ituated in scenic Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Berkshire Botanical Garden is home to dazzling display gardens that feature more than 3,000 species and varieties of plants. Other highlights include a tropical greenhouse, woodland trails, and special garden events. Fans of racing will flock to Lime Rock Park (www.limerock.com), a 1.5-mile track located in the breathtaking Berkshire Mountains. Catch a multitude of racing events, such as SCCA Regional, Trans-Am, and NASCAR stock cars. Lime Rock Park is also where you’ll find the renowned Skip Barber School of Racing (www.skipbarber.com). A beautifully restored and authentic-looking Shaker village, Hancock Shaker Village (www.hancockshakervillage.org) offers a variety of programs, tours, exhibitions, and hands-on activities. Set on 1,200 acres of farm, Hancock Shaker Village features 20 historic buildings, including a Round Stone Barn.
Hiking is king in the Berkshire Mountains. Enjoy phenomenal scenery and an extensive array of hiking and walking trails, including Monument Mountain, Bear Town State Forest, Kennedy Park, and Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. Fishing is plentiful as well. Anglers of all ages will be able to cast for everything from large and small mouth bass and northern pike to white and yellow perch to all types of trout. Popular Berkshire spots to fish are the Housatonic River, Pontoosuc Lake, Hoosic River, Seekonk Brook, Green River, and Hubbard Brook