If you’re a health and wellness enthusiast, here are TEN perfect Berkshire spots you have to visit. From resorts and spas to wild adventures to amazing health-food stores, the Berkshires have got you covered.
For an all-inclusive, all-healthy vacation destination in the heart of the Berkshires, visit Canyon Ranch in Lenox. There are delicious meals, daily fitness activities, spa treatments and a comprehensive menu of health and wellness services. Staffed by a team of knowledgeable board-certified physicians, nurses, and dietitian/nutritionists, Canyon Ranch is the total package.
Getting outdoors and active with friends and family decreases stress, increases fitness and makes you feel great, and there’s no better place to do that than Zoar Outdoor. If you’re looking to strengthen your core muscles and improve your balance, try your hand at whitewater rafting or kayaking. Or if you like adventure, hop on the zip line canopy tour!
Surrounded by gorgeous scenery, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is the is the largest yoga-based retreat center in North America. Offering more than 700 programs a year, with topics ranging from yoga and meditation to health and wellness, nutrition and cooking to fitness and the outdoors, Kripalu has something for everyone.
Eastover is a 600-acre sanctuary and holistic healing retreat center minutes from downtown Lenox. Visitors can customize their own stay by selecting a scheduled teacher hosted holistic and healing program or workshop or by joining any Relax and Rejuvenate activities. They offer classes in Qigong, Tai Chi, healing, yoga, meditation, calligraphy, hiking, walking, swimming and more.
Healthy, locally grown food is abundant in the Berkshires and there’s no better place to pick some up than at Berkshire Organics in Dalton. This local, organic non-gmo market was created to bring residents and local farms together and provide the freshest produce, local meat, dairy, groceries, breads, baked goods, beer/wine, gluten-free products, personal care, cleaning products and more.
Guido’s Fresh Marketplace is a great place to pick up some of the best food the Berkshires has to offer. They have an amazing, knowledgeable staff with over 100 years of combined experience in fresh produce sourcing and buying, their line of premium vitamins and supplements, and even dedicated natural foods buyers! They even have a “Healthy Pittsfield” designated Cafe in the Pittsfield store.
Known as the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood, collaborates with Kripalu every summer to offer hour-long yoga classes on the lawn near the Tanglewood Visitor Center. These weekly classes are available at no additional charge to Saturday-morning BSO Rehearsal ticket-holders. Tanglewood also offers many family-friendly concerts and activities, including several free and discounted events.
Comprised of over 960 square miles of charming countryside in the Berkshires and Litchfield County, Connecticut, the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area is full of amazing places to get outside. To help showcase these wonderful features, Housatonic Heritage offers a wide variety of free heritage walks and bike and paddle tours throughout the summer and fall that are great for the whole family!
For nearly half a century, the Berkshire Natural Resources Council has been helping to preserve and promote the innate beauty of our region. The Council maintains a number of family-friendly trails throughout the Berkshires that are full of ponds, waterfalls, summit views, and even picnic spots! Keep an eye on their event calendar and join the team on one of the many group hikes they facilitate.
Deep in the Berkshire Mountains you’ll find Rowe Camp and Conference Center, a spiritual and educational organization that offers an exceptional array of outstanding teachers and workshops in a small, intimate forum and youth camps and adult community retreats that nurture and inspire. With camps and classes for children, adults, men, women, youth, and seniors, no one is left out here!