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.