There’s more to do outside of skiing in the Berkshire Mountains. Explore the wonderful outdoor activities and cultural attractions that are best available in the summer months. Here is our top ten list of things to do in a Berkshire Mountain summer.
- Tanglewood (Lenox and Stockbridge, MA) – As one of the best music destinations, Tanglewood is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra & the Boston Pops, along with the host of the great outdoor Tanglewood Jazz Festival.
- Zoar Outdoor Adventure (Charlemont, MA) – This Company offers a range of outdoor activities from kayaking to rafting to zip lining. Don’t worry novices; there are classes and expeditions for all levels of abilities.
- Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA) – Visit this wonderful museum in Rockwell’s Massachusetts home. Currently showing the special exhibit, “A Day in the Life: Norman Rockwell’s Rockbridge Studio.”
- Jacob’s Pillow (Becket, MA) – This summer marks the 80th anniversary of the critically acclaimed dance festival. From June 16 to August 26, come and witness the dance performances from companies across the globe.
- Mount Greylock State Reservation (Lanesboro, MA) – Go bike and hike up Massachusetts’ highest peak. The summit’s panoramic view is worth the 3,419-foot hike.
- Naumkeag (Stockbridge, MA) – Tour this mansion and experience the extravagance of the Gilded Age. The former property of 19th century lawyer Joseph Choate, this estate includes a 44-room “cottage,” a grove of white birches, and Chinese garden.
- Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield, MA) – Once home to 300 Shakers, these historic grounds grant insight into American life in the eighteenth century. Book early and you can experience a Choose Your Own Shaker Adventure tour.
- Monument Mountain (Great Barrington, MA) – Visit this mountain once frequented by literary giants such as Herman Melville, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The reservation is ideal for hiking and picnicking.
- Williamstown Theatre Festival (Williamstown, MA) – From June 21 to August 19, there are theatrical performances or activities every night on one of two stages. This summer’s shows include “The Importance of Being Ernest, and “The Elephant Man.”
- Ashuwillticook Rail Trail (Adams, MA) – This scenic 11.2 mile trail runs partly along the Hoosic River, up hills and through the woods. It is located just outside the Berkshire visitor center.
And here is an extra! Pleasant Valley Sanctuary (Lenox, MA) – Observe the beautiful scenery within this 1,500 acre sanctuary on a bike, a hike, or whilst bird watching.
No matter what you like to do while you are in the Berkshires, spend the end of a long day in comfort with the Berkshire Comfort Inn!