“Escaping the bustle of New York City for a weekend is not just for pleasure, it’s for survival. While in the summer many New Yorkers pack their sun hats and head to the shore, I head north, driving up the Taconic Parkway to indulge in the cool mountain air of the Berkshires.
Every year, the Boston Symphony Orchestra relocates to Tanglewood Music Center for the summer months, turning the Massachusetts town of Lenox into a music lover’s haven. The majority of the BSO shows are classical, featuring the likes of Yo Yo Ma and violinist Joshua Bell, but some—played by a second orchestra called Boston Pops—experiment with jazz, rock, and Broadway music, too. This year I drove up for “Star Wars: A New Hope, In Concert,” snagging a pair of $23 lawn tickets.
Given that people flock to Tanglewood every summer, it comes as no surprise that the inns and hotels in and around Lenox fill up months in advance—so I turn to an Airbnb listing in the Berkshires area. Last year I stayed in the private room of a stylish, sunlit home in Hillsdale, New York, a 40-minute drive from Tanglewood. This year, I wanted to be closer to the action, and came across Airbnb Superhost Julie’s barn-turned-loft, in the town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Just a 25-minute drive from the music center, the barn was just $125 per night, much more affordable than anything available nearby.”
My Favorite Airbnb: A Classic Red Barn in the Berkshires was published on September 20, 2019 on Conde Nast Traveler