STOCKBRIDGE, MA—The venerable Red Lion Inn in the heart of the bucolic Berkshires of Western Massachusetts has reopened. The Inn is ready to welcome guests back to the iconic front porch to relax in rocking chairs after a day spent outdoors soaking in the region’s fresh air and lush, wide-open spaces.
“The Berkshires are an ideal destination for travelers to truly get away and reconnect with nature,” said Max Scherff, general manager at the Red Lion Inn. “Several months of strategic planning have led to the creation of safeguards that ensure the highest levels of hygiene and cleanliness are met. We look forward to warmly, and safely, welcoming our guests to the Red Lion Inn.”
The Red Lion Inn will offer alfresco dining daily in The Courtyard starting with breakfast from 7:00am to 10:00am on weekdays and until 10:30am on weekends. Lunch will be served from 12:00pm to 2:30pm. Dinner service is 5:30pm to 9:00pm Sunday through Thursday and until 9:30pm Friday and Saturday. Limited menu items will be offered from 2:30pm to 5:00pm. Take out and room service options are also available.
Classic dishes like the Inn’s famous chicken pot pie and Lion’s Ale beer battered haddock are on The Courtyard menu. Lighter fare options include watermelon and baby arugula salad, tuna banh mi, and lemon crusted cod. Guests can lounge outdoors while sipping a refreshing seasonal cocktail or a draft beer from local craft breweries like the Berkshire Brewing Company.
The Red Lion is surrounded by picturesque forests and hundreds of walking paths, foot trails, and steep climbs. The grounds of Naumkeag, a storied country estate of the Gilded Age, are open for strolling and exploring. Neighboring Mount Greylock is home to the highest peak in southern New England with sweeping vistas of five states. Minutes from downtown Lenox is Kennedy Park, featuring a series of groomed trails snaking through more than 500 acres of tree-lined forests. Additionally, the Appalachian Trail cuts directly through the Berkshires with numerous trail entrances throughout the area.
Cycling and mountain biking enthusiasts can explore the South County routes that lead riders through the five communities of Lenox, Lee, Great Barrington, Stockbridge and Sheffield. The Housatonic bike routes is a 45-mile stretch traversing the Housatonic River Valley through farms, waterfalls and small villages. Additional outdoor pursuits include nearby lakes for canoeing and kayaking: Stockbridge Bowl, Goose Pond and Lake Buel. Golfers can tee off at a variety of courses, including the Stockbridge Golf Club