The Berkshires Blog

The Heart of the Berkshires

May 2014

Lenox is your stepping-stone to the heart of the Berkshires with all that it has to offer – nature, culture, entertainment, relaxation, and fresh air. Centrally located in the region, Lenox is a great place to stay. Its award-winning lodging offers an unparalleled world-class range of choices, from family-friendly motels to exclusive spas and resorts properties. Well known for its restaurants, Lenox is part of the locally-grown food movement which is truly part of what makes the Berkshires a unique place to visit and to live.

The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is Tanglewood, which spans both Lenox and Stockbridge and attracts fans of great classical and contemporary music to the region. Other great Berkshire performing arts venues include: Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage Company, Jacob’s Pillow, Shakespeare & Company and Williamstown Theatre Festival. It is at these locations that the theatrical arts come alive all.

Lenox like the rest of the Berkshires is also about history and heritage. Visiting The Mount, Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Edith Wharton’s home and gardens, is a must. Ventfort Hall, the most expensive private home built in Lenox during the Gilded Age of the 1890′s has been restored to its former splendor and offers frequent events, tours and lectures. The Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio is a unique glimpse into the origins of the Modern movement. Nearby, a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum, Chesterwood, Berkshire Museum, Williams College Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, Hancock Shaker Village and the Clark Art Institute  (set to re-open on July 4th after an extensive campus expansion project), connect visitors to the rich arts culture that the Berkshires have to offer.

Seeking a peaceful walk in the woods and a bit of fresh air, make sure to visit Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary – a property of Mass Audubon, with miles of extensive trails through a 1300 acre wilderness, it offers views, forests, wetlands, rare species, and terrain both friendly and challenging for walkers and hikers. Kennedy Park – a Lenox town conservation property – is easily accessed from downtown Lenox by a moderate walk up past the Church on the Hill. Other great outdoor activities in the area include kayaking and canoeing on our many lakes as well as mountain and road biking.

Come and spend your time in Lenox and enjoy the Berkshires.