An early spring get-a-way to two stunning properties in the Berkshires...
Usually in the middle of winter or early spring I like to take a few days away from the Cape and decided to do a little R & R in the Berkshires near the New York border in Western Massachusetts. Looking on the web for ideas I came across The Kripalu.Center which offered a variety of levels from beginner to advanced yoga, integrative yoga therapy and Ayurveda.
Rooted in a tradition – influenced by the life and teachings of Swami Kripalu. The schedules are all learning programs with an exceptional faculty and staff..
It looked exactly what I was looking for so I called and made a reservation for a few nights.
I took back roads from the Cape instead of the highway and enjoyed visiting small towns along the way and stopped for lunch before I arrived.
Checking in was very easy. I was provided with a map of the facility and the times of the different programs.
Several types of accommodations were offered. Everything from dormitories with 5 to 22 people per room with hall bath rooms. Some rooms have queen beds and are situated near hall bathrooms, while others include a private bath.
I stayed in the annex which is the newer section that included beautiful views of the lake and nearby mountains. All rooms in the Annex come with a private bath and WiFi. Rooms are comfortable and very basic with no frills. There are no televisions or telephones anywhere at Kripalu. Some guests stayed at a local hotel or B & B and just did the day programs.
Included in the rates are all meals, work shops and yoga programs. Lodging is separate.
Meals are served buffet-style. The menu offers delicious and nutritious meals created in the Kripalu kitchen which uses high-quality, all-natural ingredients such as whole grains, fresh vegetables and legumes, fresh poultry, fish and dairy products as optional protein sources and a Buddha Bar. A few desserts are offered.
Breakfast is silent each morning.
I was kept busy enjoying daily group hikes with professional guides in the beautiful conservation areas just outside the door, yoga classes plus yoga dancing and meditation sessions, messages and many insightful workshops, programs and training's. I came alone and met many interesting couples and singles. I look forward to returning in the summer and fall to enjoy more outside activities such as kayaking, birding and more hiking.
Kripalu Center For Yoga & Health
57 Interlaken Rd, Stockbridge, MA
Open year round
After visiting Kripalu I extended my stay in the Berkshires so I could explore the area. I found this 57-room mansion called Seven Hills in the quaint community of Lenox.
New owners, the Wardman Group, have invested $2.2 million to renovate this historic property.
The original structure of what is now called the Seven Hills was once a small farmhouse built in the mid-1700s,
In 1951, New Yorkers, Larry and Sophie Howitt, bought this property and renamed it Seven Hills and converted the grand mansion into an inn in order to cater to the musicians and music-lovers of Sophie’s beloved Tanglewood. By the Sixties, renovations were completed, and frequent quests included Leonard Bernstein, Beverly Sills, Seiji Ozawa, and Dave Brubeck.
The 57-room mansion and suites in the Manor and Carriage House are decorated with period antiques. The majority of the rooms in the Manor House overlook the inn’s 27 acres of sweeping lawns and stunning gardens in season.
I stayed at the the inn’s main building in a beautiful, spacious room immaculately preserved, and a feeling of a bygone Gilded Age. Behind the building, a rolling expanse of manicured lawn reminded me of a stately English country home.
All 57 guest rooms have private baths, A/C, telephones, cable TV and WiFi. A full delicious breakfast is included and a small food and beverage service, including a light dinner and bar menu are available.
This truly magnificent Gilded Age mansion is a unique property that provides the perfect setting for weddings, celebrations, and vacationers headed to Kripalu and Tanglewood.
There are so many things to do in the area including The Berkshire Botanical Gardens, hiking in the Appalachian Trail & Mt. Greylock, Horseback riding, Kripalu Institute is the largest center for yoga and holistic health in the United States nearb, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Tanglewood is the summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, skiing, many museums including Norman Rockwell Museum, Mass MoCA, Williams College Museum of Art to name just a few and many theater and dance companies in the area.
Open Year Round
40 Plunkett Street