Posted by: vlibrizzi | July 25, 2010

A Saturday in The Berkshires

For our wedding anniversary weekend, we wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend some time in the mountains (to try to get a break from this oppressive heat we’ve been having in New England this summer). So we packed up our car and drove 2.5 hours out to the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts.

As soon as we arrived, we drove to the Norman Rockwell museum in Stockbridge (photo above).

The museum displays hundreds of Rockwell’s paintings and magazine covers. We snuck in on a guided tour given by a docent, and learned all about Rockwell’s life and his love of the small, idyllic town of Stockbridge, MA.

As we were leaving the museum, we both agreed that we felt warm and cozy inside. Seeing the idyllic America displayed in Rockwell’s paintings, made us want to paint a picket fence while bobbing for apples (probably, impossible, I realize,..but we were feeling pretty patriotic!)

After an ok lunch of salmon and veggie burgers (which our waiter told me were the frozen Morning Star variety) at Once Upon A Table in Stockbridge, we drove out to Lenox, MA to visit Edith Wharton’s home: The Mount. And from a quick look at the photo above, you can see how the house got its name!

We toured the rooms of the mansion, had our questions answered by friendly docents stationed throughout the house, and listened in on some poetry readings that were taking place there yesterday as part of the Berkshire WordFest literary festival that was taking place at the Mount yesterday.

My favorite room to visit was Wharton’s library.

When I was in high school, my 11th grade English teacher assigned each of her students an American author to research, and whose works to read, throughout the year. I chose Edith Wharton!

So visiting her library, after writing my first ever literary research paper on her works, was really special for me.

We took a quick break on Wharton’s terrace to sip on a root beer while admiring the views.

Then we braved the heat and walked through the Mount’s lovely gardens, from which, we were able to see some great views (like the one above) of the Mount. What a beautiful place!

Later that day, after relaxing on the front porch of the historic Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, we visited Nejaime’s Wine Cellar to pick up some picnic food to bring with us to Tanglewood (the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer residence) that evening. The store was stocked with picnic sundries (they must clearly know their clientele!); we bought some yummy olives, a sharp cheese from Italy, some bread, fruit, and a nice apricot tart for dessert. The wine, we brought from home…well, really from our trip to Eyrie vineyards in Oregon this past April 🙂

We spent the rest of the evening sitting outside with hundreds of other classical music fans, picnicking under the stars while listening to a Brahms concert given by the BSO. It was such a romantic way to spend our four year anniversary!

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