short walk from the Hampton Terrace threshold, thanks to our extremely convenient location. If you ever have questions about events such as these, or any other Berkshires events that you may need some local guidance on, don’t hesitate to call us – that’s why we’re here!

Heather Lind, Jonathan Brody, Lewis Black, George Bernard Shaw and the Marx Brothers - must be time for Williamstown Theater Festival 2013!

  
  
  

With the release of the 2013 season for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the buzz for this year’s festival has begun. As always, this year’s festival looks to be a rich soup of fresh faces, veteran talent, and shows both known and anticipated.

June 26, the festival kicks off with a modern production of a Marx Brothers’ classic: Animal Crackers. Music, dancing and screwball comedy combine to engage the audience in a search for a thief. Animal Crackers at Williamstown Theatre Festival 2013

Another 20th century classic, Pygmalion, runs from July 17 to July 27. George Bernard Shaw’s play is, of course, the one that later became the musical film My Fair Lady. What happens when you take a lower class girl from her flower-selling cart and transform her into a lady? On a bet? To say that extremely witty hilarity ensues would almost belittle what is a smart and truly pointed examination of class.

Heather Lind in Pygmalion at Williamstown Theatre Festival 2013

The Bridges of Madison County is a classic of another kind – a bestselling novel, interpreted for the stage. Love and passion are meant for the stage, and this play delves into these matters, with a woman who must choose whether she will follow her heart. What does the play have that the book does not? Music. The stage allows for the addition of a completely new dimension to a story that has already been enjoyed by millions of readers.

There will be (as always, truly) a number of familiar faces on stage this summer throughout the WTF season: Actors of television, Broadway and film. Heather Lind, who starred on Broadway opposite Al Pacino in “The Merchant of Venice” will appear as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. The Animal Crackers’ cast includes “Jonathan Brody, who has appeared on Broadway in ‘Monty Python's Spamalot’ and ‘Titanic,’ as well as the off-Broadway ‘Naked Boys Singing;’ Adams Chanler-Berat, of Broadway's ‘Peter and the Starcatcher;’ Mara Davi, who recently appeared on television's ‘Smash’ and in the movie ‘New Year's Eve;’ and Renée Elise Goldsberry, who has appeared as Olivia Warner on Fox's ‘The Following’ and as Geneva Pine on "The Good Wife," according to the North Adams Transcript.

And fully-produced plays are not the only activities at WTF. An evening with Lewis Black, and a timely reading of “Scott and Zelda” are also among the season’s offerings.

Lewis Black at Williamstown Theatre Festival 2013

For more information visit the Williamstown Theatre Festival website. Their blog is also a fun read throughout the season.

The Definition of True Romance

  
  
  

Gimped Mini Mogi and Friends

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.

Congratulations To Our Hampton Terrace Getaway Winner: Lauren!

  
  
  
In April, we paired up with our friends at Oasis Day Spa, the #1 spa in New York City andlauren oasis winner Westchester County, for a contest.

Bruce generously offered a FREE day of beauty to one of our Facebook friends or email subscribers. Your day would include a massage, facial and manicure, worth nearly $300. And anyone who entered received a 15% discount on any 60-minute spa service at any of Oasis’ locations in 2013.

We at Hampton Terrace offered anyone who entered a $50 credit off a two-night stay at Hampton Terrace, and a free two-night getaway (midweek or weekend) at Hampton Terrace to one Oasis fan or subscriber.

That lucky winner is Lauren! Lauren has booked a special anniversary weekend with us for this fall, and we’ll be delighted to greet her in person with some Berkshires hospitality.

Congratulations, Lauren!

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