Let's combine a few of our favorites: Beethoven, Edith Wharton's The Mount, and Deborah Grausman - the uber-talented performer/impressario who stages "Broadway in the Berkshires," and always allows us to host the after-party at Hampton Terrace.
From this point, I will quote directly from a blog by Seth Rogovoy, who puts things so well. I shall not try to improve...
(LENOX, Mass.) – “Beethoven Love Elegies,” a dramatic program interweaving a script drawn from Beethoven’s letters and diaries and accounts by his contemporaries with performances of some of his greatest known works, will be performed by the Ensemble for the Romantic Century (ERC) as a fully staged theatrical concert at the Stables Theatre at The Mount for 12 performances from Wednesday, July 16, 2014, through Sunday, August 3, 2014.
This poignant, humorous, and emotionally intense production dramatizes Beethoven’s young years in Vienna and his search for the perfect wife. Actor Kire Tosevski as Beethoven heads an outstanding company of five esteemed actors and four musicians (violinist Rachel Lee Priday, cellist Sebastian Bäverstam, pianist Eve Wolf, and baritone Chad Sloane).
This script is very dear to my heart,” says Eve Wolf, founder and executive artistic director of ERC and writer/pianist of “Beethoven Love Elegies.” “It is so moving to witness Beethoven at this younger age when he was boisterous, flirtatious, and sociable, and then to see his gradual descent into isolation when his deafness became more extreme. Beethoven was very spiritual and never lost hope, in spite of this adversity. The music reveals his struggle as well as his unstoppable hope and optimism.”
Depicted in a tragicomic script based on Beethoven’s letters and contemporaries’ recollections of the composer, “Beethoven Love Elegies” spotlights the composer’s attempts at finding an enduring love while growing increasingly deaf. The tragedy of his unfulfilled desire for a meaningful, and lifelong relationship finds its voice in his music. This production features recorded excerpts from Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio,” which represents Beethoven’s idealized view of marriage; his Variations on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen (A young girl or a little wife), based on an aria from Mozart’s The Magic Flute; the “Moonlight” Sonata, which was dedicated to his piano student, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, with whom he fell in love; the “Ghost” Trio, which contains one of the most profoundly moving slow movements in all of Beethoven’s works; and rarely performed Lieder that express his inner emotional drama (these include Neues Liebe, neues Leben, a song about first love; Der Kuss, a humorous portrayal of a man who gets the kiss he wants from a girl who tries to resist him; and An die Hoffnung, Op.94, one of his most moving songs, which expresses the sustaining sweetness of hope amid despair).
When: Wednesday July 16 – Sunday, August 3
Wednesdays 7/16, 7/23 + 7/30 at 8:30pm
Fridays 7/18, 7/25 + 8/1 at 8:30pm
Saturdays 7/19, 7/26 + 8/2 at 8:30pm
Sundays 7/20, 7/27 + 8/3 at 4pm
Where: The Stables Theatre at Edith Wharton’s The Mount, 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, Mass
Tickets: $55. To purchase, visit the Ensemble for the Romantic Century (ERC) or call 800-838-3006.
Many call it The Tanglewood Season.
And it certainly is. Tanglewood has been drawing about a half a million people to the area per year since 1937. Those patrons, educated and cultured, are the reason a number of other options have sprung up over the decades:
THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Festival. Williamstown Theater Festival. Shakespeare & Company. Barrington Stage Company...
MUSEUMS: Clark Art Institute. Normal Rockwell Museum. Berkshire Museum...
HISTORIC HOUSES: The Mount. Naumkeag. Herman Melville. Ventfort Hall....
FINE DINING: Too many award-winning options to list. See below about how to narrow your options.
WHERE TO STAY? HAMPTON TERRACE, of course. Rated #1 on TripAdvisor in the Berkshires (120 properties). Private baths. A/C. Heated Pool. Free WiFi. 1 mile from Tanglewood. Let Stan and Susan help you plan your summer visit with our private lists of things to do and recommended places to eat.
Lauded for its natural beauty and elegance, the Berkshires have long been featured as a must-see location. Nestled amongst the dreamlike setting of rolling hills and bright red barns, it’s no surprise that the area has been featured on many Top 10 lists, including Travel + Leisure’s own, “America’s Most Romantic Winter Destinations.” Forbes, in their “10 Unexpectedly Romantic Cities,” found it impossible to name only one town, instead including the entire region in their feature. And even the Travel Channel’s, “World’s Most Romantic Destinations” couldn’t leave it out.
With such natural grandeur defining the Berkshires it’s no wonder why the region is considered a great locale for a romantic getaway. When it comes to wedding venues, the immense beauty and charm offer the perfect setting for the special day. With such an array of fine dining options, stunning estates, and elegant settings there are endless options for creating the perfect wedding. And for those who have already exchanged vows, there is no limit to the perfect Berkshires honeymoon.
As the Tanglewood season starts next month, the region is sure to be enchanted by the incredible performances by the BSO, as well as featured performers like James Taylor and Josh Groban. With a plethora of classical and contemporary musical options, Tanglewood is an incredible musical experience, sure to add a sparkle to a special weekend away.
For those couples seeking a romantic retreat, consider our Romantic Weekend Getaway, which includes all the details to make your weekend special. Infused with the elegance and charm of the region, Hampton Terrace prides itself in providing a luxurious and relaxing escape. Our #1 Rating on Trip Advisor offers insight into the care and intention we take with our guests’ comfort. We would love to provide you with the ideal venue to get away from it all.
To learn more about Hampton Terrace, visit our website or subscribe to our blog. We hope to be able to provide you an exceptional weekend away in the Berkshires.
Guests are used to paying from $300 to $2,000/night for accommodations in Lenox during Tanglewood Season.
How about $199/night?
For anyone who calls between now and June 20th and asks for $199/night...you will get it - from Sunday through Thursday, with a multiple night stay.
This is a savings of $100/night compared to our weekend rates.
Hampton Terrace is centrally located in Lenox, one mile from Tanglewood. We include full breakfast buffet and have an outdoor heated pool. All rooms have private baths and are air conditioned. There are 5 rooms in our main inn, 6 rooms in our carriage house, and we have 3 king suites with private entrances.
We are top-rated on TripAdvisor.
Call 800-203-0656 and ask for $199...
Bradley Cooper is headed back to Broadway, and the path started in the Berkshires. The Elephant Man will run from November 13 to January 18. Previews start October 18.
In today's "Berkshire on Stage and Screen" post, the incomparable Larry Murray tells the tale of this journey to New York City. Click through to the full article...but in summary, the project was conceived in 2012 by Cooper, Tony nominee director Scott Ellis, and Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson for Williamstown Theater Festival.
The collaboration went so well that all conversation centered on taking it to Broadway, where the original play won the Tony.
There is a long track record of Berkshire-based experiments making it to Broadway. Currently, Hampton Terrace frequent-guest John Douglas Thompson is starring in Satchmo at the Waldorf, which premiered at Shakespeare & Company. The Putnam County Spelling Bee won two Tony's and started as experimental theater at Barrington Stage Company. Just two recent examples.
Many world-class theater companies operate in the Berkshires. Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Williamstown Theater Festival in Williamstown and Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield are the most profile.
Hampton Terrace Bed and Breakfast is located centrally to all local theater, and we are very happy to help our guests learn of the varied offerings.
TripAdvisor is the #1 website in the world for accommodation reviews.
Only the top 10% of reviewed hotels, inns and b&bs earn a "Certificate of Excellence."
Hampton Terrace has earned this award every year of TripAdvisor's existence. We have to thank our wonderful guests, many of whom are enthusiastic enough about their experience to write a review. To date, more than 650 couples have reviewed us, with more than 600 of them giving us a 5 out of 5 score: "Excellent."
It is possible to do a TripAdvisor search for Lenox hospitality properties, as well as Berkshire properties. In both cases, Hampton Terrace ranks #1.
A very important point, from our perspective: This is a survey of "guest satisfaction" in various categories, such as location, rooms, service, value, etc. Susan and I go the extra mile to make sure our guests receive the best possible experience here.
We don't pretend that Hampton Terrace is the "best" hospitality property in the Berkshires. With Canyon Ranch, Wheatleigh, Blantyre, Cranwell, Red Lion, and more than 100 other resorts, hotels, inns and b&bs, we KNOW that there are many terrific places - in every price range.
But once again, we want to thank our guests for recognizing our efforts to please them with the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award.
There are 28 inns in Lenox. Four have pools. Beyond Lenox, there are 120 inns and b&bs in the Berkshires. An even lower percentage have pools.
So why does Hampton Terrace have a heated 20 x 40 pool with natural rock waterfall?
Actually, there are NOT a lot of good reasons. We open the pool on Memorial Day Weekend and close it at the end of September. During that four month period, only July and August offer consistently warm days and marginally warm evenings. June and September evenings are very cool and breezy - making it questionable whether we should keep the water heated 30 degrees above the air temperature.
No wonder most innkeepers pass on the option of adding a pool.
HOWEVER... we are so glad we did it. Not only does the sound of water falling in our backyard offer an ambiance that is unmatched for our nine rooms which front the pool, but we are told time and time again that our pool is one of the reasons 70% of our summer guests are repeat.
Early morning... exercise for some of our guests. Throughout the day...people quietly reading books or newspapers. Early evening... couples enjoying a glass of wine and quiet conversation with new friends. After the sun goes down.... 85 degree water and a lighting system that very slowly changes the water color from blue to green to red. And the sound of the waterfall...
And since we are an adult-only property (occasional teenagers), our guests do not have to deal with the constant "Marco Polo" chants of hotel and resort pools. Our pool stays open 24/7, as we are all adults....so why not?
We went out of our way, when designing our pool, to try to make it a natural addition to our yard. No concrete pool deck: brick pavers. A natural, grotto shape. The waterfall was made from large boulders, unearthed during construction. More grass in the pool area than pavers.
AS OF TODAY.....OUR POOL IS OPEN! We are prepared for a full Memorial Day Weekend and beyond. Come enjoy Hampton Terrace's HEATED pool and let us show you why so many of our guests consider us their home away from home.
A short stroll from Hampton Terrace is Shakespeare & Company, one of the world's longest-running and most prestigious Shakespeare presenters. Founded by Royal Shakespeare veteran Tina Packer more than 36 years ago, the company has been presenting simultaneous performances on their multiple stages for years.
Many of the founding actors/administration are still around and involved, including Tina herself. The company has remained vibrant by mixing things up every year. They don't limit themselves to Shakespeare, and even when they do a play by the Bard, they frequently change the setting and time period - a testiment to the timelessness of Shakespeare's themes. Beyond that, expect dramas, comedies, Edith Wharton shorts, even live radio broadcasts like "War of the Worlds" or "It's a Wonderful Life."
Local theater blogger extraordinaire Larry Murray published a very clear listing of this summer's performances and times on his "Berkshire On Stage and Screen" this morning.
Click the link to also learn about ticket purchase options.
And speaking of casting, notable summer leads include Johnny Lee Davenport, Malcolm Ingram, Nigel Gore, Josh Aaron McCabe - all of whom have stayed at Hampton Terrace recently.
Many small towns have a significant mansion. Lenox has about 5,000 residents, but it has 80+ significant mansions - all called "Berkshire Cottages." The term "cottage" is tongue-in-cheek as many of these homes have dozens of bedrooms. Hampton Terrace is one of the smaller ones - and we have 14 original bedrooms. The owners of these estates established and hosted the Lenox social season, which was a two-week period in early September.
These mansions were built mainly between 1880 and 1920, and some of the names are recognizable: Morgan, Carnegie, Westinghouse, Vanderbilt, Tappan, Proctor, Sloane...
Significantly, one of the homes was built by Edith Jones Wharton, and its construction did not go unnoticed - mainly because as the home was being built, Edith was writing a book about it. Called "The Decoration of Houses," Wharton was setting herself up to be the Martha Stewart of her day, establishing a template for those Gilded Age industrialists whose new-found wealth had to be put on display.
Edith Wharton famously divorced her American husband (of the Philadelphia Whartons) and moved to Europe, after living just 12 years in her showplace. She never returned, but her legacy in the home lives on. Renovations began in 1997 and after tens of millions invested, the place is a showcase once more. Her original library collection, which moved with her to London, remained intact and has been returned to her library shelves.
Obviously, the greatest thing about leaving a chronical about the construction of your home, is that you give renovators a guide to putting it back together. Additionally the house was well photographed back in the day. So the renovation is as authentic as you will find in a restored historic home, and the gardens contain the same plants in the same places as the original.
The Mount is open daily from early May through October each year. The tour of the home and gardens can be self-guided, but there are also group tours several times per day.
Hampton Terrace is located within a 2 minute drive, and many of our guests head to The Mount as part of their Lenox "must see" tour. They also have a cafe on their back porch, a gift shop, and constant programming.
Not that Lenox needs additional reasons for people to visit....what with Ventfort Hall, Shakespeare & Company, The Mount, and numerous restaurants, shops and galleries.
Same thing with Hampton Terrace. Our pool is now open, and the yard is quickly developing into its splendid mid-summer form. New roofing throughout. Refinished oak hardwood floors in all of our common areas. New HD TVs, fresh paint in many rooms....
So how about a leisurely stroll down Main Street and enjoy MANY dozens of classic cars. Friday, June 13th from 6 pm until 9.
Then check into your romantic room at Hampton Terrace, featuring a fireplace and Jacuzzi. Let us help you plan your weekend with our restaurant and activity recommendations.