The New Berkshires

Travel & Leisure, April 2004

Driving the transformation is a wave of new or newly redone hotels whose influence is being felt far beyond the emerald limits of Berkshire County… Wheatleigh, in Lenox, has become the most modern, luxurious, tightly run country hotel in the United States…

The hotel doesn’t just look good. Its restaurant is a high-wire act, with a challenging $115 tasting menu that elegantly surfs from fluke sashimi with water chestnuts to exotic clams with fennel gelée. The service throughout Wheatleigh is an easy match for that of any of France’s palais hotels and untainted by the usual hint of obsequiousness. Handpicked by general manager Francois Thomas on hiring trips to Europe, the personnel have a palpable intelligence…

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