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A Cranwell Resort Holiday

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Posted by Lauren Scorzafava, guest blogger of Petite in Pearls

Cranwell Resort, Spa, & Golf Club in Lenox, Massachusetts is a beautiful place all year round, but at this time of year, its regal elegance is elevated to another level.

As the holiday nears, this Berkshires destination’s décor offers an atmosphere of taste and timelessness that is just about peerless.

Cranwell Closeup

Getting close and personal with the Cranwell Christmas tree

Cranwell Piano

A very grand piano inside the Cranwell lobby

All the while, guests at Cranwell can also bask in breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery, which is as impressive in winter as it is during autumn.

Berkshires scenery

Winter in the Berkshires

For those who have never been before, Cranwell Resort is a place steeped in history, as its Historical Hotels of America listing explains in full detail. The grounds date back to the 1800s as a cottage location, with the famed author Harriet Beecher Stowe being just one of several owners to have a house on the hill.

Near the turn of the 20th century, John Sloane constructed the architectural gem that still stands today. In a fitting finishing touch, Sloane also commissioned Frederick Law Olmsted, the renowned landscaper who designed New York’s Grand Central Park, to lay out Cranwell’s grounds.

Cranwell Resort exterior

Cranwell Resort as seen from the outside by Ogden Gigli

Adding location to luxury, Cranwell is just a short distance from plenty of museums, ski resorts, art galleries, shopping spots, scenic drives, wineries, and family fun.

Of course, with all that the resort offers, you wouldn’t even need to leave to get lost in the Berkshires for the weekend. Cranwell has a full service spa, cross-country skiing, ice-skating, a fitness center and classes, in addition to the 114 rooms. There are also several choices for dining, as well as a wonderful wine selection. You can even travel with your furry friend, as Cranwell is pet-friendly. The resort makes a magnificent destination for weddings and other events, too.

Pastel Decorations

Pastel decorations in Cranwell Resort

If you’re looking to spend more time being festive than cooking in the kitchen over the next couple days, Cranwell Resort is hosting a Christmas Buffet Dinner on Wednesday, December 24 and Thursday, December 25 from 4:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the Mansion Ballroom. For more information, visit their website here.

Cranwell Lobby

Yours truly, in the lobby at Cranwell Resort

Lauren Scorzafava is the author of the New England Lifestyle Blog, Petite in Pearls. She graduated from Rutgers Business School in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Management. A native resident of Massachusetts, she grew up in Granville and currently resides in Westfield. You can find her on Twitter @laurenscorza and Instagram @petiteinpearls.

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