Location: Lenox, Massachusetts
Size: 126 guest rooms
Meeting Space: More than 7,500 square feet
Access: 150 miles from New York City and 130 miles from Boston
The Berkshires of western Massachusetts have long inspired visitors and residents with visual and ethereal displays of beauty, and in recent years the area has become a destination that inspires wellness and revival. In the heart of the region is the Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort, where guests enjoy the same views that once inspired writers such as Melville and Hawthorne while painting a backdrop for artists like Norman Rockwell.
The Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort opened in Lenox, Massachusetts, in 1989 and sits on 120 acres of woodlands, meadows and crystal-clear ponds and rivers. Forested hiking and biking trails wind through the resort grounds, and all lead back to the stunning Bellefontaine Mansion. The mansion was built in 1897 and over the years served as a private home, a seminary and even a boarding school before lying empty for years. Under the guidance of Canyon Ranch founders Mel and Enid Zuckerman, the mansion was restored to its former glory and converted into a gorgeous resort complete with an Integrative Health Center and a state-of-the-art spa.
The resort can accommodate up to 200 guests in a variety of rooms and suites. Each of the 126 rooms is outfitted with luxurious Italian linens and complimentary Wi-Fi. Mini refrigerators and in-room coffee and tea service is standard for all rooms and suites, as is the resort’s Pillow Menu, which includes more than 20 options. The property also features more than 10 venue configurations for gathering with other guests for private events, corporate meetings or celebrations. Everything has been considered at this celebrated wellness resort, where meals, meeting space, audiovisual equipment and most activities are included in the stay.
The resort specializes in creating customized packages for its guests, with an emphasis on healthy living. Experts are on hand to lead private and group sessions on everything from communication and stress-reduction exercises to cooking, fitness and meditation classes. The Canyon Ranch experience always begins with a good night’s sleep and a healthy start before spending a rejuvenating day with genuine people.
Meetings at Canyon Ranch take place in a healthy environment that spurs innovation, passion and productivity. One of the most popular rooms is the demonstration kitchen, which is outfitted with eight round tables that are great for hosting a demo dinner or buffet for groups of up to 50 guests. The mansion library accommodates up to 30 guests and is fine for small receptions; the Sargent Brook Lounge can host up to 50 guests on the lower level and offers gorgeous views of the great lawn for intimate dinners and receptions. There is also the Berkshire Room, for up to 50 guests, and the Tanglewood Room, which can host 40. The Stockbridge Room, which fits 30 guests, and the Rockwell Room, which fits 40, can be combined to accommodate up to 70 guests.
Food and Drink
Meals and snacks are included in all of the packages at the Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort and can be enjoyed privately or as a group. The on-site chefs work with top nutritionists to create healthy and delicious menus that can be customized for groups. Many groups choose to dine in the main dining areas throughout the resort, but dining in the meeting room is an option for working lunches; groups that reserve the demonstration kitchen enjoy plated meals. The Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort is an alcohol-free environment, although guests are welcome to bring alcohol to the resort to enjoy in the privacy of their rooms.
Retreats at the Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort are infused with a wellness mind-set that extends beyond the spa. The events team can customize team-building activities, lectures, demos and classes for groups. For a more bespoke experience, groups can book one-on-one meetings with the resort’s life management experts, nutritionists and exercise physiologists. Meeting rooms are complimentary for corporate groups to use throughout their stay at the resort — group minimum is eight guests — and groups have complimentary access to the resort’s standard audiovisual equipment during the stay as well. Many of the resort’s daily classes and activities are complimentary for all guests, including access to the spa and fitness facilities.
Before and After
The Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort offers activities both on and off the property, and on-site meeting planners offer scheduled entertainment for all guests. Popular options include trips to Broadway in the Berkshires, comedians for small gatherings, and guest speakers to entertain and delight during the day. The resort can also arrange for private group entertainment with local artists. And since the resort is located in the cultural mecca of the Northeast, it offers transportation and tickets to local cultural venues year-round, including tickets to special performances at Tanglewood during the summer.