Locally-foraged ramps and an excellent room rate to match!
Join us this Friday, April 15th, beginning at 6PM, for The Equinox Ramp Up, as we partner with our friends at Equinox Farm to savor one of the first harvests of the year: ramps.
According to Executive Chef Brian Alberg, "the equinox happens twice a year; this dinner is a celebration of Mother Nature and her ability to help us sustain even when most of the ground is still brown and cold."
Here's the tasty menu:
Smoked Farm Girl Tomato Soup
Shelburne Farm Cheddar & Foraged Ramps
Graceful Acre Bantam Egg
Toasted BMB Sesame Bread & Roasted Ramp Hollandaise
Roasted Punsit Valley Chicken
Zehr Farm Mushrooms & Ted's Wild Arugula
Lila's Braised Spring Lamb
Rawson Brook Goat Cheese & Spinach Hominy
Ioka Maple Ice Cream
Sundried Cherry Biscotti & High Lawn Cream
The cost for the dinner is $45 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Please call 413.298.5545 or email us to make a reservation! Also, we are offering a special rate this Friday only - just $150 (plus taxes) for a queen-bedded room! This special rate and the event will sell out, so if you're feeling spontaneous, just go with it and make your reservations! We'd be thrilled you have you join us!
More Food Happenings
Take a look at this... Chef Brian's Easter menu (four courses, three choices to make), served noon-4PM on Sunday, April 24th - we're getting hungry just thinking about it! To make a reservation, please email us or call 413.298.1690.
Jerusalem Artichoke & Spring Mushroom Soup
Lemon Zest & Thyme
New England Style Scallop Chowder
Chilled Asparagus & King Crab Salad with
Roasted Beet & Balsamic Vinaigrette
Lila's Lamb Ragout
Berkshire Blue Cheese Hominy
Equinox Spring Greens
Orange Sections, Pistachio Nuts & Rawson Brook Chevre
Grilled Maple Cured Berkshire Pork Loin
Roasted Baby Potatoes, Balsamic Braised Kale & Rosemary Jus
Roast Prime Rib of Beef,
Scalloped Potatoes, Roasted Carrots & Merlot Reduction
Punsit Valley Chicken Breast with Root Vegetable Risotto & Stewed Zucchini
Organic Salmon Fillet
with Vegetable Couscous & Lemon-Fennel Beurre Blanc
Sweet Pea & Zehr Farm Shiitake Risotto with Parsnip & Butternut Squash Hash
Lemon Tart with
Gingered Shortbread Crust
Strawberry Bread Pudding
with Fat Toad Farm Caramel & High Lawn Farm Cream
Flourless Chocolate Cake
with Raspberry Whipped Cream & Candied Orange
with Blood Orange Puree & Mango-Pineapple Salad
Game of the Week is Back!
On Fridays and Saturdays, we're be offering our popular Game of the Week specials. Each week, Executive Chef Brian J. Alberg offers an inspiring special entree for those who wish to try something extraordinary! Kangaroo, Elk, Wild Boar and Rattlesnake have all been or will on the menu. Be adventuresome and make a reservation to try something new! For information on reservations, click here.
Lots to Do
in the Berkshires!
(here's a small sample)
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
April 16| Saturday, 6 PM
Viola Quintets: Dvorák and Mendelssohn
Two exuberant and rarely heard string quintets with viola doubled. Mendelssohn's Op. 87 characteristically sparkles with wit and elegance, and Dvorák's supremely tuneful Op. 97 captures Bohemian idiom with American inspiration. Both abound with some of the most exquisite combinations of string sounds ever conceived, and both realize fully the textural richness and variety that this quintet format can offer in the hands of composers with unsurpassed melodic gifts. Click for more...
Noche Flamenca,The mission of Noche Flamenca is to create a diverse theatrical body of performance through song, music, and dance that expresses a rigorous, spellbinding aesthetic in the form of flamenco. Under the direction of Martin Santangelo, the award-winning Noche Flamenca has become Spain's most successful, and the most authentic, flamenco touring company. Formed in 1993 by Santangelo and his Bessie Award-winning wife, Soledad Barrio, the company regularly tours throughout the globe. Click here for info!
Intensely Theatrical Spanish Dance
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
The Berkshire Museum
Through May 8 Soak up some local history. Pittsfield 250 is a collection of artworks and artifacts offering a priceless view back through history at the fascinating story of our city. It includes oil portraits of key citizens; historic photographs; muskets built by Lemuel Pomeroy, an early supplier of arms to the young Federal government; the cap, bugle and mess kit used by Pittsfield's General William Francis Bartlett in the Civil War; a masterful 2004 Gregory Crewdson photograph; and even a wheel spoke from the carriage carrying President Theodore Roosevelt when it collided with a trolley car as the President traveled to Pittsfield Country Club, causing the first death of a Secret Service agent working in the field. Click here for info!
For more event ideas, please follow this link...
Spring in the Berkshires
This is a great time of year to visit the Berkshires... From rigorous hikes to lakeside strolls, venerable museums to up-and-coming galleries, and boutique shops to an outlet mall, there's something for everyone! Make The Red Lion Inn your home base and get out and explore! But, bring your bathing suit for our heated outdoor pool and hot tub - we've had a few days that were warm enough to sunbathe!
April Showers Bring Chocolate Flowers!
Why wait til May for spring flowers? This romantic package is perfect for couples looking to show their appreciation for one another and take full advantage of spring... or for a couple of girls in need of a getaway. The temp just might be warm enough to bask in the sun - but bring your bathing suit anyway so you can take a dip in our heated outdoor pool (surrounded by a radiant-heated stone patio)! Package includes overnight accommodations, breakfast for two and two chocolate flowers from Chocolate Springs, a local cafe specializing in handcrafted, European-style chocolate! Priced from $169
Sunday - Thursday and $229
Friday; tax and gratuities included. Package available during April 2011, blackout dates may apply.
May's Spring Indulgence Special!
We've paired up with our friends at Chocolate Springs for a sweet, affordable indulgence that we know you'll love! Our Spring Indulgence special features a pair of sumptuous Chocolate Springs Chocolate Ganache Bars and a bottle of red wine to enjoy, along with an overnight in a deluxe guestroom and a full country breakfast for two. Available from $195 Sunday-Thursday and from $255 Fridays during the month of May (includes tax & meal gratuity; based upon availability; blackout dates apply).
Please call 413.298.1690 or email us to reserve either package.
Or to check other dates and availability please click here!
|Easter - Dinner & a Lodging Special!|
We love holidays! Join us for Easter on Sunday, April 24th, from noon to 4PM. Executive Chef Brian J. Alberg is offering a special four-course Easter Dinner menu! In addition to the other courses, choose from the following delicious entrees: Grilled Maple Cured Berkshire Pork Loin with Roasted Baby Potatoes, Balsamic Braised Kale & Rosemary Jus; Roast Prime Rib of Beef with Scalloped Potatoes, Roasted Carrots & Merlot Reduction; Punsit Valley Chicken Breast with Root Vegetable Risotto & Stewed Zucchini; Organic Salmon Fillet Vegetable Couscous & Lemon-Fennel Beurre Blanc; or Sweet Pea & Zehr Farm Shiitake Risotto with Parsnip & Butternut Squash Hash. Easter dinner is $49 for adults and $24.95 for children 12 and under. If you join us for Easter dinner, we can offer you a special rate of just $95 (+taxes) for a deluxe guestroom on Sunday, April 24th (Sunday night stays only).
Please call 413.298.1690 or email us for information and reservations - seating is limited! Click here to view the entire menu!
You Bring the Business, We Provide the Comfort
Traveling solo for business? We've got an attractive special just for folks heading to or through the Berkshires for a business trip. We'll help you keep your per diem costs down by including overnight accommodations, breakfast and complimentary phone calls within the continental US for just $149 per night (available Sunday-Thursday through May 26, single occupancy only, based on availability). To take advantage of this rate, we will ask that you provide your business card upon check-in. The Inn's amenities include free WiFi, casual-to-elegant dining, entertainment in the Lion's Den pub, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub and free use of the computer in our Library. Please call 413.298.1690 or email us to reserve today! For information on meeting with your group at The Red Lion, please click here.
|Summer Packages - It's Never Too Early to Plan!|
Available beginning May 30th, our line up of summer packages is a value-driven way to plan some summer fun! We offer thrifty deals on packages that include Tanglewood tickets, admission to the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Berkshire Theatre Festival, or a full-on lodging/dining package that helps you take a deep respite from reality! Time to get planning!
|Calling All Thrifty Travelers!|
Bookmark this page! It's your ticket to some of the best last-minute travel specials in the Berkshires and beyond! We update our offers weekly, perfect for when you get a hankering for a quick trip to our neck of the woods. Plus, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and you'll be even MORE in the know about thrifty getaways to Stockbridge!
|Fun for the Whole Family (including April Vacation)! |
Baby Animals at the Shaker Farm!
Now through May 8 | 10AM - 4PM Visit the new lambs, piglets, calves and chicks filling the famous Round Stone Barn. You'll see the heirloom gardens come alive, and experience the wonders of Spring with our heritage breed animals. Lend a hand with farm chores, explore the historic buildings, and romp around with some new fuzzy friends!
Click here for more information...
Norman Rockwell Museum
Teen Workshop - Page Turners: Creating Hand-made Art Books
Saturday April 16 | 1PM to 4PM
Explore the process of creating unique hand-made books, exciting works of art in themselves. Teens are invited to design, assemble, and bind their own art books built from fine papers, fabrics, and art supplies. A variety of formats, including blank journals, scrolls, and fold outs are sure to inspire. For details, follow this link...
April Vacation Art Camp at IS183 (ages 5 - 14)
Monday - Friday, April 18 - 22 | 9:30AM - 3:30PM
5 classes | Tuition: $235.00
Great Art Through the Ages. An introduction to some of the greatest artists throughout history through hands-on exploration of their unique and exceptional work. From the earliest prehistoric cave paintings to Picasso and Pollack, we will build, sculpt, paint and create our own fantastic works of art!....Kids spend half their day in the art workshop and half in the ceramics studio... Click here for info - a half-day camp for pre-schoolers is also being offered during the same time period!
Family Festival Day - Moving Pictures!
The Art of Animation with Elmwood H. Smith and
Saturday, April 30 | 1:00-4:00PM
Join illustrator Elwood H. Smith and animator Brian Hoard for a fascinating look at their process of bringing drawings to life. Hatman Serenade, Green Monkeys and Sweet Dreams are just some of the wild, wonderful productions that they will share. In our workshop, get inspired to try your hand at simple animation techniques and create moving pictures of your own! Free with Museum admission. Follow this link for info!
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