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Four Day Culture Itinerary

Welcome to the Berkshires! Enjoy your time with us.

Day #1 – No Guide Today
Mid afternoon arrival.
CHECK IN at your local hotel.
DINNER is included this evening.

Day # 2 – Guide Today
7:30 am FULL BREAKFAST at your leisure at the hotel.

9:00 am BERKSHIRE COTTAGES TOUR. On this driving tour you will hear stories about the characters and explore the era of the “Gilded Age”. The Berkshires are known as the Inland Newport and display mansions built during the turn of the century before the days of income tax. These estates, also called cottages, were the homes of Andrew Carnegie, Harley Proctor of Proctor and Gamble Co., George Westinghouse, the Vanderbilt’s and many others who formed the American Aristocracy. See the exteriors of these fine homes.

This tour includes an INSIDER’S TOUR of TRINITY CHURCH in LENOX, which was the Church of the Cottagers.

12:00 pm LUNCH on your own in Lenox a quintessential New England town with an eclectic collection of artistic and upscale shops to browse or shop in. There are a variety of restaurants with an array of menus.

2:00 pm Tour of THE MOUNT, which was the home of Edith Wharton, the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize – for her work “The Age of Innocence”. (1920) Edith Wharton oversaw the design, construction and furnishing of The Mount and its gardens. A National Historic Landmark, The Mount has undergone extensive restoration and many rooms are presently furnished by international interior decorators. The tour combines literary, historical, biographical and design aspects of Wharton’s life and writing. There is a gift shop with many of Wharton’s works for sale.

4:00 pm Arrive back at the hotel.

5:00 pm DINNER included at the Inn.

Travel to TANGLEWOOD.

7:00 pm Travel to Tanglewood. (You need this much time for traffic and to walk to your seats.)

8:00 pm Arrive at Tanglewood.

8:30 pm (below are a variety of shows depending on when your tour visits)

JUNE 23, 2013 BOSTON POPS Keith Lockhart.

JUNE 29, 2013 A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keiller returns to Tanglewood for their fourteenth consecutive live broadcast from the festival.

JULY 7, 2013 BOSTON POPS and Keith Lockhart. “Keith Lockhart will be joined; country music legend Vince Gill.

AUGUST 16, 2013 BOSTON POPS with Keith Lockhart and American Songbook stylist Michael Feinstein.

AUGUST 24, 2013 BOSTON POPS FILM NIGHT FEATURING: John Williams,
Boston Pops, guest conductor David Newman, and renowned vocalist Audra McDonald featured in John Williams’ Film Night.

SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 BOSTON POPS with Keith Lockhart. The Boston Pops will bring the 2013 Tanglewood season to an end on September 1 with a concert under the direction of Thomas Wilkins.

11:45 pm Approximate time home.

Day # 3 – Guide Today
7:30 am FULL BREAKFAST at the hotel at your leisure.

8:30 am Travel to WILLIAMSTOWN.

9:30 am Meet the owner of the Williams Inn who will give you a tour of WILLIAMSTOWN. Williamstown is known as the “Village Beautiful”. Better known as Williamstown, the village was originally a farming community. The town is now home to the prestigious Williams College, Williams College Museum of Art, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown Theatre Festival and some of the loveliest private homes in the Berkshires.

10:00 am STERLING AND FRANCINE CLARK ART INSTITUTE. Nestled in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts it is well known for its extraordinary collection of Impressionists and Renaissance paintings as well as the works of popular American Artists such as Frederic Remington and Winslow Homer. The museum houses a collection of more than 30 Renoirs. Also see a sculpture collection, exceptional examples of English silver, porcelain, early photographs, many prints and drawings, along with various decorative arts. The museum is famous for its art presentation and its idyllic setting on 130 acres of lawns, meadows and walking trails, and a museum shop.

11:45 am LUNCH on your own (individual checks) at the WILLIAMS INN.

2:00 pm Travel back to your hotel.

3:00 pm Arrive at hotel for rest.

4:15 pm Travel to JACOB’S PILLOW.

5:30 pm HOT BUFFET DINNER at JACOB’S PILLOW

“JACOB’S PILLOW, lauded worldwide as a “hub and mecca of dancing” (TIME Magazine) and “one of America’s most precious cultural assets” (Mikhail Baryshnikov), is a treasured National Historic Landmark and home to America’s longest running international dance festival.

Each year thousands of people from across the U.S. and around the globe visit to experience the Festival with more than 50 dance companies and 200 free performances, talks, and events; train at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, one of the most prestigious professional dance training centers in the U.S.; explore the Pillow’s rare and extensive dance Archives; and take part in numerous Community Programs designed to educate and engage dance audiences of all ages.” Quote excerpted from internet site.

7:30 pm PRE-SHOW TALK in the TED SHAWN THEATRE. (This is the theatre you will be seeing your performance in.) You will be privy to a 15-minute briefing by Jacob’s Pillow Scholars-in-Residence!

8:00 pm JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE PERFORMANCE IN THE TED SHAWN THEATRE.

11:30 pm Approximate arrival back to the hotel.

Day # 4 – Guide Today
7:30 am FULL BREAKFAST at your leisure at the hotel.

9:00 am Travel to Tanglewood to meet your guide.

TANGLEWOOD TOUR. Step back in time as you stroll the perfectly manicured grounds at the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This tour explains the history of the BSO in the Berkshires and highlights the accomplishments of the Tanglewood Music Center educational program. The name Tanglewood was given by Nathaniel Hawthorne and you will see his inspiration. See the world famous Tanglewood Music Shed, an indoor amphitheater, built to resemble a cow barn! It is known, however, worldwide, for its acoustical perfection and as one of the premier sites to enjoy classical music. Learn about the many students who are enriched by attending the Tanglewood Music Center.

NAUMKEAG house tour and self guided garden tour. This twenty six room Norman style mansion was the home of Joseph Hodges Choate, who was the ambassador to the Court of St. James under President McKinley. The house is set on Prospect Hill overlooking the Berkshire hills and valleys. From the back veranda you can view the “neighborhood” of the Choates; several of the other mansions from the Cottages Era. This is one of the best places to enjoy scenic fall foliage of New England or the green rolling hills in the spring and summer. The extensive gardens were designed by Miss Choate with the help of Fletcher Steele, noted landscape architect.

STOCKBRIDGE TOUR. This tour promises to whet your appetite for further exploration of this “picture postcard” town. Amazing stories are told about the founders of the town and others who have had an impact on it’s growth. See the former Norman Rockwell Museum at the Old Corner House. You will see the famous Red Lion Inn, the First Church, the Children’s Chimes Chapel, the village cemetery, where the first slave to be legally freed in the U.S. is buried, and many other points of interest. This is a light and informative tour with history, humor and facts.

12:30 pm LUNCH on your own in STOCKBRIDGE. This is where Norman Rockwell lived and worked. You will enjoy a variety of small restaurants to choose from in this quaint, “picture postcard” town. Take time to visit the RED LION INN and see the antique furniture, the famous “teapot collection” (hundreds of teapots from all over the world).

NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM tour. See many of the illustrator’s works in the original oil paintings at your own pace. There are gallery talks, Rockwell’s studio (May to October only), and a gift shop to explore.

HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE orientation and self guided tours of 25 historic buildings at the restored Shaker Community “City of Peace”. Enjoy a special greeting in the new reception center and view the film-slide orientation to the life of the Shakers. Learn about Shaker life, crafts and farming, by exploring the Main dwelling, barns, workshops, meetinghouse, schoolhouse, and other structures. Note especially the extraordinary Round Barn. There are talks every 1/2 hour at selected buildings. Craftspeople use Shaker materials and methods to produce reproductions of Shaker furniture and crafts. Historic breeds of cattle, sheep, horses and chicken help recreate the village’s agricultural identity.

DINNER is included this evening.

Day # 5 – Guide Today
7:30 am FULL BREAKFAST at your leisure at the hotel.

9:00 am Depart for home.
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