Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Things to do on New Year's Eve at the 1896 House

If you are staying in-house check out our New Year's Menu for a great New Year's Eve dinner and then get in some night skiing and enjoy Jiminy Peak's New Year's Eve Celebration. (Jiminy Peak is approximately 20 minutes from the 1896 House)

Get in some skiing before the torchlight parade which starts at 10:00 PM, followed by fireworks.

Ski Area Hours, New Year's Eve (12/31) 8:30 AM to 10:00 PM

For the New Year check out the 1896 House's ski and stay packages at

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Have Fun Shopping and Save!

Even if you are not going to be able to spend Christmas at the 1896 House Inn, come visit us mid week and take advantage of the after Christmas sales in the area. Especially big is the Lee Outlet, (less then 45 minutes away) After Holiday Sale. The sale goes from December 26, 2011 through January 2, 2012.

Extended hours the day after Christmas of 7:00 am to 9:00 pm and 9:00 am to 9:00 pm December 27-December 30, the outlets will have savings of 25-65% off everyday prices.

Exit 2 on Route 20 East in Lee, Massachusetts. For more information visit or call 413-243-8186.

While your visiting the Berkshires, Use BerkShares and Save on Shopping and help support the local Berkshire businesses at the same time! Save 5% on any or all of your shopping in the Berkshires by using our local currency BerkShares. It’s fun, it's unique, it supports our local economy and you can only find it in the Berkshires! To find out where you can purchase BerkShares and to see a full list of Berkshire businesses accepting this local currency, visit

Have a fun day shopping and then  return to the '6 House Pub! and enjoy a delicious dinner in our cozy tavern!

What a time to visit Williamstown! Make a reservation at for the 1896 House Inn or call 413-458-1896 or Toll Free:  888-999-1896

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, is under an hour from the 1896 House Inn and a great place to visit if you are looking for things to do outside of Williamstown while staying at the 1896 House. The World Famous Vermont Country Store and the Manchester Designer Outlets are local to Hildene as well as antique shops and art galleries, including the Manchester Hot Glass Works which has some absolutely beautiful glass works (perfect for Christmas Gifts)

From December 1 through January 2 the house will be decorated and staged as though it were Christmas Eve, 1912, one of the years Robert, Mary and family spent the holidays at their Vermont retreat. From the candlelit windows, winterberries and greenery that greet guests at the port cochere to the center hall yuletide floral arrangement, bursts of evergreen fastened with burgundy satin ribbon and a Christmas tree replete with Victorian ornaments, a sense that the family is preparing for Christmas morning has been created. Greeting cards, stockings hung on the mantle, wrapped parcels and even the menu for Christmas dinner portend of wonderful things to come on Christmas day. During regular hours, 9:30 to 4:30, interpreters and staff are on hand to answer questions about Hildene’s history and its famous residents.

His father was born in a log cabin and called from the humblest rank in life to preside over our nation during the most momentous period of its history. One generation later, Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood, became Chairman of the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing corporation at the turn of the 20th century. He built his Georgian Revival mansion in 1905 in the scenic village of Manchester. It became home to only Lincoln descendants until 1975, longer than any other Lincoln residence. It is the Great American Story.

You should allow approximately 3 to 4 hours for your visit.

House Visits
Your visit includes a brief video in the Welcome Center, a self-guided tour of the Lincoln home, listening to the 1,000-pipe Aeolian organ and access to the Hoyt Formal Garden. You'll also want to visit the Cutting and Kitchen Gardens, the observatory, Hildene Farm, and the exhibits. Guided Tours are offered at noon each summer day, by appointment at other times and on occasion when docents are available.

Hours and Rates
Open Daily 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Begin at the Welcome Center
Tickets: $16/Adults - $5/Youth - Children under 6 & Members/Free
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas (December 24, 25) and Easter
Please Note: ONLY service dogs are allowed on property.
Mid-December to Mid-March
Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing Weather Permitting
9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Information courtest of the Hildene Website

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