The Berkshires Blog

Musical Celebrities and More-Musing from Innkeepers

Hampton-TerraceOwning a Berkshires bed and breakfast can often be an exhilarating business.  We have had the pleasure of hosting people from all over the world – and we are proud that those guests have ranked us #1 in the Berkshires for guest satisfaction, according to TripAdvisor.  Possibly, because at Hampton Terrace you might rub elbows or share a glass of wine with a notable guest – one who might be playing our 1929 Steinway, a gift from my grandmother.

Most recently, Alan Menken, famed composer of Disney scores including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, visited after the Broadway in the Berkshires fundraiser for what turned into a rousing after party. He played nearly a dozen of his hits and brought all the magic of Disney right to our living room accompanied by a who’s who of Broadway stars singing.

Alan isn’t the only celeb to grace our home. Wynton Marsalis stopped by before a show at Tanglewood and played a game of pickup basketball in the back yard.

Famed composer John Williams visited one afternoon while his brother Jerry was staying with us. Jerry is a semi-retired percussionist who has performed on more than 750 movie scores.   Jerry, and his wife Shirley, were in town to enjoy “John Williams Movie Night,” conducted by his brother. On the afternoon of the visit, John sat down and played the Steinway – a thrill beyond words.

Another frequent guest, and friend of Hampton Terrace, is John Douglas Thompson who is a renowned and multi-award-winning Shakespearean actor.

Any Jeopardy fans out there? Ken Jennings, known for having the longest winning streak on Jeopardy! and as being the all-time leading money winner on American game shows, has stayed with us several times.

The Berkshires are a spot like no other – all the culture and sophistication of a big city nestled in a (mostly) quiet mountain range. Whether you’re looking for cultural entertainment, excellent dining or the great outdoors, The Berkshires has it all. Plus, you just never know who you’ll bump into here.

Stan Rosen,
Hampton Terrace