This historic wood and stone lodge built by the Civilian Conservation Corp is perfectly situated among fields of wildflowers and stands of fir trees at the summit of Mount Greylock, the highest mountain in Massachusetts. The Appalachian Trail runs beside the lodge at mile 1583 from Springer Mt. GA and mile 602 from Katahdin ME. Even though we've hiked 2/3 of the Trail, nothing could compare with the setting, the peace and simplicity of this place. The views are spectacular, the weather ranging from cool fog in the morning to clear and sunny in the afternoon with a constant cooling breeze easily appreciated through a large covered porch and the Lodge's open windows. We stayed with friends in a clean and neat bunk room that had access to clean and neat bathrooms and showers. Happy Hour on the porch with local beer and good wine selections was fun but the prix fixe 3 course dinner in a spacious, yet cozy dining room was superb! We had salad of bibb lettuce, avocado, walnuts, pickled beets, entree of beef tenderloin with creamy risotto, spinach, kale, and caramelized onion gratin, and dessert of homemade lemon ginger ice cream and sugar cookie. Breakfast started the next morning with self serve coffee and the absolute best blueberry muffin I've ever eaten - right out of the oven. Breakfast and lunch entrees were substantial and excellently prepared. The owners are hiker and cycler friendly and very helpful in storing belongings to enable day hikes and rides. Our entire group wants to return and to bring family and other friends although we made friends with many hikers and even towns people while we were there. I would never tire of this place and its beauty, serenity, and special spirit. I love Bascom Lodge!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bascom Lodge is a rustic stone and wood Lodge perched atop Mount Greylock in western Massachusetts. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's to provide accommodations for hikers, vacationers, and nature enthusiasts. Private and group rooms are available for overnight stay.The large dining room with its high ceiling and hand-cut oak beams provides an ideal atmosphere for a meal and the enclosed porch with wraparound windows overlooks the finest views in the Berkshires. Stone fireplaces create a relaxing setting after a day of hiking. ... more less