Our Weekend Getaway: Stockbridge

February 15, 2011

This past weekend, my hubby and I, got into our parental “escape pod” (aka, our car) and wisked away to enjoy a tranquil, quiet weekend in the lovely town of Stockbridge, Massachussets.  We were literally gone for less than 24 hours, but it felt like a glorious week long vacation.  The goal of this getaway was to do nothing and it was absolutely accomplished!

Before we set sail on our quest to quietness and relaxation, we stopped for a visit at the Normal Rockwell Museum.  We’ve visited on a previous occasion, but couldn’t make the trip without returning.  Over the years, we’ve been grateful for the opportunity to visit many amazing museums and view breathtaking works of art by famous artists.  But I have to say, the artwork by Norman Rockwell is truly one of my favorites and that wasn’t the case until my first visit to the museum 4 years ago.  Often one doesn’t put this talented artist’s name amongst others like Van Gogh or Picasso, but his work is truly of the same caliber.  Rockwell’s paintings are so captivating and the attention to detail in each piece is exquisite.  If you ever have the opportunity to visit the museum or to see his work, I highly recommend it!  Many of his most well-known pieces go on tour every year ~ Rockwell on Tour. Take a look at the upcoming cities.

“For nearly seven decades, while history was in the making all around him, Rockwell chronicled our changing society in the small details and nuanced scenes of ordinary people in everyday life, providing a personalized interpretation—albeit often an idealized one—of American identity.”

After our delightful museum stop, and break for lunch, we were off to the famed Red Lion Inn located in downtown Stockbridge.  The Red Lion Inn is an iconic symbol of Stockbridge and the Berkshires, made famous by Norman Rockwell in Main Street at Christmas. This piece of art is the true meaning of Americana.

If you’re not familiar with Norman Rockwell’s Main Street at Christmas, the Red Lion Inn, is the white building at the far right end of the painting.  The streetscape is quaint with a few unique shops and eateries; quintessential New England.  It’s truly the perfect setting for a quiet weekend away from the everyday stresses of life.

While talking to a local shop owner, it was mentioned to us that the Town gets reenacted to look like the scene of Norman Rockwell’s famous painting, every year on the first Saturday of December.  Vintage cars are brought in and townspeople dress as they did in the late 1950s painting. Take a look at this {article}.

As much as we enjoyed visiting the Norman Rockwell museum, the Red Lion Inn was just as delightful. With every turn you make and every blink you take, your eyes will see something new.  They have thousands of dishes and accessories throughout this 100+ room Inn. These are just a few pictures that I captured throughout our stay.

Special details can be found everywhere you look…

I wish we could take more trips like this, but when we do, it makes it that much more special!


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  1. Love it there!!! Norman is one of my favorite artists. The museum is wonderful! Glad you had an escape! :)Alyssa of Boston Bee

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