SENIORS ENJOY WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS



Seniors Visit Lenox

1024px-MA_Route_183_Eastbound_entering_Lenox_MA Set in Western Massachusetts, Lenox is a charming hamlet in Berkshire County and is part of the Pittsfield Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population runs just over 6,000 inhabitants. Senior travelers will find this small, but vibrant New England town nestled in a scenic corner of the lush southern Berkshires.

Lenox is 3 hours from New York City, 2.5 hours from Boston and is said to be an arts-lover’s dream. Lenox Athenaeum provides seminars on classical music, theater, dance, literature, and other subjects. In addition music recitals, private and charitable functions, and lectures promote an appreciation of the history, literature, and the natural beauty of the Berkshires.

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Lenox is alive with everything from culture to wellness, high fashion to antiques, fine art to hand crafted goods. Lenox is the site of Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Seniors Discover Summer Tourist Destination

Lenox includes the villages of New Lenox and Lenoxdale, and is a tourist destination during the summer. Full of New England history, in 1767 the town was intended to be called Lennox, probably after Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond but the name was misspelled by a clerk at incorporation. Yes, that happens.

Andrew Carnegie called Lenox home along with a host of other notables like Yo Yo Ma, Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Vanderbilt family.

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Sites that might interest senior visitors abound in and around Lenox, notably the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum,  the Church on the Hill, the Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio, the Kripalu Center and the Lenox Railroad Station.

Lenox is home to the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Shakespeare & Company, Tanglewood, Ventfort Hall and Bellefontaine. Fodor’s Travel notes that the famed Tanglewood music festival has been a fixture in upscale Lenox for decades, and it’s a part of the reason the town remains highly popular the summer months.

 Seniors Enjoy The Mount

TripAdvisor suggests a visit to The Mount, a country house in Lenox and the home of noted American author Edith Wharton, who designed the house and its grounds and considered it her “first real home.” The estate, located in The Berkshires, is open to the public.

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This senior would head off to the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary that is set amidst more than 1,000 lush acres in the Berkshires. Pleasant Valley’s varied trails wind through forests, meadows, wetlands, and along the slopes of Lenox Mountain, making this site an excellent location for easy-to-strenuous hiking, so bring along your boots.

Despite the strong tourist attractions and the array of accommodations, Lenox remains primarily a residential community that is continually on the move for folks of all ages. Seniors, plant your feet in Lenox, Massachusetts and enjoy the amenities the town has to offer. -jeb

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