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What’s New for Groups in the Berkshires

The Berkshire has always been an ideal group destination, whether your group is looking to have a cultural experience or simply enjoy the great outdoors. This year there are some new additions for your groups to enjoy.

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown has always been a favorite spot for group visits.  This summer, The Clark reopens on July 4th, after closing for a lengthy and much anticipated renovation.  When the Independence Day celebrations are over, several new exhibitions will be on display throughout the summer, including:

– Make it New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950 – 1975, July 4 – October 13
-Cast for Eternity: Ancient Ritual Bronzes from the Shanghai Museum, July 4 – September 21
-Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith, July 4 – October 19

The Clark can arrange for group tours, and there is also a picnic area available for eating outdoors.  The grounds are especially beautiful in the summer, and there are fabulous (and newly expanded) trails for walking and hiking, making it possible for an entire day of group fun.

Also not to be missed is the garden renovation happening at Naumkeag, this project started last year and will be completely finished by 2018 but the gardens that are complete are well worth the stop. Plus they now offer a café where you can grab your food and enjoy a picnic anywhere on the grounds. While you are there be sure to include a house tour of the Gilded Age Cottage, perfect for the history and architecture buffs that are in your group.

If your group is looking to get moving why not take them to the newly built aerial park, Ramblewild? Ramblewild will be open for business by June 21st, and promises to be a wonderful adventure. With several trails available, each with different levels of skill, Ramblewild provides entertainment for the entire group.  The entire aerial park and surrounding area are created to be environmentally sound, from its Forest Stewardship Council protection for its forest, to the unique clamping system they are using to prevent damage to the trees; Ramblewild offers its guests a truly natural experience in a pristine wilderness.  Ramblewild’s main lodge will offer a gift shop, seating by a beautifully built fireplace, and an area will be available for picnic lunches (certain arrangements can be made for food delivery for groups).  Reservations are necessary and they offer group discounts, as well.

Eastover Estate and Retreat, in Lenox, is in the process of a complete transformation, and has reopened as a holistic retreat center.  With a cafe and juice bar, a spa, pool, and many other special touches, this resort can be a great escape for your entire group.  With onsite lodging and meals, meeting spaces, and event venues, your group may find it hard to leave Eastover during their stay.  Eastover offers holistic classes, nutritional cooking classes and more.  With hiking trails, tennis courts and beautiful gardens, this is a complete and wonderful destination for any group.

See you in the Berkshires!