If your idea of a girls’ weekend includes world-class galleries and museums, sidewalk cafes, brewpubs, craft cocktails, one-of-a-kind shops, and outdoorsy fun, then a visit to the Berkshires could be exactly what you’re looking for!
It seems there’s always something new to see or do in the Berkshires, so even if you’ve been here before, you’ll find lots to explore. While recent years have brought a sophisticated urban vibe to many area downtowns, there’s also been a boom in exciting outdoor adventures. For an adrenaline-pumping thrill (and great views of the foliage), head to Catamount Mountain Resort for a ride on their new dual zip line. At 5,500 feet, it’s the longest in North America- and at speeds of up to 55 mph from summit to base, it’s an experience you and friends will never forget! For something a bit tamer, take in a scenic vista on free guided hikes with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council.
If all that fresh air whets your whistle or tickles your appetite, make a stop at the recently-reopened Berkshire Food Co-op in the center of Great Barrington or the new Café ChocoLatte in downtown Lenox. Enjoy a tasting or a tour at a local winery, brewery, or distillery to discover even more unique regional flavors.
When learning and discovery is on your itinerary, you’ll want to visit Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield. In addition to museum tours, a gift shop, and Seeds Market Café, you’ll find one-on-one workshops in weaving, spinning, and basic woodworking as well as hands-on workshops in Shaker cooking and box making.
At day’s end, settle in at the new Williams Inn in the center of Williamstown. With the feel of a contemporary New England farmhouse, it’s a warm and welcoming place to rest your head. Have dinner and drinks at The Barn restaurant on-site, then cozy up to a fireplace for conversation or a good read before turning in for the night. Wake up to a breathtaking sunrise, fresh eggs, and coffee, and enjoy another day of your Berkshire escape!
Nancy Macy is a freelance writer and editor based in the Berkshires.
Photo courtesy: Berkshire Natural Resources Council.