Berkshire Summer Festivals Lenox, Massachusetts
The venerable Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge presents revivals of plays and musicals, as well as original productions. Top-notch actors, directors, set designers and playwrights make and build on their reputations on the festival’s two stages. The company makes its home in the 1888 Stockbridge Casino, designed by Stanford White. In another part of this tiny town is the Norman Rockwell Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of works by the beloved 20th-century American artist. The iconic Four Freedoms and numerous Saturday Evening Post covers form the heart of the collection of more than 500 paintings and drawings by Rockwell, who lived in Stockbridge for the last 25 years of his life (he died in 1978).
Anchoring Stockbridge’s Rockwell-perfect Main Street is the friendly Red Lion Inn, a landmark since the late 1700s. The inn offers a variety of accommodation, some with shared baths and some in houses adjoining the main building. There’s even a guest room in an 1899 firehouse down the block.