Cape Cod Innkeeper vacations in the Berkshires

We have been busy innkeepers over the past year as we purchased a new inn in January called the Captain Freeman Inn . It has been a great season and after looking back it’s quite amazing what we accomplished in a year. The week before Thanksgiving is usually a slow for us so it seemed like a great time to get away for a much needed vacation! After planning a care taker for both inns and most importantly a dog sitter for our beloved resident Labradodle, Harrison, we headed for the Berkshires to visit family and to  enjoy some local hiking. For a different change of pace we decided to stay at the Old Red Lion Inn.Red Lion Inn in the Berkshires

Red Lion Inn

I have driven by this inn hundreds of times and always wondered what it would like to stay in this stately old building. As we were walking down the long hall to get to our suite on the third floor I could not help but smile. Everything felt old and appropriately so! The inn was built in 1773 and evolved quickly into a stagecoach stop, inn and tavern. There was a faint musty smell that reminded me of my grandmothers house. All of the windows were decorated in starched Country Curtains since the inn is also home to a retail Country Curtain store. Common areas were filled with lovely antiques and china with many teapots.

Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge

One of the many grand hallways at the Red Lion Inn

We were quick to critique the comfort items including good reading light, comfortable bed, pillows, placement of bathroom amenities, etc. After waking up the first morning we decided that this inn is properly managed and was a perfect choice for our New England getaway.

I have always appreciated antiques and love to include a few distinct pieces at our inns. But after staying at the Red Lion Inn I confirmed my original vision when decorating both Brewster by the Sea and the Captain Freeman Inn…..we are relaxed, yet elegant, our decor is simple but refined and our rooms are light filled with a clean fresh smell from the ocean breezes. Ahhhhhh!

Old things are nice and I appreciate them now and again but what my soul appreciates is a decor with a little more simplicity.

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