by Lisa Green
Wherever you tie the knot (and the Berkshires is one magical place for your celebration), you’re probably going to need to untie those knots just a bit after the big celebration. We’re talking about the kind of knots that come from the stress of planning and executing a wedding. Après “I do,” it’s time for relaxation, rejuvenation and romance, all of which the Berkshires can offer all year round.
Known for its sophisticated, luxurious inns, the Berkshires excels in the art of hospitality at an almost endless choice of accommodations. Blantyre, a former castle-like estate which bills itself as a “country house hotel,” is among the most esteemed, having made the Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List every year since 2009, and Forbes.com named it one of the “10 Most Romantic Hotels in the World.” Blantyre has it all: world-class dining, sumptuous accommodations, hiking, lawn sports, a spa — so much you don’t even need to leave the property. They’ll even schedule lessons for you. In short, you’ll feel like you’re staying in one of the world’s poshest places, and you’ll be treated like royalty.
If honeymoon planning is more appealing to you than wedding arranging, the Rookwood Inn has a lovely solution: it offers an Elopement Package, which includes deluxe accommodations, a personalized wedding ceremony performed by a justice of the peace (who also happens to be the innkeeper) either at the inn or elsewhere in the Berkshires, a wedding cake, and a several wedding remembrance gifts. It’s one-stop wedding and honeymoon heaven!
At the Kemble Inn, a fabulously renovated 125-year-old Gilded Age mansion, newlyweds can reminisce about their wedding under the stars and the moon. Overlooking one of the most spectacular vistas in all of the Berkshires, the Kemble Inn will set you up with a crackling campfire under the starry skies. The chef will prepare campfire snacks and leave you with a cocktail or craft beer for you savor your surroundings — and each other. Another nighttime activity under the stars takes place at Hilltop Orchards, which offers a monthly full-moon hike (or snowshoe trek in the winter) with a guide who incorporates Native American traditions relating to moonlight. The evening ends with a bonfire and wine tasting (and, perhaps, a toast to the newlyweds). Another great choice for romance is Seven Hills Inn another truly magnificent Gilded Age mansion situated on 27 acres of rolling lawns, lush gardens and tranquil woodlands. This unique property provide the perfect setting for your honeymoon.
But the evening doesn’t have to end there; In Touch Massage and Day Spa offers a Date Night Special, with a private hot tub for two along with a one-hour massage. And if you stay at the Topia Inn, an ultra eco-friendly bed-and-breakfast, you can request a room with an aromatherapy rain shower or chromatherapy waterdance spa tub that uses LED lights to tint the bubbling bath water. They provide the organic bath products. It’s R&R extraordinaire that puts you in the perfect mindset to go out and enjoy all the riches of the Berkshires.
Lisa Green is a freelance writer and advertising director of www.ruralintelligence.com.