Guests are Invited to the Owner's Apple Orchard, Farm Winery, and Nordic Center
30 years ago, the Vittori family, owners of the Garden Gables Inn, purchased this historic property in nearby Richmond, just a few minutes away on the other side of the Lenox Ridge. Sister and brother owners, Wendy and John Vittori, are proud to support the preservation of open spaces and the rich farm heritage of the Berkshire Hills, just a short drive from the Inn, in neighboring Richmond. Located on a south-facing slope of the Taconic ridge of the Berkshires hills, our property offers sweeping views to the south and east - overlooking the Lenox Ridge with visibility down into the town of West Stockbridge. Our winery is named after the "Furnace Brook" that springs from our property, and powered the historic Richmond Furnace ironworks.
We grow over 30 varieties of apples - including heritage varieties that go back to the beginning of our property as an orchard, over 100 years ago. Furnace Brook Winery was founded 20 years ago, as the first farm winery in the Berkshires. We developed a distinctive hard cider - actually a wine - "Johnny Mash" - as a traditional New England cider based on our own, native New England apple varieties. From that beginning we have added a range of red and white grape-based wines, with grapes primarily from the Northeast, and more recently we have added several popular varietals from California. We also produce a French-style apple cidre, and a delicious late-harvest Apple Ice Wine. Many of our offerings have been winners at the annual "Big E" competition.The Hilltop Nordic Center
, opens up our property for you to enjoy, providing over 3 miles of x-country trails—professionally designed by Olympian John Morton—that offer beautiful 20-mile views and wooded glens. Fun for all levels of ability.
In season enjoy pick-your-own apples, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking, which are complimentary for Garden Gables Inn guests. Cross-country skis and snowshoe equipment are available for rent at the Nordic Center.
For more information click on this link: www.hilltoporchards.com.
Here is a link to directions from the Inn to the Orchard - Click here for MAP.
We hope that you will visit and enjoy all that we have to offer!