Archive for the ‘hiking’ Category

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hike @ The Clark!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend and a way to get outside and stay active? How about hiking the 140 acres of expansive lawns and walking trails at The Clark? If you’re looking for a beautiful view of Williamstown and the mountains of Vermont, you can find it while walking the historic Stone Hill and along the entire property. Benches and picnic tables are available throughout the trails, making it a perfect location for a lovely lunch. For more info, visit: http://www.clarkart.edu/About/Architecture/Landscape

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Higher Power

Mount Greylock is the highest peak in the state of Massachusetts. It’s not a four-thousand-footer like in the Adirondacks or Presidential Range, but it’s a beauty any time of year. This vintage postcard shows the mountaintop and monument under a moonlit sky – a pretty romantic spot, isn’t it? Check out this page of activities that include year-round fun for the whole family. You’ll find information on varying types of terrain to explore, whether your interested in birds or a rigorous hike. If the weather isn’t promising for your visit, plan a visit to the Western Gateway Heritage State Park.  Their spring programs include Trains Gone Wild! and Spring Equinox Astronomy Sky Theatre | Is Earth Life Unique? - click here for more details.


Monday, May 31, 2010

On Top of Mt. Greylock

Whether you hike or drive to the top of Mount Greylock, a fantastic culinary experience awaits… The folks at nearby Bascom Lodge serve three meals a day and a host variety of events at this rustic stone and wood Lodge that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. On June 2 at 6PM, enjoy a night of Celtic Music as Rakish Paddy performs foot stomping, heart throbbing Celtic style music; the performance is followed by a prix fixe meal  ($25, tax and tip not included. Reservations required for dinner. ). On Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22 & 29, 5:00 – 6:30PM, students and experienced sketchers alike are invited to enjoy the highland evening beauty found at the summit of  Mount Greylock, taught by artist Karen Arp-Sandel (who was commissioned to produce a collage in one of The Red Lion Inn’s guestrooms). Watch for events all summer long at Bascom Lodge – just a short drive from Porches.


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Take the Scenic Route

If you’re headed to Porches from Boston, try the scenic Mohawk Trail (Route 2) for a drive on a classic auto road. Take some time for a few stops along the way for a picnic or a quick hike to a view. One of the best views of the Hoosac River Valley is at the Wigwam, just above the famous Hairpin Turn overlooking North Adams – where there is one of the most fun gift shops around, complete with westernwear, Elvis tchotchkes (why not?), and souvenirs galore! This is the place for all you “kids” who eat up travel nostalgia – if you’re like me, allow for extra browsing time and save room for the homemade fudge.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Longest Days of the Year

A massive thunderstorm is blowing through the Berkshires as I write this – for about an hour, it was almost pitch black during a time when we usually swoon over the ever-lasting daylight. The tempest forced me to discontinue my brief putter in the garden and instead just think about being outside. Each week, I try to hike a different Berkshire vista; so I decided to use my time sequestered indoors searching for a new spot to explore. Surfing around on the ‘net, I came across a couple of fun things to do outdoors next week. Natural Bridge State Park and Western Gateway Heritage State Park, both in North Adams, offer great programs and hikes for nature and history  buffs. The WGHS is celebrating the longest day of the year with Summer Solstice Astronomy Sky Theatre (constellations & flying saucers!) on June 19th beginning at 7pm. At the Natural Bridge State Park, there are a couple of informative walks taking place on June 24th — this one exploring the history & geology of the park and on June 25th, a morning stroll observing Mother Nature… Please click here and scroll to the bottom to see links to events at these sites.