Tucked in a circa-1870 Tudor Mansion in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, the Whistler’s Inn was once owned by a railroad tycoon and his wife.
More recently, the inn has been in the Mears family for the past 50 years; Richard and Joan Mears, along with their daughter Lisa, currently run the B&B.
Each guest room features unique furnishings. There’s a wood-burning fireplace in Mr. Whistler’s room, a private deck in the Santa Fe Room, and a full dining table in the African room, which is furnished with artifacts from the Mears’ family travels throughout Africa.
In the morning, you can dig into a complimentary breakfast of quiches, frittatas, omelets, muffins, bagels, pastries, cereals or oatmeal, fresh fruit juices, coffee, and tea.
There is complimentary sherry or port, and tea in the 2,000-volume library; enjoy some while curling up with a good book.
In the stately music room, guests and visiting musicians hold impromptu concerts; the room’s focal point is an 1898 Steinway grand piano.
You can take a stroll through the inn’s carefully manicured perennial gardens.
Lenox, Massachusetts: Concerts, Plays, and Historical Estates amid the Picturesque Berkshires
Tucked away in the hilly Berkshires of far western Massachusetts, Lenox has been attracting visitors since the 19th century, when it was a popular destination for artists, painters, and musicians. The intelligentsia left their mark on Lenox—it’s now home to a handful of cultural and historical attractions. You can tour Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton’s mansion, The Mount, a grand turn-of-the-century estate designed by the writer herself. The manse, along with its three acres of elegant gardens, has been preserved to look exactly as it was during Wharton’s time.
If you’re in the mood to explore the outdoors, head to Kennedy Park for hiking trails.
You’d be remiss to visit Lenox and not enjoy the outdoor scenery. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is home to seven miles of hiking trails that wend through forest, meadows, wetlands, and the foothills of Lenox Mountain. Keep an eye out for beaver dams along the Yokun Brook.