This region is the rural leafy enclave where the city slickers head to when seeking out a bit of peace and an escape from the hectic urban pace, drawn as they are to its natural beauty and mountain ranges, best seen in the autumn when the foliage is vivid and spectacular, as well as the many festivals and artistic events which abound the area in the summer. Berkshire vacation rental homes are in a place which is perfect for relaxation and for doing as little as possible, but it’s also an area which is full of outdoor activities, cultural offerings, and lots of festivals and events, making it a very well-rounded vacation destination.
There are three parks of note in the area with Berkshire vacation rental homes, the Natural Bridge State Park, which contains a rare, natural white marble bridge made from 550 million year old marble (!) carved into an arch by the last glacier age around 13,000 years ago, and the Berkshire Botanical Gardens, a 15 acre park which contains over 3,000 species and varieties, with the emphasis on plants which are indigenous to the Berkshires, though it’s important to note that this is only open between May and mid-October. Then there is the Bash Bish Falls State Park, so colorfully named after Massachusetts’ highest single-drop waterfall and providing many opportunities for fishing and swimming, as well as hiking through its numerous gorges and ravine forest, and the chance to see bobcats, pythons, falcons, and porcupines amongst others. The best hike though is at Mount Greylock State Reservation where you can do a section of the Appalachian Trail.
In the winter, if you book into a Berkshire vacation rental home, you can go skiing at various different resort areas, like Catamount, Butternut Basin, Berkshire East, Otis Ridge, or Bousquet Ski Resort, although none of these peak at more than 2,000 feet and they are all relatively small, whilst if you want a bit more height and choice, then head for Jiminy Peak, which stands at almost 2,500 feet, and becomes a hiking haven in the summer months.
Williamstown is the place which has traditionally been the epicenter of the Berkshires’ summer art attractions, and the Review of the ’62 Center for Theater and Dance, which only opened in 2005, provides three performance venues for dramatic performances in dance and music and related cultural events. The Williamstown Theater Festival takes place between late June to late August and stages classic and new plays, including some experimental ones, and attracts many top actors and directors. You can also head to the Chesterwood Estate and see the annual show of contemporary culture with Berkshire vacation rental homes.
There’s also a few historic sites to be visited with Berkshire vacation rental homes, like the Hancock Shaker Village, comprised of twenty or so restored buildings showcasing and exploring the lifestyle habits and religious practices of this sect, and there are some interesting museums, like the Berkshire Museum (a natural history and science museum), which contains archeological artifacts but also shows art and foreign films during the summer months, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, where the exhibits are normally outsized, blending visual and performance arts to blur the traditional boundaries.
A Berkshire vacation rental home gives you many options to have a nice, culturally stimulating, relaxing holiday, as well as pursuing some outdoor activities.