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Williamstown – A Perfect Group Destination in the Berkshires

Come and experience a little bit of heaven in the village of beautiful Williamstown, MA!  The setting is a small New England College town, home of Williams College, with lots of rolling green and purple hills.  The air is clear, the setting quiet, and the surroundings naturally beautiful.

Begin your day by enjoying the rustic side of this quaint New England town – visit working farms, orchards, pick berries, bounce along on a hayride, hike the hillsides and enjoy multicolored foliage in fall and shades of green in spring and summer – and often white in the wintertime.  Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this special time and place. It is perfect for a group who is looking to spend time outside and soak up the nature of the Berkshires. After a morning reveling in the great outdoors stop off at the Store at Five Corners which offers a gourmet café as well as great local products and is a perfect place for your group to “refuel” themselves.

As your day progresses, be sure your group makes time to soak up some culture. Visit the world renowned Clark Art Institute. This winter the Clark features its classics in remix ‘salon’ fashion along with a new Kidspace exhibit. Also on exhibit is Giselle’s Remix, a uCurate Exhibit. Make sure your group takes some time to walk the Stone Hill Trail.  Then just down the street have the bus stop at the Williams College Museum of Art which offers a changing program of American art and is always free.

After a fun filled day allow your group some time to shop and dine on Spring and Water Streets in Williamstown. They can enjoy delicious Indian food at Spice Root or if they are looking for Asian food have them try Sushi Thai Garden. For a more traditional meal they can try out the Water Street Grill or Hops and Vines Beer Garden & Brasserie. Shopping abounds so be sure not to miss Where’d You Get That, Ruby Sparks, the Shops at the Library and The Cottage. There is also a great local gallery, the Harrison Gallery, perfect for the art collector in your group.

So convenient to all these is the Williams Inn, a pleasant stroll from most all these attractions.  This traditional old New England inn has been in business for 100 years. They offer traditional hospitality 365 days per year and serve meals daily to guests and the public alike.  Other group friendly lodging options are the Orchards Hotel, the Willows Motel and the Guest House at Field Farm.

To extend your Berkshire tour, keep in mind the possibilities of heading south 45 minutes to Lenox and Stockbridge, where your group can enjoy Ventfort Hall, the Mount, Shakespeare & Company and the Red Lion Inn and so much more.  Or if your group wants to head north have the bus drive 20 minutes to the town of Bennington, VT and enjoy the Bennington Museum, Bennington Potters and the Bennington Center for the Arts & Museum of the Covered Bridge. Want to head east? Then take Route 2 and enjoy the Mohawk Trail scenic byway, to Shelburne Falls and historic Deerfield Village.

A visit to the northern Berkshires is a like a taste of heaven for a group of any size or interest!