Shaker Meadows Bed and Breakfast

14209 Rte 22 , New Lebanon, 12029 USA (Show map)


Shaker Meadows, on fifty-acres ringed by the Berkshire hills, offers a 1790s farmhouse, perfect for group retreats and families, with six bedrooms, three baths and a full kitchen. The remodeled Creamery building has three guest suites with private entrance, kitchen, bedroom(s), sitting area and outdoor seating. In summer, Tanglewood and the Berkshire towns of Lee, Lenox, and Stockbridge are a 15-20 minute drive. Summer theatre, concerts, museums, restaurants and hiking trails abound, and we provide guest passes to our local town beach on Queechy Lake. We provide picnic tables, grills, and lawn games, and we welcome your pet(s).

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Innkeepers: Jean and Sean Cowhig



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Our home away from home

5 on January 28, 2014

My family, which includes our dog, has been staying at Shaker Meadows on a regular basis during the ski season for several years now. The location is perfect, only 15 minutes away from Jiminy Peak and close to all other Berkshire ski areas and sites and restaurants the Berkshires has to offer. Jean and Sean are gems in hospitality and are very flexible with whatever needs you have. We look forward to the delicious home-cooked breakfasts each morning. We've stayed in pretty much every room on the property. Don't expect cookie cutter, institutional rooms that one can find in a chain. Each are unique and full of quirks and character. For the location, hospitality, and yummy breakfasts, Shaker Meadows is a great value. Shaker Meadows is our home away from home, and the proprietors are like family.

Great B & B!

4.8 on July 19, 2013

Our family was in town for a short stay (2 nights) and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Shaker Meadows. The Innkeeper, Jean was a wonderful host! She was very helpful and knowledgable about the area sights and restaurants. The breakfast meals were superb, including, but not limited to, made to order omelets, homemade scones, a variety of fresh fruits, yogurts and cereals and fresh coffee. The rooms were clean and equipped with quiet A/C units, and plenty of fresh towels and linens were provided. We stayed in the farmhouse which was equipped with a fully funtioning kitchen for those wishing to do some cooking for themselves, and perfect for a large family and/or those with extended stays. I would not hesitate to recommend Shaker Meadows to anyone staying in this lovely area of New York state and the Massachusetts Berkshires!

Shaker Meadows is a breath of fresh air...

5 on February 05, 2013

I just finished a 4 night stay at Shaker Meadows. The Innkeeper, Jean, is a gracious hostess and fabulous chef. She makes you feel at home right away. Jean accommodated my gluten free diet and cooked the most delicious gluten free muffins and pancakes. Fresh fruit, greek yogurt, along with eggs and breakfast meats which are cooked to order. The farmhouse is beautiful, clean and comfortable. I especially loved the claw foot tub. I would highly recommend Shaker Meadows to anyone. It is a great way to spoil yourself. It is convenient, central location to enjoy local skiing and sites in western Massachusetts.

Incredible value, nice place

5 on June 17, 2012

We showed up late at night to Shaker Meadows, worn out from a long trip from Virginia. They put a personalized note on our door, and we walked in. Our two kids went nuts. Nice beds, big rooms, games, coloring books, mini kitchen. We slept well that night, and our dog was loving the stillness and summer smells. The next day we had an amazing breakfast. Our kids still rave and want to go back, but we're not heading up to Montreal this summer. Shame.

Fabulous Stay in May

4.8 on May 28, 2012

Superior value for a great farmhouse, charming grounds, delicious breakfast, and over-the-top service. Just be aware that the 55-mph highway is nearby, so road noise may annoy some.

Relax in Cozy Comfort

4.8 on May 28, 2012

Shaker Meadows Bed and Breakfast is what B & B's are all about: comfortable rooms, delicious breakfasts, and friendly, helpful hosts. My family and I have been going to Shaker Meadows for just about four years now and wouldn't stay anywhere else in the Berkshires. The rooms are lovely--pretty, comfortable and very clean. You won't find antiques or scented soaps, but you will find a relaxed and friendly place to stay for the whole family--even well-behaved dogs! Shaker Meadows has a number of suites with separate bedrooms, along with kitchen/living rooms. These suites are perfect for families or groups of friends who are sight-seeing around the beautiful Berkshires, but don't want to eat out every night. The suites are also fabulous for folks who are skiing in the Berkshires; in fact, Jean and Sean can supply you with discount packages to nearby Jiminy Peake. I'm not sure if Jean's breakfasts are legendary in New Lebanon, but they should be. Simply put, she's a fabulous cook and her made-from scratch pancakes & scones, her homemade sausages, and her made to order omelettes are delicious. Add hot coffee/tea, fresh fruit and yogurt, and a variety of cereals and you are all set for a day of hiking in the mountains, touring nearby stately homes and gardens, or down hill and cross country skiing. We've gotten to know Jean Cowhig during our stays, and have decided that she is the perfect B&B hostess. She's extremely knowledgeable about the area, always happy to tend to the needs of her guests, and is truly great fun to talk with. She's a gracious hostess and we always look forward to our visits. We highly recommend the Shaker Meadows B & B!

Summer vacation

4.8 on July 20, 2011

Gorgeous scenery, spacious room, fantastic breakfast. We wished we could have stayed longer.


5 on July 18, 2011

We have now had 2 high school reunions at Shaker Meadows -- 50th and 52nd! -- and everything was wonderful in every way. What more can one say?!

A great find

4.8 on July 17, 2011

First of all, Jean (a veteran innkeeper) is gracious, organized and accomodating. She made the perfect dinner recommendation off property, ensured the linens were right for our party, and dvd player was set up properly. Our room was as advertised (and great that it could be reserved for only one night). The piece de resistance was breakfast, and it was HEARTY: fresh fruit cup, ham & eggs, french toast, coffee and juice. Served on linens! Will definitely return here. Thanks, Jean!

Great breakfast and wonderful room! Great hospitality!

5 on October 12, 2010

Breakfast was delicious, homemade and included fresh scones to poached pears to cereals with fresh fruit to a hot entree of eggs and sausages. Nice location. Jean, the innkeeper, was excellent advised us well about the area and provided to all of our needs. Would recommend! Lovely Berkshire area B&B.

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Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Small town


Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County) 40 miles

Directions to property:

From New York City: Take the Taconic State Parkway north about one and one half hours to the exit marked “Route 295 – East Chatham.” The exit also reads “Last Exit Before Toll.” Take Route 295 east to the intersection with Route 22. Take a left onto Route 22 north and drive four miles north to Shaker Meadows on your left. From Boston: Take Route 90 (The Massachusetts Turnpike) west to the first exit in New York State, Exit B3. It will be marked “Rte.22 – Austerlitz -New Lebanon”. Take ExitB3 and turn right at the end of the ramp onto Route 22 north towards New Lebanon. Take Rte.22 north 7 miles to Shaker Meadows on your left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Shaker Historic Village, Tanglewood Music Festival, Jiminy Peak Ski Area, Berkshires Summer Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mount Greylock State Reservation, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Winery

Inn Details

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Passes to beach at nearby lake shore

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, miniature golf, roller skating and skateboard rink, bonfires and barbecues on-site, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental

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  • Check In:: 3PM
  • Check Out:: 11AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Pets are allowed in private suites
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Full deposit required or guaranteed by credit card
  • Cancellations: Cancellations accepted up to two weeks prior to single room reservation or four weeks prior to group reservation. Deposit is refunded for any accommodation which we are able to rebook.



Jean and Sean Cowhig

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About the innkeepers

The music at breakfast is likely to be Celtic in flavor; Sean plays folk guitar and the bodhran, or Irish drum. There is a tuned Henry Miller piano in the party room, and the inn hosts acoustic music workshops several weekends each year featuring Delta Blues and fingerstyle guitar.

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  • Time Served: 8am - 10 am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian