Here are TEN hidden gems you won’t want to miss! From galleries to yoga retreats enjoy the Berkshires because Life is Calling.
You may have heard about the Norman Rockwell Museum but did you know that it houses the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art and it is set on 36 scenic acres in the artist’s picturesque hometown of Stockbridge. Here you cannot only enjoy the galleries but you can step outside and enjoy a nature walk. One of the best aspects is this museum is open year round and has ever changing exhibits so there is always something new to discover.
Nestled on a quiet, charming street of shops in Williamstown, the Harrison Gallery is the longest running gallery in north Berkshires. At this gem, you will find work by 40 artists from as far as Maine to California, their work that includes landscapes and still-life paintings, sculpture, handcrafted jewelry and fine ceramics. A visit here will inspire and being just minutes from the Clark you can create a perfect Berkshire arts discovery day.
Located on a breathtaking campus, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is the premiere destination for those seeking a compassionate environment for learning and retreat. Come and discover the largest yoga-based educational center in North America, offering 700 programs a year, with topics ranging from yoga and meditation to health and wellness, nutrition and cooking to fitness and the outdoors.
This gorgeously renovated historic Inn is a truly one of a kind. Inside the Kemble Inn, you will discover a gastronomic wonder at Table Six Restaurant where Chef Ron Reda of White House fame commands the kitchen. Take some time to enjoy their back patio where you can take in fantastic Berkshire views while you unwind and you can’t beat the location. Once you stay, the allure of the place will have you coming back again and again.
Discover this treasure in Stockbridge. Schantz Galleries is one of the few all glass art galleries in the country and is often compared to a museum. Here you will find a two-story gallery that houses art from more than fifty artists, including Dale Chihuly, Paul Stankard, and Lino Tagliapietra. Open year round, visitors can enjoy a variety of large installations along with works that are cast, blown, cut and fused, by some of the world’s most talented artists working in this special medium.
Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Berkshires you will discover Historic Deerfield an outdoor history museum that focuses on the history and culture of the Connecticut River Valley and early New England. What many visitors do not know is that guests can also explore to The Cooks’ Garden, which serves as a source of fresh ingredients for the museum’s open hearth cooking demonstrations and classes.
Want to get out and enjoy a paddle on the Housatonic River? Then Berkshire Scenic Treks and Canoe Tours is who you should turn to. Whether you are an experienced canoeist or a first-time paddler this company will ensure you have a memorable experience. Come on out and enjoy a day on the water filled with abundant flora and fauna and get a whole new perspective on the Berkshires.
Come, recreate a Colonial experience through a personal encounter with history, early American home life and the Berkshire landscape at the Bidwell House. This Georgian saltbox was built circa 1750 for the first minister of Township No. the Reverend Adonijah Bidwell. You can tour the house or if you are more interested in the great outdoors enjoy one of their many hiking trails or simply take in their gardens while you picnic.
Right here in the Berkshires, Crane & Company has been manufacturing currency paper for the US Treasury since 1879. Intrigued? Then take some time to visit the Crane Museum and learn more. At this museum, you will be treated to a scale model of the vat house of the first Crane mill and trace the history of American papermaking back to Revolutionary times and learn how Crane papers are part of this history.
The Becket Land Trust is a Berkshire gem. Located on 300+ acres, this preserve and quarry offer outdoor enthusiasts fantastic ways to get outside. There are miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails and if you are looking for more of an educational experience, then why not do their historic self-guided walk of the quarry and learn more about key role it had in the early development of the Town of Becket.