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The Red Lion Inn - Stockbridge, MA

February 2009

We're offering great rates for School Vacation Week, so come to the Berkshires for some family R&R. We're getting incredible snowfall this year, so the skiing is great!
But, you don't have to leave the property to soak up the great outdoors - our year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub are surrounded by a radiant-heated patio so tootsies stay warm - and the pool is a balmy 80 degrees! Kids are thrilled to be swimming this time of year, especially with the almost daily flurries we're getting.
There's a chess set in the area near our Gift Shop, plus we have a bunch of board games on hand for your enjoyment. Our extensive DVD library is available for use for free, but if you prefer real books, we have a Library for that too (complete with a public computer, should you need it). We offer free Wifi, so teens can still IM their pals while hanging with the family. Dog w/ fireplace
Please click here  to find out more about our accommodations - our Guest Houses are great for families - just pull up your car to unload and the kids can stay outside while you supervise from the warm and cozy indoors...
Well-behaved pets are welcome in selected guestrooms, so you can bring the whole family!


AniMagic - Museum of Animation Special Effects/Art
View technologies from the movies like The Matrix, X-Men, Predator & Chicken Run. See a real Academy Award. Make your animation movie.
By appt. 77 Main Street, Lee, MA
(413) 243-2051 or 841-6679

Norman Rockwell Museum
Art in Action -1:00pm-4:00pm
These Sunday afternoon drop-in art workshops focus on family fun and hands-on adventure! Each month will feature new projects, inspired by the art of Norman Rockwell and other illustrators. All ages welcome.
Free for children. Adults free with Museum admission.
School Vacation Weeks at the Museum: Daily Drop-in Art Classes
Drop-in art classes encourage participants of all abilities to explore their creativity. Come once or come every day-each afternoon offers a different set of inspirations for artistic growth. Suitable for children 6 years and older. Adults free with Museum admission.
Program fee $6 per child, $4 for Museum members. No advanced registration required.
Ready, Set...Draw and Paint! - February 14-21
Explore basic drawing and painting techniques and discover how colors interact and shapes combine as you try your hand at watercolors, tempera paint, or pencil drawing. 
Norman Rockwell Museum, Rte 183, Glendale Rd, Stockbridge, MA  413-298-4100 
Berkshire Museum - Where art, history & science collide. Mon. - Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5.
BTF Plays! Presents A Tour of Mount Olympus -  Mon, 02/16 - Sun, 02/22
A Tour of Mount Olympus is a guided adventure through the odyssey of the Greek heaven, earth, and underworld. All ages are guaranteed to enjoy this one-of-a-kind
mythical journey.
Experience aquarium, dinosaur dig, ancient Egypt, 18th - 21st c. art & more.
9 South Street, Route 7, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 443-7171
IS183 Art School of the Berkshires
Year-round programs in ceramics, painting, drawing, fiber arts, sculpture and mixed media for children, teens and adults.
Ben Evans and John Clarke
Monday through Friday, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Feb 16 - Feb 20 (5 days)
Tuition: $235.00
Spend half the day Creating in Clay and the other half on A Multi-Media Adventure including painting, construction and collage. Kids will be divided into two groups by grade: K-1 and 2-6. (*Early drop-off and late pick up are available)
13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA (413)298-5252  

Shop Early and Save!  
The Red Lion Inn Gift Shop is having a HUGE inventory clearance sale... We're moving out the old to bring in the new! Enjoy an unprecedented 75% off books, toys, games, women's clothing, furniture, framed prints and MUCH MORE! This is a great opportunity to stock up on gifts for the year - from charming hostess gifts to birthday presents and even - dare we say it?!? - Christmas!
Please see below for the hours of operation for the Inventory Clearance Sale - the Gift Shop will be open as usual. 
75% off in the 2nd floor Hitchcock Room.
Saturday 2/14 & 21 from 10 AM - 3 PM
Sunday 2/15 & 22 from 10 AM - 1 PM
Monday-Friday, 2/16 - 20 from 11 AM - 3 PM
This month, there's so much to celebrate: Valentine's Day, longer days, beautiful snowfall... and Presidents! Not only is it the Presidents Day holiday in just over a week, February 12th marks the bicentennial celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birth and we're still enjoying the positive post-Inaugural vibe. We were delighted to find out that our taste in beds would please our new Commander-in-Chief: President Obama ordered almost an exact copy of a bed that we ordered for our newly renovated Stafford House, a beautiful Victorian guesthouse adjacent to the Inn. Obama ordered it from a New England furnituremaker that we work with (Leonard's New England); we're glad that he appreciates American craftsmanship, as we do: we buy locally as much as possible. So, to have some fun with it, we're offering a special deal to stay in the Hayes Suite, where this luxurious king-sized bed is featured. Enjoy a luxurious stay in the Hayes Suite for just $170 midweek and $255 on Fridays & Saturdays and you'll also get a gift of a cozy Red Lion throw.
This offer is available during the month of February based on availability; please call 413.298.1690 to take advantage of it.
If you'd like to see the President's new bed, click here.


Executive Chef Brian J. Alberg and Sommelier Dan Thomas are just back today from Wine photoa pilgrimage to Napa & Sonoma, where they sampled the most exciting new vintages to add to our Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list.  They wined and dined their way through this fabled winemaking region, scoping out artisan cheesemakers and other culinary delights. It's a tough job, but somebody had to do it! They look forward to sharing their experiences and inspiration with you on Friday, February 27th beginning at 6:30PM. The dinner consists of six courses with wine pairings for $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. To view the menu, please click here.
Please call 413.298.5545 for reservations - limited seating available.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Year-round arts center & restored historic theater presents weekly classic films & dynamic live events: music, theater, dance, family programs.
14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA
Box Office(413) 528-0100

The Bacon Brothers
Sunday February 15 / 7pm
$65 Golden Circle/ $50 / $45 Members
The BACON BROS. return to The Mahaiwe on Sunday February 15 after a sold out show in May 2007. Through countless gigs and five albums, surprising people is something the band has gotten quite good at since forming some 11 years ago. What most don't realize is that guitarist/vocalist Kevin and his older brother Michael (guitar, vocals, cello) are lifelong musicians, which is of course part of the reason why they've become so good at turning heads and tweaking ears, harvesting an ever-growing fan base along the way.
Long before Kevin became a household name with such hit films as Footloose and A Few Good Men, he was writing songs on his own, and playing percussion in Philadelphia coffeehouses with his brother and other groups.
Close Encounters with Music
Celebrating Mendelssohn/Discovering Eduard Franck!
Saturday February 21 / 6pm
$35 / $10 Students with Valid ID
The remarkably versatile composer-pianist-conductor-painter Felix Mendelssohn has come to personify genius and musical prodigy, arguably more so than Mozart. In marking the 200th anniversary of his birth, the festivities begin with tributes to the Mendelssohn inner circle: Clara and Robert Schumann's timeless piano favorites and the darkly romantic Chopin cello sonata. Plus the "other" Mendelssohn Piano Trio in C minor, richly melodic and a true expression of the exquisite sensibility of his life and art. Finally, we will present an unknown treasure by Mendelssohn's only student-the American premiere of a piano trio by a distinguished 19th-century composer whom history has overlooked!

James Tocco, piano; Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin; Yehuda Hanani, cello
70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA
Box Office - (413)637-3353

Bad Dates
Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 - Sunday, Mar. 8, 2009
Getting Over a Bad Date? Laughter is the best medicine...
We have just the cure. We've partnered with Shakespeare & Company to give you the chance to see the hilarious Elizabeth Aspenlieder (called "one of the funniest actresses on the East Coast by The Wall Street Journal) star in "Bad Dates." Haley Walker is a brassy divorced mom with a teenage daughter, a willing spirit and contagious if incorrigible point of view. She's determined to fall in love again-if she can first find just the right pair of Moschino heels, and just the perfect man, and after she deals with the Romanian mob, a shoebox of laundered cash and an FBI investigation. But those are minor kinks in life compared to the men she meets!
** From $215 per night, our Bad Dates package includes 2 tickets to "BadDates" plus overnight accommodations and a full country breakfast for two (including tax & meal gratuity). This package is available on selected dates only - please call 413.298.1690 to make a reservation.**

Grab your BFF and head to the Berkshires for some bonding!
Year-round Gilded Age theatre presents Broadway, live music, comedy, dance, family programming and more in the heart of downtown Pittsfield.
111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Ticket Office (413)997-4444
Here is a glimpse of February performances:
Jim Brickman
Thu, Feb 5th '09
Benefit for The Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade
Fri, Feb 6th '09
Hot 8 Brass Band
Sat, Feb 7th '09
Nagata Shachu: New Tradition for the Taiko
Thu, Feb 12th '09
FILM: Roméo et Juliette
Sun, Feb 15th '09
Pius Cheung, marimbist
Thu, Feb 26th '09
Mad Science Presents CSI: LIVE!
Sat, Feb 28th '09

Take a Ski Break!
Ready to hit the slopes? Try our Ski Break package at The Red Lion Inn. After a day of skiing head back to the Inn to rest by a blazing fire. Ski Break includes overnight accommodations and two lift tickets to Ski Butternut or Catamount Ski Area. Lift tickets valid Monday - Thursday only. Package available Sunday through Thursday, from $180, inclusive. Ask about upgrading to a suite and bring the whole family!

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing...
Nordic Skiing at Notchview
Ski Notchview

The largest XC ski area in the Berkshires, Notchview's 3,108 acres contain 40 km of trails (27 km groomed) through woods and open fields. Head out to the pristine wilds or explore the spruce forests and old farm trails near the visitor center. This idyllic property is owned by The Trustees of Reservations and is open from dawn till dusk.  Call 413.684.0148, visit their webpage or e-mail for more info.

Canterbury Farm Cross Country Skiing
Fred Snow Rd, Becket, MA
Canterbury Farm offers 22 Kilometers of groomed and tracked ski trails situated alongside beautiful brooks, beaver ponds, stone walls, lakes, fields and old woods that give the feeling of being in complete wilderness. Click here for info.

HillTop Orchards
Rt. 295/508 Canaan Rd., Richmond, MA
413.698.3301 or 800.833.6274

Ever wanted to try snowshoeing? Hilltop Orchards is a great place to start, offering snowshoe rentals on its sprawling x-acre property with its spectacular views of rolling south county hills. Cross-country skiing also available - please visit their website or call for info on pricing and rentals.
Ski Butternut Ski Area
380 State Road (Route 23), Great Barrington, MA

Ski Butternut is just a few miles south of the Inn and is the perfect way to spend an active day with the family. We offer a ski package with 2 lift tickets to Ski Butternut - please click here for more information. Ski Butternut offers 100% Snowmaking, 22 Trails, 10 Lifts, and Tubing, along with $20 Lift Tickets Monday through Thursday. 
Catamount Ski Area
Route 23, Hillsdale, NY (just over the state line!)

With 119 skiable acres, a vertical descent of 1000 feet, and the longest run in the Berkshires (2.5 miles), Catamount is one of the winter gems of our area. Catamount is also a partner in our Ski Break package.
Bousquet Ski Resort
101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield, MA

One of the oldest ski resorts in the US, Bousquet is about 20 minutes north of the Inn and offers a combination of downhill skiing, snow tubing, and family fun.
Visit the website...

Hancock Shaker Village  
Pittsfield, MA. 01201 800-817-1137

22nd Annual Winter Weekend
Feb 14-16, 2009 
Old fashioned family fun at the Village! Experience a long weekend of special activities including ice harvesting at the Shaker reservoir, horse drawn sleigh rides, walks in the snow, and plenty of indoor options like crafts, cooking demonstrations, and tours of the historic Shaker buildings.
All outdoor activities weather permitting.
XC Skiing and Snowshoeing at the Village!
Enjoy the peace and beauty of the Village in a whole new way. Tour the Farm & Forest 1-mile trail and the inspiring grounds of the Hancock Shaker Village.
Purchase Ski passes at the Village Store for $7.50. (Skiers and Snowshoers also get discounts on Guided Tours). HSV Members ski the Village for free!
Questions? Call 800.817.1137 x213
Berkshire Equestrian Center
40 Perry's Peak Road, Richmond, MA 01254
(413) 698-3200
Full service boarding & training. Hunter/jumper, dressage, equitation & pleasure riding. New outdoor & heated indoor state of the art facility.
400 Undermountain Road, Lenox, MA
Lovely farm near Tanglewood. Licensed instruction hunt seat & dressage. Guided trail rides. Riding day camp. Indoor/outdoor arena. Boarding & turnout..
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