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What to do in your spare time in the Berkshires area

Contemplative Get-Aways | Contemporary Entertainment | Classic Venues

Contemplative Get-Aways

Kripalu Institute Kripalu is the largest center for yoga and wholistic health in the United States, serving people of all backgrounds for more than 20 years.

The Healing Place The Healing Place offers a wide variety of health and beauty services. These include massage, facials, Yoga, movement therapy, body treatments, aromatherapy treatments, acupressure, shiatsu and reflexology

Kennedy Park Open year round and maintained by the Town of Lenox, these 180 acres feature seven trails with excellent signage and varying degrees of difficulty. Some of the best views in Berkshire county.

Tyringham Cobble A two-mile loop trail runs to the summit of Cobble Hill, 400 feet above the valley floor. Several rock outcrops offer sweeping views of Tyringham Valley with Hop Brook and the village below.

Monument Mountain The mountain is 1,735 feet at its peak, overlooking the hills and valleys of southern Berkshire County. Three miles of trails lead through the canopied forest of white pine and oaks with tulip trees, maples, chestnut saplings and mountain laurel. Rock outcrops hide small caves and several streams wind through the forest. Especially beautiful in the fall

Pleasant Valley Pleasant Valley in Lenox encompasses 1,500 acres of forest, brooks, beaver ponds, meadows, and slopes of beautiful Lenox Mountain. The sanctuary's vast landscape also features a hemlock gorge, a limestone cobble, a hummingbird garden, seven miles of scenic trails, and a May-to-October trailside museum.

Contemporary Entertainment

Barrington Stage Company BSC produces some of the most innovative, high-quality regional theater anywhere. Closed during April and November.

Berkshire Theatre Festival The third oldest theatre in the nation, the Berkshire Theatre Festival has a strong foothold in its venerable past, and a flirtatious little toe testing the waters of the future. Closed during April and November.

Club Helsinki Club Helsinki is a year-round home to both the best Jazz, Blues, and Funk musicians in the Berkshires and to some of the finest musicians from around the world. The hottest watering hole in the Berkshires. Always happening.

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio Visit the home of American Abstract Artists and see an exquisite collection of American and European cubists art. Closed during April and November.

Mass MoCA If conventional museums are boxes, MASS MoCA is an open platform -- a welcoming place that encourages dynamic interchange between making and presenting art, between the visual and performing arts, and between our extraordinary historic factory campus and the patrons, workers and tenants who again inhabit it. Mass MoCA contains one of the largest single galleries in the country, enabling them to show works on a scale unmatched.

The Triplex Cinema The Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington is more than an ordinary first-run movie theater; committed to showing a quality selection of films. And a hip local teen hangout.

Williamstown Theatre Festival Nestled in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, the Williamstown Theatre Festival is a summer-long celebration of theater that brings together a vast and impressive array of top-name actors and offers audiences varied cultural experiences. Closed during April and November.

Classic Venues

Berkshire Botanical Gardens The Berkshire Botanical Garden (BBG) offers visitors a peaceful refuge of natural beauty and stunning display gardens. Their fall Harvest Festival is the largest and longest-running event of its kind in the country. Not to be missed! Closed during April and November.

Berkshire Museum A museum for the whole family, with interesting regular exhibits.

Chesterwood Hidden American sculptures at Chesterwood, the 1920's summer home, studio and garden of sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), who designed the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Closed during April and November.

Clark Art Institute The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute has one of the most impressive permanent collections in the nation. The very finest examples of fine art from the 13th century through Impressionism. Their Impressionist collection, and their collection of great American painters from Winslow Homer to John Singer Sargent, are among the finest anywhere.

Hancock Shaker Village Hancock Shaker Village is an historic site in western Massachusetts, interpreting the lives of the Shakers who lived there from 1783 to 1960. Extraordinary farm and barn architecture, especially the round stone barn. Opens April 16. Closed in November.

Edith Wharton -The Mount Seven leading designers pay homage to Edith Wharton and demonstrate the timelessness of her design theories by decorating newly restored rooms at her country home, The Mount. Right next door to Seven Hills! Closed during April and November.

Naumkeag The rooms contain the Choate family's outstanding collection of Chinese export porcelain, antique furniture, elegant rugs and tapestries. The gardens, designed in part by landscape architect Fletcher Steele, rank among the loveliest in America. Closed during April and November.

Norman Rockwell Museum You are invited to take a closer look at a selection of popular Rockwell paintings. Enjoy the stories they tell -- and discover how Rockwell's use of composition and technique bring the picture's characters, plots, and settings to life in these "vivid and affectionate portraits of our country."

Shakespeare & Company One of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in North America! There may be a show in April but none in November.

Tanglewood At Tanglewood, the splendor of nature is surpassed only by the magnificence of the music. Featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing with world-class conductors, acclaimed soloists, and renowned musicians in a vibrant mix of musical styles and forms all summer long. Music venues are closed during April and November but you can enjoy the grounds year-round.

Tannery Pond World Renowned Musicians perform Chamber Music in the tannery of Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village.


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