New England’s charm lies in its perfect balance of history and modern amenities, coastal towns and woodland sanctuaries, contemporary art and classic restaurants. The list goes on and proves that there’s something for every taste, budget, and interest to enjoy in the area.
And of all the places to experience the charm of a classic New England mill town infused with an artsy vibe, there’s no better region to stay than the Berkshires. With an established scene, stunning galleries, scenery, and culture, the Berkshires have everything you need for the perfect getaway
Here are just a few of the local attractions you shouldn’t miss during your stay.
The Berkshires is perhaps the most well-known for its unique art scene. There are plenty of local artisans in the area and independent shops alongside larger attractions like the Clark Art Institute and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
MASS MoCA is home to some of today’s most evocative modern art and a vast collection of indoor and outdoor performing art venues. From music and sculptures to film, paintings, and everything in between, you can see boundary-crossing works of art that defy typical classification.
Located in North Adams, you can spend a few hours or an entire day enjoying the art and enjoying a meal or local brew at the on-site cafés, full-service restaurant, and innovative microbrewery.
Music and the arts go hand in hand in the Berkshires. You’ll find a few live music venues scattered throughout the area including Studio 9 in North Adams, MA. This intimate state-of-the-art recording studio and performance venue is ideal for enjoying the scenery while listening to live shows performed by up-and-coming artists.
The unique structure was built from the ground up with music and sustainability in mind. The Meyer Sound’s Constellation System creates the perfect acoustics and the entire building is 100% carbon neutral. Sit back and unwind in an unparalleled setting built for live performances and professional recordings.
Photo Credit: Explore North Adams
Of course, we can’t talk about the Berkshires without mentioning the stunning scenery it’s known for. The region is home to nine state forests and three state parks full of lush woodlands, babbling brooks, and open meadows. Don’t miss a hike through one of the state parks, such as Natural Bridge State Park, that’s home to the only natural white marble arch in North America. The bridge spans the bubbling Hudson Brook and tumbles through a 60-foot gorge. Pack a picnic and your binoculars to soak in the surrounding scenery and wildlife.
No getaway in the Berkshires is complete without a stay at one of the many bed and breakfast inns or hotels in the region. Located in historic North Adams, The Porches Inn is the ideal place to call home base during your stay. This premier Berkshire Inn puts you right in the heart of the area’s cultural and recreational attractions.