By Darcie Sosa
When most people think of the Berkshires, images of beautiful, rolling hills come to mind. But the Berkshires is known for more than just its breathtaking outdoor beauty. The Berkshires has that charming New England blend of new and old. Take a drive or bike ride and you’ll see downtowns full of historical buildings transformed into yoga studios, innovative restaurants and unique shops.
The Berkshire countryside is dotted with historical mansions and homes that have now been converted into charming inns that pair old world allure with modern amenities and luxuries. These unique settings offer a quiet get-away in the Berkshire Hills, yet are close enough to all the cultural happenings.
Perhaps the most well-known in the Berkshires is The Red Lion Inn. Located in Stockbridge, Mass, this Berkshire staple is one of the few New England inns operating continuously since the 18th century. The Inn offers 125 individually decorated guest rooms, elegant and casual dining, nightly live entertainment, a year-round heated outdoor pool & hot tub, and shopping for locally made goods at both the inn’s gift shop and flagship Country Curtains Store.
In the neighboring town of Richmond, The Inn at Richmond is a Bed and Breakfast in a pre-Revolutionary War colonial home that has been renovated from its 1776 build to retain its historic architectural charm. While all of the accommodations feature modern amenities, historical artifacts like 17th century windows and hardware originally imported from France were kept. The Inn’s Main House offers five guest rooms, all with private baths and decorated with hardwood floors, while two suites include wood burning fireplaces. The Main House also features common areas like a library with fireplace, bright and cozy dining room, a parlor and a garden room with views of the terrace, the property’s pastures and rolling hills. The Inn also has four cottages that can accommodate longer visits and larger groups.
A quick drive over to the town of Lee and you will find the Devonfield Inn. The Devonfield was built over 200 years ago. Although it only became an inn in 1980, the owners are historic preservationists that have prided themselves in maintaining the original character of the English country home while providing luxurious amenities. The property features an array of antiques, hard wood floors, original built-ins and picture windows. The property has been upgraded with central air conditioning, an outdoor, heated swimming pool, tennis courts, a fire pit and flower gardens. The inn accommodates up to 30 guests with ten guest rooms and a free-standing cottage apartment. All rooms have luxury linens, and flat-screen TV’s, handmade chocolates. Many rooms include wood-burning fireplaces, and whirlpool baths. Complimentary candlelit breakfast is offered each morning, fresh-baked cookies, and Cognac and cordials are offered throughout the day.
Finding beautiful accommodations in the Berkshires is never difficult, but if small touches like fresh cookies and historic architecture meet your fancy, a stay in one of the Berkshires revolutionary era inns will be the right fit for your Berkshire stay!
Darcie is a resident of Dalton and is currently operating her own Communications consulting business, Darcie Sosa Communications and freelance writing for local publications and organizations. Outside of work, Darcie is an active member of the Berkshire community volunteering time with Eleanor Sonsini, Berkshire Creative, Friends of St. Mary Ad Hoc Committee and NAMA Prom. She is also an avid hiker, dancer, runner and boot camp attendee.