The Berkshires Blog

Discover Your Inner Author – Musings from an Innkeeper

Kemble-inn-new-verandaIn the days of cell phone, e-mail, and text messages hand-written cards and letters can seem hopelessly outdated.   It’s an art form worth bringing back, and not because of some misplaced sense of nostalgia;  The writing and reception of letters and cards will always offer an experience that modern technology cannot touch.  Who doesn’t light up with a smile at the sight of a real card or letter in the mailbox?  The Berkshire views and mansion ambiance that surround our guests as they sit in a guest room chair beside a working fireplace, or in a plush parlor sofa, or in our outdoor lawn spaces create inspiration to use a moment of quiet and solitude in order to slow down and write an old fashioned letter or a poem, or simply a postcard as they sip a glass of fine wine or fresh brewed coffee.

The Berkshires have long inspired great writers of the world as they have created their greatest works.   Edith Wharton wrote just down the street from us.  Herman Melville’s inspiration for Moby Dick was not the sea; it was the double peak of Mt. Greylock that shifted his thoughts to the double hump of the whale.  The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a collaborative, multi-venue event sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock with many local partners, celebrated county-wide in the month of March, Women’s History Month with spin-off activities happening throughout the year.

Here and now in 2014, we are especially delighted to have a renowned writers’ coach, Diane O’Connell, select the Kemble Inn as the venue for a late fall retreat that she has organized to help tomorrow’s famous writers reach their full potential.  This artistic magic happens in the Berkshires with a wondrous unstated bliss.

The Kemble Inn is an elegant historic mansion with delightful mountain views, located in the heart of Lenox. We are truly a boutique hotel experience where antiques combined with modern designer class.