The Berkshires – All Weather Enjoyment

Author: , January 5th, 2012
by Nana Simopoulos, Topia Inn, Adams, Massachusetts
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The Berkshires

The Northern Berkshires is a place where outstanding nature and culture experiences combine for all weather enjoyment. Mt Greylock is the tallest peak in Southern New England. There are many trails to the summit that start in Adams for hikers of all levels as well as lakes and waterfalls to swim in.

Across the valley is Savoy Mountain National Forest with pristine lakes and sandy beaches. The Aschuwillticook rail trail is now a smooth 11 mile bicycle path alongside rivers, a bird sanctuary, lakes and mountain views. Mass MoCA is the largest contemporary art museum in the country with a year round performing arts center. The contemporary music ensemble Bang on a Can are among their resident artists every summer.

Natural BridgeUp the road from the museum is Natural Bridge (at left), a unique geological formation carved out by glacial melt water over 13,000 years ago. Tanglewood hosts stirring Boston Symphony Orchestra performances, the Williamstown Theatre Festival presents inspiring plays and local museums unveil captivating exhibits.

Visit MASS MoCA, Clark Art Institute and the Norman Rockwell Museum for the best in classic and modern art. The Clark Museum has a collection of nineteenth-century European and American painting, as well as French Impressionists. For their 50th anniversary they had an all night pajama party open to the public. Williamstown Theatre Festival is an awarding-winning regional theatre company that has helped launch the careers of many actors and continues to attract top talent.

The Autumn leaves are one of the main attractions in the Northern Berkshires. In the late summer visitors can enjoy berry picking at local farms. A drive or hike to the top of Mount Greylock has stunning colorful vistas in the fall. There are rivers and lakes ideal for canoeing and fishing among scenic vistas and mountain views.

Winter in the BerkshiresWinter fun includes downhill and cross country skiing along groomed trails as well as snow shoeing anywhere you want to go in pristine virgin snow.

Restaurants in the area are equal to any you would expect to find in a large metropolitan area with a selection of diverse cuisines from Thai to Pizza to Vietnamese, steak houses, fisheries and more.

The Berkshires welcomes you with four seasons of culture, history and outdoor adventure. Whether your idea of paradise is sipping fresh cider on a romantic New England bed and breakfast hearth or traveling scenic country roads through the Berkshire mountains, Berkshire County is the perfect year ’round destination.

BerkshiresFall is the perfect time to take a picturesque foliage tour along the historic Mohawk Trail or visit fascinating Hancock Shaker Village and purchase a piece of famous Shaker style furniture to remember your New England vacation. During winter and spring, enjoy the best of New England skiing and then spend afternoons exploring the charming small towns of Williamstown, Lee and Lenox, Massachusetts.

Be sure to stop in the many quaint New England antique shops and one-of-a-kind Berkshires art galleries. Whether you’re spending a long weekend at cozy vacation village in the Berkshires or a week enjoying the amenities of our New England ski resorts, your trip is sure to create lasting vacation memories.

Following in the footsteps of its nomadic tradition, the Storefront Artist Project continues to find vacant commercial spaces in Pittsfield for artists to use for temporary projects. Available for periods of up to 6 months, these projects occasionally take place at the Storefront Artist Project’s mainspace at 124 Fenn St. in Pittsfield.

Upper Pecks FallsThanks to Berkshire Bank, Richard Stanley, Anthony Barnaba and LMR Group, they have artists working in empty storefronts and other spaces ready for installations. The Salon is a monthly gathering for artists and the art-interested. Salons rotate between meeting at the Storefront Artist Project and at other locations. It is, therefore, a roving Salon meant to build community and discussions around the arts.

In North Adams, Massachusetts, in the northwest corner of the Berkshires, a former textile mill known as the Eclipse Mill, has been converted into forty artist live/work studio loft condominiums.

Each artist had the opportunity to design their own loft during the restoration of the mill, which began in 2002 and was completed in 2005.
The founding purpose for the development of Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts was to provide live/work spaces for the serious pursuit of creative/artistic endeavors.

Owners and tenants are expected to contribute to a sense of community and are encouraged to participate in artistic events held throughout the year. Residents of Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts contribute to the rapidly growing art scene in the northern Berkshires.

Union & Field is a salon for contemporary art set in the domestic interior loft of artists Maureen Meyer and Timothy Nazzaro, an industrial space that was once home to a 19th-century textile mill in North Adams, Massachusetts. The salon unites artists working predominately in the visual arts in an intimate and engaging setting to stimulate unique, uninhibited experiences with contemporary art and culture. It provides an inviting space for visitors that transcends the exhibition site of a conventional commercial gallery and the formalities that often accompany it, instead fostering an open field for dialogue and viewing without limitations.

Topia InnTopia Inn is an all organic oasis with 9 artist decorated rooms. Chosen by Budget Travel, Yahoo! Travel, CNN and Huffington Post as a top 20 “Best New Boutique Hotels”, it has organic beds and linens. An all local and organic home baked breakfast is included as well as free wireless internet. There is a 4.2 Kw Solar Electric PV system on the roof generating the inn’s electrical power.

The inn burns 100% waste veggie oil to heat the building in winter and the hot water year round. It is located at the base of Mt Greylock and Savoy Mountain, minutes away from hiking trails, waterfalls and swimming lakes. The Aschuwillticook rail trail passes directly behind the inn. Guests can rent bikes at affordable rates. Mass MoCA and Natural Bridge are 8 minutes north and the Clarke and Williamstown Theatre Festival are a 15 minute drive away. According to the New York Times it is an “oasis from environmental affronts”.

Four Seasons Buenos Aires Check IN

Author: , January 4th, 2012

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Lesbian Couple Kicked Out of St. Louis Four Seasons for Kissing

Author: , October 6th, 2011

St. Louis Four SeasonsTeresa Folds and Julieigh Snell were kissing in the Jacuzzi at the rooftop pool at the Four Seasons in St. Louis when they were asked to leave because of their PDA, told that the hotel does not allow behavior like theirs by any couple, and ” insinuated that [they] were not a normal couple,” Folds tells KSDK.

The hotel released a statement:

“Four Seasons respects the behaviors of our guests, except where doing so may be a breach of law or create tensions among people. This was the case on the night in question, as our staff received several complaints about the guest’s behavior. I can assure you that the gender of the couple was never at issue.”

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