You’ve got to love wedding gifts like a stand mixer, a set Lalique stemware, a new HDTV, or, say, a Florentine-style mansion with 19 luxe guest suites. Wheatleigh, built in Lenox, Massachusetts, in 1893 by New York financier and real estate tycoon Henry Cook as a “summer cottage” for his daughter, Georgie (who brought a title to her family by marrying a Spanish count), is one of those Berkshire gems where you can marvel at the amazing architecture and grounds—designed by no less than Peabody and Sterns (and about 150 of their Italian artisan besties) and Frederick Law Olmsted, respectively—while also having a fantastic night out.
Wheatleigh has always been a regional dining mecca, but this year, they’ve added one more feather to their culinary cap: weekly Midsummer Night’s BBQs, held every Wednesday until September 4, 2013. The sophisticated yet accessible barbecue—just check out the menu to see what we mean—is a family-style treat served on the inn’s stunning upper terrace, under the warm glow of outdoor lanterns and candles. Chef Jeffrey Thomspon and crew throw one kicker of a dinner party, complete with dishes like mouthwatering heirloom tomatoes with feta and olives, succulent grilled lobster and tuna, and a sweet-tart stone-fruit crumble. Annie just got back from last night’s festivities and can’t stop talking about it, and her pics made us scramble for the phone to book a seat for next week’s barbecue.
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