Find Your Bliss in the Berkshires This Winter
Posted on November 01, 2022Written by Nancy Macy
Updated on November 20, 2023
Are you ready for some rest and rejuvenation?
Why not plan a relaxing getaway in the Berkshires—home to some of the world’s best destination spas and wellness resorts. From yoga retreats and tranquil walks in nature to pampering body treatments and massage, there’s something for everyone.
Above: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Photo by Tracy Williams.
The peaceful setting of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, which overlooks Lake Mahkeenac and the surrounding Berkshire mountains, is the perfect place to bring your body, mind, and spirit into balance, especially in winter amidst the chaos of the holidays. Choose from immersive workshops with world-renowned presenters or R&R Retreat packages that let you set your own pace. Round out your stay with yoga and meditation classes, healing arts services, and fabulous food sourced from local farms. Kick off the new year with a signature Retreat & Renewal experience, an Ayurveda Cooking Immersion class for a digestive reboot, or a workshop for emotional clearing, self-compassion, or empowerment. No matter what program you choose, a visit to Kripalu provides a wonderful way to slow down, focus inward, and set your intentions for the new year.
Looking for an experience that combines both luxury and the pursuit of wellness? Canyon Ranch in Lenox is for you. This sprawling secluded property includes the historic Bellefontaine Mansion, an Integrative Health Center, and a spa. Whether you’re seeking a fitness coach, weight loss, a cleansing detox, or body treatments, you’ll find it at Canyon Ranch. If you wish to explore the Berkshires during your stay, plenty of unique shops, art galleries, world-class museums, and outdoor winter fun are within a short drive.
Above: Cross-country skiing at Notchview. Photo by M Monkman.
There are many other ways to find bliss in the Berkshires. Stroll through expansive galleries featuring contemporary art of all kinds at MASS MoCA or visit The Clark to see Edvard Munch: Trembling Earth, then pop into Bright Ideas for craft brew sipping or The Log by Ramunto’s for the warm comfort of authentic New York stone-fried pizza, craft beer, burgers, and more. Barrington Stage Company and Berkshire Theatre Group offer year-round entertainment, and if you’re feeling adventurous, the scenic winter landscapes will take your breath away. Strap on skis, snowshoes, or boots and enjoy a romp through the snow – such as at the stunningly serene Notchview, renowned for its Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and bird watching. Afterward, cozy up by the fire at one of our many inns, hotels, or bed and breakfasts.
There’s no better time for some downtime, and winter in the Berkshires is no exception. So gather your best friends, plan a romantic getaway for two, or steal away solo for a refreshing respite in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Find more inspiration here.
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