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Shopping for Adventure in the Berkshires

The Berkshires are a prime destination for adventurous types and shopping for a thrilling experience is fun and easy to do in the Berkshires, with a multitude of shops that cater to outdoor adventure. Whether you’re hitting the slopes or trekking through the woods, you will find everything you need to enjoy your trip.

If you are headed to the northern Berkshires, you will find Berkshire Outfitters, in Adams. Operating since the 1980’s, this store offers top of the line clothing and equipment for skiing, snowshoeing, camping and hiking. They also offer rentals for skis and snowshoes. The knowledgeable staff can direct you to the proper gear and can also fill you in on the best places in the area for winter activities. Nature’s Closet, in Williamstown, is a shop that specializes in new and consignment clothing. Carrying outerwear and footwear as well as clothing, you will enjoy browsing great name brands such as Patagonia and North Face. They also have a wide selection of accessories to complete your outfit, like their Smartwool products.

If your adventure takes you to central Berkshire county, you’ll find many opportunities to get you ready for the outdoors. Canterbury Farm, in Becket, is a Bed and Breakfast, so you can snowshoe or go cross country skiing right from your door. The staff can also fit you with ski or snowshoe rentals, and give you instruction on how to use them. Tamarack Hollow Nature Center, also in Windsor, is another fun place for snowshoeing or trekking through the outback. Naturalist Aimee Gelinas leads guided tours through the majestic property, and snowshoes are available for renting. In Pittsfield, Plaine’s Bike, Ski and Snowboard has everything that you could want or need for any outdoor excursion. From skis, helmets and poles to snowboards and snowshoes, Plaine’s has it. With quality brands like K2 and Salomon, and all of the accessories you could imagine, this shop is truly a one stop destination to get you outfitted for a safe and fun outdoor Berkshires experience.

Further south in the Berkshires, nature beckons you to play, and one of several places to savor the beauty of the Berkshire hills is the Hilltop Nordic Center , a part of Hilltop Orchards at Furnace Brook Winery. This scenic spot in Richmond offers rentals for skiing and snowshoeing. Here you can find guided cross country skiing, as well as lessons, and if you’re really feeling adventurous, you can try one of their moonlight snowshoe treks, which includes a guided tour on the trails, a bonfire to warm you up, wine tasting and snowshoe rentals all for one low price. For fashionable clothing and outerwear that will keep you dry and warm during your outing, you’ll want to make a stop at the Arcadian Shop, in Lenox. This iconic shop is one of the Berkshires most popular stops for outdoor enthusiasts. Started in the early 1970’s, the store has grown steadily, now filling their sizeable building, which borders Kennedy Park. As well as clothing, footwear and outerwear, the shop carries a complete line of skis for downhill and cross country skiing. They also carry climbing equipment, if you are into rock climbing, and offers rentals for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The store also carries items for your dog, maps, and has a small coffee shop, if you want to sip a cappuccino while shopping or grab a bite to eat. The staff are all experts in outdoor recreation, and are happy to help you with your shopping decisions, and they even have an online store, in case you don’t have time to shop in person.

Wherever you decide to go in the Berkshires, you will find fabulous shopping to outfit yourself in the latest trends and most trusted name brands. When you have found everything you need, the beautiful outdoors awaits you, so get out there and enjoy your adventure!