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Cranwell Resort in Berkshires Partners with Stash Hotel Rewards

March 2, 2011
Cranwell Resort's historic Wyndhurst mansion, in the Berkshires (© 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com).

Cranwell Resort's historic Wyndhurst mansion, in the Berkshires (© 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com).

Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club announced its partnership with Stash Hotel Rewards®, an innovative hotel rewards program that enables travelers to quickly earn free nights at distinctive, independent hotels without blackouts or inflexible category restrictions. Guests of Cranwell Resort can now earn points toward free nights each time they stay at any of the more than 110 distinctive hotels in over 80 cities that participate in Stash.

Located in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts known for its abundant cultural venues including the famed Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Center and the Norman Rockwell Museum, Cranwell stands apart with it graceful, historic Gilded Age Mansion and 380 acres of surrounding panoramic views.   Visitors will now be able to experience this unique setting while earning reward points for stays at Cranwell and other one-of-a-kind, independent hotels through the U.S.

“Stash Rewards is perfect for frequent travelers who are seeking a variety of unique guest experiences at hotels and resorts like Cranwell,” said Norma Probst, Director of Marketing for Cranwell.  “Not only will our current guests who return to Cranwell year after year be rewarded for their loyalty, but Cranwell is now in a position to attract new travelers also seeking value through a rewards program.”

Guests can easily sign up for a free account at the Stash website.  Points can be earned immediately and never expire. Redemption is simple and free from rigid reward categories, and black-out dates don’t exist. Additionally, Stash partner hotels provide members with exclusive travel deals.

About Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club

Cranwell is located just two and one-half hours from New York City and Boston in the historic New England village of  Lenox, Massachusetts.   This award winning resort features 96 distinctive guest rooms and suites, an 18-hole Championship golf course set on 380 hilltop acres, and is home to one of the largest resort Spas in the Northeast.  With three restaurants and spacious banquet rooms, Cranwell also hosts numerous year-round conferences, weddings and social events.   The resort is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ brand and is also a long time member of Historic Hotels of America, which preserves the authenticity of over 200 of America’s most prominent historic hotels and inns.  The resort is listed in Zagat’s “Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts & Spas” and some of their many recognitions include SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award for one of “Best Spa Resorts for Golf” and the Wine Spectator Magazine Award for Excellence.

About Stash Hotel Rewards
Stash Hotel Rewards frees travelers from the uninspired offerings of existing hotel reward programs by making it as easy to earn free nights at an amazing hotel as it is a so-so one. Members earn 5 points per dollar spent on their hotel room, resulting in a free night in a little as 5 typical stays. And Stash points can be redeemed without blackout dates, point expirations or annoying category restrictions found in many chain programs.  The distinctive hotels that offer Stash include some of the best spas in Napa, world-class resorts in Florida, and boutique gems in New York, Seattle and Los Angeles. Many Stash partner hotels appear on the “Best Hotels” lists of the leading travel publications and the hotels receive some of the highest recommend ratings on top travel sites.  Travelers can easily sign up for a free account at the Stash website www.stashrewards.com.

Read BERKSHIRE’S CULTURE & CRANWELL RESORT’S LUXURY ARE UNBEATABLE COMBO

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HISTORIC ROCK HALL IN BERKSHIRES OFFERS PRE-HOLIDAY PACKAGE

November 4, 2010

The Berkshires: Norman Rockwell's studio in Stockbridge, in the Berkshires, one of the attractions that can be visited during a stay at historic Rock Hall © 2010 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

The weeks leading up to Christmas can be stressful, so Rock Hall Luxe Lodging, an historic luxury property located in the bucolic Litchfield Hills/Southern Berkshires, has created a pre-Christmas package, valid through December 23rd, that enables guests to prepare for the holiday season while also enjoying some rest and relaxation.

The pre-holiday package includes a VIP Coupon Book for the Lee Premium Outlets in Lee, MA (located 25 miles away) where guests can find a wide array of gifts for friends and family, as well as treats for themselves.  Guests also receive a certificate for a complimentary cut-your-own Christmas Tree at nearby Up Country Farms, which offers a selection of Blue Spruce, Balsam and Frazier Firs ranging from four to 12 feet.  In addition, guests can enjoy a Rock Hall Signature Massage (one per guest).  Those participating in the package will also enjoy a 10 percent discount on items in the Rock Hall boutique, which features unique gift items from across the globe.

Guests staying at Rock Hall over the eight nights of Hanukah (December 1 – 8) will enjoy complimentary homemade latkes (potato pancakes) each evening along with a traditional candle lighting and a gift bag filled with chocolate coins.

Rock Hall, which is listed in the the National Register of Historic Places, offers five luxurious guests suites featuring fireplaces, Wi-Fi, imported linens, down bedding, and flat screen TVs. The property also features screening, fitness billiard and game rooms, as well as marked hiking trails.  Local activities include alpine and cross-country skiing, antiquing, music, theatre, dance, film, outlet shopping and more.  On-site massage and private yoga, training and Pilates classes can be arranged with advance notice, as well as a horse-drawn antique carriage or sleigh-ride with door-to-door pick-up and drop-off.

Addison Mizner built Rock Hall, a 10,000 square foot manor house, in 1912 for Jerome Alexandre, of the Alexandre Steam Ship Lines fortune. The property’s grounds are attributed to a collaboration between the firm of Olmsted and Olmsted and Mizner with an impressive variety of specimen trees, perennial gardens and a wildflower meadow. This historic gem has been meticulously restored and is now one of the areas most luxurious and romantic lodging options, featuring in-season use of a 75’ heated outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, and a synthetic grass tennis court with ball machine.

The Pre-Holiday package starts at $550 per room per night midweek (for two guests) and includes the coupon book, tree and massage for each guest.  Cost for the Mizner Suite and Penthouse Suite is $625 per room per night.  Each weekend night cost is an additional $25 per room per night.  Additional guests may stay in the room (without complimentary massage or soak) for $75 per person.  All guests must be over age 12.

Rock Hall is located two hours north of Manhattan in the northwest corner of Litchfield County, Connecticut in the Litchfield Hills and Southern Berkshires.  It is 30 miles west of Hartford (location of the Mark Twain House, Wadsworth Atheneum and The Bushnell), 30 miles from Lenox, Massachusetts (location of the Tanglewood Music Festival), 35 miles from Becket, Massachusetts (location of the Jacob’s Pillow Festival) 14 miles from Torrington, Connecticut (location of The Warner Theater), 19 miles from Lakeville, Connecticut (location of Lime Rock Park and the Skip Barber Racing School), 3.5 miles from Norfolk, Connecticut (location of  the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Infinity Hall) and 25 miles from the Lee, MA Premium Outlets.

For more information and reservations, go to: www.19rockhallroad.com, or email: info@19rockhallroad.com.

For more travel features, go to www.travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate and www.examiner.com/eclectic-traveler-in-long-island/karen-rubin