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Game of the Week is Back!
(and we don't mean football!)

Chef Brian J. Alberg in the Main Dining Room
On Fridays and Saturdays, we'll be offering our popular Game of the Week specials. Each week, Executive Chef Brian J. Alberg (pictured above) offers an inspiring special entree for those who wish to try something extraordinary! The special during Presidents Weekend is Porcini Roasted Elk Ribeye with Celery Root Puree, Balsamic Braised Kale & House-smoked Bacon Demi for $32. February 19 & 20, Brian is presenting Rattlesnake and Wild Boar Chili with Shelburne Farms Cheddar Biscuits... Make your reservation and try something new! For information on reservations, click here.

Vegetarian Wine Dinner Filling Up!
Savor the Harvest Lodging-Dining Special
Our Winter Doldrums Wine Dinner sold out fast... don't miss out on this! 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. Please click here to view the menu. 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. For information on reservations, click here.

Our Huge
List of Events!
Close Encounters with Music 2-20-10
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...

See the planning and preparation that went into Norman Rockwell's paintings in a recently opened exhibition, Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera. With the help of his Stockbridge neighbors who posed as models, Rockwell selected props and backgrounds, and carefully orchestrated each element of his design for the camera. He then used the photographs as reference for his paintings. This exhibit brings together approximately 120 prints of Rockwell's study photographs and 25 original paintings and drawings that were created from the photos on display. Enjoy the history and maybe you'll even recognize one of his models.

The Clark Art Institute will be featuring works by Giovanni Boldini, an Italian Impressionist who achieved tremendous popularity in Europe and the United States as a painter of striking, stylish portraits. This exhibition follows the artist's early career, from his move to Paris where he absorbed the painting techniques of the Impressionists, to the development of his distinctive style of painting vivacious portraits of society figures. The Clark is free this time of year, so head on up to the top of Berkshire county, then make your way along scenic Route 7 back to the Inn!

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.

We can't help but mention this one again... Devious scheming, sexual intrigue fueled by pitiless motives, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) was ahead of its time in 1872, and its portrayal of sexual decadence still shocks today. This production of Christopher Hampton's 1988 adaptation of the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos features Elizabeth Aspenlieder and is directed by Tina Packer. Check it out at
Shakespeare & Co.

No Plans Yet for School Vacation?
Year-round Heated Outdoor PoolWe have a few ideas here at The Red Lion Inn... Take a dip in our heated outdoor pool and hot tub. Play a board game by the fire in our lobby. Work out in our fitness center. Take a stroll around our quaint New England Village. Head over to the Norman Rockwell Museum and enjoy great art and fun events. Take a winter hike in our sunny Berkshire woods. Go skiing at nearby Ski Butternut or Catamount. Mellow out in your spacious suite...

If you're a last-minute shopper, consider our February Queen of Hearts special as a Valentine's Day gift. We'll give you all the basics for a romantic getaway -  an overnight with dinner for two, Champagne, chocolates and flowers. We'll give the lucky couple who finds the "Queen of Hearts" card under their pillow their 1-night package completely free! 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...  Click here to view! For more details on packages and specials, please contact our Reservations Department by phoning 413.298.1690 or emailing us
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February Vacation Week

Cute Kids in WinterThere'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.

Tomorrow, 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...

Get Outdoors!

Fall Snow on Mount GreylockBefore we know it, spring will be here and the snow will be gone. Get out and enjoy it before it melts away...

Hike or drive to the top of Mount Greylock. At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts with 60-90 mile views of the Berkshire landscape. Exhilarating!

Head just a few miles down Route 7 to Monument Mountain for a challenging hike and beautiful views! October Mountain in Lee is the largest state forest in Massachusetts. Beartown State Forest's Benedict Pond loop is beautiful any time of year.

The mountains of the Berkshires still have a lot of skiing to offer. Check out Butternut, an affordable, family-friendly mountain located just minutes from the Inn! Catamount has a 1000' vertical descent and the steepest run in the Berkshires. Bousquet offers both night skiing and snow tubing.

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.

With a naturalist guide, come find out why Bartholomew's Cobble is such a great place to find winter tracks and signs, view wintering waterfowl and bald eagles, and view some of the largest trees in Massachusetts. Snowshoes and hot chocolate are provided. Trustees educators will host art activities inside the Visitor Center to complement themes covered in the walk; February 20th, explore wooden duck decoy painting. Snowshoe rentals free for members, $3 for nonmembers.

On February 27th, experience cross-country skiing under the full moon at Hilltop Orchards! Join the Vittori family at their historic apple orchard in Richmond, MA and take advantage of the new 2.7 km loop recently designed by Olympian John Morton. Trails are maintained and marked for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing for those who are just beginning to the more experienced. Afterwards, reward yourself with a hot chocolate, hot apple cider, or glass of wine by the fireplace!

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

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