"TOUR OF THE MONTH"
Antiquing New England
The group arrives in the Berkshires for lunch at the historic Red Lion Inn. Guests can enjoy this antique filled property and the famous teapot collection of Mrs. Fitzpatrick. Then, it’s off to a visit to Edith Wharton’s Estate The Mount. Now restored to its Gilded Age elegance, The Mount is one of the grandest of the Berkshires “cottages.” Guests will tour the house with a guide and then roam freely among the magnificently restored gardens. Edith Wharton is well known as one of the great interior designers of the 19th and 20th centuries, and her books are still read by today’s designers. Check in at the hotel. Dinner.
After breakfast, the group meets with Charlie Flint of Charles Flint Antiques for a talk about what to look for and how to buy antiques. Charlie is one of the Berkshires premier authorities on antiques and especially Shaker furniture. His folksy manner and humor are always a hit with guests. After the talk, Charlie spends the remainder of the morning touring various antique shops in the Berkshires with the group.
The group departs for Hancock Shaker Village a living history museum depicting 18th & 19th century utopian, religious life in rural New England. The Shakers are well known around the world for their ingenuity and craftsmanship. Guests can have lunch on their own at the Village’s dining hall. Back to the inn. Dinner.
The group departs for one of the largest antique markets in the United States Brimfield. Here, guests will have all day to shop and bargain for a wide selection of antiques from all around the world. Back to the inn. Dinner.
This morning the group visits the antique shops of Hudson, NY. Lunch in Hudson. Departures.