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Make Time for Shopping – Bring the Berkshires Home

The Berkshires provides unique and one-of-a-kind shopping for groups.  Shopping is one of the highlights of taking a vacation. Nothing is more satisfying than finding the perfect gift for your loved ones, or taking home a few mementos of your fabulous adventure.  Groups can find some truly unique treasures to remember their trip to the Berkshires

Many of the Berkshires most iconic attractions, Norman Rockwell Museum, Berkshire Museum and MASS MoCA, to just name a few have fantastic gift shops. Give the group time to browse each gift shop after their tour. Finding a favorite print, or book revealing the life of a famed historical figure, or a postcard with an image of local scenery or attraction make for treasured keepsakes.

Farmers markets, artisans and handmade items are part of the fabric of New England and the Berkshires abound with opportunities to find that special something.  Everyone loves the flavor of real maple syrup, the sweet taste of fresh apple cider or heartwarming homemade goodies.  Ioka Valley Farm, Bartlett’s Orchard, and Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, welcome groups from around the globe that want to sample a taste of the Berkshires or to bring home a special treat.

Artisan products, antiques and quilt shops are also among a groups favorite shop stops.  Both Sheffield Pottery and Bennington Potters have motorcoach parking and facilities to host a group. Berkshire antique stores, like Great Barrington’s Emporium Antiques Center  or Williamstown’s Saddleback Antiques, just to name a few, pride themselves on their quaint and attentive service.

Filled with pillows, bedding and gifts, the Country Curtains catalogue comes to life in their flagship shop located at the Red Lion Inn.  Pine Cone Hill Outlet of Pittsfield, MA has quilts, blankets, and quality home accessories featured in some of the most prestigious home style magazines.

For a truly unique Berkshire experience, have the group make their own Berkshire treasure at Bisque, Beads and Beyond.  A full service kiln fired art center featuring fused glass, paint your own pottery, bead shop, and custom jewelry and gifts.

For fashion forward shoppers, Lee Premium Outlets provide groups with free coupon books in additional to already discounted merchandise  at 60 designer stores including Brooks Brothers, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Talbots and many more.  An outstanding scenic setting makes for a special village shopping experience with spectacular mountain views.

No matter the special item, from antiques to designer clothing; handmade crafts to a tasty local treats, make time in your group itinerary for shopping and bring home a little of the Berkshires.