The Rookwood Inn, a Charming BNB in The Berkshires
A couple of weekends ago, Ben and I had the opportunity to visit The Berkshires and stay in the most romantic and charming Victorian styled bed and breakfast. This particular place really caught my attention mostly because of the story surrounding the property and the Inn Keeper, Amy Lindner-Lesser. I was able to have an interview with Amy about some of the exciting questions I had after my stay! Stay turned to hear more about that later on!
Amy Lindner-Lesser, Innkeeper/Proprietor, “I love to decorate and love Victorian touches. The Rookwood is an inn not a hotel or motel so it was/is very important to me that no two rooms look alike.”
When I think of the Berkshires, I automatically think cozy, peaceful, tranquility and a very friendly and home-like vibe. The Rookwood Inn did not fall short of any of my expectations. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a friendly employee who showed us around the common areas of the property, which included a couple of cozy lounge areas with beautiful Victorian Era decor, couches, fireplaces, books, anything you could ask for when seeking a quiet little place to rest your feet. During the warmer months, you can also utilize the beautiful and serene outdoor patio area. Unfortunately it was a bit too cold- but there were still plenty of cozy little spaces indoors to be enjoyed!
The smell of fresh breakfast, eggs, bacon, coffee would waft throughout the inn and straight to your door. You could follow the intoxicating smell right downstairs to the adorable little dining area for the morning’s breakfast where you would have the opportunity for an intimate conversation with Amy and her staff. This is one of the best parts about a bed and breakfast, seeing the love that the proprietor has for her business and seeing her stick around daily to make sure all guests are comfortable is truly something that you can’t get in a hotel property.
We made our way up to our cozy bedroom which has the most beautiful and enchanting decor. We stayed in Lady Harrison’s Suite– totally up my alley with the feminine pink bow and flowered wallpaper, beautiful oak pieces and sun-drenched room. My favorite aspect was the wood burning fireplace. Who doesn’t love to cozy up with a good book to the fireplace after a long day of exploring? Our room featured a cozy bed, a vanity with beautiful antique embellishments that just added to the overall charm. When rooms aren’t being occupied by other guests, the doors are kept open. I took this opportunity to do a little bit of exploring! I was so curious to see for myself what the other rooms looked like as each room offers a completely different decor experience. We found beautiful canopied beds, a claw foot bathtub (my personal favorite!), antique heirlooms, antique oak furniture and much more.
“As a trained social worker I also love helping guests leave their stress filled lives and watching their faces and bodies change as their stresses melt away.” — Amy Lindner-Lesser
The Rookwood Inn is a perfect place for both families and couples alike. I find it it to be a perfect place to go for a romantic and quiet get-away. While catching up with Amy, she had such a beautiful vision of creating an atmosphere where couples who spend most of their lives just ‘going through the motions’ for lack of better terms and forget to rekindle that romance and take time for themselves. Her vision in what she created and has to offer is the perfect place to take a much needed step away from reality and step into pure bliss and romance.
“I also want each room to be comfortable and wanted to be sure that they could appeal to a variety of people. I tried to incorporate my collection of antiques with new pieces and bring in different types of art.” — Amy Lindner- Lesser
During my interview with Amy, I wanted to ask her some very important questions that I felt my readers would love to know! I did a little research on Amy and her journey before arriving, (read more about Amy and her journey here ) but it was so nice to hear about her experience in her own words. Read our interview here:
M: I think I know the answer to this question, but I want to hear your take on it! How did you end up in the Berkshires?
A: Both my late husband and I went to seep away camps (different) in the Berkshires as children. When w began our search we knew we wanted to be in a location with easy access to family in NYC and in an area where there was culture and where our two daughters, adopted from Mexico, would be welcome. We found that in the Berkshires.
M: What about the culture and the overall feeling of being in the Berkshires do you believe attracts people to come vacation here?
A: The Berkshires’ proximity to both NYC and Boston make travel easy. While only 2.5 hours away by car the feel of the area is as if you’ve traveled to another part of the world. Our relatively small area (north to south travel tip to toe is less than two hours!) offers the visitor a variety of terrain, culture and things to do. The Berkshires is the home of Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony in Lenox. From June until Labor Day there are concerts almost nightly – not limited to classical music but jazz and popular artists too. Lenox is also the home to Shakespeare & Company which offers professional staged productions of great plays of Shakespeare and others. We also are home to WAM Theatre which stands for Where Art & Activism Meet. they offer one to two full productions of plays written by woman, employ women in as many behind the scenes roles and donate a portion of each production’s box office to programs in the US and around the word serving women and girls.
Lenox is also home to the Mount (writer Edith Wharton’s home and gardens), Ventfort Hall (house museum which was built as a wedding present for Sarah Chase Morgan) and the Freylinghausen-Morris Home & Studio (artists who were contemporaries of Picasso). The rest of the Berkshires offers theatre (Barrington Stage, Berkshire Theater Group and the Williamstown Theater Festival), museums (Berkshire Museum, Norman Rockwell Museum, the Clark Art Museum, Williams College Museum) as well as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Hancock Shaker Village. Visitors will also find many options for recreation (downhill & Nordic skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, breweries & wineries, shopping) and places for relaxation (yoga and spa services). All of these fabulous activities combined with breathtaking nature makes the Berkshires and ideal pace for a getaway from the business of the City.
M: What was your inspiration behind offering so many different options of guest rooms with such unique touches?
A: I love to decorate and love Victorian touches. The Rookwood is an inn not a hotel or motel so it was/is very important to me that no two rooms look alike. I also want each room to be comfortable and wanted to be sure that they could appeal to a variety of people. I tried to incorporate my collection of antiques with new pieces and bring in different types of art.
M: So this is a two part question- What is your favorite part about being an Innkeeper, and what is your favorite activity to do in the Berkshires during the fall?
A: My favorite aspect of innkeeping is being able to meet so many different people and share my love of the Berkshires with them. As a trained social worker I also love helping guests leave their stress filled lives and watching their faces and bodies change as their stresses melt away.
M: Looking back at where you were when you started this journey, where did you think it was going to lead you?
A: I certainly had no idea that the life I am leading now would be my life. Twenty-one years ago my husband and I purchased the inn with two children (8 & 11). He passed away in our third year. I have spent the last 18 years in a combination of fog, rote, and moving toward moving the business into a model that better fits who I am as a person today. I am looking forward to welcoming more Millennials, elegant elopements & intimate weddings (I am both a Justice of the Peace and a rabbinister), as well as small group functions such as girlfriends’ getaways, business retreats and personal development retreats.
M: Is there Anything else that you’d like to add that you may feel would be valuable to my readers?
We offer massages (individual and couples) by trained & licensed practitioners in our dedicated spa room and would love to welcome your readers to The Rookwood. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rookwoodinn
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