NEEDHAM, Mass. —
In Lenox, Massachusetts, a different take on the grand hotel. Built in 1902, Blantyre used to be a summer home. The manor is now a five-star Relais and Chateaux property consisting of 24 guest rooms.
A new owner recently added one of the world’s only Dom Perignon tasting rooms.
Blantyre and the Cambridge-based Charles Hotel have teamed up to offer a town-to-country experience.
Guests at the Blantyre can also enjoy downtown Lenox which is packed with shops and restaurants. Berkshire favorites such as Tanglewood, Shakespeare and Company and the Norman Rockwell Museum are also nearby.
The many cultural offerings of Berkshire Country enticed Los Angeles native Cynthia Wick to visit the area. She said it was the allure of the landscape that compelled her to stay.
Always an artist, Wick said her surroundings have changed her work. She started collaging and making paintings more abstract.
“Cynthia Wick: The Shape of Color” is on exhibit through December 1, 2019 at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge.
A recent renovation is allowing for more year-round programming at the garden including art exhibitions and cooking classes.
The Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. Its mission is to preserve the rich railroad heritage of western Massachusetts.
The station and trains are open to visitors on a seasonal basis. The museum also runs a weekend tourist train based in Adams.
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