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2 Plunkett St #2704

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.0

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  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Once the home of author and humanitarian Edith Wharton, this Lenox estate includes a 42-room country house and formal gardens that span nearly 50 acres. Wharton's home and gardens teem with stories of her vibrant life, philanthropic work and literary legacy. House and garden tours offer visitors a glimpse into the author's past, while the seasonal "Backstairs" tour provides a behind-the-scenes look at the servants who lived at The Mount. Ghost tours are also available from July to October. Visitors at The Mount will also find a terrace cafe, a bookstore, forest hiking trails and a cultural center, which plays host to a variety of community events.

Visitors applaud the entertaining and informative guides, who they say bring Wharton to life. Reviewers suggest setting aside several hours to tour the property and gardens, as you'll want to take your time admiring the estate.  

The Mount is open daily from May to October and on Saturdays and Sundays from November to February. Year-round, the estate welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For those interested in tours, they begin at 10:30 a.m.; the final tour starts at 4 p.m. Admission, which is valid for seven days, costs $20 for adults and is free for children and teens ages 18 and younger. If you're planning to visit other area attractions, such as The Clark, consider purchasing one of the museum's combo tickets to save on admission. Visit The Mount's website for more information.

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The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, this open-air music venue attracts thousands of visitors who come to enjoy a variety of classical, contemporary, jazz and pop music performances every year. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has spent its summers at this grand estate located between the towns of Lenox and Stockbridge since 1937. Over this time, many renowned artists have also made appearances at the venue, including Yo-Yo Ma, Earth, Wind & Fire and Steely Dan. Tanglewood is most popular during the summer when the weather allows for sitting on the property's large lawn during performances. Still, the grounds also house multiple indoor facilities and restaurants, which enable visitors to enjoy programs, galas, events and cocerts year-round.

Reviewers call Tanglewood a "music lover's paradise," with charming scenery that keeps travelers returning year after year. Visitors appreciated the well-manicured grounds and world-class concerts, but recommend bringing your own lawn chairs, food and drinks to avoid the hefty prices of concession trucks, restaurants and stores on the property. Whether you bring your seating or rent from the facility, friendly staff can help you get situated, according to reviewers.

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