1Berkshire-Regional Tourism Council
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1Berkshire-Here to Help Your Group Plan its Visit to the Berkshires of Western MA
Less than three hours from New York City and Boston, the Berkshires offers culture and adventure year-round as an ideal destination for groups of any size or age. The surrounding mountains provide plenty of opportunity for outdoor excursions in all seasons, while world-class culture and entertainment, a deeply-rooted food culture, and array of lodging options in picturesque towns, set this region apart. The Berkshires is an idyllic destination with a cultural scene rivaling far-larger urban communities. For more info, visit Berkshires.org.
4 Freedoms Forum, The Norman Rockwell Museum
Nearby Attractions that Influence Group Travel:
Hiking/Biking: Berkshire County has an astonishing 24 state parks, plus Mount Greylock (the state's highest peak), the Appalachian Trail, three Massachusetts Audubon wildlife sanctuaries, and a scenic 11-mile bicycle rail trail. Mountain bikers have great access to trails, too!
Skiing: The Berkshires boasts four fabulous ski areas - Berkshire East, Bousquet, Catamount, and Jiminy Peak - where terrain for all levels of skier can be found. Cross-country skiing abounds at Notchview, Canterbury Farm, and Maple Corner Farm.
Golf: Play your best game on uncrowded grounds amidst spectacular mountain scenery or lake panoramas on more than a dozen courses.
Theater: See new plays at the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival, where you can catch film and television stars on stage. Berkshire Theatre Group, in Stockbridge and Pittsfield, offers a wide range of acclaimed performances in theatre, dance, music, comedy, and more! The magnificently-restored Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington offers year-round live performances and film. Lenox’s Shakespeare & Company performs as the Elizabethans did: humorously in love, defending honor, and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield is known for sending new plays and musicals to Broadway and beyond, such as The Putnam County Spelling Bee, On the Town, and American Son.
Museums: The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown is one of the finest art museums in the world, featuring French Impressionist and American paintings and Remington sculptures. Pittsfield's Berkshire Museum uniquely combines art, history, and the natural world, offering everything from antique dolls and Native American artifacts to ancient mummies and its Hall of Innovation. At Stockbridge’s Norman Rockwell Museum, you will experience Rockwell's original paintings and visiting exhibitions of master illustrators. Step into Shaker life at Hancock Shaker Village, a living history museum in Pittsfield, and explore their Farm Trail and baby animal exhibit. Experience the style and elegance of the Gilded Age during a stroll through Naumkeag, a historic country estate in Stockbridge renowned for manicured gardens, panoramic views, and house tours. In North Adams, don't miss MASS MoCA, the largest contemporary arts museum in the country where you will see boundary-defying works. Close by is Williams College Museum of Art, which is free all year.
Music and Dance: Tanglewood Music Festival, the legendary indoor and outdoor summer concert series in Lenox, features the Boston Symphony Orchestra and other performers, including contemporary popular artists, in a bucolic setting. Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival is America's longest running dance festival, presenting international forms, styles, and traditions in beautiful Becket, while Great Barrington’s Berkshire Opera Festival and Close Encounters with Music present world-class performances for music lovers.
Fairs: Berkshires Arts Festival in Great Barrington is a juried invitational art show with more than 200 artists, along with live demonstrations, music, and gourmet food. Experience American Indian Pow Wow featuring singers, dancers, drummers, and storytellers. At the Annual Tub Parade, decorated horse-drawn carts parade the streets following a Gilded Age tradition of saying "good-bye" to summer. Hancock Shaker Village’s Country Fair offers heirloom vegetables, old-time farm-related crafts and trades, plus food. The seasonal Festival of Trees at the Berkshire Museum showcases more than 200 creatively-decorated holiday trees displayed throughout the museum. The annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Festival offers house tours, caroling, a holiday concert, and a recreation of Norman Rockwell's famous Main Street painting.
In the Berkshires, life is calling. Will you answer? Learn more about what you and your group can do, see, and eat at Berkshires.org
Type: CVB Tour Services:
- Group Planner
- Step-On Guide Service
- Itinerary Planning
Bousquet Ski Area
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