About 130 miles (209 km; 2-2/3 hours)
west of Boston,
160 miles (258 km; 3-3/4 hours)
City, Berkshire County is
art and culture, and
gracious, even sumptuous living.
Music Festival of the Boston
Symphony Orchestra, held on a sprawling
19th-century estate in Lenox MA, is the
best-known summer event, but there are
dozens of mansions and cultural offerings.
The Berkshire countryside is
gorgeous: long, low forested mountains
by fertile valleys watered by the Green,
Hoosic, and Housatonic rivers, with a sprinkling
Mount Greylock (3591
feet/1095 meters), the highest peak in
is just outside North
Adams at the northern
end of Berkshire County.
Most Berkshire towns are historic, graceful and beautiful. Those
with a 19th-century industrial past have
achieved their beauty more recently.
From south to north,
here are the culture-filled towns of Berkshire
North Egremont is a mere hamlet,
South Egremont is an antique-shoppers'
and a pretty one at that. Gracious country
inns line the road north to Great
Largest town of the southern Berkshires
(population 7500), it thrives on antique
shops, restaurants and musical events. More...
Norman Rockwell's America, with
Rockwell Museum full of the famed illustrator's
work, and a beautiful town to match. More...
Gateway to the Berkshires, Lee is
where most visitors leave the Massachusetts
Turnpike, follow smaller roads, and explore
the county. The Jacob's
Pillow Dance Festival, based in
neighboring Becket, draws visitors to Lee
as well. More...
An old Berkshire village dedicated to crafts and shops.
Old churches and houses, graceful
summer mansions, and on the outskirts, the Tanglewood
Music Festival. More...
The only city in the Berkshires
got rich on industry, but now with industry
gone, is becoming a city of culture. It's
the major transportation point, with an Amtrak
train station, and bus station. On its outskirts, Hancock
Shaker Village pays tribute to a religious
sect known for plain living, high thinking,
and beautiful design and workmanship. More...
Home of Williams College, its
famous Theatre Festival, and the Clark
Art Institute. More...
Greylock, highest peak in the state,
looms above it, and Mass
it famous for contemporary art. More...
If you plan to visit the Berkshires in
to come mid-week. The various
cultural festivals— especially
in Lenox— fill
all accommodations on
weekends, at sky-high prices.