Berkshires/Western Mass – Half Day

 

If there’s only time for a few hours to spend in the Berkshires, listed here are suggestions for seeing the most popular attractions in the region.

A stop in downtown Stockbridge is a must. Stockbridge is quintessential New England and this is where artist Norman Rockwell lived his last 25 years. Rich in history, the Main Street in Stockbridge is sought after in summer, when visitors and locals find an empty chair on the front porch of the Red Lion Inn for savoring a cool drink. Begin your Berkshires tour with a short walk along Main Street. The same scene was featured in the painting by Norman Rockwell, “Main Street Stockbridge at Christmas.” The center of town hasn’t changed much. About a mile away from town you’ll find the Norman Rockwell Museum, which is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of Rockwell’s work and his contributions to society, popular culture, and social commentary. The Museum houses the world’s largest and most significant collection of Rockwell’s work, including 574 original paintings and drawings.

Drive by Tanglewood in nearby Lenox – even if you’re not stopping for a concert. Tours are available for groups in-season. The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the host of summer music education centers, Tanglewood annually draws over 350,000 visitors. Located on the expansive campus are The Serge Koussevitzky Music Shed, the Boston Symphony Orchestra performance venue, and Seiji Ozawa Hall, built in 1994. Each season offers not only a vast quantity of music but also a vast range of musical forms and styles, all of it presented with a regard for artistic excellence that makes the festival unique.

Another cultural stop of interest is Edith Wharton’s The Mount, built in 1902 and designed and built by the famous American author. This classical revival house represents the only full expression we have of Wharton’s architectural interests. Edith Wharton was an authority on European landscape design as well as a passionate gardener. She envisioned her gardens as an elegant series of outdoor rooms and created unique architectural compositions planned in concert with the house and the surrounding natural landscape.Before heading back to Boston, make a stop at Hilltop Orchards in Richmond – an historic apple orchard and home to award-winning Furnace Brook Winery. Explore the 200 acre property, taste some fresh pressed cider or crisp wine and home-made baked goods from their Farm Winery Store. The Vittori family celebrates over two decades owning this farm.