Meet Chuck Berry at Rockland’s Berry Manor Inn

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No, not the rock n roll icon, but W. Chuck Berry, “the highly trained disciple of the all great weather prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil.”

Chuck makes a personal appearance at the Berry Manor Inn, in Rockland, every February, giving the local twist on Ground Hog Day. While the Berry Manor is a fabulous escape anytime, this Ground Hog Day package includes

• lodging at the four-diamond historic B&B (it’s home of the Pie Moms, a reason alone worth visiting)

• an exclusive showing of the movie Ground Hog Day complete with all the trimmings (cider, popcorn, warm cookies

• a ground hog Beanie Baby

• ground hog trivia at breakfast (ground hog pancakes, of course)

• locally made ground hog candy

The package, available only Feb. 1, 2012, is $150-$210 per room.

Now let me tell you a bit about the inn and those rooms. This place is a gem, a ruby-colored mansion tucked on a side street in downtown Rockland, and an easy walk to shops, museums, and restaurants. It’s elegant and inviting and not at all stuffy. There are beaucoup areas to relax and unwind — enough so that it’s easy to escape other guests, should you desire.

Guest rooms are comfy, not frilly (varying from pretty to handsome), and even the smallest is quite spacious. Expect all the usual amenities and and quite a few unexpected ones (a B&B with chocolates and turndown? Nice!). Many rooms whirlpool tubs and/or fireplaces. There enticing enough that you might want to just hunker down and not come out except for breakfast and the always available sweets in the guest pantry. (They included blueberry pie while I was there; mmmmmm).

Innkeepers Michael and Cheryl are a hoot. If you’re the ultra serious type who doesn’t think listening to a toy hamster belt out a tune at breakfast is fun, or who doesn’t appreciate a rubber ducky in the tub, than this isn’t the place for you.

If ground hog day doesn’t fit your schedule, check it out another time. Winter rates are a steal, beginning at $115 per night. And there are other quite attractive packages, too.

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