Log-Cabin B&B in the Berkshires with a Lake and Homemade Breakfast
The Berkshires region is home to some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, with rolling farmlands, mountain forests, and several charming colonial towns. In the fall, maple, birch, oak and sassafras trees blanket the landscape in shades of red, purple, and gold, a phenomenon that draws thousands of "foliage drivers" every year. In the winter, it's cheerily snow-capped, like something out of a postcard. Located in Sheffield, Massachusetts, The Ramblewood Inn enjoys a portion of this natural splendor. Set on 2 acres in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains, the chalet-style bed and breakfast sits beside its own spring-fed lake. Some of the area’s top attractions are also nearby, including the Tanglewood music venue and the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Ramblewood Inn’s individually decorated guest rooms are outfitted in polished wood paneling. The Greylock features a king-size bed and vaulted ceilings. The first-floor common room is just as comfortable, with couches and an old-fashioned fireplace. "We want guests to feel like they can put their feet up on the coffee table and watch the ball game," says innkeeper Nadine Hawver, who quickly confirms that the Red Sox are the home team.
The Hawvers go out of their way to make guests feel at home, beginning with a homemade gourmet breakfast. The lavish, family-style feast includes baked-apple pancakes, praline french-toast soufflé, fresh tomato-basil-mozzarella frittatas, and other guest favorites.
The hospitality goes beyond thoughtful cooking. Last year, a guest accidentally spilled blueberries all over her white blouse. The woman returned later that day to find her shirt laundered, pressed, and hanging in her closet. "I didn't want her worrying about the stain for the next five days,” Nadine says. “That just wouldn't make sense. So I took care of it right then."
The Berkshires, Massachusetts: Historical Highlands Region with Antique Shops and Mountain Hiking
Located in western Massachusetts, the tiny town of Sheffield sits on the Housatonic River’s fertile floodplain. Incorporated in 1733, it is the Berkshire County’s oldest community, and relics of the colonial era can be found in its dozens of antique shops. You can delve deeper into the town's past at Ashley House, an early-18th-century modified saltbox located 8 miles from the lodge. With its mountains, forests, and valleys, the Berkshires also offers miles of hiking and snowshoeing trails, many of which run along spring-fed lakes.
Sheffield is one of many towns that make up the Berkshires, a beautiful highlands region famous for its thriving arts scene and gorgeous river valleys. Since the 19th century, artists and writers from Herman Melville to Edith Wharton have found solace and inspiration here while penning their most famous works. The tradition continues today at a number of repertory theaters and world-class museums, including the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge and Herman Melville’s Arrowhead in Pittsfield.