The Berkshires offer beautiful vistas, enriching culture, and fascinating history. It's the perfect place to refresh your mind, body, and soul during a weekend getaway.
BERKSHIRES GETAWAY IDEAS
Whether you want to soak in the area's culture and history, enjoy world-class music, or take a hike, the Berkshires have you covered. You can relax, visit museums, test your athletic limits, or do a little of everything.
EXPERIENCE AN ICONIC TANGLEWOOD CONCERT
Tanglewood hosted its first concert in 1937 and has been delighting music lovers. Tanglewood is the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home, and features shows on the lawn. Tanglewood's sound system is state of the art, and attendees can enjoy a variety of concerts from classics like Mozart to modern artists like Judy Collins.
In addition to the music performances, Tanglewood hosts Summer Sundays in July and August. Guests can enjoy nature walks, orchestra demonstrations, a kid's craft area, and food and beverage options. The Sunday Showcase features performances, talks, and demonstrations.
VISIT THE NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
The Norman Rockwell Museum features a wealth of Rockwell illustrations and exhibits in addition to work by contemporary artists. Rockwell's Stockbridge studio is located on the grounds.
Visitors can tour the museum's 36-acre grounds and enjoy the beautiful gardens with sculptures created by Rockwell's son. You can bring a picnic to eat on the grounds or visit the museum's Runway Cafe. Many visitors bring their sketch pads and create their artworks on the premises.
VISIT THE EMILY DICKINSON MUSEUM
The Emily Dickinson Museum encompasses two Dickinson Homes and focuses on the life and works of the celebrated poet. Visitors can tour Emily Dickinson's birthplace and home, The Homestead. Next door, The Evergreens belonged to Dickinson's brother and his family.
The museum offers tours of the homes and immerses visitors in Emily Dickinson's story. The museum hosts poetry marathons, children's events, lectures, and workshops.
TOUR THE MASSACHUSETTS MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is commonly called MASS MoCa and is home to stunning contemporary artworks. The museum is housed in a former factory which provides a massive, modern space to contemplate the impressive artworks.
In addition, MASS MoCa features Kidspace, with kid-friendly artworks and an ArtBar.
Ramblewild is an outdoor adventure park where guests can experience rambling through the treetops. Guests can fly through the trees on a zipline, challenge themselves on a ropes course, and climb over logs.
Ramblewild has eight different courses spread over ten acres of forest. Kids seven and older can check out Basecamp and hone their skills. Courses for adults range from beginner to extreme. The most exciting ziplines will let you fly 100 feet off the ground.
Check out the exciting 200-foot suspension bridge over the ravine as you tackle the different courses. A day at Ramblewild will be a day to remember!
TAKE A HIKE ON MOUNT GREYLOCK
Mount Greylock is the highest peak in Massachusetts and offers beautiful vistas, various trails, and plenty of local history. You can follow in writer Thoreau's footsteps and hike part of the legendary Appalachian Trail. Or, enjoy vistas and hike past cascading waterfalls.
The Veterans War Memorial is located on Mount Greylock and is often mistaken for a lighthouse, as this tall structure has a beacon. Visitors can climb the narrow stairs and admire the views.
ENJOY WEEKEND ADVENTURES IN THE BERKSHIRES
The Berkshires are inspiring, no matter what season. Try a Berkshires winter getaway and escape the ordinary.