We (2 couples) just returned from a relaxing mini vacation in the Berkshires. Days Inn Lenox was conveniently located and priced very reasonably. We wanted clean and comfortable accommodations with 2 rooms next to each other. and that's just what we got! The front desk clerk was very pleasant and helpful and the breakfast, though simple, was just enough to start our day. New bed linens, a hot shower and decent television completed the package! The hotel is located on a main road but is still relatively quiet. We were a short distance from the attractions and areas we wanted to visit. We spent some time in Stockbridge which has a charming main street. Highlights included a trip to Peace, Love and Chocolate - you have to try their pumpkin latte and dark chocolate covered ginger. If you stop at the Red Lion Inn, you should take a moment to meet Simon, the hotel's cat. They also have a nice gift shop. Also in Stockbridge is the Norman Rockwell Museum. The grounds are beautiful with a great example of a Berkshire "cottage", Norman Rockwell's studio with beautiful vistas and the museum itself which was very interesting. Take the time to view the 12 minute film on the lower level and also take the tour of the studio before you enjoy the museum itself.
We enjoyed a delicious meal at Sullivan's Station in Lee. Located in an old train station complete with ticket booth, the restaurant offers delicious meals and friendly service. The loaded baked potato soup and homemade bread were a great start to the meal. The steak au poivre with creamed brandy sauce was excellent and we topped it off with the mocha ice cream puff which was more than enough for two.
Further down the road, you should make it a point to stop in Great Barrington. The downtown area is artsy with interesting architecture, unusual shops and a choice of restaurants. We especially like the Gypsy Joynt shop which had funky clothes, jewelry and scarves.
Make it a point to travel to Richmond MA to visit the Hilltop Orchards. The folks there were very nice and they make the best cider donuts ever! Apple picking was a lot of fun and the apples were the best we've ever tasted. They also sell different jams, honeys, salsas and homemade pies. They invited us to sit by the fireplace and taste some of their delicious wines. You have to try the apple ice wine.
Venture down the road and you'll end up in Canaan NY. Right after you cross into Canaan, you'll find the Canaan General Store. They sell just about everything there including freshly made breads and a wide selection of candy and baking items as well as seeds, flashlights, pickles, outdoor furniture, you name it! If you follow the signs to the glass blowing place, you will enjoy watching two artists create beautiful glass pumpkins, vases, lamps etc. It's called Hoogs and Crawford. You can ask questions about their craft and see how works of art are made.
We picked a great week to go (10/15-10/17/13) since the foliage was beautiful. We really enjoyed our visit to the Berkshires and Days Inn Lenox was the perfect place for us to stay!
- Also Known As:
- Days Inn Lenox Hotel Lenox
- Days Inn Lenox Hotel
- Lenox Days Inn
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Days Inn Lenox features Outdoor Swimming Pool, non Smoking rooms, High Speed Wireless Internet, Free Daybreak Breakfast, free newspaper and free parking. Every room has a microwave, refrigerator, Free wireless high speed internet access, 32 inch TVs with cable HBO, FREE local phone calls, iron, ironing board, coffeemaker and hairdryer. Extra amenities are ice Machine, Safe Deposit Box ($ 1.5 per night), Laundry, Smoke Detector, Toiletries available at the front desk, Rollaway Bed charge ($10 per night), Crib ($ 10 per night). Days Inn is close to Historic Lenox Village & Shakespeare & Company, Tanglewood 3 miles, Cranweill Spa & Golf Resort 4 miles, Laurel Lake 4 miles, The Mount 4 miles, Chesterwood Museum 11 miles, Butternut Ski 15 miles, Numerous outdoor activities and Easy Access to Route 7, Route 20, and Mass Pike (I-90). Pets are not allowed. ... more less
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