When to Go to Massachusetts

The dazzling foliage and cool temperatures make fall the best time to visit Western Massachusetts, but the Berkshires and the Pioneer Valley are increasingly a year-round destination. Visit in spring, and witness the burst of color that signals winter's end. Summer is a time of festivals, adventure sports, and outdoor concerts.

Many towns save their best for winter—inns open their doors to carolers and shops serve eggnog. The off-season is the perfect time to try cross-country skiing or spend a night by the fire, tucked under a quilt, catching up on books by Nathaniel Hawthorne or Henry David Thoreau.

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