Massachusetts is a beautiful place – from Plymouth and pilgrims to Nantucket and whaling. Boston is an iconic city full of history and one of the great cities of the world with beautiful architecture, excellent restaurants and culture. There are spirited college towns and Provincetown’s long history of openness. There are the beautiful beaches from Cape Cod to the south and to the north, seascapes of Cape Ann – with seafood and sea winds and wild nature everywhere. Western Massachusetts is a bucolic scenic world of hills, wilderness and mountains, skiing and snowboarding, as well as the world-class music of the Birkshires’s Tanglewood. When seeking a place to vacation and relax, think Massachusetts.
Charles Street Inn
When visualizing the ideal iconic Boston street, one will very likely arrive at something close to Charles Street. Running from the Boston Common to the Charles River along the western edge of Beacon Hill, the side streets still have their original cobblestones. Originally built in 1860, the Charles Street Inn in the heart of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill is an elegantly restored Victorian Townhouse. Featuring beautiful plaster cornices and ceiling medallions, period lighting and original fireplaces joined with fully renovated private baths, each luxurious room ensures graceful elegance and comfort.
Beacon Hill is the old, aristocratic neighborhood in Boston. It is filled with redbrick sidewalks, street lamps still lit by gas flames, hidden gardens and perfectly preserved Victorian architecture. Charles Street itself is known for its antiques, boutiques and romantic restaurants. It is also in the center of the city, with the Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, Public Garden, Esplanade, Faneuil Hall, Museum of Science, Back Bay, Newbury Street, the Theatre District, Chinatown and Downtown Crossing’s classic shopping district all within a five to ten minute walk. A quick ride on the nearby subway will take you to Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Boston College, the Museum of Fine Arts, the eclectic Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the John F. Kennedy Library.
Charles Street Inn Accommodations
In the 1860s Boston’s Beacon Hill was the residence of many great writers, philosophers, and artists. As homage to these stately neighbors, the Charles Street Inn has named each of their nine guest rooms after an illustrious person. Every room has been decorated with a distinct personality that reflects its namesake, yet each room also includes luxury standard features:
• Deluxe private bathroom with air-jet whirlpool tub, and five-piece Frette quality towels and robes
• The original 1860 marble fireplace in working condition and provided with complementary Java log supply
• Elegant European antique armoires, lamps, and chairs
• Turkish carpets, a chenille throw, and other luxury amenities
• Free WiFi and DSL access
• Cable TV with DVD/VCR and a LCD HDTV
• BOSE Clock Radio CD player
• In-room temperature control
• All rooms are non-smoking
• Breakfast with lots of choices served en suite at the time you choose
• Rooftop or garden views
• Evelyn and Crabtree toiletries
Dining at the Charles Street Inn
Delicious treats, refreshments and snacks can be requested ahead of your arrival at the Inn so that some personal libation is ready when you reach your room. Breakfast is served privately in each guest room from a special breakfast menu. Guests are encouraged to enjoy dining out in one of the many wonderful Beacon Hill restaurants.
The Charles Street Inn is perfect for a romantic getaway, and its central city location amongst restaurants, boutiques and cultural venues make it a perfect Massachusetts Inn choice for a bed and breakfast anytime in any season.
The Applegate Inn
Another lovely Massachusetts b&b is the Applegate Inn in Lee. This elegant 1920s white-pillared Georgian mansion rests on a six-acre landscaped estate. From the screened porch and spacious sitting rooms, one can look beyond the swimming pool to the verdant groomed lawns, towering trees and manicured gardens that lay open and pristine. Peaceful and embedded in nature, the Applegate Inn is a warm and refreshing place to rejuvenate. The careful service, candlelit breakfasts, and wine and cheese served each afternoon enhance the days and evenings. Visit the natural and cultural wonders of the Berkshires, or linger at Applegate and nestle in by the fire with a good book, or stroll the perennial garden.
The attention to detail and the natural beauty of the area promote a feeling of casual grace at the Inn. Eleven beautifully appointed suites with private baths, spa tubs and fireplaces, enhance a restful experience. The setting encourages one to wander in the beautiful gardens. Across the road is the Greenock Country Club, open to members and the public, with clay tennis courts and a Don Ross designed golf course.
From Applegate Inn you can explore the Berkshires by car, on foot, by bike or on snowshoes (Bikes and snowshoes are provided by the Inn). Ten minutes away is Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The towns of Lenox and Stockbridge, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Center, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Berkshire Theater Festival, Barrington Stage Company, and Butternut Ski Center are all in close proximity to the Inn.
Accommodations at the Applegate Inn
Leading from the Main House’s central foyer up the lovely staircase are five uniquely decorated queen-bedded rooms and three luxurious king-bedded suites. All guest rooms feature private baths, telephones, CD players, TVs with VCR and/or DVD player, Wifi, fireplaces or stoves, and central air conditioning with individual air conditioning and heat controls. Many rooms have whirlpool tubs built for two, wet bars with refrigerators, microwaves and coffee makers. One room even boasts a large steam shower, while another has a spacious in-room soaking tub. Several of the king bedded suites also offer private furnished outdoor spaces – either a balcony or patio.
The Inn’s Carriage House, located adjacent to the Main House, contains three units – two elegant king bedded suites and a two bedroom cottage. The cottage features its own living room, kitchen, dining area, bathroom with whirlpool tub and a deck overlooking the Berkshire Hills.
Breakfast at the Applegate Inn
Breakfast at Applegate signals the aroma of coffee brewing and fresh baked muffins and bread. The morning newspaper and candlelit breakfast begin the day. As members of Berkshire Grown the Inn supports local farmers by cooking with local ingredients, and herbs and summer vegetables are grown in the Applegate garden.
Breakfast is served in the formal dining room or on the screened-in porch in warm weather. Each table is set with crystal, Wedgewood china and silver. Candlelight and classical music enhances the relaxed atmosphere. Breakfast begins with freshly squeezed orange juice and a fruit course. Coffee, tea and muffins/breads will also be available at your table and a bounty of choices at their buffet of hot or light dishes.
Wine and Cheese Service
Each afternoon at five o’clock, wine and cheese is served in the living room of Applegate, where guests can mix and mingle. Two wines – both a red and a white are included along with two cheeses, cranberry juice and other snack items.
The Applegate Inn is a casually elegant and romantic spot in the beautiful Birkshires – a perfect spot to rejuvenate and restore the spirit, mind and body. Take a weekend or stay for a while.
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