Foliage, hiking, or ski in/out of our secluded Swiss chalet at Catamount. This is a guest suite on its own level, separated from the rest of our home by a stairway. It has a huge family room, private entrance (snow permitting, otherwise use main entrance), 2 bdrms, 2 bthrms (showers only), 3 beds + futon. No kitchen, but minifridge, coffee/tea, breakfast offered 8-10. am.
Lg deck, beautiful outdoor spaces, 10 min to Great Barrington, 30 min to Tanglewood,.4-wheel drive needed in winter.
A rare opportunity to ski-in-ski-out in the Berkshires -- or to enjoy everything else the Berkshires offer: hiking (trails right off our property), music, dining, fall foliage drives, and antique shopping. This is best described as a guest suite, not a separate apartment. We live on the main floor; you'll have the entire lower level. Bedrooms are very privately situated. There is a flight of stairs between "your space" and "our space" but there is no door between the floors. From the outside, there is a private entrance to this floor, but after heavy storms in winter, you may need to use the main entrance of the house.
The large sitting room has two windows and three sliding glass doors; the bedrooms are below grade, without windows, but are cheerful, brightly lit, and quiet. You will have your privacy but are also welcome to use our deck, cook on the grill... whatever floats your boat. Appalachian Trail hikers are especially welcome! (laundry, trail, post office, and shopping shuttles available).
Kitchen access: We invite you to join us for breakfast (8 - 10 a.m.) Please let us know about any allergies. We offer a European-style buffet (bread and pastries, fruit, cheese, meat, boiled eggs, cereal, coffee, tea, oatmeal an option). Also, for a small additional fee (payable in advance through the AirBnB system) weekend ski-guests can arrange to have a ski-lunch here at the house if you are staying the following night. Please let us know if you'd like this in advance. We offer French onion soup, tomato soup, chicken soup, hot cocoa (plus coffee and/or tea), chili, and home-made mac and cheese. Price is $15 per person.
Interaction with guests
We'll follow your lead.
We enjoy making new friends but respect the need for privacy – and our home is ideally set up to give you the option to interact or not.
We are always willing to share our knowledge of the area. Karen has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and knows the Catamount Ski Area cold (pardon the pun!), so if you need to know about hiking or skiing hereabouts, just ask. David is a great cook and can point you in the direction of good restaurants and live music. We are both professional musicians and music teachers: If you're so inclined, you can join us for evening music making. We want you to feel like you are a welcome part of our family!
Other things to note
Ski in ski out is available (when Catamount Ski Area is open) to experienced skiers who sign a liability waiver and buy lift tickets. If you prefer, you can easily walk up our road 100 yards and step directly onto the ski area. Or you can drive 1/2 mile down to the ski area's parking lot. Which ski slopes are open and whether or not you can ski right out our door depends on natural snow conditions and Catamount grooming/snow-making. Please note that we are immediately adjacent to the ski area. So on some days in the winter, when they are making snow on our side of the mountain, you will hear snow gun noise in the main living area. However, you will not hear the snow guns in the bedrooms because the bedrooms are completely insulated from sound.
--Please respect check in and check out times
--Breakfast is offered between 8 and 10 a.m.
--In winter, you MUST have 4 wheel or all wheel drive vehicle, or front wheel drive with snow tires.
The Berkshires are a haven for the arts and the outdoors. Our rustic home reflects our love for both; doing Air B&B allows us to share this wonderful part of the country with others. If you love skiing, hiking, music, and books, you're in the right place!
Karen is a long-distance backpacker and Appalachian Trail thru-hiker who has hiked 18,000 miles all over the world and has written 17 books. She also teaches piano (though not while you will be visiting!).
David is the lead editor at the Guitarnoise website. He teaches guitar (also mandolin, bass, banjo, ukulele, and piano), writes instructional books, and leads creative music jams.
As a travel writer who has been all over the world, Karen thinks the most important part of traveling is getting to know the locals. Hosting Air B&B when she returns to the place she has chosen to call home is a natural fit. We are happy to share our knowledge of the Berkshires with you, swap hiking tales, share a glass of wine or a cup of coffee... or leave you in peace to enjoy your private part of our home undisturbed. Just let us know!
We will be offering Air B&B experiences as well in music, skking, and hiking.
For foreign guests: We speak a little French. Not enough to claim fluency, but enough to communicate with you.