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14 Great Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Berkshire Summer

There are so many things to see and do in the Berkshires during the summer season. Here are 14 ideas to help kick start your planning.Get wet and wild on an adventure in the Berkshires.

Get wet and wild on an adventure in the Berkshires.1. Crab Apple Whitewater, Inc.

Feel the rush of the water as you speed down the Deerfield River in your raft. Whether it is wild or mild, you will find an adventure that is just right for you. Not sure if you are up to rafting? Crab Apple Whitewater, which is family owned and truly family friendly, also offers inflatable kayak adventures. So pack up the car and head on out to catch some white water fun.


Visit Lenox in this summer in lush gardens.2. The Mount

No visit to the Berkshires is complete without a trip to The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home. Visitors can experience the beauty of the property by taking a tour of the house and gardens. It is not only a historic house museum but also a vibrant cultural center. New for 2017 enjoy their outdoor sculpture show and an al fresco production of Midsummer’s Night Dream.


Relive the time of Norman Rockwell in America.3. Norman Rockwell Museum

Discover similarities between Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell in a first-ever exhibition linking America’s most iconic artists. Warhol’s nephew, James Warhola, is included with an installation of his illustration work for children’s books and more. In July the Museum premieres its newly-acquired collection from the Famous Artist’s School with mid-century works reminiscent of “Mad Men” days.


Stay at one of these properties.4. Berkshire Elegant Country Inns

Come and stay in luxury this summer at one of our Berkshire Elegant Country Inns. Choose from one of these 5 inns and be provided with a true Berkshire experience. Each inn has its own character but all of them are set amidst a rural country setting and are the perfect jumping off point to enjoy all the area has to offer from culture to the great outdoors.


Do some unusual shopping.5. Berkshire Arts Festival

Creativity comes alive at the Berkshires Arts Festival. Now in its 16th year, this festival will have 200 jury-selected artists & artisans from across the country on site for you to visit. Be sure to enjoy the food and wine offerings and partake in an artist demonstration. This festival is a great way for the whole family to spend a day in the Berkshires.


Indulge in your favorite classics.6. Tanglewood

Head for the Berkshire hills this summer and discover world-class music at Tanglewood. This idyllic spot is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and from June 16 – September 3 you can revel in the magic of Tanglewood for yourself. Be sure to check out their popular artists programming too. So pack up your picnic and head to the Berkshires.


Take in an unforgettable performance.7. Barrington Stage Company

Award-winning theater awaits you in the Berkshires so get your tickets to a show at Barrington Stage Company this summer. What makes this theater truly stand out is their on-going commitment to new work. The winner of 20 Berkshire Theatre Awards in 2016, for the first time ever they are presenting two musicals this season.


See an incredible show at these stages.8. Shakespeare & Company

Come experience world-class theater right here in the Berkshires. Shakespeare & Company celebrates its 40th anniversary with an exciting season that you can’t afford to miss. Enjoy indoor and outdoor stages, talks with the artists, theater tours, and more. Their beautiful campus is perfect for a pre-show picnic or stroll. Everyone is welcome!


Come for the music and stay for more.9. Berkshire Theatre Group

Get your tickets now! Berkshire Theatre Group is a center for creative work that enriches, invigorates and transforms. Here are a few of their 2017 highlights: Million Dollar Quartet, The Music Man, Arsenic and Old Lace, Children of a Lesser God featuring Joshua Jackson of Showtime’s The Affair, At Home at the Zoo by Pulitzer Prize-winning Edward Albee, and more.


Appreciate history in its natural setting.10. Hancock Shaker Village

No matter your age you will find a summer of fun at Hancock Shaker Village. Bring the kids to enjoy time with the animals and explore their buildings. Or come for a Maker Day to have a hands-on experience in the gardens. Looking for an evening out? Then plan to spend the evening at the Village enjoying music at one of their new American roots concerts.


Experience new heights of amazement in a nature setting.11. Jacob’s Pillow Dance

Being Jacob’s Pillow’s 85th Anniversary Season and the first fully programmed by Director Pamela Tatge, there is a lot to be excited about. This season you can enjoy world premieres, site-specific work and take part in community engagement initiatives. Be sure not to miss their free performances on their Inside/Out stage, perfect for the whole family.


Breathe deep and have a blast.12. Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Get reenergized in the great outdoors of the Berkshires this summer at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Here you will find a program that is just right for you, whether it is something focused on hiking, kayaking or stand up paddleboarding. If you are focused on programs that support self-discovery, yoga or wellness they offer these too.


Save hundreds at the Berkshire Elegant Country Inns.13. Berkshire Museum

Explore science, history, and the arts at Berkshire Museum this summer! This summer you can enjoy their Guitar, The Instrument that Rocked the World exhibit along with their aquarium, Little Cinema and their Hall of Innovation. Be sure to get hands on in their new Curiosity Incubator where the whole family can explore what it means to be part of the human fabric.


Help your kids have fun outdoors.14. Berkshire Nature Camp at Pleasant Valley in Lenox

Send your kids to explore the nature of the Berkshires this summer at Pleasant Valley Nature Camp. Here they will discover local habitats and wildlife while having fun with hands-on activities, creative art projects, outdoor games, and more. A week at Pleasant Valley leads to a lifetime of memories for your children.