What’s New in the Berkshires

Top Story:

  • The Clark has completed its final phase of its campus expansion program and recently received the coveted 2014 Apollo Award for Museum Opening of the Year

Anniversaries in 2016:

Cultural News:

  • Jane’s Cafe has just opened inside Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Lobby with seating for up to 36. The cafe will be catered by The Red Lion Inn.
  • MASS MoCA received a $25.4 million grant from the state which gave Mr. Thompson, the museum’s director, funds to start the last phase of an effort he helped hatch nearly three decades ago: transforming an abandoned 19th-century factory complex into a destination arts center that could help revive the struggling economy of North Adam
  • Chesterwood has added Sunday evening programming which focuses on live bluegrass and folk music on the grounds of Daniel Chester French’s estate. It is called Chesterfest Americana Music Series.

Attraction News:

  • The Berkshire Scenic Railroad is open again for business and will be running trains from Adams to North Adams all summer long.
  • Hilltop Orchardshas added fat bike trails to their already extensive cross country and snow shoeing trail system
  • Berkshire East has opened North America’s longest mountain coaster and downhill mountain bikers have a new park to play in, construction has begun on a lift-serviced mountain bike park at Berkshire East Mountain Resort.
  • Ramblewild which opened last summer is the newest aerial park in the Berkshires, it offers 8 unique self-guided, tree to tree aerial courses ranging from lower, beginning trails to much higher, more expert aerial courses.

Lodging News:

  • Hotel on North is open. This new boutique hotel in Pittsfield offers a urban chic lodging experience and in the hotel enjoy dining at their new restaurant Eat on North. Includes meeting space and extend stay suites.
  • Forbes Travel Guide names Wheatleigh as one of its new 5-star hotels.
  • The Orchards Hotel, as one of the Hay Creek Hotels is now offering Tesla charging stations on-site. This service is available year round and provides fast and convenient charging solutions for travelers.  These particular Hay Creek hotels will be programmed into the GPS system of all Tesla.
  • Hilton Garden  is open at 1032 South St. in Pittsfield and has several meeting spaces, onsite restaurant and bar, indoor pool, and more.

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