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It’s Better in the Berkshires

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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Tucked away in the western mountains of Massachusetts, Berkshire County bustles with music, art and recreation against a backdrop of beautiful rolling hills. Just three hours away from New York City, the Berkshires is a tranquil and warm retreat, a place so peaceful that authors Edith Wharton, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville all wrote novels there. Here’s AVENUE’s guide to a Berkshires getaway.


Do:


Canyon Ranch

165 Kemble St, Lenox


Relax and rejuvenate at Canyon Ranch, a luxury spa experience that offers a multitude of mind-body wellness activities. Whether you are getting a reflexology massage or trying out hypnosis, you can enjoy all of it while nestled in the beauty of the mountains.


 


The Mount

2 Plunkett St, Lenox


Prolific author Edith Wharton’s “first real home,” The Mount, is a beautiful twentieth-century mansion on a 49-acre landscape. During the summer months, The Mount plays host to Shakespeare & Company as they put on their plays outside on the grounds. This summer’s production is A Midsummer’s Night Dream.


 


The Clark Art Institute

225 South Street, Williamstown


The Clark displays the incredible collection of Sterling Clark and his wife Francine who both had an interest in American and European art. The Clark’s permanent collection includes works by Renoir, Degas, Monet, Winslow Homer and Fredric Remington to name a few. This summer’s new exhibition, “Picasso: Encounters”, explores Picasso’s experiments with large-scale printmaking throughout his career. These works are on loan for the Musee National Picasso in Paris, so don’t miss your chance to see them before the summer is over.



Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Glendale Road/Route 183, Stockbridge


The museum hosts the world’s largest collection of Rockwell’s work, including every one of his Saturday Evening Post covers. This summer’s exhibition, “Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol”, is the first exhibition linking the two iconic artists together.


 


Tanglewood

297 West Street, Lenox


Supposedly one-fifth of America’s professional symphony members have studied at Tanglewood, an outdoor music venue in the Berkshires. Home to the Boston Orchestra every summer, Tanglewood has also featured the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and pop and jazz artists such as James Taylor, Cassandra Wilson and Ray Charles.


 


Dine:


Church Street Café

65 Church Street, Lenox


A Berkshire favorite, Church Street Café serves up American staples such as steak frites in a smoky demi sauce and pork tenderloin in a maple peppercorn glaze. Sit on the terrace porch and enjoy the happenings of downtown Lenox.


 


Nudel

37 Church Street, Lenox


Nudel’s menu is a “creative reflection of the food being grown and harvested in the region, the weather outside and the feeling inside.” The New American dishes on the menu are perfect for three- or four-course meals. If you’re looking an adventurous dining experience, look no further.


 


Prairie Whale

178 Main Street, Great Barrington


Run by Brooklyn restauranteur Mark Firth, Prairie Whale opened four years ago and prides itself on its dedication to local sourcing. The American fare restaurant borrows it’s name from the 19th-century slang for a pig, which makes sense given its rustic farmhouse vibe.


 


Stay:


Wheatleigh

Hawthorne Road, Lenox


During the Gilded Age, this 22-acre hotel property was the site of many grand parties and musical events. Now Wheatleigh, resembling a French country chateau, is among the most unique luxurious small hotels in the world. Dine at their award-winning restaurant and bask in the scenery of the lakes and mountains surrounding you.


 


Blantyre

16 Blantyre Road, Lenox


This five-star Tudor-style mansion—the Berkshires’ only Relais & Châteaux property—offers a romantic and historical experience to its guests. There’s 117 acres of grounds to enjoy so play tennis, croquet or go for a swim.


 


Red Lion Inn

30 Main Street, Stockbridge


For more than two centuries, the Red Lion Inn has been welcoming travelers near and far to the Berkshires. This cozy hotel provides offers the quintessential New England experience, and features one of the area’s most popular restaurants in its cellar, The Lion’s Den.





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