Monday, June 9, 2014

Bed and Breakfast in Historic Lenox, Massachusetts USA


To break up our journey from Canada to Boston we spent a quiet 48 hours at a bed and breakfast in Historic Lenox, Massachusetts. Lenox is a town nestled in the gorgeous Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts. The population of Lenox is approximately 6,000 inhabitants and the town is proud to be the site of Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This idyllic and quaint town is the perfect place to unwind, relax and decompress. 

Historic Lenox Town-hall which reminded me of Marty McFly's clock tower in Back to the Future
Although the town architecture fits perfectly in line with the New England sprit, I couldn’t help but feel as though I was on the film set of Back to the Future

America!
Walking down the town’s main roads it felt as though I was transported back in time to a simpler era. The major thoroughfare was polished and clean with little traffic - both pedestrian and cars. Most of the houses where protected by white picket fences and perfectly manicured green lawns. Every few blocks stood a New England style church and the whole town looked as though it came from a story book.

Beautiful New England homes and historic stone churches
We stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast called Hampton Terrace. A house built in the 1850’s, the Hampton Terrace has had a rich history over the years. In the late 90's the Rosen’s took ownership and refurbished the house (and the attached carriage house/cottages) to give the bed and breakfast a 1930’s feel.

A wonderful bar a 1930's inspired bar at your disposal!
Although all the amenities look as though they are from the past, they have been updated to modern standards so you can rest in up-to-date comfort (many of the bathtubs have a Jacuzzi whirl pool). The beds are extremely comfortable, all the rooms are spacious and most of the quarters have their own private fireplace (très romantique!). 

You can either eat with a group or eat privately in the sun room 
Although you may want to spend your entire time reading in bed by the fire, the breakfast at Hampton Terrace is enough to get you out and moving. Included in your stay is an all you can eat breakfast. One day we had eggs and grits, the other homemade French toast! 


Breakfast served from 7:00 am-10:00 am 
The Hampton Terrace is centrally located in town (well, everything is central as the town is very small) and it is a very short walk to a great street called Church Street. Church Street is sprinkled with little boutiques and restaurants. Although this town is small and quaint, they don’t mess around when it comes to food! We had an apéritif at a wonderful modern French bistro called Bistro Zinc (about a five minute’s walk from HamptonTerrace).

Bistro Zinc has a refined and welcoming atmosphere
Delicious charcuterie plate on the sleek zinc bar

For dinner we went to a great restaurant and wine bar called Alta Wine Bar (also on Church Street).The menu is inspired  by Mediterranean cuisine and offers a variety of local and organic ingredients. Alta even had one of my favorite French wines in the entire universe, Le Paradou. Opened in 2008 by a French chef and his American partner, Alta serves a healthy portion of delicious bites. 


Although the free-range chicken I had was super tasty, I was extremely jealous of the Seared NY Strip Steak across from me. They also offer a variety of vegetarian dishes that sound divine.
Because Lenox is located in the Berkshires, there are limitless activates to take up under the sun. There are beautiful walking/running trails, nearby lakes (about a 5 minute drive away) which rent canoes, paddle boards, boats etc. and many historical homes and museums to visit. There are also several interesting antique shops, the perfect place to pick up a souvenir! I would have loved to stay a full month reading by the fire at night and spend my days hiking through the forest or on the lake. However, I feel thankful for the 48 hours I had in Historic Lenox. The perfect opporuntity to charge my batteries as I had to continue on to Boston and then the Big Apple. "And so Marty, I now say farewell and wish you Godspeed!"

Church on a Hill built in 1805

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