We LOVE a good venue challenge. When we heard that ABC's Bachelorette alum, darling Des Hartstock was tying the knot, we put our reporter hats on and set out to help her find the perfect venue for her upcoming bridal shower!
This venue is VRV (Venue Report Verified); Venue Report Correspondents Leila Brewster Photography, True Events & mStarr Event Design, have personally thrown an event at this venue. Last week we shared stunning images and the full scoop from a group of incredible event planners who recently hosted a Berkshires girls getaway at this venue. It was chock full of flowers, mixology classes, a slumber party in PJ's and ended with a dinner party! They creatively called it the #INNspiredescape. You can see the full report along with their lovely floral crowns in our feature here.
In 2010, a 125-year-old Gilded Age mansion set in the Berkshires, underwent extensive renovations, with stunning contemporary furnishings and interior design. It later opened it's doors to rave reviews from guests who exclaimed, “Not your grandmother’s Bed and Breakfast!” and “Ralph Lauren style in Lenox!”. Two years later, The New York Times reported that the breakfast here, could very well be the best in the country!
Berkshire County — better known simply as “the Berkshires” — is a long strip of land along the western border of Massachusetts bordered by Vermont, New York and Connecticut, and adorned by the soft, rolling peaks of the Appalachian range. Built in 1886 as the country home for President Chester A. Arthur’s Secretary of State, Kemble Inn has a historical and storied past. Usher it successfully into the modern age with sophistication, whimsy and thoughtful design courtesy of owner, Scott Shrott. Perfectly positioned between the Berkshire Mountains and Lenox Village you’re either steps away from the town’s charms or a “million miles away from everywhere” on the lush length of back lawn.
HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: Fly into nearby Albany (approx. 38 miles away) and rent or take a car to Lenox, nestled in the heart of the Berkshire mountains. If you come in through Mass Pike, you’ll pass Trinity Church, built in 1888 in the Gothic Revival style and noted for it’s grandeur. Or if you’re local its an easy-peasy drive from New York City/Boston/Connecticut areas.
You know that us reporters are always in search of fabulous venues for all types of occasions, including locations ideal for retreats and group getaways. We especially love a good girls weekend. A venue that you and your gals can gather at for a couple of nights filled with dinner parties, late night laughter, storytelling and just pure relaxation.
A few months ago our reporters packed up their caftans and notepads bound for beautiful Bora Bora in sun-kissed French Polynesia. We said "adios big city" and "helloooo beautiful Four Seasons Bora Bora", - Part I here. We went swimming with sharks, visited seaside venue spaces, oohed and ahhed over the waterfront chapel and hung out on a deserted island! So very Gilligan of us isn't it?!
In the South Pacific lies Bora Bora, a volcanic island that is also the most famous island in all of French Polynesia. Bora Bora is a magical place with moonlit beaches, pink hued sunrises, tropical flowers and views to infinity. On the white shimmering sand, sits The Four Seasons Resort. Lots of sipping, surfing, sunscreen and sunworshipping happens here.