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Great Escapes: A Rejuvenating Retreat in the Berkshires, Then and Now

Posted on August 12, 2022Written by Andrea Park

Edith Wharton and her peers flocked to the Berkshires during the Gilded Age for a respite from New York City, and the Western Massachusetts region has been a restorative destination for the well-heeled ever since.Edith Wharton and her peers flocked to the Berkshires during the Gilded Age for a respite from New York City, and the Western Massachusetts region has been a restorative destination for the well-heeled ever since.

Written by Andrea Park
for Barron’s Penta
August 12, 2022
Photo Credit: James Baigrie

Edith Wharton and her peers flocked to the Berkshires during the Gilded Age for a respite from New York City, and the Western Massachusetts region has been a restorative destination for the well-heeled ever since. Skiing and snow-capped pine trees, spring blossoms, cool summer air, and breathtaking fall foliage make the Berkshires an attractive place to visit year-round, while wellness centers, museums, and performance arts venues offer plenty to do indoors.

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