Article updated May 12, 2018 by Dave Read The Steepletop Reserve, near New Marlboro, MA is the largest property of the Berkshire Natural Resource Council, comprising more than 1,200 acres. It contains miles of wood road, and expanses of wetland, mature forest, and young forest, including a small patch of old growth forest (it’s not… read more
How to get to the Berkshires
Here are inks for local and regional public transportation depots and stops, plus where to get Peter Pan bus and Amtrak train schedules and tickets: how to get to the Berkshires.
Article by Dave Read Facebook Twitter Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in the Berkshires Canterbury Farm Ski Touring 1986 Fred Snow Rd. Becket, Mass 413-623-0100 13 miles of ski trails canterbury-farms.com/ Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club Rt. 7 Lenox, Mass 413-637-1364 10km groomed trails cranwell.com Hilltop Orchards – Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Rt…. read more
The Trustees of Reservations own and care for more than 100 special places amounting to 25,000+ acres throughout Massachusetts, including some of the most beautifu and popular places in the Berkshires. We haven’t visited them all, but as we do, we’ll post articles, photos, and video here. Ashintully Gardens, Sodom Road, Tyringham, MA 01264 Against… read more
Oct. 12, 2013 Article by Dave Read Views of the gardens at Naumkeag in Stockbridge, MA and surrounding landscape on an overcast October afternoon during the fall foliage season in the Berkshires. It was the country estate of New York lawyer and politician Joseph Hodges Choate. Stanford White, the famous architect designed it in 1885… read more
May 11, 2016 Article by Dave Read If you want to go for a hike in Berkshire county, you can access the Berkshires section of the Appalachian Trail, which wends its way from Connecticut through to Vermont. According to AMCBerkshire.org, there are 15 campsites and shelters along the portion of the trail. Privys and water… read more
Photos from a hike to Upper Goose Pond along the Appalachian Trail, near Becket, MA May 2008.
Jan. 02, 2015 Article by Dave Read Piretti Sports has been building and maintaining tennis courts and other types of athletic surfaces in the Berkshires for more than thirty years. We build and re-surface running tracks, in-line skating rinks, basketball courts, golf tees, putting greens, bocce courts, and volleyball courts. As U.S.P.T.A. tennis professionals, we… read more
Article by Dave Read Facebook Twitter Skiing is a favorite activity in the Berkshires and has been an important component of the local tourism industry for as long as Tanglewood has been. In 1935, the first of the famous “ski trains” left Grand Central Station in New York bound for Bousquet’s in Pittsfield, MA, where… read more
Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Bicycling in the Berkshires is getting better for visitors and locals because of the development by the MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation of the The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, which is overseen locally by the Berkshire Bike Path Council. Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) and the Berkshire Bike path Council (BBPC) help… read more
Bullard Woods, Lenox, MA Sept. 28, 2013 article by Dave Read While the Apple Squeeze was underway in the commercial district, we visited the coolest cultural venue in Lenox, the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio, and then took a late afternoon hike through Bullard Woods, which abuts Stockbridge Bowl. It was the sort of early… read more
Photos of Springside Park in Pittsfield, MA Photos of Springside Park in Pittsfield, MA on June 15, 2013. We were surprised to see several lilac trees still in full bloom; lilac season having come and gone back home in Lenox! The Hebert Arboretum is located there, amid 231 acres of meadows, woodlands, rolling hills, streams,… read more
June 22, 2013 Article by Dave Read Walk through Kennedy Park, Lenox, MA on June 9, 2013, following trails from the W. Mountain Rd. entrance. We will update once we have had the various mushrooms identified. Our introduction to mycology is courtesy of John Wheeler of the Berkshire Mycological Society, who led this walk.