Berkshire Cottage Tour
Enjoy a guided Berkshire "Cottage" Sightseeing tour, hear stories about the characters and explore the era of the "Gilded Age".
The Berkshires are known as the inland Newport and display mansions built during the turn of the century before the days of income tax. These estates, also called "cottages", were the homes of Andrew Carnegie, Harley Proctor of Proctor and Gamble Co, George Westinghouse, the Vanderbilts and many others who formed the American Aristocracy. On this tour we'll see the exteriors of these fine homes.
Mark Twain House
The Mark Twain House & Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Hartford, Connecticut, was the home of Americaï¿½s greatest author, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and his family from 1874 to 1891. It is also where Twain lived when he wrote his most important works, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and The Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurï¿½s Court. A stunning example of Picturesque Gothic architecture, the 25-room home features a dramatic grand hall with rare examples of Victorian decorative arts by Louis Comfort Tiffanyï¿½s design firm Associated Artists, a lush glass conservatory, a grand library and the handsome billiard room where Twain wrote his famous books.
With its gracious house, magnificent gardens, and panoramic views, Naumkeag is a quintessential country estate of the Gilded Age.
This 26 room Norman style mansion was the home of Joseph Hodges Choate, who was the ambassador to the Court of St. James under President McKinley. The furniture in the home is all the original furnishings preserved by Miss Mabel Choate, the daughter who deeded the mansion & gardens to the Trustees of Reservations, the oldest historical society in America.
Norman Rockwell Museum
Discover an American treasure--see the world's largest collection of original art by Norman Rockwell, America's favorite illustrator. Located in Stockbridge, Rockwell's hometown, features changing exhibits and feature all his great works.
The museum does not permit visitors to take still or video photography inside the Museum galleries.
Yankee Candle Company & Village
Yankee Candle Company in S. Deerfield, MA, one of Yankee's Flagship Stores, is a special place where magic comes to life. From watching animated, singing characters to celebrating Christmas year 'round, it's an unusual place where the whole family can experience an enchanting mix of shopping and entertainment.
Visit the world's largest candle store featuring over 200 fragrances, Yankee Candle Home offering distinctive accessories for the home & garden, stroll through the Bavarian Christmas Village and Black Forest & Nutcracker Castle where it's always the holiday season.
Visit Santa's Enchanted Toy Works, Kringle Market, & Custom Gift Basket Center.
Lunch at Chandler's Restaurant at Yankee Candle Company
Experience extraordinary dining at Chandler's, Yankee Candle's award-winning restaurant.