Hotel at a Glance: Black Swan Inn
The Berkshires region is home to some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, with rolling farmlands, mountain forests, and charming colonial towns. During the fall, tourists cruise its winding back roads to admire the trees that speckle the landscape with shades of red, purple, and gold. Set in the Berkshire foothills on Laurel Lake, the Black Swan Inn offers gorgeous views of this bucolic swath of New England. It’s situated right off Route 20, one of region’s most popular scenic drives.
- Balconies, jetted tubs, and refrigerators are available in some guest rooms.
- Start your morning with a free continental breakfast and views of the Berkshires.
- Fashion-forward shopping is just 3 miles away at Lee Premium Outlets, home to Banana Republic, Coach, Nike, and other popular retailers.
- Get a dose of Americana at the Normal Rockwell Museum, a 20-minute drive from the inn.<p>
The Berkshires: Historical Highlands Region with Thriving Arts Scene and Outdoor Recreation
The western Massachusetts town of Lee is known as the Gateway to the Berkshires. It was named after Charles Lee, a general in the American Revolutionary War. Set in a quiet valley on the Housatonic River, the town lies in an area noted both for its mountainous landscape and thriving arts scene. Since the 19th century, artists as well as writers, including Herman Melville and Edith Wharton, sought solace and inspiration in the Berkshires. This dedication to literature and the visual arts continues today at a number of repertory theaters and world-class museums.
There’s also plenty to keep outdoor enthusiasts busy. Located only 15 minutes away from Black Swan Inn, the Butternut Ski area offers over 100 acres of skiing and 22 trails. In fall, a leaf-peeping drive through the colorful countryside is a must, and 13 miles from the hotel stands Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts. It’s crisscrossed by 70 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails. After a heavy snowfall, they’re ideal for snowmobiling and backcountry skiing.