Category Archives: Birchwood Inn

Fond Farewell

Nearly 18 years ago I came up to the Berkshires to visit a lifelong friend and was parked in front of The Bookstore on Housatonic in Lenox reading a map book. Three different people knocked on my window and asked if they could help me. I immediately thought, “I want to live in a town […]

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Molly Quinn McMuffin 16 1/2 Year Golden Retriever

“Birchwoof” Inn is one beloved woof less today as we say goodbye to Molly Quinn McMuffin, my 16 ½!! Year-old Golden Retriever Hearing Dog. Quinn was always the first to greet guests in the parking lot with the wag of her magnificent tail. And she was the first to greet each and every guest in […]

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Travels with Charley :: Our Beloved Hearing Dog

Woof! I’m Charley, Ellen’s hearing dog for the past three years. As you know, Quinn has been retired for several years and is living the good quiet life at the Inn, so she has asked me to take over the blog. Quinn wants you to know that even though she is an elderly Golden Retriever […]

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How Would You Celebrate Birchwood Inn’s 250th Birthday?

  Birthday cake? Party hats? Gift bags? How would you celebrate Birchwood Inn’s 250th birthday in 2016? In 1766, the Massachusetts Bay Colony deeded its first residential property in what was to become the town of Lenox to Israel Dewey, who built a substantial home. Dewey’s home laid the foundation, literally and figuratively, for what […]

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Oh Brave New Brews! Lenox & Surrounding Area Breweries

  Things are brewing in the Berkshires! Innovative beers with local flavors! What’s on tap? In Lee, the Berkshires’ smallest brewer, the Glass Bottom Brewery, brews its TeaSB with Earl Grey tea and lemon zest while Parsnippity is brewed with the obvious for a country flavor. Weird? Yes, but definitely different! Or how about a […]

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Stay at Birchwood Inspires Guest to Wax Poetic

Three lovely and interesting women stayed at Birchwood Inn this fall. One of them, instead of writing a review, was inspired to be poetic, and we wanted to share this with you: What a lovely stay at Birchwood Inn, So far away from life’s usual din. Up on a hall and standing tall, Just the […]

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Lenox is Harmony

Harmony. If I had to describe Lenox in one word, it would be this. Of course, Lenox being the summer home of the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood with as many as six concerts a week in the summer it’s only natural to think of musical harmony. But harmony in Lenox is more than musical. It’s […]

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Why Birchwood Inn Is the Best Bed and Breakfast in Lenox and the Berkshires

When we meet visitors at an area restaurant or at Tanglewood, they will often ask us, “Which is the best bed and breakfast in Lenox? Where is the best place to stay in the Berkshires?” Although we aren’t exactly objective, we like to think that it’s Birchwood Inn. Quinn and Charley say that they know why: […]

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Peppermint Bark

During the Christmas season, Peppermint Bark is a Williams-Sonoma perennial favorite here at our Lenox, MA Inn. Nearly $30 plus shipping. But it’s so easy — but exactly inexpensive — to make your own. 1 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies, crushed or smashed into small pieces 2 pounds white chocolate, broken into chunks […]

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Quinn Enjoys Retirement

Hi! Sorry I haven’t written in a long time. Thank you for all of my 14th birthday greetings last month! I am so lucky to have so many friends and admirers! Many of you have asked how I am and how I am enjoying retirement. At first, I must admit that it was kind of […]

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