The signature type of accommodations outside Boston is the country inn; in the Berkshires, where magnificent mansions have been converted into lodgings, the inns reach a very grand scale indeed. Less extravagant and less expensive are bed-and-breakfast establishments, many of them in private homes. Make reservations for inns well in advance during peak periods (summer through winter in the Berkshires). Smoking is banned in all Massachusetts hotels.
Campers can pitch their tents amid acres of pine forest dotted with rivers and lakes or in the shadows of the rolling Berkshire Hills. The camping season in Massachusetts generally runs from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. For more about camping, contact the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (617/626–1250 www.mass.gov/dcr/forparks.htm).