Press About The Berkshires

Destination: The New Berkshires Art Scene, Endless Vacation

Massachusetts’s Berkshires region, a New England landscape of rolling hills, quaint villages and stone walls, has long had an art scene that rivaled those of many American cities. Beginning in the mid-1800s, when natural attractions—like Mount Greylock, the state’s highest peak—became more accessible to travelers, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne made pilgrimages to the sites and sang their praises in essays and fiction. Melville, who could see Greylock from his home in Pittsfield, even dedicated his 1852 novel Pierre to what he called “the majestic mountain…his Imperial Purple Majesty.”… read more.