By Nancy Macy
The cozy inns of the Berkshires offer a front-row seat to the spectacular show Mother Nature brings to the autumn landscape. Here are a few special places to hang your hat while you explore our back roads, downtowns, world-class culture, and the great outdoors.
Newly opened 33 Main in Lenox brings a luxury lodging experience to one of the Berkshires most scenic downtowns. Owned by Berkshire-based designer Annie Selke, the Federal-style inn has eight sumptuously appointed en-suite guestrooms (including two pet-friendly rooms) featuring Hästen mattresses, Pine Cone Hill bedding, and Dash & Albert rugs. Comfy sitting porches, lounge areas with plush couches and armchairs, and an exquisitely tiled breakfast room invite quiet relaxation whether you’re enjoying a girls’ weekend, a romantic getaway or a business retreat. Gourmet breakfasts are served on pottery designed locally for the inn by Ben Evans Ceramics. Afternoon cocktails are offered as a prelude to wherever your Berkshire evenings take you. Be sure to browse through the Annie Selke catalog in your room or visit the pop-up shop across the street. All the designs and other amenities in the inn are for sale for you to bring the Annie Selke experience home with you.
A few miles and a world away on the Lee/Lenox line, pull up an Adirondack chair on the expansive lawn of the LakeHouse Inn overlooking pristine Laurel Lake. Guests can launch the inn’s kayaks or paddleboards from the private dock or watch a glorious Berkshire sunset over the water. Hiking and other outdoor adventures are nearby. Owners Maggie Barry and Cody Gavin have created a welcoming experience that combines historic charm with modern amenities. Wake up to a three-course breakfast in the downstairs dining room or have homemade muffins and locally roasted Six Depot coffee delivered to your room. Wind down the day with a cocktail and scenic views from the second-floor balcony rooms or warm your toes by the lakeside fire pit. The inn’s beautiful setting and warm hospitality make it a favorite destination for weddings, corporate retreats, and reunions. It’s also a perfect escape for couples. Visit the LakeHouse Inn’s website for upcoming special events and packages. Whatever your plans in the Berkshires, this is an ideal place to call home during your stay.
Further south in bucolic New Marlborough, The Old Inn On The Green offers rustic décor and candlelit fireside dining reminiscent of the days when this was a stagecoach stop. Fresh ingredients from local farms feature prominently on chef/owner Peter Platt’s innovative five-star menu. In addition to one of the area’s most venerable wine lists, The Old Inn On The Green also offers a seasonal cocktail menu that includes a unique whiskey flight just right for warming up on a cold night. If you’re planning a business meeting or looking for an elegant, romantic atmosphere for a wedding, this is your spot. Traveling with a canine companion? Guestrooms are dog-friendly. Enjoy crisp, fall days walking with your pup on the wooded trails behind the inn. House-baked treats await your canine companion’s return, as will Winchester, the lively young Lab rescue in residence. Be sure to stop in The Southfield Store while you are there for some extra tasty treats on the go.
Whatever your itinerary, the Berkshires are perfect for a fall getaway. Book a stay at one of our inns and enjoy the peace and serenity in store for you during this extraordinary time of year!
Nancy Macy is a freelance writer and editor based in the Berkshires.