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This eco-friendly hotel offers a surprising taste of Japan in the Berkshires.
With just two suites, this intimate hotel offers guests a classic Japanese ryokan (guesthouse) experience. Each accommodation comes with its own tatami room for private dining, HD TV, Blu-ray player, iDock clock radio and electronic bidet. The property has a formal dining room, and the multi-course dinner menu is a favorite — additional dining venues include a more intimate table overlooking the windmills. The inn's cooked-to-order breakfast is complimentary, and guests can also take sushi rolling classes.
Shirakaba sits in 21 wooded acres laced with hiking trails. Additional activities include horseback riding, whitewater rafting, Tanglewood summer concerts and art galleries. A private, far infrared sauna, indoor pool and indoor/outdoor hot tub are available for relaxation. The inn is notable not only for its Japanese influences, but also for its eco-friendly efforts, which include solar panels, a geothermal water furnace, efficient radiant floor heating, triple pane Thermotech windows and a comprehensive recycling program.