Last Mother’s Day my family asked me what I wanted to do. I didn’t hesitate. I wanted to go back to my new world, my new favorite place, Lenox Massachusetts. Lenox has a charm like no other and is a great place for a weekend getaway. Surrounded by beauty, the area is centered around the clean lakes of Tangle wood where artists such as James Taylor and Yo-Yo Ma come to perform amidst lawn chairs, picnic baskets and coolers filled with cold beverages.
There is energy to the Lenox, Massachusetts community that draws off of Kripalu, a yoga center that centers on body and soul, drawing some of the biggest names in wellness, meditation, and yoga. Shakespeare & Co nestled into the mountains hosts nightly performances. The arts community plays a significant role in the town with its small shops and unique restaurants. If you want to stay outdoors in Lenox Massachusetts, there are a ton of hiking trails that go into the woods surrounding Kripalu that take you up the mountain where you see Lake Tangle wood below.
For me, the 2-hour drive to Lenox, Massachusetts is worth a day trip. So when my husband asked me where I wanted to go I knew exactly what my itinerary would take me.
Kripalu in Lenox, MassachusettsWe started off the day in Lenox at Kripalu where I showed the family the classrooms and workshops that were taking place at the school. From there we toured the cafeteria with their endless selections of vegetarian food that is often and always prepared on site. We also spent time at the gift shop loving the rows of yoga books, CD’s, botanical oils, holistic treatments, and yoga apparel. We ended our day in town at my favorite shoe stores, art stores, bookshops, and patisserie.
Rumplestilzkin's Restaurant at The Village Inn
For Dinner we went to Rumplestiltzkin's Restaurant at the Village Inn. John, the cook there and his wife Jen, have become friends and each time I go into town, I stay there in a quaint room, with a four-poster bed and small sitting area. They say it is one of the best-kept secrets in Lenox. I wasn’t sure what to expect and the first time I sat down to the butternut bisque soup and pistachio encrusted lamb, I thought I was in heaven. I have done a fair share of traveling and this was the best food I had ever tasted. My husband ordered home made goat cheese ravioli that was pillowed with cheese and covered in a vodka crème sauce. For dessert we had a grand mariner cake with layers of butter cream frosting sandwiching a Grand Mariner soaked cake.The best part was breakfast, bowls of fresh fruit, bacon and gingerbread pancakes. I asked the chef for the recipe and he was kind enough to share it with my readers. Try them and if you ever have the chance and want a real authentic experience go to Lenox, see an outdoor performance, hike the trails, and by all means, stay in one of their beautiful inns.
The Village Inn Gingerbread Pancakes Recipe
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1-teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of cloves
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and spices in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix buttermilk, eggs, oil, and molasses. Combine the wet with the dry mixture until just moistened, being careful not to overbeat. Pour or scoop batter onto a preheated grill. Flip pancakes when bubbles begin to form on the edges. Serve with Maple syrup.
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