The Berkshires

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  • 1. Berkshire Mountain Distillers


    The sweet scent of the country's premier craft gin permeates the Berkshires' first legal distillery since Prohibition. The retail store, open...Read More

  • 2. Berkshire Museum


    Opened in 1903, this "universal" museum has a little bit of everything: paintings from the Hudson River School, Alexander Calder mobiles, local...Read More

  • Chesterwood

    3. Chesterwood


    For 33 years, this was the summer home of the sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850–1931), who created The Minute Man in Concord and the Lincoln...Read More

  • 4. Clark Art Institute


    One of the nation's notable small art museums, the Clark has won numerous architectural awards for its 2014 redesign by Reed Hilderbrand and...Read More

  • 5. Hancock Shaker Village

    Museum Village

    America's third Shaker community, Hancock was founded in the 1790s. At its peak in the 1840s, the village had almost 300 inhabitants who made...Read More

  • 6. Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival


    For 10 weeks every summer, the tiny town of Becket, 14 miles southeast of Lenox, becomes a hub of the dance world. The Jacob's Pillow Dance...Read More

  • Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts

    7. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Formerly the home of the Sprague Electrical Company, the nation's largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts is one of the finest...Read More

    Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts
  • 8. Schantz Galleries


    Jim Schantz's gallery is small and tucked behind a bank, but it displays some of the finest glasswork in the world. With items from nearly five...Read More

  • The Mount

    9. The Mount


    This 1902 mansion with myriad classical influences was the summer home of novelist Edith Wharton. The 42-room house and 3 acres of formal gardens...Read More

    The Mount
  • 10. The Wit Gallery


    If you walked past this gallery, you'd inevitably end up ducking in for a closer inspection of the stunning glassworks in the windows. The expertly...Read More

  • 11. Williams College Museum of Art


    The collection at this fine museum spans a range of eras and cultures, with American and 20th-century art two major focuses. The original octagonal...Read More

  • 12. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail


    Passing through the Hoosac River Valley, the paved 11-mile Ashuwillticook (pronounced Ash -oo-will-ti-cook) trail links Adams with Lanesborough...Read More

  • 13. Berkshire Botanical Gardens


    The gardens' 15 acres contain extensive plantings of exotic and native flora—some 2,500 varieties in all—plus greenhouses, ponds, nature trails...Read More

  • 14. Berkshire Grown


    To learn more about the region's farms, dairies, and farm-to-table restaurants, check out Berkshire Grown. ...Read More

  • 15. Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum


    In a restored 1903 railroad station, the museum's collection includes antique rail equipment, vintage items, a children's area, and a large...Read More

  • 16. Down Street Art


    This public-arts project includes 31 galleries in downtown North Adams. From late June through September, DSA presents visual and performing...Read More

  • 17. Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio


    This modernist property on a 46-acre site exhibits the works of American abstract artists Suzy Frelinghuysen and George L.K. Morris, as well...Read More

  • 18. Ioka Valley Farm


    Bring the kids to this 600-acre farm whose family-friendly activities include games and tractor rides. Seasonal offerings range from pick-your...Read More

  • 19. Natural Bridge State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The 30-foot span that gives this 48-acre park its name crosses Hudson Brook, yielding appealing views of rocky chasms. The marble arch at the...Read More

  • 20. Naumkeag


    The Berkshire cottage of Joseph Choate (1832–1917), an influential New York City lawyer and the ambassador to Great Britain during President...Read More

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