What’s New in the Berkshires
Posted on December 15, 2018Written by Lindsey Schmid
The Berkshires are an exciting year-round destination for all ages, offering the perfect mix of arts and culture, outdoor adventure, great food, and distinctive shops. Here’s a partial list of places you won’t want to miss!
Visitors to the northern Berkshires will find two of the region’s most notable art museums. Both have newly renovated spaces worth a visit. Stop by the new Manton Research Center while at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown to explore the new Manton Study Center for Works on Paper, Manton Gallery for British Art, The Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper, the Henry Morris and Elizabeth H. Burrows Gallery, the Lauzon Glass Study, and the new public reading room. Purchase a combined admissions ticket to the Clark and MASS MoCA to visit the new Building 6 in North Adams. Building 6 doubles MASS MoCA’s gallery space, adds support facilities and amenities for performing artists and music festivals, and houses four long-term installations.
Location: Greylock WORKS in North Adams
Just down the road from MASS MoCA in North Adams, see what developers Karla Rothstein and Salvatore Perry are doing at Greylock WORKS to transform the former Greylock Mills complex into residential, food production, hotel, and restaurant space. It is also an event space with amenities for hosting weddings, festivals, and conferences.
If you’re traveling in the central Berkshires, be sure to visit Pittsfield, the region’s largest city, to explore arts, culture and the growing downtown scene. Business travelers or those looking for opportunities to start a business in the Berkshires will want to stop in at Framework, a new co-working space on North Street. You’ll also find the new Wolfson Theater Center, headquarters for Barrington Stage Company. If you’re looking for an interesting event space in the area, head over to Hancock Shaker Village where Main Street Catering, headed by farm-to-table Chef Brian Alberg, offers year-round full-service catering and event planning services.
From Pittsfield, head south to Lenox for a performance at the new outdoor Roman Garden Theatre at Shakespeare & Company. While in town, visit Tanglewood to learn more about the multi-use, multi-season, four-building complex scheduled to open in 2019. The state-of-the-art expansion will create an additional rehearsal and performance space and add year-round educational programming and amenities for visitors to the 524-acre campus.
Location: 33 Main in Lenox
Looking for a new place to stay while in Lenox? Book a reservation at the Courtyard by Marriott Lenox Berkshires, a Marriott property offering an on-site restaurant, fitness center, pool, and business services and meeting space. Also new to the hospitality scene here is 33 Main, an eight-room bed-and-breakfast-style luxury lodging experience created by Berkshires-based designer Annie Selke. Located in the heart of downtown, the newly renovated Federal-style inn showcases Selke’s line of home furnishings. For a luxurious Berkshire hideaway to call your own, invest in one of the 19 residences at the new gated community at Canyon Ranch Living® at Bellefontaine.
In southern Berkshire County, the new 200-seat Perles Family Studio at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket offers a year-round space for rehearsals, informal performances, instruction and facilities for visiting artists as well as being available to host events. In Stockbridge, the renovation of the 18th-century Center House at Berkshire Botanical Gardens creates a four-season space for education, programming, and special events. The restored building houses a new commercial kitchen, administrative offices, a gallery space, a library of horticultural and design books and a reading room. For a one-of-a-kind experience that marries art and the great outdoors in one beautiful locale, head over to Turn Park in West Stockbridge. The 16-acre art space in a former marble quarry is home to unique outdoor sculptures, art exhibitions, live music and a stone amphitheater for outdoor performances.
No matter what part of the Berkshires you visit, there’s always something new to discover.