by Darcie Sosa
When you visit the Berkshires you will discover that it is accessible, affordable and that there are a wide variety of lodging choices. Whether you’re tent lovers or you prefer sheets with a 600 thread count, you will find the perfect accommodations to suit your needs in a lovely and vibrant setting.
For those who embrace nature by sleeping under the stars, the Berkshires offer an assortment of beautiful camping sites. Tucked away up in the northern part of the Berkshires is the Savoy Mountain State Forest. This campsite has 45 individual, and one group site that provides year-round camping. It offers two recreational ponds and is surrounded by forest and wooded hills. There are over 50 miles of hiking trails and the stunning Tannery Falls is nearby.
Campsites for tents, campers, and four cabins are available. In the busy summer months, the campground fills up fast. Make your reservations early so you don’t miss out. Find more information at [email protected]. other camping options can be found here.
Perhaps a roof overhead with a hot shower and cable TV is more your style. The Berkshires offer a plethora of hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts. Opening this summer is the new Courtyard Marriott in Lenox. It’s just minutes away from charming downtown Lenox shops, restaurants, theater and the world-famous Tanglewood music center. Travel just 15 minutes in the other direction and you will discover the theaters and nightlife of downtown Pittsfield. This hotel will provide its guests with a picturesque setting, elegant rooms, and suites, a restaurant, café, business center, indoor pool, fitness center and an outdoor fire pit. If you are looking for national brands like Marriott, you will find them here.
If you are searching for the top tier in luxury lodging, the Berkshires have many options. The area is known for its resorts and destination spas so you are sure to find a choice that will fulfill your specific expectations of pampering and relaxation.
Canyon Ranch, also in Lenox, is a top-rated spa resort destination surrounded by acres of woods, a luscious lawn, indoor and outdoor pools plus a high and low ropes course and rock wall. Here you are able to take advantage of the glorious outdoors within a luxury setting. You will be pampered by massages, facials and beauty treatments and have access to some of the most highly regarded and skilled doctors, dietitians, fitness trainers and health staff in the world. The award-winning spa dining is so good you will forget that you’re eating food that is also good for you.
Other options include staying at one of our many B&B’s which are sprinkled throughout the county and each one has its own unique character. For lake front views, be sure to check out the newly renovated LakeHouse Inn. If you are looking luxury on a pond then Stonover Farm might be perfect for you or if it’s a boutique inn that focuses on organic living then be sure to book your next stay at Topia Inn.
Whether you like to get your hands dirty or prefer to keep your manicure pristine, there is a lodging choice right for you and your family. We have a diversity of options for whatever your mode is when visiting the Berkshires. Come and try us out more than once so you can experience them all.
Darcie Sosa is a Berkshire marketing/PR professional, who when isn’t working loves being outside hiking with her dogs, going to live music and theatre shows, networking, trying new restaurants and volunteering for local nonprofits. She is an alum of Berkshire Community College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.