Skiing is a major highlight of the Berkshires winter (the region is named after the mountains, after all), so we’re ready to arm you with the information you need for a skiing-infused vacation.
Berkshire Skiing is one site that will link you to the places, enticing photos, and the equipment that you need to make it happen.
Ski The Berkshires is another resource for the snow-inclined. STB includes information about surrounding towns to round out your adventure, and ski schools, for the first-timers among you (it’s never too late to start).
Here is a handy list of direct links to mountains/resorts:
For the analytical skier, here are some statistics, comparisons, and reviews of the area resorts from OnTheSnow.com.
The Western Massachusetts Cross Country Ski Area Association is also here to help for those who prefer to explore some countryside on skis. They provide information about Canterbury Farm, Cranwell, Hilltop Orchards, Maple Corner Farm, Northfield Mountain, Notchview and Stump Sprouts.
We are ready to warm you up, post-ski, and it’s never been easier to book your Hampton Terrace room on our brand new website (with the big, red BOOK NOW button).
If you are one of those that drives around the neighborhood to find the houses with the best glitz and cheer of the holiday season, you don’t want to miss the Berkshire Museum’s Festival of Trees.
This year’s Festival of Trees is the 28th annual, and it runs all the way from now until January 2nd. Over 100 holiday trees are featured and decorated under the theme “Myths & Magic”. The Berkshire Museum’s galleries are graced with these guest trees, installed as a fundraiser for the Museum. Businesses, schools, and community organizations sponsor the trees.
Admission to the museum gains you access to both the trees and the museum itself. Admission for adults is $13 and for children it is $6. Children aged three and under, and museum members, get in for free.
The trees themselves are not the only highlight during the Festival’s duration. Friday, Novermber 30th brings the Pittsfield tree lighting ceremony. Half price admission to the museum is available from 5-8pm that evening, and traditional songs and carols will lead up to the lighting of the official Pittsfield tree.
Saturday December 1st brings the jolly old elf himself to the museum, and December 8th offers a day of fun activities including a cookie baking contest and a performance of holiday carols sung by the talented Taconic High School Honors Chorus.
For a very traditional type of holiday experience, the Little Cinema is offering The Nutcracker from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet on December 16th and 18th and the Nutcracker from London’s Royal Ballet on December 23rd.
So many beautiful ways to enjoy this beautiful season in the Berkshires. Make sure to book your rooms ahead of time so you aren't scrambling at the last minute.
Mark your calendars, travelers: December 7th through 9th, the 2nd Annual Lenox Caroling Festival graces our beautiful town of Lenox yet again. Last year’s inaugural festival was a delight.
The Caroling Festival competition fills Lenox’s streets, outdoors, with the glorious sounds of caroling ensembles. Ensembles are assigned to their own outdoor venue, where they sing a brief program of seasonal songs. There are judges for the competition but their votes are only weighted at 50%. The remainder of the determination is made by popular vote. Ballots are available at each outdoor venue, and are turned in at participating retail locations. Festive dress is encouraged – for both carolers and spectators.
The festival is accompanied by other seasonal events, including the Festival’s Opening Reception at our dear neighbor, Venfort Hall. From 6 to 8:30pm, attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and music from last year’s second-place ensemble, the MCLA Allegrettos. Tickets for this elegant event are $16 Single; $30 Couple, with an advance RSVP or $20 Single; $35 Couple, day of. Venfort Hall is also the host of the festival after party, Dancin’ At The Mansion.
You will also be able to catch The Santaland Diaries, at Shakespeare & Co. on this special weekend, enjoy holiday menus and entertainment at Lenox restaurants, and you won’t want to miss the 8th Annual Gingerbread festival…we’ll post more on these additional events as the time nears.
On November 10, take a sonic journey at Mass MoCA. Because the Berkshires are more than just spectacular views…
Alsarah and the Nubatones bring their brand of Nubian (North Sudanese) music to the Berkshires. Alsarah is a Sudanese-born singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist. She spent the first 8 years of her life in Sudan, but was forced to move to Yemen to escape the difficult political climate of their country. Unfortunately they were later uprooted from this new home, by yet more political unrest. This was 1994, and they came to settle in the United States. Alsarah started her musical training at the age of 12. She attended the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School, in Hadley, MA, and Wesleyan University studying Music.
Her music is eclectic, like her collection of many different home countries. You can get a taste of it here or at her website. Mass MoCA says “They blend a selection of Nubian ’songs of return’ from the 1970s to today with original, Western soul-inspired material and vintage Sudanese pop".
Tickets are $12 in advance or $16 day of, $10 for students – and members get a 10% discount (perhaps regular Berkshires visitors should consider a membership?).