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Summer Comes Alive

While the picturesque beauty of the Berkshires makes this region a year-round vacation spot, the summer months are the high-season for outdoor fun and the performing arts. Add farm-to-table restaurants, unique shopping and antiques, art museums, historic sites, and kid-friendly activities to the possibilities and you’re in for an exciting and memorable getaway!

Among the Berkshires’ best-known summer attractions are its film, theater, dance, and music festivals. This year’s festival season kicks off May 31 – June 3 with the Berkshire International Film Festival, featuring independent films, documentaries, and shorts screened at theaters in Great Barrington and Pittsfield plus opening night…

Aerial Adventure Parks – A Growing Trend in Group Adventure

Aerial adventure parks abound in the Berkshires and they are a great way for any daring group to get outside and bond. Many of these parks are only open during more temperate times of year but with the addition of Ramblewild, which opened last summer, the Berkshire now boasts year round aerial adventure. Check out all the options we have and select the venue that works best with your group’s demographics and thrill seeking level.
Berkshire East Canopy Tours, 66 Thunder Mountain Road, Charlemont
About: A destination featuring three different zip line canopy tours led by experienced guides who click you in and…

An Outdoor “Man”ual

Everyone knows that the Berkshires has everything you could want in arts, culture, food and spirits, but if you’re looking for a guys’ getaway in the outdoors, you can find that here too. Whether you want to rough it on a leisurely backpacking trip up to Massachusetts’s highest peak or put your fitness skills to the test before a pampered recovery at one of the region’s spas, the Berkshires serves up options for any preference of outdoor fun.

Do you long for the days of climbing trees, rope swinging, and monkey bars? At Ramblewild’s Tree-to-Tree Adventure Park in Lanesborough, you’ll find…

Inspiration for Planning a Summer Tour to the Berkshires

Groups have long enjoyed coming to the Berkshires in our summer season. Whether it has been for the vibrant cultural scene, the great outdoors, the spa scene, or for an itinerary chocked full of visits to our world-class museums. Here’s a list of 20 not to miss events and attractions happening in the Berkshires this summer, we hope it will motivate you to bring a group this summer or use this as inspiration to plan an upcoming tour to our region.
IT’S FESTIVAL SEASON: MUSIC, ART, THEATER, AND DANCE
Tanglewood, Lenox. The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra welcomes conductor Andris Nelsons in his inaugural season…

Call of the Wild

“The younger generation is spending all this time looking at a screen two feet away rather than peering half a mile outside,” says Paolo Cugnasca, “and so they are growing up shortsighted.” It is part of the charm of speaking to Paolo, an investor who came to New York from Italy in the 1970s, that his English idioms are still a bit off. He means to say that more children are nearsighted—the rate of myopia in people 12 to 54 years old increased by nearly two thirds in the past few decades, according to a National Eye Institute study—but upon…

Summer Fun for All Ages

By Nancy Macy

When it comes to summer playgrounds, the Berkshires offer fun and excitement for all ages. Whether you’re into outdoor adventure, exploring history, unique shopping and dining, or enjoying cultural events and festivals, we have it all.

Have you been daydreaming about some time away in nature? The great outdoors awaits you in our beautiful mountains, lakes, and streams. Take a hike to a waterfall or summit. Join a guided nature walk or family-friendly event at a Trustees of Reservations property such as Naumkeag and Bartholomew’s Cobble. Paddle and swim in the clear, sparkling waters found throughout the region.

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Aerial Foliage Adventures

We’re used to observing the stunning fall foliage of the Berkshires from a distance. From the farm fields lined with yellows and oranges in the valley to the bright reds that reach up the shoulders of the highest peaks. The mix of colors brushed across the landscape is a sight not to be missed. Still there’s a secret about fall foliage in the Berkshires — it’s best viewed up close! Whether hiking, biking or canoeing getting out there and into the brilliantly cover forests produces more beautiful and rewarding foliage vistas than any highway can provide. The most exciting way…

Lanesborough Feature

Outdoor enthusiasts have a special place in their hearts for the Berkshires, and those in the know head to Lanesborough to take advantage of a full range of options. From hiking to cycling, snowshoeing to xc skiing, this Berkshire town should serve as your next home-base for outdoor adventure.

Possibly the most family-friendly outdoor option in the region is the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, which runs from Lanesborough north through Cheshire and Adams. Here you’ll find a wide berth to accommodate runners, walkers, bicycles, and rollerblades in the warmer months. Snowshoes and xc skis will make tracks in the winter.

Your crew will…

Summer Line Up

Delve into the rich and varied summer activities #intheberkshries this summer.

1. Berkshire Elegant Country Inns

Come and stay in luxury this summer at one of our Berkshire Elegant Country Inns. Choose from one of these 5 inns and be provided with a true Berkshire experience. Each inn has its own character but all of them are set amidst a rural country setting and are the perfect jumping off point to enjoy all the area has to offer from culture to the great outdoors.

 

2. Norman Rockwell Museum

Did you know that the Norman Rockwell Museum houses the world’s largest collection of original Rockwell…

Now is the Time to Start Your Holiday Shopping

This holiday season, consider upping your gift game by giving Berkshire experiences instead of material things!  Plan a weekend getaway, gift a spa day, wrap up tickets for a show or a museum, or surprise someone with a gift card for an outdoor adventure. Gifts of experience and learning are a great way to create wonderful memories for and with your family and friends, and you’ll find plenty of unique and creative ideas right here in the Berkshires!

For a gift of peaceful relaxation, arrange a stay at Canyon Ranch in Lenox or why not gift the joy of motion and…

Outdoor Adventure Guide

By Kelly Bevan McIlquham

It’s only a quarter-mile trek from the lodge at Ramblewild to the station where we suited up in all the equipment necessary for riding from tree to tree, navigating structures hundreds of feet in the air, and repelling from sky-high platforms down to the ground below. Only 200 feet into that forest hike, my 12-year-old son understand that this was already part of the Ramblewild experience.

“Just look up,” he said after just a few minutes. “You’re in a canopy of trees. It’s awesome!” To me, it seemed like something right out of the pages of Swiss Family…

Soaring Through The Trees at Ramblewild in the Berkshires, We 3 Travel

We weren’t sure exactly what to expect when we pulled into Ramblewild in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, but we soon found that Ramblewild’s treetop adventure course is more like a visit to the forest moon of Endor than your typical “ropes course.” This is largely due to its ownership by Feronia Forests, an organization dedicated to forest conservation. Their goal is to fight nature deficit disorder; giving kids and adults alike an opportunity to connect with nature, challenge themselves and build self-confidence… read more.

Get Outdoors

By Darcie Sosa

If you’ve spent the last few months hiding from the snow and cold indoors, now is the time to get back outside! Embrace the blooming flora and warmer weather, and take advantage of all the outdoor adventure The Berkshires has to offer!

Love to be in the woods? The Berkshires offers plenty of hiking, biking, and camping options to make you feel at one with nature.

The Berkshires has ten state campgrounds that offer cabins, tent, and lean-to sites. There are also five private campgrounds where sites are made available for campers, cabins, and tents.  Gather friends and…

Where to Zip in The Berkshires

Fresh Air & Freedom
Ziplining #intheBerkshires offers an adventurous respite to the summer heat and pandemic blues.
By Elizabeth Nelson, 1Berkshire

The last time I went ziplining, I was in Costa Rica on my honeymoon. Our guide drove us to the top of a mountain where one by one, each member of the group began the descent back to the forest floor, now obscured by swirls of cloud.

“You go first,” said my husband.

One zip in and we were both hooked. Soaring over the bright green canopy with nothing but clear sky overhead was a rush, each line more thrilling than the last.

Ziplining during…

Exciting Adventure Parks

Have you ever wanted to tour the treetops like a bird, a monkey, or even Tarzan? Aerial adventure parks and zip lines deliver the same exciting experience once left only to loin-cloth-clad storybook heroes.

Zip lines allow you to soar above the valley floor. Zooming along a cable strung between two high points, they are designed to slow you down as you approach your landing zone. Aerial adventure parks, on the other hand, provide obstacles that will test the strength of your mind and body as you negotiate the challenges at 10, 30, or even 60 feet above the ground. Don’t worry,…

Great Outdoor Adventures

 

Ready for an adventure? Grab your outdoor gear and pack a picnic, the Berkshires have everything you need to satisfy a yearning for fresh air, scenic views, and a heart-pounding adrenaline rush—all set among picturesque landscapes dotted with mountains, lakes, forests, and quaint New England towns.

Berkshire outfitters such as the Arcadian Shop in Lenox offer a great selection of equipment to help furnish you with everything you need to safely enjoy the great outdoors. And if you’re looking to just rent your gear, you’ll find bikes, kayaks, and paddle boards at the ready. Knowledgeable outdoor guides from around the region…

Make Time for Family: Midweek Getaway

Most of us consider time spent with family as precious and making time to spend together can often feel daunting. A midweek family getaway to the Berkshires can be a great, easy way to reconnect with loved ones. Whether your family is active and loves the outdoors, or you’re looking for a relaxing, culture-filled family vacation, the Berkshires offers families perfect opportunities to make memories that will last a lifetime.

At the base of Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, you’ll find Wyndham Bentley Brook, which has midweek specials available. With its on-site amenities, such as indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, and a…

Four Fabulous Ways to Enjoy Fall Foliage 

It’s no secret that autumn is a gorgeous season in the Berkshires

By Kevin Pink, 1Berkshire

Across these rolling hills, lush greenery gives way to explosions of color. Looking up through a canopy of red, orange, and yellow to a clear and deep-blue sky and taking a deep breath of crisp cool air, it’s easy to understand how millions of people have fallen in love with this experience. For those planning to visit the Berkshires this autumn, here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy the fall foliage.
Hiking
The region is full of enchanting woodland trails just waiting for you…

The Berkshires, An Ideal Location for a Family Getaway

By Kelly Bevan McIlquham

When looking to schedule your next family vacation, you need look no further than the Berkshires of Massachusetts. “I think if I were to be here for a weekend I would want to make sure my children saw one theater piece, went to Jacob’s Pillow (Becket) and Tanglewood, strolled through one of the museum’s and then experienced a hike at somewhere like Monument Mountain or Gould Meadow,” said Kate Maguire, a Berkshire resident, mom of three grown children and Artistic Director and CEO of the Berkshire Theatre Group. Having difficulty narrowing her list down for families Maguire…

Girlfriend Getaway Ideas

The Berkshires are an ideal destination for a Girlfriend Getaway. Whatever time of year and wherever in the county you plan to visit, the Berkshires offer up a bounty of fun. So, gather up your favorite gal pals and make plans for memories that will last a lifetime!

Regardless of where you make your home base, your group will find a wide variety of activities to enjoy, from the rugged outback to refined elegance; there is something for everyone in this area. Make reservations at the Garden Gables Inn and use it as a base for your group’s adventures. This B&B…

Top Picks for Your Summer Visit to the Berkshires

By Nancy Macy

Where will you be in the Berkshires this summer? Enjoying the vibrant cultural scene, getting outdoors, reveling in a spa vacation, or touring our world-class museums? Here’s a list of the top 20 attractions to help you plan your visit and create unique, memorable experiences all season long!

IT’S FESTIVAL SEASON: MUSIC, ART, THEATER, AND DANCE

Tanglewood, Lenox. The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra welcomes conductor Andris Nelsons in his inaugural season and celebrates the 75th year of the Tanglewood Music Center. This year’s festival features returning favorites (Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Mark Morris), special events (A Prairie Home…

Kids’ Ideal Getaway – Summer Camps

The wonderful things that make the Berkshires a top vacation destination in the country are the same things that make the area a great setting for summer camps.

Imagine a wide-open sky filled with twinkling stars and a cool breeze. The soothing waters of a spring-fed lake gently lap a nearby shore. A crackling campfire draws campers together to share stories of the day’s adventures. Excitement brews among them, because tomorrow brings more opportunities to learn, play, and make memories with new friends. This is just a glimpse of the camp experience in the Berkshires.

Berkshire summer camps are as diverse as…

A Modern Forest Adventure and Ropes Park in Massachusetts

Take the ropes and zip-line course you remember visiting as a kid and now imagine it if it were renovated by millennials and you’ll have Ramblewild, a tech-savvy outdoors experience deep in the untapped forests of Massachusetts.

Ramblewild is a magical world of sky-high tree-houses connected by endless networks of wooden bridges, rope ladders, ropes, and zip-lines at varying degrees of difficulty. But the aesthetically pleasing design makes the users feel as if they’re conquering a far off planet in their favorite sci-fi flick as opposed to trying to earn a scouts badge. In other words, it’s so well done that…

10 Great Outdoor Activities

Outdoor sculptures, whitewater rafting, hiking & biking, fishing, and aerial parks are just some of the many adventures awaiting you here in the Berkshires! Enjoy the scenic views and nature along with some great experiences this summer.

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home
Taking a house tour is certainly part of the allure of The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home but another great way to enjoy this venue is to get outside. You can do this by enjoying the SculptureNow exhibit featuring 28 large, outdoor sculptures or by wandering the lush gardens of the estate. If you feel like relaxing then pull up a chair,…

High Season is Coming

By Nancy Macy

While the picturesque beauty of the Berkshires makes this region a year-round vacation spot, the summer months are high season for outdoor fun and the performing arts. Add farm-to-table restaurants, unique shopping and antiques, art museums, historic sites, and kid-friendly activities to the possibilities and you’re in for an exciting and memorable getaway!
World-Class Venues, Internationally Acclaimed Artists
Among the Berkshires’ best-known summer attractions are its film, theater, dance, and music festivals. This year’s festival season kicks off June 1-4 with the Berkshire International Film Festival. This year BIFF will feature independent films, documentaries, and shorts screened at the Triplex and…

What’s New for Groups in the Berkshires

The Berkshire has always been an ideal group destination, whether your group is looking to have a cultural experience or simply enjoy the great outdoors. This year there are some new additions for your groups to enjoy.

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown has always been a favorite spot for group visits.  This summer, The Clark reopens on July 4th, after closing for a lengthy and much anticipated renovation.  When the Independence Day celebrations are over, several new exhibitions will be on display throughout the summer, including:

– Make it New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950 – 1975,…

Holiday Gift Ideas – On the Road With Michelle

Money. Prepaid credit cards. Checks. These kinds of gifts are easy to give and easier to spend. I know when I get money for the Holidays, I dream up ways to spend it on something special or something fun. More often than not my Holiday gift money ends up in my gas tank or in my refrigerator.

It’s hard buying for people. You want to get them the right thing, not spend crazy money, and ultimately want them to love what you buy them. If you anguish over details or find yourself shoving fifties into envelopes, stop. Sure the receiver will…