The Red Lion Inn
Making the Most of a Trip to the Berkshires
Berkshire Theatre FestivalAnyone who has spent time in the Berkshires during the summer knows that there is a dizzying array of things to do. We can actually say that our area's theaters, performance halls and arts attractions manage to fill our calendars on a year-round basis, but summer is extra special.  The BTF has a show almost every night! There's Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Tanglewood is in full swing. The Berkshire Botanical Garden is in full bloom. There's contemporary sculpture in the woods at Chesterwood. The Pittsfield Art Show shows off the best in local (and, often, affordable!) art and crafts. The properties of the Trustees of Reservations are open and brimming with activity. We're offering Steak Night on Friday nights in our Courtyard ($29.95 for three courses!). And, fireflies are ablaze above our Berkshire lawns!

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1000 Places to Visit in Massachusetts...

Vintage postcard of The Red Lion InnThe Red Lion Inn was recently added to the 1000 places to visit in Massachusetts. The list, which includes the Berkshire Botanical Garden, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Chesterwood, Mission House, and Norman Rockwell Museum, could keep you busy on weekends for the next 20 years! According to Eric Turkington, a former Cape Cod state representative who chaired the Great Places in Massachusetts Commission, "It reminds us how fortunate we are to have such a wealth of heritage, cultural diversity, and natural beauty right in our backyard." We couldn't agree more! Click here to see the complete list.
 
Red Lion Facade in SpringLet's Eat Outdoors... Steak Night is Back!
 
Start the weekend right. We're firing up our Courtyard grill for our weekly summer barbecue every Friday night through September 3rd. Choose from steak, seafood and more. $29.95 plus tax and tip. Served 5:00-8:00PM. The regular menu is also available. Please call 413.298.5545 or email us to make a reservation. If it isn't raining, we're open!
 
While you're relaxing in the tranquil pebbled courtyard, try our "Stockbridge Sangria" the house drink of the summer. This delightful concoction  is the creation of The Red Lion Inn Sommelier, Dan Thomas, who likes to mix it in a giant Mason jar.
There's so much to do here in the Berkshires!
 Here's a little highlight of some upcoming events...

Through August 8th
Barrington Stage Company
An aspiring songwriter spends his summer serving Mai Tais and Mojitos to the rich and famous. In hopes of catching a break, he hobnobs with the big shots and is seduced by L.A. glitz and glam and a sexy older woman. Love and chaos ensue in a rocking new musical set poolside at the Hotel Bel-Air. Read about the Berkshire Pool that inspired author Nikos Tsakalakos by
clicking here.
 
Sunday, July 18
Tanglewood, 2:30pm
Alec Baldwin will be the narrator for the Tanglewood performance of the multi-media piece that combines quotes from speeches by the Kennedy brothers with original text and video, as well as the orchestral and choral score. Conductor Keith Lockhart will be leading the Boston Pops Orchestra plus the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Also on the program is local folk legend Arlo Guthrie.
 
Wednesdays through August 25
The Mount, 5pm
Each week professional actors from the Berkshire Theatre Festival perform dramatic readings of Wharton's short stories and poems on The Mount's terrace. Gardens are open for strolling. Light refreshments available for purchase.
 
Wednesday, July 21
Hancock Shaker Village, 2pm
This behind the scenes, hands-on "Curator's Tour" offers a rare opportunity to examine some original artifacts from the HSV collection. This session will examine the Shakers' hand crafted toys, such as tops and marbles, board games, dolls, and Shaker-made croquet mallets.
 
Tuesday, July 27
The Clark, 6pm
Bring family and friends, picnic, and lawn chairs to the Clark for this popular Berkshire tradition.Viva Quetzal is a high-energy, multi-cultural band which blends North American jazz and rock with the indigenous sounds of Latin America. Barbeque fare is available for purchase and the galleries will remain open until 6:00 pm on concert evenings. 
 
Friday, July 30
Bartholomew's Cobble, 8:30-11:30am
Paddle past the ledges and floodplains of Bartholomew's Cobble with a naturalist guide, watching for bald eagles, turtles and abundant wildlife. Boats, paddles and life preservers will be provided. Pre register by calling 413.229.8600.
   
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Places to Visit!
From Impressionist art to contemporary dance, there's plenty to discover... here's just a sampling of the possibilities!
 
Performing Arts:
Sweeney Todd
 
Lion's Den pub
Berkshire Theatre Festival
Barrington Stage
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Berkshire Fringe
Jacob's Pillow
MASS MoCA
Shakespeare & Company
The Colonial
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
'62 Center for Theatre and Dance at Williams College
Aston Magna Foundation For Music & Humanities, Inc.
Berkshire Bach Society
Williamstown Theatre Festival

Visual Arts & Historic Sites:
Round barn
 
Berkshire Museum

Chesterwood
Norman Rockwell Museum
Arrowhead, Home of Herman Melville
Hancock Shaker Village
The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute
The Mount - Edith Wharton's estate in Lenox
Mission House
Naumkeag
Hancock Shaker Village - 50th Anniversary!
Ventfort Hall
Chapin Library Of Rare Books & Manuscripts
Stockbridge Library Historical Room
Animagic- Museum of Animation Special Effects and Art
The Du Bois Center of American History
Williams College Museum Of Art
MASS MoCA
Galleries in the Berkshires
The Ashley House

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