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Out of the Ordinary: Haunted Happenings in the Berkshires

Exploring the haunted houses and supernatural settings of the Berkshires is a great break from the everyday getaway. If you are searching for something extraordinary, engaging, and genuinely entertaining to include on an adventurous weekend getaway to the Berkshires, unwrapping the historical secrets behind any of the haunted houses in the Berkshires is the perfect plan.

Here are a few of the most popular haunted destinations in the Berkshires:
  • describe the imageThe Hoosac Tunnel – During its construction in the late 1800s, a great many of the Hoosac Tunnel workers lost their lives using nitroglycerine to blast through two million tons of granite beneath Hoosac Mountain. In modern times, hikers in the tunnel area have reported experiencing the eerie presence of wailing ghosts and the unoiled squeals of swaying lanterns. Use caution entering the tunnel area. 
  • The Mount – Novelist Edith Wharton was no stranger to the supernatural. As a child she feared “a dark, undefinable menace forever dogging my steps, lurking and threatening.” While touring the Mount, many visitors claim that menacing force still hauntingly lingers throughout the estate. Open May through October, click here to plan your visit. 
  • Venfort Hall – Located in the heart of Lenox, Venfort Hall has long been considered to be one of the area’s most haunted houses. Having attracted haunted house hunters from around the world, this famous mansion’s haunting voices and spooky screams have been featured on the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunter television program.
  • Haughton Mansion – The first mayor of North Adams, Albert C. Houghton, and his family called this Church Street estate home in the early 1900s. Most of the ghost stories haunting this house arise from a pivotal 11 days during which four deaths were associated with the Haughton mansion. The Berkshire Paranormal Society entertains the curious; click here for more information.
The Hampton Terrace Bed & Breakfast is pleased to be the safe place you call home while you explore the haunted houses and supernatural secrets of the Berkshires. To discover more about what The Berkshires and our bed & breakfast have to offer, subscribe to our blog or visit our website. And be sure to contact us for a personal quote the next time you plan a trip to the Berkshires!


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Craft Beer in the Berkshires


Craft beer breweries are thriving in the Berkshires. What comes to mind when you consider craft beer in Western Massachusetts? Award-winning, excellence, and availability ought to be at the top of the list as several of the best craft beer breweries in Massachusetts are situated on the main streets and back roads west of the Quabbin Reservoir. 

Malt Washing MachineWhether you are just starting out in pursuit of malt beverage excellence or you have shaped a lifetime out of chasing the perfect pint, touring the craft beer breweries of the Berkshires is a fantastic way to experience the local craft beer culture. From delicious stouts and lagers to savory steaks and sandwiches, each of these five craft beer breweries are within a short drive from the Hampton Terrace Bed & Breakfast:

  • Brew masters Bill and Christine Heaton have more than a decade of experience brewing craft beers in the Berkshires and now operate the Big Elm Brewery at 65 Silver Street in Sheffield MA.

  • Chuck full of award-winning brews, the beer found on the list at John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House will satisfy the brew connoisseur. John Harvard’s is located along the slopes of Jiminy Peak at 37 Corey Road in Hancock, MA.

  • Serving pints and flights of their own solar-brewed craft beers, the impressive selections of the Barrington Brewery & Restaurant are located at 420 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, MA.

  • Right around the corner in the heart of the Berkshires is brewer Bert Holdredge, who won the 2011 “Brewers Choice Prize” in the 2011 NYC Homebrew Competition. The story of his Wandering Star Brewery was featured in an edible Berkshires article, and is located at 11 Gifford Street, Pittsfield, MA. Wandering Star is not a brewpub, so you’ll need to bring your growlers.

  • Located at 169 College Hwy, Southampton, MA, the beer, beverage, and steakhouse dining specials offered by Opa Opa Steakhouse & Brewery are qualified to satisfy the whole family.

Please keep The Hampton Terrace Bed & Breakfast in mind when planning a craft beer brewery tour or any other getaway to the Berkshires. If you’d like to discover more about what our bed & breakfast has to offer, subscribe to our blog, or see what others have to say about their experience with us on TripAdvisor and Yelp. Hampton Terrace is committed to making our guests’ stay memorable. Contact Us with any needs you may have in planning your trip and we’ll be happy to accommodate!

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