This is the place to stay! The crown jewel of the Berkshires region of Western Massachusetts, the Red Lion Inn has been around in one form or another since 1773. Beginning life as a small tavern, changing owners and getting completely rebuilt after a fire destroyed the entire building hasn't stopped this place from continuing to show hospitality to guests, celebrities and presidents alike.
Based on Norman Rockwell's painting, Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas, this Lemax piece is the centerpiece of their collection. Claiming to have started as a small tavern in 1773, this building has blossomed into a gorgeous hotel and restaurant operating year round to this day. After moving to Stockbridge in 1953, Norman Rockwell was immediately enraptured by the small town. Deciding to set up shop, he created his most famous paintings in this quaint town.
Painting Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas in 1967, Rockwell managed to capture the essence of Christmases in small towns across the United States. Initially daunted by the task, Rockwell was able to get help from friends to complete the task with a medium that was foreign to him. Other than being a perfect example of teamwork and friendship, this painting and the subsequent piece we're discussing can be an ornament to be displayed in any season.
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And, as always, happy village building ;)