Will, Rory, and I had the best time in the Berkshires this past weekend! We were invited up to experience Annie Selke’s new inn 33 Main in Lenox, Massachusetts, and both the inn and the surrounding area exceeded my every expectation. While the overcast weather put a slight damper on our visit, it was such a relaxing little getaway and the inn gave me lots of interior design inspiration for our new house. I’m dying to head back to experience the area in full bloom in the spring or to see the foliage in the fall!
We stayed in the dog-friendly Astor room at 33 Main and the blue and white color palette was right up my alley. We have several Annie Selke pieces in our home (including this striped rug in our living room, this jute rug in our dining room, and a variety of bath towels from her Pine Cone Hill line) and it was such a treat to experience her aesthetic come to life. We were greeted with freshly baked cookies in our room and woke up to gourmet breakfasts prepared by the innkeeper Becca each morning — she even set up a special table so we could eat with Rory at our feet without disturbing the other guests. The decor and the service were both exceptional and the location (in the heart of Lenox, Massachusetts) was a perfect home base for daytime exploring.
My favorite stop of the trip was The Mount, home of author Edith Wharton and a must-see for anyone with an interest in architecture or interior design. Upon arrival we actually learned that the property is dog-friendly (as long as you can carry your pup through the interior) so we immediately drove back to the inn (a quick three-minute drive) to pick up Rory. The three of us walked through the house (let’s be honest, Will carried 30-pound Rory at least 90% of the tour) before retreating outside to let him romp in the snow. I heard from several of you on Instagram that you’ve attended weddings on the property and I truly can’t imagine a more stunning locale — the gardens must be absolutely incredible come springtime.
We also visited the Norman Rockwell Museum in nearby Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where the artist spent the last 25 years of his life. We got to see the Four Freedoms in person (posters of which apparently hung in Will’s high school classroom, ha!) and apparently if you visit between April and November you can visit his actual studio on the same property. The museum hosts a massive collection of his Saturday Evening Post covers — there’s an entire room with magazine covers hung floor to ceiling that we easily could have spent hours examining.
There are so many other cultural landmarks in the area — MASS MoCA, Shakespeare & Co., Tanglewood — that I’m eager to explore on our next visit. Artistic and literary delights aside, we were absolutely blown away by the restaurants we visited! No. Six Depot was a delicious spot for coffee and lunch (and very Instagrammable if that’s your thing) and an easy pit stop between The Mount and the Norman Rockwell Museum. I’m still drooling over the nutella waffle days later… YUM. We also had drinks at the Red Lion Inn, a historic hotel originally built as a tavern in the 1770s. But the standout from the trip was Brava, an unassuming pizza and tapas spot in downtown Lenox where we took two seats at the bar and ordered bruschetta, Brussels sprouts, and two different kinds of pizza. You guys… I was not expecting to find the best pizza I’ve ever had (no exaggeration) in the Berkshires of all places, but I would literally drive the two and a half hours from Greenwich just to eat here again. I have a goal on my 101 in 1001 list to leave a 100% tip for great service and this was the perfect place to make it happen — the bartender/server was lovely and again, the PIZZA. OMG.
We also made a quick pit stop at Cranwell where my dad went to high school. It was an all boys’ prep school until 1975 (the year he graduated!) so he and his two brothers were some of the final graduates. It was so fun to see a place he’s talked so much about and to send him a few pictures from the campus, which has since been converted into a golf resort and spa.
Before heading home we took a moment to pop into the Annie Selke boutique across the street from 33 Main to pick up a few souvenirs for our house. Apparently they switch out the inventory in the store every three weeks to feature the newest arrivals and my wishlist just about quadrupled after seeing everything in person. My next Annie Selke acquisition will probably be an area rug for our master bedroom (maybe this or this?) but I have to call out the striped dog bed that so many of you asked about on Instagram over the weekend. The one in our hotel room was the denim/ivory stripe (my photo editing made it look a bit brighter than it really is, sorry!) but we have an old hot pink/white version at home (and if we ever get a second puppy, this color combo is calling my name). We’ve been known to put ours in the back seat of our car to keep Rory comfy (and off our laps) during road trips (or, you know, two cross-country moves) and it works like a charm. 🙂