The Berkshires Blog

Feature: Berkshires Day by Day

In the autumn, changing leaves form a dappled canopy of red and orange above the wavelike hills of the Berkshires. The summer crowds, who descended upon the region’s famed performing arts festivals, such as Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow, thin out. This majestic western Massachusetts landscape is thus prime for exploration: Visitors can pass through the stately halls of the summer retreats of Gilded Age industrialists or climb the surging peaks that inspired some of that era’s most famous writers, such as Herman Melville and Edith Wharton. These sites are linked by roads that are not just a means but also a pleasure: well-paved lanes that cut crescents through thickets of skinny trees, that rise and dip, giving the illusion of an ever-shifting horizon, that afford Thoreauvian vistas. Farm-to-table restaurants, a year-round arts scene and shops brimming with handcrafted goods round out the area’s timeless appeal.  Read more about the day to day activities that abound the Berkshires >>