April Travel: Lenox, Massachusetts – Forbes

Spend a sunny spring weekend in nearby Lenox, Massachusetts. Relaxation, Rockwell and  delicious restaurants await.

STAY

Blantyre
Luxury Country House Hotel
16 Blantyre Road
Lenox, Mass.

Blantyre, a charming, Tudor-style country house and estate, is located on 117 sprawling acres in the Western Massachusetts town of Lenox. This small luxury resort’s exquisite service, lavish rooms and eclectic decor have earned it accolades such as Condé Nast Traveler’s “No. 1 Small Hotel in the US.” With eight exquisite suites, four private cottages and a carriage house with 10 unique rooms, the hotel has accommodations suited for any taste. Blantyre is known for its wine collection of 2,400 selections and 19,000 bottles, and it is one of 75 recipients of the Wine Spectator “Grand Award.”

SEE


Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
358 George Carter Road
Becket, Massachusetts

Jacob’s Pillow is the premiere dance festival in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. Three stages welcome more than 400 international artists and 53 dance troupes performing with live music, famous choreographers and well-known directors. Jacob’s Pillow is also an academy for dancers that offers public discussions, forums and classes. Tours and artist engagement are offered year-round when the festival is not scheduled.

What to see: 80th Anniversary Season Opening Gala, Saturday, June 16; This special evening will celebrate eight decades of Jacob’s Pillow. Featuring international performances by ballet superstar David Hallberg, Mimulus Dance Company of Brazil, Australia’s circus-arts ensemble CIRCA, and a world premiere by Britain’s acclaimed choreographer Michael Corder.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183
Stockbridge, Mass.

The Norman Rockwell Museumis dedicated to education and art appreciation inspired by the legacy of Norman Rockwell. Founded in 1969, the museum has the world’s largest and most significant collection of Rockwell drawings and paintings. The museum preserves, studies and communicates the life, art and spirit of Rockwell in the field of illustration.

EAT

Chez Nous
150 Main Street
Lee, Mass.

Chez Nous is a casual, seasonal French bistro that prides itself on using local and organic ingredients. Nearly everything Chez Nous serves is made in-house, allowing them to accommodate dietary restrictions with specially prepared menus and options available upon request.

Bistro Zinc
56 Church Street
Lenox, Mass.

Set in the heart of historic downtown Lenox, Bistro Zinc is a modern French bistro that boasts fine cuisine and a refined but welcoming atmosphere. The sleek Zinc bar area contains an artfully arranged gallery of photographs. Friendly staff and delicious dishes make Bistro Zinc a favorite among locals and tourists alike.

Café Lucia
80 Church Street
Lenox, Mass

Café Lucia serves regional Italian cuisine and an excellent selection of wine. Enjoy dinner al fresco on a mild spring evening on the restaurant’s mahogany-covered deck.