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Trip Report yk's family trip to The Berkshires, July 2017

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Back in July, our family (3 generations) took a 5-day trip to the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Our ages range from almost-5 to over 80. We rented, via AirBnB, a house in Lee. But it is located very close to the Stockbridge line. It is a very convenient location.

Day 1
We arrived the afternoon before, settled into our house, went grocery shopping and ate in.

In the morning, we went to the Berkshire Botanical Garden. It has quickly become one of our favorite places to visit, as we had gone there last summer. It is a lovely garden, with sections for kids (they run summer camps) where they can see and touch animals. There is also an area for kids to explore, run around, build things etc. Each year, they have a different installation of art/sculpture. This year it was play houses, with more than a dozen of whimsical designs throughout the garden. It was a lot of fun for my son to locate each one. The garden also has plenty of chairs throughout so my mom can rest her legs.

We went back to our house for lunch out on the patio. Since none of us slept particularly well on our first night, we had a siesta. We had hoped to visit Chesterwood that afternoon, but due to major meltdowns by our overtired son, we just stayed nearby and went to the playground at Stockbridge Center.

For dinner, we went to Chez Nous Bistro in Lee. The food was good, and what we liked most is the option of half-plates on their dinner menu. Since my parents are older, their appetite is limited so the half-plate portions were perfect for them.

After dinner, i ventured alone to Tanglewood Music Center for a chamber concert at Seiji Ozawa Hall.

Day 2
Today is a day that I have been longing for for a long time. We made the trip to Mass MoCA in North Adams. Even though we have been visiting the Berkshires for the past several years, we had yet to go to Mass MoCA due to having a young child. This visit is also prompted by the recent opening of yet another building on campus, and the biggest draw for me is the James Turrell installation. I have been a fan of Turrell for a long time, and it is such an experience to "see" his work. Prior to our trip, I have made online timed reservations for 2 of Turrell pieces, as they limit the # of people viewing them.

Before we got to the Turrell, we really enjoyed the huge Nick Cave exhibits. http://massmoca.org/event/nick-cave-until/

I won't bore you with the details, but the James Turrell was an amazing experience. We also really enjoyed the rest of the exhibit/installation, which includes the retrospective of Sol LeWitt (3 full floors!), Anselm Kiefer, the Boiler House, and so many other artwork. I was grateful that my parents came along - they were willing to watch our son while my husband and I went to some of the Turrell. After all, it was a bit boring for our son after many hours there, and a bit tiring for my parents.

We had lunch at the Mass MoCA cafe; dinner at home.

To be continued...

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