Most visitors to the Berkshires, and many of us who live here, recognize that Norman Rockwell’s America is still alive and well. A recent Berkshire Visitors Bureau poll revealed that the #1 answer to why people come back to the Berkshires for vacation year after year is that "it never changes." Considering this little corner of the world with 30+ hill towns draws 2.5 million visitors per year, spending $500 million….there seems to be a lot of people seeking nostalgia.
Nowhere is this best illustrated than this weekend, when the Main Street of Stockbridge is taken back in time to Rockwell’s iconic portrait. For the 21st year, the street will be cleared of modern automobiles and the streetscape will be recreated according to the details of the portrait. It does not take much… Ever since the street was immortalized, zoning prohibtions have frozen all buildings and signage for 40+ years.
December 5, and 6, 2010. For more information, visit the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce site.
And stay at Hampton Terrace Bed and Breakfast. Lenox is the next town up Route 7, about an eight minute drive to Stockbridge. Lenox, well-known as the summer home of the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood (the actual venue straddles the Lenox/Stockbridge line) consists of two square blocks of upscale shops, restaurants and galleries. Hampton Terrace features 14 rooms, fireplaces, Jacuzzis, full breakfast and a Romantic Weekend Special until late June.
There is plenty to do in the Berkshires in December. But one of the iconic events, built around Norman Rockwell’s famous painting of a 1967 streetscape is "Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas." The Stockbridge weekend is a full calendar, but the central event is a recreation of the Main Street as it existed in the Rockwell painting…down to the correct automobiles frozen in time. For a calendar of the events CLICK HERE.
The Berkshire Theatre Festival is again presenting A CHRISTMAS CAROL, from December 11 to December 30.
The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield annually presents the FESTIVAL OF TREES from November 15th to January 4th, showcasing the amazing creativity of Berkshire residents and organizations as they decorate 200+ trees with this year’s theme.
The Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, located across the street from Hampton Terrace has turned it up 12 notches this year for the holiday season, with seasonal decorations, special programming and events spanning from early November through New Years’. Click to their website for descriptions and calendars…more than I can list here.
Frankly, there is so much going on EVERY weekend in December, that I cannot make an adequate list here. Edith Wharton’s "The Mount" will stay open on December weekends until Christmas. All of the museums, The Clark, The Norman Rockwell, MassMoca are open. For a listing of special programs and events, try www.berkshires.org/events, and type in a date range.
And then stay at Hampton Terrace. We look forward to helping your plan your December stay.