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The Berkshires is a fantastic destination year-round, but there is something special about the summer. The weather is fine, the landscape green and lush, and the towns are hopping with activity. We may be biased, but here at the Gateways Inn, we can come up with countless reasons to visit Lenox Massachusetts in the summer. However, to get you started, we’ve come up with five reasons Lenox Massachusetts is the perfect place for a summer getaway.
This Berkshires gem is without a doubt the most famous landmark in Lenox, Massachusetts. Tanglewood is the summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and provides locals and visitors alike with a season of outstanding musical performances in an ideal setting.
Along with performances by the BSO, contemporary artists also grace the stages of Tanglewood, including an annual Independence Day concert from the legendary James Taylor. Other highlights of the Tanglewood Summer 2014 Program include:
2014 Festival of Contemporary Music | July 19th – 21st
Tanglewood on Parade | Aug 5th
The Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert | August 17th
John Williams’ Film Night at Tanglewood | August 2nd
Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic | August 7th – 10th
Train | August 29th
Josh Groban | August 30th
Tony Bennett | August 31st
The Mount is legendary American author Edith Wharton’s home, and executes the principles set out in her book The Decoration of Houses in its design. Not only can you tour the house and the immaculately kept English gardens, The Mount also has unique programs, exhibits, workshops lecture series, and special events to participate in during the summer months.
If you want to hear some of the author’s work while taking in the beautiful setting, be sure to check out Wharton Wednesdays, each week at 5 pm. Or if your tastes skew more to supernatural investigation, you can take a Ghost Tour of the home and grounds. The gorgeous Lenox, Massachusetts estate also plays host to theatrical performances and live music.
If you want to get out into nature during your time in Lenox, Massachusetts, you should definitely consider a visit to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary spans more than 1,000 acres and includes forests, meadows, wetlands, and mountain slopes. Hike along 7 miles of trails, including boardwalk access, and experience the beauty of our lush landscape. If you’re a casual hiker, take the All Persons Trail. Or, if you’re up for a challenge, there is a hike to the summit of Lenox Mountain that rewards you with fantastic views.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s most famous residents are perhaps the members of the active beaver colony on-site. Visitors can catch the beavers at work or play from an observation platform on Pike’s Pond.
Summer is the season for superb theatre in Lenox, Massachusetts. Shakespeare & Company presents a wonderful schedule of plays by the Bard himself and other fantastic playwrights. The Shakespeare & Company 2014 Season includes classics such as Julius Caesar, Romeo & Juliet, The Servant of Two Masters, Shakespeare’s Will, and much more!
As well as a providing world-class theatrical experience for audiences, Shakespeare & Company provides education for young and beginning actors and enriching programs for the community. Their mission also includes keeping and promoting the Elizabethan theatre principles “in love with poetry, physical prowess and the mysteries of the universe.”
Finding the right place to stay during your summertime adventures in Lenox, Massachusetts doesn’t have to be difficult. The Gateways Inn is located in the heart of Lenox, and is within walking distance of many points of interest. And our guest rooms combine timeless elegance with modern amenities.
Along with stellar accommodations, the Restaurant at the Gateways Inn has one of the best fine dining experiences in Lenox. Innovative Contemporary American dishes made with fresh and mostly locally grown, ingredients await diners at Gateways. Or visit our Lounge for live music, light fare and a drink from our extensive bar. Open every night in the summer till after midnight. Who says Lenox doesn’t have a night-life?
Join the performers at Tanglewood and Shakespeare & Company – who frequent our restaurant and lounge after the shows!
At the Gateways Inn, we are passionate about the place we call home, and we want to share that passion with you so you have an unmatched Berkshires experience!
Photo courtesy David Dashiell.