Let’s face it—sometimes you want a Berkshires vacation, but the budget is restrictive. Seven Hills Inn in Lenox, right next to the Edith Wharton estate, has the answer. Although you could certainly enjoy the full upscale experience at Seven Hills, they have a motel option, which is great for families and you still have full run of the place. Country breakfast, complete access to the luxurious main inn plus extensive grounds (27 acres) and a pool! (They also have lodging in the carriage house.) Each inn bedroom has its own elegant character, color and design scheme. Inn owner Robin Gerson Wong and her husband bought the inn some five years ago and undertook renovations with an eye toward historic preservation. The high ceilings, leaded glass (with that fishbowl effect), an antique mirror collection, a safe with a lost combination and a grand parlor, dining room and living room with a functioning fireplace dead center make Seven Hills a true work of art! It’s no wonder they book so many weddings; parties can book the entire manor, or “cottage,” as these Gilded Age mansions were called. Leonard Bernstein played piano here and NYC socialites knew the location well in its heyday. They have a devoted following who stay primarily in July and August. Mrs. Gerson Wong rounds out each year with a benefit for local charities called Voices of Hope.