Friday, May 17, 2013

The Red Lion Inn and Stockbridge, Massachusetts




Tiffany lamp and Steinway baby grand piano are tucked into the stairwell.


A Corner of the Side Parlor








The Plumb Room - one of several private rooms for meetings or family dinners (with old switchboard in the back).



The lobby stairway has the original old elevator from 1897.












The First Congregational Church. Jonathan Edwards preached to this congregation in the 1700s.




 Berkshire Botanical Garden's Annual Plant Sale.















Linwood House, boyhood home of astronaut Story Musgrave and currently part of the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts.










26 comments:

LoneStarPrep said...

Lovely!

3button Max said...

some great pix

Anonymous said...

I summered in the Berkshires as a child, and have fond memories of it. It's a great place for the arts during the summer, and idyllic all year long.

AshTreeCottage said...

Such a lovely place. I have many happy memories of riding my horse over the hills of the Berkshires. Thank you for an enjoyable post. Happy Mother's Day to you.

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Reggie Darling said...

A delightful tour of Stockbridge and the surrounding area. The NRM is a favorite of mine. Unfortunately Stockbridge, while lovely, is miserable on weekends during the summer and through the late fall, as it is absolutely clogged with automobile traffic. I regret that many of the town's stores, once vibrant businesses, have been turned into tourist junk stores of the Yankee Candle/gft shoppe variety. Off season, though, as was your visit, the town remains sublime. Another nearby attraction, well worth visiting, is Edith Wharton's house, the Mount, which has been beautifully restored, including the formal gardens. A decade ago it was a near ruin. Reggie

Anonymous said...

The Red Lion Inn and Norman Rockwell Museum are two of my favorite places. And the beauty of the Berkshires is unbeatable. I have many happy memories of this area and, although we live about three hours away, we try to return each year, often including a concert at Tanglewood in our visit. Thanks for continuing to post during your "break!"

Manda Baldwin said...

Hard to believe that I haven't been back to the The Berkshires and The Red Lion in over twenty years! Gorgeous photos!

Anonymous said...

What magnificent, beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing. I'm going through a difficult time right now, and your post was so delightful and peaceful to look through. I hope to visit some day; many windows in my home are decorated with Country Curtains from the catalog run by the Fitzpatrick family.

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Great pictures. I thoroughly enjoyed them. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this tour of my neighborhood. I'm relocated here now for twenty+ years after a Westchester upbringing and a Boston post-college life (and a few odds and ends). I love the New England coast, but something about these hills has gotten to me. I like your inclusion of the churches - where I got married (St. Paul's), where I worship now (West Stockbridge Congregationonal - we are proud of our beautiful little church)and a church with deep historic roots - (Stockbridge Congregational where Jonathan Edwards preached back in the late 1700's).

Macarons and Musings said...

I have such wonderful childhood memories of staying at The Red Lion Inn with my grandparents. I'm currently studying in Paris but this post is such a nice reminder of home in Massachusetts! Thank you so much for sharing!

Kathie Truitt said...

Everything about this is just beautiful.

Cranky Yankee said...

I will echo Reggie Darling's comments and add my plug for The Mount. Two weeks ago, I attended the annual Architecture Symposium hosted by the Tennis Casino in Newport. This year's subject was the collaboration of Ogden Codman and Edith Wharton. A fascinating personal and professional story.

Tomorrow (May 19), Historic New England will be featured on 'CBS Sunday Morning'. Here is part of their e-mail notice to members:

"This Sunday, watch CBS Sunday Morning for a look inside Historic New England's renowned wallpaper collection.

The episode, "By Design," explores how what's old is new again in many areas of design.

Curator Emeritus Richard Nylander discusses the history of wallpaper use in the U.S. in a segment hosted by Rita Braver and filmed in part at our collections facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts."

John D said...

You are really making it hard for me not to visit Maine someday.

Anonymous said...

Love the Red Lion Inn! My bff from Farmington and I trekked out there from CT a few years ago (her father's family was from the area) and had dinner at the Inn. Best BBQ ribs ever! Beats any ribs from the South or Southwest by a mile!

Anonymous said...

Love the Red Lion Inn! My bff from Farmington and I trekked out there from CT a few years ago (her father's family was from the area) and had dinner at the Inn. Best BBQ ribs ever! Beats any ribs from the South or Southwest by a mile!

Paul Connors said...

Muffy,

My Mom and Dad stayed at the Red Lion Inn in 1950 for their honeymoon. My Dad was a WW II veteran and Captain in the U.S. Army when he met my mother while on leave. Within 30 days of their wedding and honeymoon, my Dad received his orders for Korea. I was born 9 months after his return in 1953.

They often spoke fondly of their honeymoon at The Red Lion with one very interesting anecdote. My Dad had put two new tires on his car at the time, but the mechanic had done such a bad job on the front end alignment that the in the drive from New York City (where they were married) to Stockbridge, MA, that the tires were scraped of their tread and almost bald.

Lesson learned: Great honeymoon site, but find a better mechanic.

And before I forget, please allow me to commend, once again, your great photos.

Benjamin said...

Cambridge, UK has two pubs / hotels called The Red Lion with that precise logo. I wonder if there is any relation?

Laurie Ann Meyer said...

Thanks Muffy! You have posted on one of my favorite places. I was just in Stockbridge recently and was dismayed to find the Shaker Mill in West Stockbridge closed with a for sale sign out front.

The Red Lion Inn is always great for lunch. I especially like the patio when the weather is warmer and the wait staff wears polos and khakis. Fun fact, the farthest stall in the Ladies' rest room contains a fireplace!

I agree with Reggie Darling in that the traffic is horrible during the summer months throughout the Berkshires. I only go on weekdays.

Nick said...

Benjamin said...
"Cambridge, UK has two pubs / hotels called The Red Lion with that precise logo. I wonder if there is any relation?"


Almost every town and many villages in Britain have at least one pub called the Red Lion, not just Cambridge.

There are at least 600 pubs of that name in the country in the country, and most have an illustrated sign outside, usually far more ancient than a 'logo'.

Many pubs have been around for a long time, and lots use heraldic devices in their pub signs, often referencing the crest of the local landed gentry (hence the prevalence of the word "Arms" in so many pub names - from 'Coat of Arms'). Red Lions are a popular heraldic device, and so you find 'em represented on many pub signs.


Hey - wake up at the back!

I must say that this Red Lion in Stockbridge looks extremely nice.

NEW Communications said...

Reminds me of our recent short jaunt to Wisconsin's Door County, a place of small villages, artists' studios, old white clapboard resorts, busy harbors, lighthouses and cherry orchards. Best to go on a weekeday!

3button Max said...

marvelous pix-

Kristen said...

What a great post, Muffy! My 93 year old aunt has lived in Stockbridge since the '50s and the Red Lion is my favorite lunch stop while visiting. I'm always envious that unlike my aunt Pat, my wedding portrait won't be drawn by Norman Rockwell.

Muffy Aldrich said...

@Kristen - Wow!

Anonymous said...

Stockbridge is a quintessential New England village and the Red Lion Inn is a grand place to stay. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I was there some 7 years ago and, having grown up at home with the Saturday Evening Post and its frequent Rockwell covers, I made it a point to see the Norman Rockwell Museum, whch was a very moving experience. By the way, take a look at his painting of the village prepared for Christmas. His studio on the second floor of a main street building features a decorated Christmas tree while a1956 Ford passes by with a Christmas tree on its roof. His home appears in the right background down the road (Rte 7) past the Red Lion Inn which I understand was closed and not operating when that painting was made. That becomes apparent upon a closer look at the Inn's image. It appears darkened and unoccupied.

Aaron D. said...

Great write-up and photos!

I am from Western Massachusetts and was happy to see you did a feature on the Berkshires.

I'm sure you've been to Tanglewood, but that is another remarkable place in the same town.

I have a repp tie from "The Pink Kitten" which is/was apparently a store attached to the Red Lion Inn. Great history in that place!

Hope to see more writing about Western MA in the future. Thank You!