Sunday Drive – The Kemble Inn in Lenox, MA
This weekend Sally and I (with the good help of our son Drew) performed one of our Fall rituals – dismantling and saying goodbye to our screened porch until next spring.
If I’d had my druthers, I’d have spent the weekend at the Kemble Inn in Lenox.
Leisurely exploring the grounds.
Appreciating the fall flowers.
And savoring the fall foliage from the terrace.
Or from my bedroom window.
Even though the fall leaves in the Berkshires are past their peak colors, there are many attractions to make the trip worthwhile. This summer, Sally and I stayed at the Inn while we spent a wonderful weekend visiting her brother, who was hiking the Appalachian Trail. We took in two concerts at Tanglewood and visited two lovely Trustees of Reservations properties, Ashintully Gardens and Naumkeag. My blog post about our visit can be seen here.
Another nearby Trustees of Reservations property of interest is The Mission House in downtown Stockbridge. Finished in 1642 for missionary John Sargent, it remained in the Sargent family unit it was purchased by Mabel Choate who relocated the property to it’s present location. She then worked with landscape architect Fletcher Steele to design the Colonial Revival garden you see today.
The Norman Rockwell Museum located on the Linwood House estate is must. Linwood was designed in 1885 by Stanford White for the Butler family.
Peering thru the glass at the front door…
The Norman Rockwell Museum, designed by Robert Stern in 1993. (Classic design ages so well, doesn’t it?) has all of Rockwell’s iconic paintings including many I had never seen before. I was amazed to learn how carefully he constructed his paintings.
So carefully preserved.
Equally fascinating is Spring Lawn, immediately adjacent to the Inn. Designed by John Alexander in the classical Beaux Art style. It appears to be slated for future development as an inn and spa.
Spring Lawn’s interior stair.
On the other hand, should you just want to lounge around the Inn, the accommodations will not disappoint. From the moment you step thru the front door you sense the Inn’s graciousness and history. This is the main lounge, which over looks the Inn’s terrace and grounds.
The Piano Bar is the perfect place for coffee and dessert after dinner.
I returned home with several ideas for cabinet door glass.
We both loved the details in the dining room. Actually quite restrained for a Victorian Era home.
Couldn’t get enough of the ceiling light fixtures…
Or the bar cart… A little Art Deco perhaps?
Which of course leads to my favorite part – the food and wine… The Inn is blessed with a wonderful menu (beautifully prepared) and wine list. I’ll let the pictures do the talking…
OH yeah! Breakfast!!!
Very cool wine chiller idea!
We could linger on the front stoop and continue chatting…
You get the idea. Sally and I would go back in a heart beat.
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