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Lenox exudes easy charm, the kind which comes from being attractive and comfortably off. The industrial revolution revved through this region, but no factories were built in Lenox, leaving it pristine enough to become the Summer retreat of industrialists. The best places to stay in Lenox tend to be sprawling country escapes surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds and views of the Berkshires. But if you’re here for the annual Tanglewood Music Festival then you’ll probably find the best places to stay in Lenox a bit closer to the heart of town near Tanglewood.
If you’re not here for the festivals, then you’re probably here for the beauty and tranquility, and you’ll find a lot of both in the Pleasant Valley Wilderness Sanctuary, or the October Mountain State Forest.
Lenox also has a rather charming Scenic Railway Museum, and the home, and now museum, to the author Edith Wharton, who won the Pulitzer prize for The Age Of Innocence.
If you venture a bit further afield to Stockbridge then you can visit the Normal Rockwell Museum, Mission House, which belonged to John Sergeant - missionary to the local Mohicans, the Hancock Shaker Village Museum - it’s a museum village, and a number of very beautiful country house estates.
If you're planning to visit during the Tanglewood festival, the best places to stay in Lenox get full very quickly. So don't forget to plan well ahead.
For a country escape
- Wheatleigh is a magnificent, chateau style mansion with 19 grand rooms, a fantastic French restaurant and 22 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.
- The Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Course is a Tudor style mansion surrounded by 380 acres of beautiful Berkshires land and all the activities you can imagine. The 140 rooms are large and classic and there are several dining options.
The Best Places to Stay in Lenox for the Festival
- The Gateways Inn is in the heart of town. But you don’t need to go out, there are live musical performances in the excellent restaurant. The decor is Shakespeare themed with some nice antiques and fun touches.
- Blantyre is a wonderfully grand hotel set on a 220 acre estate just outside Lenox. The hotel itself looks like a castle and has 23 traditionally beautiful rooms - think four poster beds and chandeliers. There’s also a spa and plenty of activities on offer.
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Best Hotels in Lenox
Gateways Inn 11 rooms from $180Lenox
This luxurious Inn right in the heart of the action is an easy walk to downtown Lenox, and to live entertainment. The plush Shakespearean themed bedrooms furnished with antique pieces give an old world feel. Live musical performances enhance the already mouthwatering dining experience!Romantic - Good for couples.Full of characterFour poster beds - For romantics.Quirky - An experience!
Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Course 114 rooms from $195Lenox (Massachusetts)
Tudor-style mansion rests in 380 acres of the Berkshires offering exquisite service, activities and business and fitness facilities. Large classic rooms have balconies. Sloane’s Tavern is a casual eatery, Mansion Dining offers stunning mountain views. Much to do for all, or relax at the spa or pool.Secluded setting - For escaping.Views - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.Birdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.
Blantyre 23 rooms from $263Lenox
Grand hotel set in a sprawling 220-acre estate just outside Lenox, Massachusetts. The ivy-clad, castle-like building features traditional rooms with four-poster beds, chandeliers, antiques and floral fabrics. The dining room is magnificent, the spa luxurious, and plenty of activities are on offer.Back to Nature - The hotel is set in a 220-acre country estate with woodland and manicured gardens, perfect for exploration and relaxationActive Holiday - The perfect active holiday- skiing, snow-shoeing, ice-skating, swimming, golf and tennis are all available on-siteCountry Escape - The ivy-clad building resembles a traditional English manor or castle on a sprawling estateSpa - The Potting Shed, featuring a greenhouse with a hot tub, steam room, sauna, outdoor pool, and an array of treatmentsRecommended by - Kiwi Collection, Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Relais & Chateaux
Wheatleigh 19 rooms from $425Lenox
Magnificent late 19th Century mansion in the beautiful scenery of Lenox, Massachusetts. The public and private rooms within this chateau-style hotel blend ornate grandeur with subtly modern furnishings. The French restaurant is the best in the area, and a lake and pool feature in the 22-acre groundsActive Holiday - Activites on offer include golf, horse riding, biking, fishing, hot-air ballooning and skiing.Country Escape - The hotel is set in 22 acres of landscaped gardens, and features an outdoor pool and a lakeSwimming Pool - The outdoor swimming pool is hidden in the gardens, surrounded by leafy trees and colourful flowersViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith