The Berkshires are a special part of New England and a convenient getaway spot for people in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Because of its natural beauty and rich culture, the Berkshire Hills have become a popular destination for day trips from Albany NY. Great food, art, music and fantastic scenery await travelers to the Berkshires. The Gateways Inn in Lenox, MA is the perfect place to extend day trips from Albany NY, because you’ll need to stay longer than a day to soak in all that makes the Berkshires special.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find no shortage of activities to enjoy in the Berkshires. Several scenic areas provide hikes of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty. In Lenox, be sure to visit Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for trails that take you through wetlands, meadows and forests. The Appalachian Trail runs through western Massachusetts for 90 miles and Monument Mountain in Great Barrington has a great view of the valley featuring trails with historic landmarks, rock formations and small caves. If you’d rather explore the Berkshire Hills by water, canoe tours of the Housatonic River and the area’s lakes will give you a new perspective.
During day trips from Albany NY, visitors will realize that the Berkshires are full of history. Legendary American author Herman Melville lived in Pittsfield while he penned Moby Dick, and the home, Arrowhead, is now a museum offering guided tours. Edith Wharton’s famed estate, The Mount, is located in Lenox and has elaborate gardens to explore along with the meticulously restored home. Fans of 20th-century American art will be thrilled with a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum where you’ll find the largest collection of Rockwell’s work in the world along with special exhibitions. Other museums and historical sites of interest include Ventfort Hall, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the Berkshire Museum.
The Berkshires is a region as rich in artistic culture as it is in history. Tanglewood in Lenox is the most famous of all the Berkshire landmarks, so those on day trips from Albany NY should schedule a visit to this wonderful venue. Each summer the Boston Symphony Orchestra and other big name acts come to Tanglewood and put on spectacular shows. To read more about what Tanglewood has in store this summer, click here. The area is also home to Shakespeare & Company, the Berkshire Bach Society and the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival among many others.
Exploring the Berkshires will surely help you work up an appetite, and you don’t have to go far for the best food in the area. For fine dining in Lenox, look no further than the Gateways Inn’s own Restaurant. Upscale, yet comfortable, our restaurant uses fresh ingredients to create innovative Contemporary American dishes. And for the full Gateways experience, be sure to take in live music in our Lounge Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 7:30.
And with all the attractions and activities in the Berkshire Hills, it is easy why day trips from Albany NY just aren’t long enough! Book a stay in one of the Gateways Inn’s elegant rooms and experience the best of the Berkshires. With luxurious amenities and modern conveniences, each room has its own private en-suite bathroom. Your stay will include a delicious breakfast each morning in the dining room or terrace room. We look forward to having you with us soon!
Photo courtesy Doug Kerr.