A historic Berkshires B&B that's played host to a slew of literary greatsThe esteemed guests, from Pulitzer Prize-winning poets to Andrew Carnegie to Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes
The endorsement by Fodor’s and The Boston Globe, which wrote that it "quietly hits every note right"
The individually appointed, Victorian-inspired accommodations of this gracious bed-and-breakfast
The Berkshires themselves, from The Mount to the mountains
What To Know
Rooms on the third floor – aka in the attic – are smaller than those on the first and second floors
Tea and scones are served on weekend afternoons by the fireplace
Free WiFi can be spotty
A cozy New England stay at a 19th-century Select Registry inn in the Berkshires, with breakfast
Brook Farm Inn has played host to so many literary greats, the Berkshires bed-and-breakfast could probably publish a book about it. Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes; Pulitzer Prize recipients Philip Levine, Stephen Dunn, Robert Creeley and Galway Kinnell; the poet Emma Lazarus, who debuted her Statue of Liberty’s "Give me your tired, your poor" inscription for an on-site fundraiser in 1883 – they’ve all wined, dined or spent the night at this charming retreat. As gracious and elegant now as it was when it opened its doors in the 19th century, the property is sure to have you waxing poetic, too. It’s already found fans in Fodor’s; The Boston Globe; Select Registry, of which it is a member; and TripAdvisor, which gave it a Certificate of Excellence in 2016.
For one, there’s a menu of massages, including deep-tissue and hot-stone options, that you can arrange to receive from a team of licensed therapists, in the inn's dedicated massage studio. Your room is as lovely as can be, as well; it’s individually decorated and named, and it’s furnished in the Victorian style, with floral wallpaper or maybe a Rococo armchair. But if all this doesn’t inspire your inner writer and romantic, perhaps you should turn to that Berkshire literature directly for some ideas. Head to The Mount, the grand former estate of Edith Wharton that's located just five minutes away, or settle down with a book, by the fireplace, in Brook Farm Inn’s very own library.
Your accommodation will be individually decorated and named, inspired by the styles of the late 19th century. Expect graceful, elegant details – perhaps floral wallpaper in cream, lavender or robin’s-egg blue; a wicker rocking chair or Rococo armchair or an understated bedskirt. You’ll also enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, a hair dryer and a telephone with unlimited long-distance calls. Massages can be arranged for a fee. Please note that not all rooms have TVs.If you stay in the Cameo, Poet's or Berkshire room, which occupy the second and third floors, you'll have either two twin beds or one queen or king. The dreamy Romance in Lenox room – a guest favorite on the second floor – boasts a working fireplace and a cozy couch to curl up on. On the ground floor of the carriage house, at the rear of the property, the barrier-free Shadowood Green room holds shares a garden-view porch with its neighbor. Both the Romance in Lenox and the Shadowood Green rooms hold a king-sized bed, and the former has a luxe Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom.
When you’re not reading a book by the fireplace in the library, we highly recommend a trip to The Mount, Edith Wharton’s stunning estate, which is also in Lenox. Also consider heading into the other Berkshires towns, to experience the marvelous natural scenery; summer hiking and kayaking and winter skiing and snowshoeing are popular pastimes. You’re in a major arts destination (home to the Norman Rockwell Museum and The Clark and Mass MoCa), and dance capital Jacob’s Pillow (open seasonally) or nearby symphony-music venue Tanglewood are fabulous ways to pass a few restful hours.