The Berkshires

This weekend the hubs and I took a much needed retreat to the lovely Berkshire Mountains.  At only a two hour drive away, I cannot believe we have not escaped to there sooner.  The hills and mountains were peaceful and quiet, and still very much engulfed in the depths of winter with a gray scale to rival any Platinum print.  I loved it.  Unfortunately, after an amazing but crazy  day on Friday, I left my SLR in the studio so my iPhone had to suffice in helping me capture some shots to add to my inspiration file/Instagram.

So quiet.

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We stayed at the Cranwell, an old mansion turned resort.

Part Downton Abby

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Part Caddy Shack

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We enjoyed a long breakfast, complete with Sunday paper and loads of coffee refills.

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On our drive back home on Sunday we popped into the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA.  The Ren Lion Inn is Americana at it's best with Victorian bric a brac, lace doilies, and all the finest "Grandma's house" decor lining every surface.  I don't think a thing has changed here since 1880.  Now I am am much more of a minimalist but this place was practically a museum.  P.S. I kind of really want this kitty painting.IMG_8539

Seriously, there is this whole "Lincoln" thing right now.  The Red Lion is on top of the trend. IMG_8540

Has me constantly thinking this... "Lincoln. He's so hot right now. Lincoln."

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Old timey bar with yummy Bloody Mary's

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And a gift shop to rule them all. Tchotchke items galore.

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