By Robin Peck
The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts is my home but it’s so much more. It is my pleasure to travel near and far to share the wealth of group tour opportunities available when visiting the Berkshires. Whatever your group’s interest, the Berkshires is waiting.
Perhaps their interest is literature? Maybe you have a school or book club planning a trip together? The Berkshires has been home to some of the country’s premier authors and what better way to understand their writings than to be in the space the words were penned?
Experience The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home where she wrote several of her famous novels such as Ethan Frome and Age of Innocence in the beautiful home she personally designed. Walk amongst the gardens she herself helped to create and enjoy a delicious luncheon on the terrace overlooking the exquisite gardens.
Just down the road you can stand in a room and gaze out the window at the mountain-view that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. Melville thought the mountain view of Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts, looked like the silhouette of a whale. This view led to him penning one of his most famous novels. Melville’s home, Arrowhead, is open for tours and is the home of the Berkshire Historical Society as well.
Nathaniel Hawthorne also stayed in the Berkshires for a time. During one of his visits, he met Melville on a hike up Monument Mountain. Learn more about this fortuitous meeting in a poem written by William Cullen Bryant, who was also a Berkshire County resident. Then have your group recreate this meeting with a hike up the mountain.
Another famous Berkshire author to include on a literary tour is W.E.B. Dubois. He was a journalist, educator, and civil rights activists; who was born in Great Barrington, MA. This quaint town was named the Best Small Town in North America by Smithsonian Magazine and is included in the African American Heritage Trail tour through the Berkshires.
For those whose literature fancies are more on the lighter side, how about a visit to the Dr. Seuss Museum just beyond the Berkshires in Springfield, MA? Or travel north and step into The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA.
Literature is just one theme to build an itinerary around. Be sure to intersperse their tour with a visit to least one of our world-class cultural venues like Norman Rockwell Museum, The Clark Art Institute, and MASS MoCA. Or enhance the itinerary with a garden experience at Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Hancock Shaker Village, or Ashintully Gardens. Or check off art and garden tours with a stop at Chesterwood, the home of Daniel Chester French who sculpted the model for the seated Lincoln in Washington, DC.
While visiting the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts be sure to stay at one of our award-winning hotels, the Hilton Garden Inn in Lenox/Pittsfield or the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Great Barrington to be near all the action!It would be my pleasure to assist you with your itinerary planning.
It would be my pleasure to assist you with your itinerary planning. Let me help you and your group discover all we have to experience – literature, art, history, dance, theater, outdoor recreation, wineries, breweries, farm-to-table fun, and so much more that await your group in the Berkshires.
Advertorial provided by:
Robin Peck, [email protected]
Director of Sales, Hilton Garden Inn