Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy New Year

If you are staying in-house check out our 2012/2013 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)

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
Location: Hancock, MA

This is a Jiminy Peak tradition! The spectacular Torchlight parade will wind down the mountain shortly after the close of the lifts at 10 pm (as soon as the mountain lights are off) & will be immediately followed by the fireworks display.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Looking for a Last Minute Gift?

What better gift for a family member that's hard to buy for, or a promise of a romantic getaway to your significant other then a Gift Certificate to the 1896 House Luxury Suites for a getaway from it all. Or perhaps a certificate for a scrumptious meal at the 6' House Pub! Get a Gift Certificate or Gift Card!                                                     *All Lodging Certificates may be personalized

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Things to do this weekend, Annual Festival of Trees, the Arts and More!

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Saturday and Sunday through December 30, 2012 (also during the week)
16th Annual Festival of Trees at Bennington Museum
75 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201
A Community Created Exhibit of Uniquely Designed and Decorated Holiday Trees each in a beautiful, and sometimes whimsical, vignette.  Items from the museum’s collection are added to these vignettes to produce a perfect blend of a current design with historical elements. Over 20 vignettes are being created for the entire family to enjoy, along with the traditional trees installed in the galleries.  Then there is the over 40 tabletop trees, each decorated by elementary school classes from Bennington and surrounding communities.

Saturday, December 15, 7:30 PM
Seagull (Thinking of you)
87 Marshall Street
North Adams, MA 01247
Seagull (Thinking of you) is a new live performance that works with, against, and beneath Chekhov’s The Seagull. Director Tina Satter’s unique contemporary voice takes on the beauty and darkness of Chekhov’s play in a beautiful act of theatrical rethinking. Satter draws from Chekhov’s letters, varying Seagull translations, quasi-biographical facts from early productions of the play in Russia, and Chekhov’s perverse sense of comedy to consider anew what makes the human heart beat and why we ever try to say something out loud. With her Half Straddle collaborators, Satter deconstructs the texts to create an unexpected new work of theater that is ultimately about making something with people you could love: just like Chekhov wanted, with a Russian folk metal-influenced score.

The Met-Live in HD: Aida
Verdi’s iconic opera set in ancient Egypt stars powerhouse Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, who makes her Met debut in the title role of an enslaved Ethiopian princess. Olga Borodina, one of the world’s best-known interpreters of the role, sings Aida’s royal rival, Amneris, and Roberto Alagna is the hero Radamès, who must choose between his love for Aida and his duty to his country. Fabio Luisi conducts his first Met performances of the opera, which also stars George Gagnidze as the Ethiopian king, Amonasro. Sonja Frisell’s spectacular staging uses the full theatrical capabilities of the Met stage to immerse the audience in the grandeur of ancient Egypt. 12:55pm. Tickets $25/$22 members/$18 students. Purchase online or at 413.458.0638.

Sunday, December 16, 2012
Potter Brothers Demo Day
Potter Brothers is bringing in reps from top ski & snowboard manufacturers along with fleets of their skis, snowboards, & helmets to give you a taste of what’s on the market this year. Come test out their new gear, ask questions, & figure out what equipment is best for you! 8:30am – 2pm.
Jiminy Peak
37 Corey Road
Hancock, MA 01237
Phone: (413) 738-5500

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bird the Berkshires

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The Berkshires is one of the best locations for bird watching. A low cost, easy and interesting pastime, bird watching gives you the opportunity to commune with the wildlife and see some of the most beautiful parts of the Berkshires at the same time. Most years and seasons over 200 different species of birds are visible including several types of warblers, flycatchers and thrushes.

All you need for bird watching is a good bird field guide and good set of binoculars. is a great place to get information about suggested books to read, clubs in the area, blogs and more.

From December 14 to January 5, the North Berkshire Audubon invites area bird watchers
to participate in the 113th national Christmas Bird Count. The Audubon

The NBA Count will be held on Saturday December 15. The 24-hour count period begins at midnight Friday and extends to midnight Saturday.

There are four groups going out in the area; Adams, East Williamstown and North Adams, Central and western WIlliamstown and South WIlliamstown.

Teams of at least 2 armed with birdbooks, binoculars and checklists, will visit as many habitats as possible during the day, and also go out owling, to identify as many species and count as many individual birds as possible.

Audubon and other organizations use the data collected in this long running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations and to help guide conservation action. 

North Berkshire Audubon is an informal group that sponsors bird walks and trips throughout the year. For more information about the Christmas Count or NBA, contact Leslie Reed-Evans at 413-458-5150 or at lre@wrlf.org

A couple of interesting related birding in the Berkshires links

Massachusetts bird watching

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Williamstown Holiday Walk

This weekend, The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce and the Holiday Walk Committee put on the annual Holiday Walk on Saturday, December 1!

Starting with a Raindeer (raindog) Parade at 4 PM on Spring Street
Musical groups, hot cocoa, Penny socials, Santa!, bake offs, gingerbread house decorating and more! The evening ends with a reading of A Christmas Carol and a candlelight caroling procession to the lightening of the Williamstown Holiday tree on Spring Street.

Check out the full holiday walk schedule at

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A little more about our Barnside Luxury Suites, Suite 205

Suite 205, Country Formal Suite 1850-today
Grand & Colorful English Country w/ Unusual Pine Antiques. King Canopy Bed. Queen Sofabed. Whirlpool Bath for 2, Gas Fireplace, Dressing Room, 27 "Cable TV, CD/DVD, Refrigerator, 2-line phone WIFI, iron/board. Full candlelight breakfast. 

You're still tasting the fabulous strawberry topped maple French toast you just had, thinking what a fun couple enjoined you for conversation from the next table at breakfast. Of course, you've eaten too much to hit the slopes so early but you get your discounted lift tickets to Jiminy Peak from the front desk and enjoy your suite for another hour.

You really love the great outdoors and this ski vacation is just a prelude to the upcoming year of white water rafting, golf, hiking, boating, fishing & hang gliding in the Berkshire vicinity. But no roughing it for you! When you get back to your suite, you want comfort and style! You really treated yourself to this room which is meant to bestow a European feel of the cottages of moneyed gentry.

The crystal lamps and chandeliers add formality to the repetitive cabbage roses that adorn the furnishings. There are original oils depicting animals everywhere. ( Hmm…I wonder when hunting season starts?…. ). With its bright yellow walls and crimson carpet, it's such a happy place to write postcards to your friends to plan your next sports adventure. But they can't have this room!

A full country candlelight breakfast is provided. With advance notice, we are happy to accommodate special dietary restrictions such as "low carb", "low fat", vegetarian", etc. and of course any food allergies.


     Make a reservation! Or check our some our other Barnside Suites at 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A little more about our Barnside Luxury Suites,Suite 206

Suite 206, Empire Suite 1815-1840
(American Empire)

Impressive Posh & Regal with Antiques of the Napoleonic Era. Draped King Canopy Bed. Whirlpool Bath for 2, Gas Fireplace, Dressing Room, 27" Cable TV, CD/DVD, Refrigerator, 2-line phone, WIFI, iron/board. Full Candlelight breakfast. 

You really need this R & R from your business! Now, you need to be pampered. You enter your suite and head straight for the terry robe. Your wife draws a warm Jacuzzi bath with honeysuckle bath salts for you. When you return to your chambers, you're impressed with the ostentatious King Louis XV gargoyle settee, but you are happy to know that there is a comfortable cushy loveseat to dream on as you're mesmerized by the fire.

With the draped and canopied bed, the heavy brocade coverlet, the Aubusson carpets, and gold gilded pastoral paintings, the room is opulent, glamorous, and slightly pompous. She hands you a glass of bubbly. It feels so decadent! You can't help but exclaim, "I feel like a king!". She jokingly retorts, "I seem to have misplaced my tiara!"

After a scrumptious meal, you notice that there is a wonderful meeting room at the restaurant. The execs could stay in the suites, and some employees could stay in those charming motels. You decide to schedule your next corporate retreat at the 1896 House.

A full country candlelight breakfast is provided. With advance notice, we are happy to accommodate special dietary restrictions such as "low carb", "low fat", vegetarian", etc. and of course any food allergies.


     Make a reservation! Or check our some our other Barnside Suites at 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What to do this weekend! Get out your Skis!

Looking for some things to do while staying at the 1896 House? Get out and ski or stay inside and get your cultural fill.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Jiminy Peak Opens this weekend!
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort‎ (less then 20 minutes from the 1896 House)
37 Corey Road, Hancock, MA 01237  413-738-5500
Jiminy Peak will open at 9 am this Saturday Nov 10th for skiing and riding!  6 trails (hopefully 8) and 2 chairlifts will be operating Sat- Monday 9 am-4 pm.
Check out for more information and details as they have them.

Sweetwood’s Annual Craft Fair
Williamstown, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sweetwood of Williamstown will hold its annual craft fair at its site on 1611 Cold Spring Road (Route 7) Williamstown. Local vendors include The Village Chocolate Shoppe of Bennington, Nicki Steel Photography, K&M Designs of Bennington Jewelry, Paws Boutique Pet Clothing, Quilts & Crafts by Sue Goodell, Sweetwood's Goodies and personally signed books by Vermont author Ellen Perry Berkeley.

The Met-Live in HD: The Tempest
The Clark, Williamstown
12:55 PM
British composer Thomas Adès and Robert Lepage’s innovative production recreates the interior of the La Scala opera house as the magical island venue for the otherworldly arts of Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan. Tickets $25/$22 members/$18 students. Purchase online or at 413-458-0638.

Concert Choir & Chamber Choir: La musica de España 
Williams College Department of Music, Williamstown
8:00 PM
Visiting director Katie Gardiner leads the Concert and Chamber Choirs presenting music about Spain or by Spanish composers: La musica de España. The program is the inspiration of visiting director Katie Gardiner who is using her residency to work with a large group of talented singers, “I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Concert and Chamber Choirs at Williams College for the fall 2012 semester.”  Ms. Gardiner holds bachelors and masters degrees in music education from the Hartt School of Music and a master of music in choral conducting from the Eastman School of Music. The concert is free and open to the public.

Friday, November 2, 2012

A little more about our Barnside Luxury Suites, Suite 203

Suite 203, Georgian Suite 1725-1835

Formal and Elegant Federal Period Decor. Four Poster King Bed, Whirlpool Bath for Two, Gas Fireplace, Dressing Room, Combination Living Room/Bedroom. 27" Cable TV, CD/DVD, 2-line phone, WIFI, iron & board. Full candlelight breakfast.

What a formal and handsome room! Your furniture and accessories remind you of the early White House with Queen Anne, Chippendale, Federal, and Duncan Phyfe style pieces. The unusual color scheme of the bed coverings on your rice carved four poster king bed is a complementary aqua, salmon, and gold that is carried throughout your finely upholstered furnishings.

The sea faring paintings recall our American Revolution and the luxurious and elegant bath salon beckons you to this evening's activities. But for now, you pour yourselves a glass of wine and follow the brook to the stately gazebo so you can watch the flowers grow before the matinee begins at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Later the stars twinkle vividly as you stroll back to your suite from the most interesting & wonderful meal you've just had at The '6 House Pub".You had planned to go elsewhere tomorrow night after visiting the Clark Art Institute and Mass MoCA, but you really want to try the Pub's Lobster Sandwich that everyone is raving about! You'll mention this to Becki who just loved her Grilled Plum & Granny Smith Apple Salad with Gorgonzola and Glazed Walnuts!. Maybe you'll discuss it by the fireplace as you have your nightcap. This has been so restful and relaxing, you know you'll be back again and again!

A full country candlelight breakfast is provided. With advance notice, we are happy to accommodate special dietary restrictions such as "low carb", "low fat", vegetarian", etc. and of course any food allergies.

     Make a reservation! Or check our some our other Barnside Suites at 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Haunted Happenings around the 1896 House

Photo courtesy of  Karpati Gabor

Thursday, October 25

4:30pm – GHOULS IN THE GALLERIES: Williams College Museum of Art hosts “Ghouls in the Galleries: Exploring the Monsters of WCMA’s Collection.” Monsters in the museum will be rooted out by Deena Bak (’13) and she will aid participants in understanding what these monsters reveal about the nature of fear from a variety of cultural perspectives. Best for older students interested in art and cultural studies. 413-597-2376. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA

6-8pm – BOO BASH: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will host their 18th annual “Boo Bash” for children and families. Come in costume to the Berkshire Towers dormitory building for a costume party & trick or treating. Best for children ages 6-11yo. 413-662-5249. 375 Church Street. North Adams, MA (FREE) (less then 15 minutes from the 1896 House Inn)

Friday October 26

Downtown Pittsfield - Pittsfield, MA
7PM (less then 40 minutes from the 1896 House Inn)

Lanesborough, 6 - 8 p.m.
Haunted House at the Berkshire Mall. Returning for the third year Village Ambulance Explorer Horrors haunted house. Fri., Join us for some scary fun ;walk through the Haunted house for a screaming good time! All proceeds to benefit the Post 911 Explorer Group.  (less then 30 minutes from the 1896 House Inn)

Saturday October 27

Williamstown, 1 - 3 p.m.
Sweetwood of Williamstown, located on 1611 Cold Spring Road, Route 7, is hosting a Spooktacular Costume Pet Parade. There will be door prizes and prizes for costumes. Best Pet Costume - first place $200, second $125, third place $75. Owner/Pet Look-Alike prize $100. Registration runs from 1-2 p.m. Leashes are required.

Saturday October 27 and Sunday October 28

Lanesborough (less then 30 minutes from the 1896 House Inn)
Bradley Farms and Healing Winds are coming together for three consecutive weekends in October to offer entertaining, educational and cultural activities fun and free for the whole family. This family oriented community event will be held at the Bradley Farm on Route 7 in Lanesboro, 545 N Main Street. There will be Native American storytellers, Native American and regional folk arts & crafts, the large Healing Winds tipi and a children’s tipi. Activities to enjoy include guided nature and riverside hikes, natural horsemanship demonstrations and rides, traditional eye & hand coordination games, pumpkin painting, cultural & historical presentations, local entertainment as well as Native American flute and social friendship dances. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes will perform. Please call Healing Winds at 413-443-2481 for more information.

Lanesborough, 2 - 8 p.m. (less then 30 minutes from the 1896 House Inn)
Haunted House at the Berkshire Mall. Returning for the third year Village Ambulance Explorer Horrors haunted house. Sat., Join us for some scary fun; walk through the Haunted house for a screaming good time! All proceeds to benefit the Post 911 Explorer Group.

Monday October 29

7 pm
Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson
In Swedish with English subtitles
The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Williams College faculty members Denise Buell, Lawrence Raab, Jim Shepard and Christian Thorne.
Lonely, 12-year-old Oskar is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates. A new friendship develops when Eli, a pale, serious young girl who only comes out at night moves in next door. Coinciding with her arrival is a series of inexplicable disappearances and murders. As Oskar becomes more aware of Eli’s tragic plight, he cannot forsake her. However, Eli knows that to continue living, she must keep relocating. But when Oskar faces his darkest hour, Eli returns to defend him the only way she can.
50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA

For more events and trick or treating schedules around the area please visit

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall Foliage Fun

Nothing beats fall foliage and driving or hiking and seeing the myriad colors and leaf shapes that change hues throughout the foliage season. Wouldn’t it be nice to bring home a bit of fall color and decorate your house for the holidays using some fall leaves.

Here’s some easy fall leaf craft decorating ideas that you can make with some of the beautiful leaves you’ve collected while staying at the 1896 House Inn.

Leaf Lanterns

Pumpkin place cards (with fall leaves)

Autumn Leaf Luminarias

Fall Leaf Initial

Autumn Leaf Wreath

Leaf-Covered Candles

Leafy Centerpiece

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A little more about our Barnside Luxury Suites, Suite 204

Suite 204, Victorian Suite 1837-1901

Large & Nostalgic. Featuring Walnut Antiques & Fainting Couch. King "Sleeping Beauty" Bed. Dual Whirlpool Bath, Gas Fireplace, Dressing Room, 27" Cable TV, CD/DVD, Refrigerator, 2-line phone, WIFI, iron/board. Full candlelight breakfast. 

You had both planned an intimate getaway but having chosen the Victorian suite, you were a little apprehensive that he wouldn't be comfortable with too much femininity. With hesitation, you opened the door. The weighted and sophisticated interpretation relieved you while the velveteen tufted sofa and walnut "Sleeping Beauty" bed played to your fancy.

The lavish, silken damask bed coverings were a perfect foil for the tapestries that surrounded you. The room, possessing a grand space, had a warm and enveloping feel. No overdone flowers and lace here! Whew! He loved it! You both appreciated the soft glow of the Tiffany style lamp in the living area and over the dual whirlpool bath.

After a cozy tête-à-tête with a glass of sherry on the two- sided fainting couch, you went off to dreamland like a princess and her prince. Now, after a marvelous night, what you really want to do is nothing! Out of self respect you decide to take the paper to read by that bucolic pond at "Pondside". Maybe you'll even feed the ducks before breakfast! Then, you're off to a perfect day of golf and back to a cocktail by the brook. You'll really have to tell Matthew and Barbara about this place!

A full country candlelight breakfast is provided. With advance notice, we are happy to accommodate special dietary restrictions such as "low carb", "low fat", vegetarian", etc. and of course any food allergies.


     Make a reservation! Or check our some our other Barnside Suites at 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall into the Berkshires

This weekend and next are going to be peak season for fall foliage leaf peeping in the Berkshires.

Go for a fall foliage drive up to the summit of Mt Greylock and check out the most beautiful views from this 3,491-foot mountain, or take a hike and check out the trails. Mt Greylock is a great place for birdwatching as well. Mt Greylock is less then 1/2 an hour from the 1896 House Inn. 

Driving map with vantage points

Summit Hikes (check out the foliage for miles and miles around!!!)

Full Mt, Map

Mount Greylock was the first state reservation in Massachusetts, established in1898. It contains over 68 miles of hiking trails, including 13 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Birding: The boreal zone (especially 3,000 feet and above) contains what may be the state's only breeding Blackpoll Warbler. Swainson's Thrushes also nest in the damp coniferous forest, as do White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncoes. Mourning Warblers still nest in cutover, regenerating areas. The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher is a strongly suspected nester, and the Olive-sided Flycatcher nested regularly in an area that has now grown up to tall spruces. Historically, a small population of Bicknell's Thrushes nested near the summit. (from

Birds of Mount Greylock

Thursday, September 27, 2012

2012 Fall Foliage Festival Continues this weekend and more!

Photo courtesy of PatriciaEGreen

Less then 15 minutes from the 1896 Inn, The North Adams Fall Foliage Festival is a fun time for the whole family.

SATURDAY, September 29
Farmer's Market - 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM - in the St. Elizabeth's of Hungary Municipal Parking Lot across from MASS MoCA, the market is in operation with harvest season fruit, vegetables and other produce and home-made goods for sale.

3rd Annual Dog Day of Fall Parade - 8:30 - 10:00 AM - Downtown North Adams.  All dogs are encouraged to participate.  Owners are encouraged to make costumes and enter their dogs into this parade.  This year's parade theme is "Toys on Parade."  Categories are: Funniest, Best Duo (owner and dog), Best Group (dogs), Best Small Dog, Best Medium-sized Dog, and Best Large Dog.  Prizes will be awarded following the parade and ribbons will be given to all participants.  Dog parade winners will be invited to participate in the Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday, September 30.

Dog Day of Fall Pet Psychic - 10:00 - 11:30 AM - North Adams Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  Following the dog parade, bring your pets to the North Adams Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for a free pet psychic reading.  Regionally-known pet psychic Bonnie Strange, will provide the free readings.  Dogs, cats, and any other pets are welcome.  Parking will be reserved in the Wells Ave. parking lot.  Enter through the Wells Ave. entrance.  Light refreshments, including pet treats, will be provided.

FREE Family Concert at The Range - 11:00 AM - The Range, Curran Highway, North Adams.  Bring the family to The Range for a concert with Terry a la Berry.  This is a free concert, sponsored by the Adams Community Bank, and fun for the whole family.  The Bounti Fare will be on site selling lunch items.  Call 413-663-3030 for more information.
Benefit for the Mohawk Theater: Spirit of Johnny Cash - 8:00 PM - Mohawk Theater.  Supported by MCLA and presented by the city of North Adams with help from MASS MoCA, the celebrated Mohawk Theater opens for one night only with Harold Ford as Johnny Cash and Laura Lucy as June Carter Cash plus a full compliment of musicians forming the Cash Band.  In what is sure to become a historic Berkshire event, Johnny and June's greatest hits illuminate the downtown scene that will benefit the Mohawk Theater Restoration Fund and the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation.  The music and spirit of Johnny Cash will return to Main Street after almost 25 years in a concert to raise funds for the reopening of the theater.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or click here.

Fall Foliage Dance - 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM - Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 515 Curran Highway.  Enjoy 2 live bands: Phil 'n Blanks reunion and Static performing.  $5 cover at the door.  Call 413-664-9043 for more information.

SUNDAY, September 30
Barbecue Grilling - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM - BBQ offerings at the entrance of the Walmart parking lot (parade staging area).  Hot dogs, hamburgers, and cold drinks.  Proceeds benefit the Rotary children's Christmas party.

Parade-side BBQ - 12:00 PM - Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 515 Curran Highway.  Call 413-664-9043 for more information.

Annual 5k Road Race - 12:30 PM.

57th Annual Fall Foliage Parade – 1:00 PM – Celebrate the advent of the fall foliage season with a parade highlighting the beautiful foliage.

Information courtesy of, please check out the link for more information.

Also happening this coming weekend is the Berkshires Arts Festival Lenox
September 28, 29, & 30, 2012

The Inaugural Berkshires Art Festival Lenox to benefit Shakespeare & Company programs and services will be held September 28-30. More than 6,000 art lovers from the U.S., Canada and Europe are expected to descend on the Berkshires community for the event. Seventy-two artists from across the U.S. will be displaying works in categories including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, wood, decorative and wearable fiber, and others.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2012 Fall Specials Valid Mid-Week 9/24-10/25

Custom Hancock Shaker Village Tour Special
Stay 3 mid-week nights and receive 2 passes for a customized Hancock Shaker Village Adventure Tour,
and one $25 Gift Card to the popular '6 House Pub! Click here:, to select your tour.  Call us at 1-888-999-1896, book 3 nights in any room or Luxury Suite, & we'll schedule the tour for you!
Your Hancock Shaker Village pass buys the tour & admission for 2 people to the entire Hancock Shaker Village.

Farm Foods & Finds Special
Stay 3 midweek nights and receive five free $10 Gift Certificates ($50) to spend at our local farm produce & gift shops, and one $25 Gift Card to the popular '6 House Pub!  Your farm adventure will take you to 3 active working farms:

Ioka Valley Farm
Cricket Creek Farm

Here you will witness live animals and the products derived from them, fresh foods grown, and shops where you may purchase locally grown apples, pumpkins, maple products, artisanal cheeses, breads & baked goods, dairy products, honey, alpaca clothing & products, and many other items.  Then come back and enjoy a wonderful meal at the ‘6 House Pub & Tavern!

Autumn Fun & Spa Special
Stay 2 nights in any room or Luxury Suite.  Hike to your heart's content in our colorful hiking wonderland.  Or shop till you drop at our antique shops, farm stores, & villages.  Then have a rejuvenating massage at our local "spa like no other", followed by a cozy 3-course dinner at our popular ‘6 House Pub & Tavern! We'll supply hiking info & foliage driving tour maps!  Includes tips for massages and dinner.
Add $119 per person OVER Room or Suite rate

Fall Art, Nature, & Libations Special
Stay 3 mid-week nights in any room or suite and we'll pay the admission for 2 people to the Clark Art Institute. Visit their current exhibitions,, and the
the Stone Hill Center set up a nature path amidst gorgeous woodlands and meadows. You will be in the midst of color, art, & beauty. The admission pass will also get you into all of the galleries. After your museum tour, rest your legs, stop by the '6 House Pub, and we'll treat each of you a fall libation! Spend the rest of your time enjoying the beautiful Berkshire Hill villages, shops, & galleries in their fall splendor.  Special includes admission for 2 to the Clark, and 2 complimentary drinks.

Please CLICK HERE to check out the rest of our packages!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A little more about our Barnside Luxury Suites, Suite 202

Suite 202, Turn of the Century Suite 1896-1910

The Smallest & Coziest Suite with Oak Antiques. Romantic King Canopy Bed, Whirlpool Bath for Two, Huge Shower, Gas Fireplace, 27" Cable TV, CD/DVD, Dressing Room, Queen Sofabed, 2-line phone, WIFI, iron/board. Full candlelight breakfast. 

As you're floating in the heated pool staring at the pine trees, you are trying to figure out which was more comfortable, your king size pillow topped mattress last night, or this? You are so happy you'll have another night in that cocoon-like romantic space with the wedding white bed canopy and linens, flowered carpeting, and soothing flecked jade green wallpaper so reminiscent of the early 1900's.

You remember Grandma's quarter-sawn oak furniture pieces just like these, and the damask cinnabar sofa was so comfortable yesterday as you watched your favorite DVD. Then you both really enjoyed those fabulous Crab Cakes with Lemon Dill Sauce, and the Fettuccini Alfredo with grilled mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes, followed by that Warm Brownie Sundae!

This was part of your "Sweetheart Package". You decided to move the "rest" of your package, a bottle of champagne, fresh flower bouquet, and chocolate truffles from your living area to the bathroom, while you soaked by candlelight in that great dual whirlpool. You know this was the perfect treat for yourself and your wonderful husband. Then, a brilliant ideas...! You decide to buy a surprise Gift Certificate to The 1896 House for Mom & Dad's anniversary.

A full country candlelight breakfast is provided. With advance notice, we are happy to accommodate special dietary restrictions such as "low carb", "low fat", vegetarian", etc. and of course any food allergies.

        Make a reservation! Or check our some our other Barnside Suites at 

1896 House Inn & Country Lodgings
Bed and Breakfast  ~ Country Inn ~ Country Motels
Route 7 ~ 910 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, Massachusetts  (MA) 01267
Telephone: 413-458-1896   ~   Toll Free:  888-999-1896
Lodging Website:  ~   '6 House Pub Website

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fall is the perfect time to go trail riding in the Berkshires

Image courtesy of duboix

DeMayos’ Bonnie Lea Farm is located in scenic Williamstown, just 5 minutes away from the 1896 House Inn.

During the late spring, summer and fall, trail riding is available at Bonnie Lea Farm. Trail rides are led either by Lisa DeMayo or by another qualified guide, and can vary in length according to the riders’ abilities. 

Riders must be a minimum of 13 years old and have the proper attire (long pants, shirts) and footwear, preferably something with a heel.

Their extensive trail systems stretch across beautiful fields, over gentle streams, through shady groves of famous Berkshire foliage, and even off-property for more experienced riders. It is a relaxing way to enjoy horses and the natural beauty of the Berkshires. All of our mounts are carefully matched with their rider to ensure the safety and happiness of both.

Trail Rides:
45 minutes – $50 per rider
1 1/2 hour – $75 per rider
Please note, they do not accept credit cards but do accept personal checks. Groups of 4 or more must send a deposit. Please call or email to schedule your trail ride!

Bonnie Lea Farm
511 North Street
Williamstown, MA 01267

Check out their website at:

From the South: Take Route 7N into the center of Williamstown, MA (intersection of Routes 2 and 7 at the Village Green), continue on 7N toward Pownal/Bennington VT for one mile measuring from the split of Route 2East. Bonnie Lea Farm is located at the foot of the bridge, on the left side, the second driveway past the Hemlock Brook Condominiums. Continue through the gates toward the barn parking lot.
From the North: Take Route 7S into Williamstown, MA, one and a half miles from the Vermont Line. Proceed over large bridge slowly as the driveway is at the base of the bridge on the right. Continue through the gates toward the barn parking lot.

Don't forget

Last Minute September Special
Stay 2 nights on September  7th & 8th or 14th  & 15th only and get a $50 Gift Card
to the popular 6 House Pub!

Valid on reservations made after 9/4/2012 only.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A little about our Barnside Luxury Suites, Suite 201

Our elegant and romantic "Barnside" Luxury Suites never fail to elicit a "WOW!" response! They were created to anticipate your every need and to provide a unique and exceptional lodging option in Williamstown. Quite grand and appointed in six unique period styles, the refined fabrics & the individually chosen appointments will pamper your desire for something extraordinary and unique.

A full country candlelight breakfast is provided, and complimentary wireless internet is available in each guest room, on the porch, and in the breakfast room. The "Barnside" Luxury Inn is a 3-Diamond AAA rated property!

All six suites have a ground floor entrance from an exterior wicker-filled country porch. They each provide one grand room, (many with 10 foot ceilings, 48 feet deep), with a king size bed, dining area, large living area, and a mantled gas fireplace. The romantic beds are all pillow topped, and most have canopies or 4 posts. There is a large dressing room that opens up to a spacious bathroom complete with showers and dual whirlpool tubs.

Each luxury suite has a different "period" personality and is furnished with many hand chosen antiques. All suites are equipped with 27" cable TV's and DVD/CD players, 2-line telephones with data ports, coffee makers, irons and boards, terry robes, triple sheeted pressed white bed linens, and fine bathing amenities.

We have a solution for special circumstances: Suite 201 offers a kitchenette. Although all of the suites accommodate 2 persons, Suites 202 and 205 are equipped with a queen sofa bed which may, at additional rate, sleep up to 4 persons of the same family over the age of fourteen.

A full country candlelight breakfast is provided. With advance notice, we are happy to accommodate special dietary restrictions such as "low carb", "low fat", vegetarian", etc. and of course any food allergies.

Suite 201, Early American Suite 1600-1775

Formal & Handsome. Colonial Antiques & Decor. Draped King Canopy Bed, Whirlpool Bath for 2, Gas Fireplace in BR, 2 TV's, Dressing Room, Equipped Kitchenette, Dining Table, Living Area. DVD/CD, 2-line phone, WIFI, iron/board. Full candlelight breakfast.

You've just checked in. You are impressed by all the theatres, museums, and cultural activities there are in the area. As you walk over the flower-laden footbridge to your suite, you notice a couple enjoying a picnic by the brook shore. Upon entering your suite, you just know you've entered another era.

The oversize wing chairs, the camelback loveseat, the draped tester king bed, the crewel-like spread and handmade patchwork quilt take you back to our earliest Colonial period. Oriental carpets and Asian porcelain pieces suggest the influence of the export trade of that time. The elongated room seems to extend forever, and then turns to display your dressing room and bath.

Not only is there a television in the living area, the armoire in the bedroom opens to reveal a second television and DVD/CD player. Instead of unpacking, your wife is already nestled in a bedside wing chair, flipping through her favorite periodical by the fireplace! She mentions that in the coming days with this convenient kitchenette and so many things to see, it may save time to have lunch right here in our very own private dining space. You sense that she has really settled in and has planned a packed itinerary. You decide to extend your stay!

Don't Forget! August Special:
Summer Weekends Last Hurrah!

20% off all room rates Labor Day Weekend 
(Friday, Saturday & Sunday).
Must mention this special.  Not applicable to current reservations, and not valid with other offers.
Call 888-999-1896, or mention online when booking!

1896 House Inn & Country Lodgings
Bed and Breakfast  ~ Country Inn ~ Country Motels
Route 7 ~ 910 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, Massachusetts  (MA) 01267
Telephone: 413-458-1896   ~   Toll Free:  888-999-1896
Lodging Website:  ~   '6 House Pub Website

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Crane and Company Old Stone Mill Rag Room

A great place to take a midweek tour into a slice (or a page) right out of history.

The Papermaking Museum at Crane's Old Stone Mill
40 Pioneer Street, Dalton, Massachusetts (about 1/2 hour for the 1896 House)
(413) 684-7780

This structure represents the oldest paper factory (c. 1844) in continuous operation at one site, and outstandingly documents the early development of the American paper industry through the 19th and into the 20th century.

The museum, first opened in the autumn of 1930, it is on the National Register of Historic Places, National Register Number: 83004376. The one-story building is situated on the banks of the Housatonic River, which supplied the water to wash the rags and drive the machinery of the early Crane mills.

The museum is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., free of charge, from early June through mid-October. 

Some interesting facts about Crane & Co.
Crane and Co. has been making fine paper for over 200 years and is now in its seventh generation of being owned and operated by the Crane family.

Papers made by Stephen Crane were used to print patriotic newspapers and broadsides leading up to and during the war, and were even engraved for Colonial Currency by Paul Revere. Revere even pastured his horses at the Liberty Paper Mill, just in case he needed to make a midnight ride…

Franklin and Eleanor conducted the affairs of a nation on Crane paper.

The Queen Mum announced the celebration of her 100th birthday on Crane paper.

Paul Revere engraved banknotes for the Colony of Massachusetts Bay on Crane paper to help finance the American Revolution.

As early as 1806, local and regional banks began printing currency on Zenas Crane's fine cotton papers. This was quickly followed by official government proclamations, permanent public records and stocks and bonds.

In the mid 1800s. Crane’s began making 100% cotton stationary. Soon after that, it was discovered that trees could be made into paper. Crane stayed with what they thought and currently still use what they think the best material to make paper out of; cotton.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bella Terra Festival this weekend and ideas for some things to do during the week

Bella Terra Festival, Stephentown, New York (less then 30 minutes from the 1896 Inn)
August 16th – 19th, 2012
Bella Terra Festival is an outdoor music and arts festival that occurs over multiple days and nights and features several stages of performances, artists and other programming. Gardner’s Farm in Stephentown, New York will be home to the third annual Bella Terra Festival, located between Albany, New York and The Berkshires in western Massachusetts.

Bella Terra celebrates a positive and progressive outlook and lifestyle, grassroots organization and activism, consciousness and creativity, self expression through artistic mediums, and the pursuit of a holistic existence that balances body, mind & spirit. Music and art can be a great platform to promote awareness, consciousness and sustainability and unite a people to affect societal progress. Bella Terra Festival uses this platform to call attention to the need to reestablish a spiritual connection between mankind and the Earth and perpetuate an ideology of global unification.

Bella Terra Festival recognizes that changing one’s own life for the better goes hand in hand with improving the world around us. This is why Bella Terra advocates that each person pursue his or her own dreams, open their minds and realize their maximum potential. To help meet these ends at Bella Terra Festival, many classes, workshops, and lectures in music, art, nature, politics and beyond are offered, in addition to a host of other programs and entertainment to help deliver our message.

Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat until August 18, 2012
Impressions of New England
Bennington Center for the Arts & Museum of the Covered Bridge
Bennington, VT
This annual exhibition will include over 60 scenes captured in paint and bronze. Seashores, rolling hills, foliage and New England wildlife will be depicted in over seventy fine works of art.

Ghost Tours At The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home
Lenox, MA
For over a century, The Mount has been home to writers, actors, wealthy families, hard-working servants, and teenage girls. Tour the most haunted parts of the estate to find out what spirits might still be lurking. Tours begin at 7:30pm, last 90 minutes and not recommended for visitors 12 years and younger due to mature content.  Reservations are highly recommended as most tours sell out. See website for more details.

Mondays until August 28, 2012
Monday Lecture Series at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home
Lenox, MA
The 20th season of the Lecture Series promises to be one to remember! This year they are proud to offer an exciting mix of historians and biographers who will take you from the Romanov Dynasty, to the Gilded Age, to Paris and the Roaring Twenties. Lectures begin at 4 pm and are followed by a tea and book signing. For schedule visit the website. Seating is limited and early ticket purchase is highly recommended. $18 members, $20 non-members.

Weekly on Tuesday until October 3, 2012
Tyke Hike
North Adams
For children ages 8 and under with their parents/guardians. Take a short hike with the Park Interpreter to explore the nature around us. A great opportunity to introduce children to the outdoors. Wear sturdy shoes, bug spray and bring water bottle. Programs are free and start at the Natural Bridge Visitor Center with a $2.00 parking fee. 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm.

Wednesdays until October 4, 2012
Healthy Heart Walk at Natural Bridge State Park
Location: North Adams, MA
Easy 3/8 mile fitness walk on Healthy Heart woodland trail with Park Interpreter at 1pm. Bring sturdy shoes and water bottle. Programs are free and start at the Natural Bridge Visitor Center with a $2.00 parking fee.