Canopy Bed with Gas-lit Fireplace
The Red Lion Inn
Summer Fun - Packages Now Available!

Our local theaters, museums and performing arts centers have released their summer schedules - now's the time to make reservations for a late spring or summer stay at the Red Lion. We are offering a package that includes admission to a new adventure park with our Catch Me If You Can package - upgrade to a larger room and bring the kids (their admission will be extra)! Our new Berkshire Bounty package encourages you to explore our local farms and give you a fresh bag of produce to take home with you. If you don't have plans for July Fourth Weekend, we're firing up the BBQ grill in the courtyard for a special outdoor meal (our Reservations staff will gladly provide details).
Click here to view all our summer packages!

Berkshire Theatre Festival Announces
2010 Season

Berkshire Theatre Festival
The Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge has announced the 2010 season! According to Kate Maguire, BTF's Artistic Director/CEO, "I think this year could be one of our most artistically exciting seasons ever - I am most proud of the talent we have attracted to direct these wonderful works. These are some of the finest directors in the country and I've done my best to match these visionaries with pieces that they are excited about and will challenge them as well. I'm looking forward to seeing where they take us." Among this talent is David Auburn, who will return this summer to direct A Delicate Balance. Auburn is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for his play Proof.
The BTF is one of the oldest regional theatres in the United States and the longest-running cultural organization in the Berkshires.
Click here for details.

Berkshire Botanical Garden Opens May 1st
Berkshire Botanical Garden
Both functional and ornamental, the gardens are among the oldest in the US and have been expanded over the years in breadth and variety through a series of bequests and major gifts. The collections emphasize plants that are indigenous to or thrive in the Berkshires; more than 3,000 species and varieties are represented.

Classes, workshops, lectures and special events are offered year-round. Since its inception, the Garden also has offered a broad variety of educational programs to school children from the surrounding area.

The May 7th & 8th plant sale is not to be missed!

Click here for info on the BBG!

Lots to Do
in the Berkshires!

May 26, 2010 -
June 13, 2010
The Whipping Man
By Matthew Lopez
Directed by Christopher Innvar
Barrington Stage Co.
Barrington Stage Company presents the New England Premiere of The Whipping Man a post Civil War story of a Jewish Confederate officer who returns to his family's home in Richmond, VA, to find it in ruins. His family is gone and the house is being occupied by two newly freed slaves who were reared in the Jewish faith by the soldier's family. The three men share a Passover Seder where deeply buried secrets are revealed. Talkin' Broadway describes Lopez's The Whipping Man as "...richly imaginative and moving new Civil War play... a cause for celebration."
For tickets, call the Box Office at 413-236-8888.

 
Saturday, May 8
Pre-Mother's Day Pink Tea - American Dance Institute Ballet|Victorian Tea
Ventfort Hall, Lenox
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.  
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is inviting mothers, grandmothers, children and grandchildren to A Mother's Day Bouquet celebration. The entertainment at the historic house in Lenox will be performed by the American Dance Institute. The ensemble will perform six classical dance highlights, including a polonaise and mazurka from the Paquita ballet by Minkus (music) and Petipa (choreography); a Russian Shawl Dance, based on traditional folk dancing, and dance sequences from the opera, Mavra, by Stravinsky. A special pink Mother's Day Tea with refreshments will be offered following the ballet.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is inviting mothers, grandmothers, children and grandchildren to A Mother's Day Bouquet celebration. The entertainment at the historic house in Lenox will be performed by the American Dance Institute. The ensemble will perform six classical dance highlights, including a polonaise and mazurka from the Paquita ballet by Minkus (music) and Petipa (choreography); a Russian Shawl Dance, based on traditional folk dancing, and dance sequences from the opera, Mavra, by Stravinsky. A special pink Mother's Day Tea with refreshments will be offered following the ballet.


Thursday, June 3 - Sunday, June 6
Berkshire International Film Festival
Great Barrington - Triplex Cinema, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington Town Hall.
Pittsfield - Beacon Cinema, Little Cinema (at Berkshire Museum)
Passes $500, $250, Individual tickets on sale April 30.

The Berkshire International Film Festival showcases the latest in independent feature, documentary, short, and family films from the United States and 18 other countries.
 
Saturdays
Chow Time
Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield
12:30 p.m.
Gather in the Museum aquarium, every Saturday, to watch as staff feed their aquarium friends. This program is free with Museum admission. For more information call the Berkshire Museum at 413-443-7171.





Mom Taught You Your ABCs - Treat Her in Return!

Truffles from Peace, Love & ChocolateThis is a simply marvelous way to give Mom a little bit of luxury and relaxation for all that she does. The Mom's ABCs special includes handmade chocolate truffles (at right, an example of their delicious work) from our neighbors at Peace, Love and Chocolate, continental breakfast and an overnight in a deluxe guestroom for just $150 inclusive (Sunday-Thursday; upgrades are available for an additional charge). Ask our Reservations staff about surprising her with a 1/2 bottle of Champagne or a gift card to spend in our Gift Shop that features locally-made items. Please call 413.298.1690 or email us to reserve! To check out our Mother's Day menu, please click here.

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
Or to check other dates and availability please click here!
Treat Mom to a Feast and a Getaway!

Vintage Vase - Lady

Executive Chef Brian J. Alberg has created the perfect Mother's Day Dinner Menu - four creative courses with selections to please the whole family. Choose from the following entrees: Roast Sirloin of Black Angus Beef with Truffle Risotto, Ratatouille & Port Reduction; Seared Moulard Duck Breast with Farro, Bayley Hazen Blue-Green Bean Gratin & Cherry Sauce; Poached Wild King Salmon with Chive & Lemon Puree, Couscous & Asparagus; or Quinoa Pasta & Grilled Vegetables with Artichokes, Cipollini Onions & Oven Roasted Tomatoes. Guests who dine at the Inn's Mother's Day dinner are eligible to reserve a deluxe guestroom overnight on Sunday, May 9th for $95 (plus taxes, based on availability). The four-course, prix fixe menu is available for $45 for adults and $19.95 for children 12 and under. The Inn will serve its regular menu from 5:30 to 8PM on that day. This special menu is served on Sunday, May 9th from noon - 4:00 PM; reservations are required-please telephone 413-298-5545, email us or visit OpenTable.com. To take advantage of the lodging special, call the Reservations Department directly at 413.298.1690 to reserve both a table for the special meal and a room for May 9th. Click here
to view the entire menu!
CELEBRATING MOTHER NATURE...
We think any day is a good day to celebrate Earth Day. Here are a few suggestions for ways to do that in the Berkshires...
Bash Bish Falls in spring.
Bash Bish Falls

Bash Bish Falls State Park
The state's most dramatic waterfall. Cascading water tumbles through gorges and drops over 80 feet into a sparkling pool. 200 acres.
Falls Road, Mt. Washington, MA 01258
(413) 528-0330
massparks@state.ma.us


Spring wild flowers in bloom at Bartholomew's Cobble!
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Museum and visitors center open year-round, daily, 9am - 4:30pm. Nonmembers: Adult $5, Child (6-12) $1.
The trees are budding, the forsythia is in full bloom and everything is turning green! Strap on your hiking boots, grab your camera and head to Bartholomew's Cobble in Sheffield. Created by geologic upheavals when the Taconic and Berkshire ranges were formed, this hundred-foot-high bedrock outcropping introduces visitors to a rugged and exotic landscape with five miles of trails, and over 800 species of plants while offering terrific mountain vistas. Add some cultural history by following the trail that leads to the nearby historic Ashley House, from where enslaved African American Mum Bett Freeman sued for her freedom, helping to end slavery in Massachusetts.

Pleasant Valley Wildlilfe Sanctuary
7 miles of trails - 1300 acres. Universal access trail. Ponds, streams, hummingbird garden (in season). Nature programs, guided canoe trips, rentals & gift shop.
 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 637-0320
berkshires@massaudubon.org


Beartown State Forest
Offers swimming, fishing, boating and 12 campsites. Appalachian Trail intersects forest trails. 12,000 acres.
69 Blue Hill Road, Monterey, MA 01245
(413) 528-0904
massparks@state.ma.us


Jug End State Reservation and Wildlife Management
Offers hiking, hunting, horseback riding and xc-skiing in one of the most scenic areas in Berkshire County. 1,158 acres.
Jug End Road, Egremont, MA 01230
(413) 528-0330
massparks@state.ma.us


Mt. Everett State Reservation
Known for its spectacular scenery and breathtaking views. Offers fishing, canoeing, hiking, and xc-skiing. 1,356 acres.
East Street, Mt. Washington, MA 01258
(413) 528-0330
massparks@state.ma.us


October Mountain State Forest
At 16,627 acres October Mountain is the largest state forest in Massachusetts. Great for hiking, fishing and canoeing. 46 campsites and 3 yurts open mid-May to Mid-Oct.
Woodland Road, Lee, MA 01238
(413) 243-1778
massparks@state.ma.us
Our Gift Shop is now on Facebook! Fan Up and Keep Up with the Latest Arrivals!
Quilt at The Red Lion Inn Gift Shop
The Red Lion Inn's Gift Shop now has its own page on Facebook. and see what we're up to - dinner specials, events, check out photos posted by our guests, plus our Facebook Friday offers that are always a good deal. We'll tweet lunch and dinner specials, Lion's Den performers and Berkshire events.

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Attention Runners!
Memorial Day Marathon
The Inaugural Memorial Day Marathon Weekend will take place on May 29-30, 2010 with the start and finish at the iconic Tanglewood Music Center just up the road from the Inn! The weekend will feature The Memorial Day Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, The Berkshires 10K & 5K races and a Pre-Race Expo at Tanglewood. To view the course maps, please click here. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Use promo code RLI for 15% off your race registration fee (military, fire, and police personnel receive 25% off the registration fee - cannot be combined with the RLI discount).  To register, please click here. If you are interested in a marathon weekend travel package, The Red Lion Inn - the official hotel partner of The Memorial Day Marathon - in conjunction with Running Away will be offering special packages in conjunction with this event.  Email matt@runningawayonline.com for info!
Chef Brian Alberg is planning a special spring dinner on Friday, May 28th - watch these email newsletters and our website for the menu and further details!
There's a growing team of Red Lion staff that are training for this race - at least the 5K! Join us!
Year-round Arts, Cultural & Historic Attractions !
No matter what time of year, there's to plenty to discover...




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