field, the hike yields
mesmerizing views of
the ancient Taconic
and Berkshires ranges
nearby, and Vermont
peaks in the distance.
Groups of up to 40
can arrange private
functions at the visitor
center, which features
a natural history collection.
The site perfectly il-
lustrates the “Life is Calling” slogan of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau,
which recently merged with the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce
and Berkshire Creative to form 1Berkshire. Focused on key markets
including tourism, local homeowners and the creative economy, the
unified brand is about “making connections, growing businesses,
promoting the Berkshires and developing leaders.”
When the Berkshires call, it’s hard to resist.
“Along with being a world-renowned cultural hub, no trip to the
Berkshires is complete without getting outside,” said Lindsey Ham-
mond Schmid, director of marketing for 1Berkshire. “From aerial ad-
venture parks throughout the county to hiking and kayaking to skiing
In Stockbridge, where group venues include the Norman Rock-
well Museum and landmark Red Lion Inn, in continuous operation
since around 1777, the Naumkeag House & Gardens is another
Designed by master architects McKim, Mead, & White, Naumkeag
was the 44-room summer “cottage” of prominent 19th century attorney Joseph Choate. Guided house tours reveal the time-capsule preservation of Naumkeag’s original decor and furnishings. Naumkeag is
the Native American name for Salem, Mass., Choate’s birthplace.
The Gilded-Age splendor continues outside in serene spots like the
Chinese Garden and the Blue Steps, a cascade of pools flanked by
four flights of stairs and white birches. Outdoor functions and small
business events can be arranged on a limited basis.
Just to the north in Lenox, Tanglewood is the summer home of the
Boston Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned for its summer
music festival, with versatile rental options including the lovely
100-person Formal Gardens tent. Continuing north, event-capable
cultural beacons in Pittsfield include the 1903 Colonial Theatre,
home of the Berkshire Theatre Group, and Berkshire Museum, while
Williamstown is home to the preeminent Clark Art Institute.
Reopened this summer, the Berkshire Scenic Railway (with a
museum in Lenox) offers year-round weekend excursions between
Adams and North Adams in the scenic Hoosac Valley. Continuing
east to Charlemont, Berkshire East Mountain Resort features skiing,
ziplining, white-water rafting and the Thunderbolt, which spans
3,870 feet and is the longest mountain coaster ride in the nation.
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