Black Swan Inn, an Ascend Collection Hotel
435 Laurel Street
Lee, MA 01238
Phone: (413) 243-2700
Fax: (413) 637-0798
With over sixteen thousand acres, this state forest, located in nearby Lee, is the largest in the state of Massachusetts, and offers opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, and more.
Open yearly from the first of May through October 31st, this impressive Classical Revival home was built as the country home of Edith Wharton, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The Mount, reminiscent of an English estate with a French courtyard and Italianate terraces, features 35 extraordinary rooms and now houses a cultural and educational center that focuses on the achievement of women and offers a lecture series in July and August. Self-guided tours are available at this National Historic Landmark.
Situated among the wooded hills of Lenox in the Berkshires, the award-winning Canyon Ranch's New England-style Inn features 126 guest rooms and suites, a demonstration kitchen, meeting rooms, a lounge with a fireplace and more. The on-site 100,000-square-foot spa complex includes a fitness department, five gyms, a yoga studio, 75-foot indoor pool, exercise and weight training rooms, indoor tennis, racquetball, squash, basketball and sports courts, locker rooms, steam and inhalation rooms, a sauna, men's cold dip, whirlpools, and an indoor running track. Salon, therapeutic massage and skin care services are also available.
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Located at less than 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Springfield, Lenox is a major tourist destination for visitors from across the world owing to the numerous tourist attractions and a plethora of events taking place here. The origin of the town dates back to 1750 and some of the historic structures like the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Church on the Hill still stand as testimony to its existence. Tourists can also visit other historic landmarks like the Kripalu Center, Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum and Frelinghuysen Morris House and Museum to know about the life of people in this town. With festivities like Berkshire Arts Festival and Lenox Caroling Festival held almost throughout the year, the pristine town serves as a perfect respite from the regular and over-crowded tourist destinations.
Housed in a beautiful, architecturally splendid building, this library offers a wide selection of books, magazines, and periodicals, as well as a range of children's programs.
Lenox Wine Cellar is a full-service specialty shop, offering a huge selection of fine wines from around the world. In addition to an expansive wine selection, a variety of beer, liquor, and assorted specialty cheeses and foods are in stock. Gift baskets can be made to order or stop by and select the goodies for a romantic picnic basket. The showroom is well-lit, with wooden wine rack displays for ease in maneuvering the many aisles. There are two other locations in the area; one, at 444 Pittsfield Road in Lenox and the other at 3 Elm Street in Stockbridge.
What could be better than relaxing in the summer shade to the tunes of Mozart or Puccini floating on the breezes at Tanglewood? Whether you choose a symphony or a popular concert, the setting only enhances the magnificent music. Tanglewood offers tours, event planning, exhibits, services for disabled, two cafes and gift shops amidst the singing strings of performance musicians on the grounds.
Berkshire visitors of all faiths flock to The National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge seeking healing. The cathedral-style Shrine and The Lourdes Grotto, nestled in lush greenery, offers meditative rest amidst heavenly murals and polished wood in the main carved stone building. You can also reflect and offer petitions of thanksgiving by flickering white candles in the wooded hillside Immaculate Conception Chapel.
In the late 19th Century noted attorney Joseph Choate had an architectural firm design his dream "cottage" for his family's summer retreats. Naumkeag was created as a 44 room country estate that has a Gilded Age style along with panoramic views. You can tour the house and admire the antique decor and period pieces. Naumkeag is also known for its beautiful gardens. Take an audio guide for a self-guided stroll through the gorgeous gardens and see the Afternoon Garden, the Chinese Garden, the Rose Garden, and more.
Special outdoor programs are held several times each year, at this elegant brick home that dates to the late Federal period, and now functions as a museum that highlights the cultural history of the region, being run under the auspices of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.
Chesterwood, located in Stockbridge, is the former summer home of the famed sculptor Daniel Chester French. Best known for his sculpture featured at Washington's Lincoln Memorial, Chester French also carved a bust of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and created works for the Russell Alger Memorial, the Manhattan Bridge, and the Boston Public Library. He died at Chesterwood October 7, 1931, and the house has since been turned into a museum and historical site. Chesterwood is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is open to visitors from May to October. .