Date Of Visit: June 4, 2017
Location: 2 Plunkett St, Lenox, MA (about 2 hours west of Boston and 1 hour northwest of Springfield, MA)
Hours: The Mount is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm through October 31st, except on early closing days (please see below). The Mount is open from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm most weekends in November through February. Please call 413-551-5100 to confirm hours.
Cost: $18 for adults, $17 for seniors (65 and older), $13 for students with id, $10 for members of the military, free for teens and children (18 and younger)
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Service pets may be allowed
Highlights: home of author Edith Wharton, trails, fountains, flowers
Website: The Mount
Once the home to one of Massachusetts’ more prominent authors, The Mount is more than just a beautiful mansion. The Mount, once the home of Edith Wharton, has colorful gardens, fountains, art, spectacular views and history around every corner.
The Mount, which was recently restored, is an elegant house that has kept much of its original charm. What is great about the mansion is that you can see the entire home in half an hour or so. Yet, it isn’t so much the quantity of time and space the tour (I took a self guided tour but there may also be guided tours as well) would take. But, rather, it is the quality of time and space the tour takes. Around each corner is one beautiful piece of furniture and architecture. Yeah, I think I could live here.
I couldn’t use my flash when I took photos inside of the mansion. But, I did my best. Sometimes the lack of lighting gives the home a mysterious feel. Sometimes it just makes the photos look crappy. You decide.
The two floor building has about a dozen rooms and there is a handicapped accessible entry and elevator.
Some of my favorite rooms had the old, antiquated tools and appliances we used to use.
The grounds of the Mount is as beautiful as the inside of the building.
The Beaver Loop Trail, a gentle, short trail (about half a mile) that runs along the grounds of The Mount, offers some very pretty views.
Edith Wharton was fond of animals (well, mostly she was fond of dogs not so much cats – oh well she wasn’t purrfect I guess). Along the trail around the mansion, a side trail leads too a pet cemetery.
There are also little critters along the trail outside of the home.
The Mount is also hosting a special art exhibit called SculptureNow on its trail. If you missed it, you can view the blog post I posted a few weeks ago bout the art exhibit here.
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