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Vegetarian Wine Dinner Added!
Savor the Harvest Lodging-Dining Special
On March 19th, 2010, join us for the Winter Exodus Vegetarian Wine Dinner, another intimate event with limited seating. Executive Chef Brian Alberg and Sommelier Daniel Thomas pair ten wines with ten vegetarian courses, illustrating the complexity of flavors experienced with specific pairings of food and wine. Courses include Truffled Pop Corn Bisque, Chanterelle Polenta with Celeriac Puree, Ricotta & Goat Cheese Gnudi with Smoked Tomato Sauce and Eggplant Vindaloo with Quinoa Spaghetti, Please click here to view more details! The wine dinner is $100 per person and includes 10 courses, 10 wines, taxes & gratuities. All courses will be vegetarian by definition. Carnivores with an open mind are welcome. Reservations can be made by calling 413 298 5545; click here to view the menu.

Or, check out our Winter Doldrums Wine Dinner lodging package offered on  February 26th. The dinner features 10 wines and 20 microcourses paired to show off the diversity of flavor profiles in the marriage of food and wine - please click here to go to our website and view the menu. Enjoy an intimate wine dinner limited to 20 guests with food by Executive Chef Brian Alberg and wines selected by Sommelier Daniel Thomas. Limited to carnivores only! The Winter Doldrums Wine Dinner package includes 20 micro courses, 10 wines, overnight
accommodations, taxes & gratuities... and a few surprises! The Winter Doldrums package is available from $275/per person based on double occupancy. For reservations, please call 413-298-5545 or email us!

Our Huge
List of Events!
And this is just in the next few weeks!

Next Saturday, the Colonial Theatre presents Tonight Show comedian Mike Dugan's Men Fake Foreplay at 8PM. Dugan says "It was never about finding the right woman; it was about becoming the right man." Men Fake Foreplay is a hilariously funny, yet pointed commentary on relationships and the battle of the sexes, written and performed by Emmy-winning writer and comedian Mike Dugan. Click here for tickets...

On Friday, February 19th, catch Love Me Tender: The Ultimate Elvis Valentine Bash at the Colonial Theatre.  Acclaimed around the globe as "The World's Finest Elvis Impressionist," Mike Albert is second to none. He has numerous endorsements by original Elvis Presley musicians and back-up singers. Thousands of fans across the country and overseas can attest to the electricity Mike creates on stage with the Big "E" Band. He's performed in concerts across the United States and Hawaii and in Belgium, Australia, and New Zealand.
Go to the Colonial's website for more info...

Close Encounters With Music presents: A NIGHT OF QUARTETS with the Avalon String Quartet on Saturday, February 20 at 6PM at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. This stunning program features works by Beethoven, Arensky and Prokofiev, all mining overlapping Russian folkloric themes. The Opus 59 No. 2 "Razumovsky" Quartet represents the pinnacle of Beethoven's quartet writing, revolutionary in character and symphonic in reach. Arensky's arresting work is for two cellos, and Prokofiev's Quartet No. 2 bears his infatuation with folk instruments. Click here for info...

On Sunday, February 21 at 7PM, the Mahaiwe presents jazz legend McCoy Tyner and his trio. Discovered at age 17 by John Coltrane, Philadelphia-born pianist McCoy Tyner has been performing and composing for more than 50 years. Replete with sophisticated chords and explosive percussion, Tyner's blues-based piano style has transcended traditional jazz conventions to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. He has been named National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and is a five-time Grammy Award winner. Go to the Mahaiwe's website for more info...

A juried exhibition of photography at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts focuses on Pittsfield, from its gritty industrial side all the way through a variety of neighborhoods and setting to some of the soaring architectural beauty that graces the downtown area. The show highlights the work of local artists while offering new perspectives to film industry location scouts seeking exciting settings for scenes in upcoming movie projects. The challenge is that the stereotypical image of Berkshire County among many filmmakers is its old mansions, rolling hills, bucolic farmland and pastoral forests. Both Pittsfield and North Adams offer interesting urban settings for filmmakers and artists of all types. It's conceivable that Charles Sheeler would have inspired by our Berkshire cities!  The photos are posted on the Web here but consider a stop at the Lichtenstein Center on your next trip and see another facet of our rich Berkshire landscape.

Our friends at the Arcadian Shop in Lenox provide cross country ski rentals and access to the groomed trails of Kennedy Park (or visit one of several XC ski areas nestled in the hills of Berkshire County on a ski package from the Arcadian Shop).  Rental includes skis, boots, bindings, and poles for just $20 per day.

Cross country ski or snowshoe the groomed trails at Hilltop Orchards
- the scenic 20-mile views into the southern Berkshires are breathtaking and the pristine back country trails are a delight for more adventurous skiers. Afterward, warm up with some hot chocolate or cider after you ski or just relax by the fire with a glass of wine. Winter hours for skiing are Thursday-Sunday 9am-5pm, check their website for details on rental packages and daily updates of snow conditions.

Last-minute Travelers, Deals Abound!
IS183 tableware classSpontaneity keeps things fresh... since we're pretty casual here in the Berkshires, you don't have to worry about packing any fancy togs - just throw a few of your favorites things into an overnight bag and head on over to the Inn. Don't forget your bathing suit for a dip in our heated outdoor pool and hot tub! Check out this page on our website for last-minute and monthly specials...

Next weekend, take some time to cultivate the artist in you... If you've always wanted to explore making art or craft, IS183 - the Art School of the Berkshires - has a workshop to check out this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, January 30 & 31, take a hand-built tableware class and create platters, mugs, and more using simple slab techniques. The class is designed for beginners! Go to IS183's website to learn more.  AND... we're happy to tell you that we are able to offer a special rate of $150 (plus taxes) for a standard room to anyone taking this class! Please call 413.298.1690 or email us and mention the January IS183 special to take advantage of this offer.

If you're able to join us midweek or on a Friday, consider our February Queen of Hearts special, which gives you all the basics for a romantic getaway - who says that you should celebrate your love only on February 14th?! Combining the classic romance of February's trademark holiday with a fun gamble, we'll give the lucky couple who finds the "Queen of Hearts" card under their pillow their 1-night package completely free! The Queen of Hearts special includes dinner for two, along with Champagne, chocolates and flowers. Available February 2010 from $320 per night, inclusive, Sunday-Thursday; Fridays from $360, inclusive. Please call 413.298.1690 or email us for more information and reservations.

Be sure to check the last-minute specials page on our website for a variety of dates with super special rates... including this weekend! Click here to view! For more details on packages and specials, please contact our Reservations Department by phoning 413.298.1690 or emailing us
Or to check other dates and availability please click here!
Celebrate Your Love!

If you are looking for ideas to celebrate Valentine's Day, consider a stay at the Inn along with a few events happening in the Berkshires that weekend - scroll down to see what's going on. We still have some availability, but don't wait too long because we will sell out!  Call 413.298.1690 for lodging and dining information and reservations.

On Friday, February 12, Romeo & Juliet takes the stage at the Colonial Theatre. Presented by The Acting Company, the most respected and praised touring repertory theater in America, and the renowned Guthrie Theater. Young love has never been so delightful, or as dangerous, as in this stirring, full-length production. Click here for tickets.

On Saturday, February 13 at 2PM, the Berkshire Botanical Garden is presenting Debs Goodenough - Three Decades in the Garden at Highgrove.  The Prince of Wales has spent thirty years transforming the grounds and gardens at his Highgrove Estate in Gloucestershire into one of the most inspired gardens in Great Britain. Learn about the making of this spectacular garden and gardening tips and techniques with head gardener Debs Goodenough. Garden members can enjoy a Ploughman's Lunch (catered by The Red Lion Inn!) with the speaker at the school prior to the lecture and all participants are invited to a reception and book sale following the lecture. For more information click here.

Enjoy a Valentine's Eve filled with song at The Norman Rockwell Museum (allowing you plenty of time to get back to the Inn for dinner!): Wine & Roses: An Evening with the Sweet Adelines. On Saturday, February 13, beginning at 5:30 PM, The Sweet Adelines/Berkshire Hills Chorus, an outstanding group of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony, will perform. A festive reception and heartwarming treats will follow. $10, $7 members.

A romantic candlelight tour of Arrowhead shows Herman Melville's historic home in a unique way this winter. Enjoy an intimate "Candlelight and Chocolate Tour" of this beautifully decorated 1783 farmhouse, home of the Berkshire County Historical Society. These tours are offered at 6:00PM on Saturday and Sunday February 13th and 14th. The cost is $20. per person and family rates are available upon request. Due to limited space the tours are by reservation only; please call 1.413.442.1793 ×11 to reserve or for more information.

On Sunday, February 14th, the Colonial Theatre presents A Concert for Loved Ones in Haiti. Artists from the Berkshires and surrounding cities come together to show solidarity and help bring money and more awareness to the devastation from the earthquake in Haiti! This once-in-a-lifetime event will feature performances by Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, The Mammals, Bobby Sweet, Vetiver, Tift Merritt, Meg Hutchinson, Kris Delmhorst, Martin Sexton, The Guthrie Family and more! Click here for tickets - this event is sure to sell out!

Shakespeare & Company is presenting Les Liaisons Dangereuses ... Devious plotting, sexual intrigue and motivations, Les Liaisons Dangereuses was ahead of its time in 1872, and remains ahead of its time today. A rich and deviously delightful feast of words and plot play, like a decadent chocolate you can't resist. Click here for more info...

February Vacation Week

Tubing at Ski ButternutThere's lots going on in the Berkshires during school vacation week. This is always a busy week for us at the Inn and we're filling up - be sure to call our reservationists at 413.298.1690 to inquire about any special rates we're offering that week. Our guesthouses are perfect for families; many of them include suites with kitchenettes or, in the case of the Stevens House, include use of a kitchen and livingroom in the common area of the guesthouse. You can park your vehicle next to the house for easy unloading and the kids can play in the yard. Below is a selection of just some of the activities you and your family can enjoy...

SAVE $8 on LIFT TICKETS at Ski Butternut! As a ski package partner of Ski Butternut, we can give you a discount voucher for $8 OFF your purchase of Adult and or Jr. LIFT TICKETS (savings valid on Ski Lift Tickets (not packages or lesson products) purchased on Sat., Sun. and over ALL our advertised holiday periods.). Please inquire at the Front Desk.

Paint Up a Storm! at The Norman Rockwell Museum... Monday through Friday, February 15 - 19, from 1 to 4 PM, the museum is offering an exciting program for budding artists! Children will experiment with a variety of painting media and techniques to create colorful, memorable works of art. Ages 7 and up. Take one or take them all! $6, $5 members. Please click here to go to the NRM's website.

Every Saturday at 1PM, the Berkshire Museum hosts Battle Ready! an interactive gallery demonstration from the common sling to the deadly crossbow. In Battle Ready! you can be transformed into a Roman legionnaire or a medieval knight while learning about some of the most revered and innovative weapons of all time. This program is free with Museum admission. The Berkshire Theatre Festival is presenting Hansel and Gretel at the museum Monday - Saturday at 11AM.
Audiences will be treated to a celebration of storytelling in this interpretation of the children's classic. Admission is $15 adults ($7 members) and $8 children ages 3-18 ($5 members). Includes Museum admission. For more information call the Berkshire Museum at 413-443-7171 or click here.

On February 13th, MASS MoCA continues its annual FREE DAY tradition, with a full day of free gallery admission plus activities for all ages. Tours every half hour, demonstrations in the galleries, special art-making activities in Kidspace and the galleries highlight this day of celebration. Lickety Split will offer free birthday cake and ice cream tastings in the afternoon.  Click here for more info...

Year-round Arts, Cultural & Historic Attractions !
No matter what time of year, there's to plenty to discover...

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