About the Berkshires

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Berkshire Cultural Attractions

  • Arrowhead- Arrowhead is now a house museum interpreting the life of the Melville family in the Berkshires. It is owned and operated by the Berkshire County Historical Society, a non-profit corporation.

  • Col. John Ashley House - Berkshires' Oldest House maintained by a statewide conservation and preservation organization in Sheffield, MA

  • Aston Magna Foundation - Performing Classical Music in concert tours and a wonderful summer festival in Great Barrington, MA

  • Barrington Stage Company - Award winning Theatre located in Great Barrington, MA

  • Berkshire Botanical Garden - Beautiful display of historic gardens featuring plants that thrive in the Berkshires, located in Stockbridge, MA

  • Berkshire Choral Festival - Choral Music concerts held on grounds of Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA

  • Berkshire Historical Society - A non-profit corporation dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating the history of Berkshire County in western Mass. Located in Pittsfield at the home of Herman Melville, Arrowhead.

  • Berkshire International Film Festival - The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFFMA or “The BIFF”) is a world-class festival that showcases not only the latest in independent feature, documentary, short, and family films but also lively panel discussions and special events focusing on filmmakers and talented artists from both sides of the camera.

  • Berkshire Museum - Innovative and award winning museum of the Berkshires located in downtown Pittsfield, MA

  • Berkshire Theatre Festival - America's Second Oldest Summer Theatre located Stockbridge, MA

  • Bidwell House - An elegant authentically restored Georgian saltbox museum is open daily in Monterey, MA.

  • Chesterwood - The 1920's summer home, studio and garden of sculptor Daniel Chester French, in Stockbridge.

  • Clark Art Institute - Art museum and research center in Williamstown, MA

  • Crane Museum - History of Papermaking and Money, Money, Money making found in Dalton.

  • Edith Wharton Estate- The Mount - Fashioned after a seventeenth-century English estate this was Wharton's first full expression of her architectural enthusiasms, in Lenox, MA

  • Hancock Shaker Village - An outdoor history museum of Shaker life on 1200 acres in Pittsfield. Its twenty original buildings and historic working farm and gardens preserve and interpret the life of America’s most successful communitarian society.

  • Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival - America's Oldest Dance Festival located in Becket

  • MASS MoCA - The country's largest contemporary art center featuring a vast array of performances and exhibitions housed on a 19th century factory campus.

  • Miniature Theatre of Chester - A Festival in poetry, music and scripture, located in Chester, Massachusetts.

  • News In Revue - This Emmy Award Winning political satire show has found a new home at Cranwell Resort in Lenox.

  • Norman Rockwell Museum - Located in Stockbridge, where Norman Rockwell spent the last 25 years of his life this museum hosts the largest collection of his works. 

  • Shakespeare & Co. - Shakespeare's five theatre company offers an unprecedented opportunity for all ages and types to enjoy performances in Lenox.

  • Tanglewood - Home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as a delight of summer concerts, this internationally known stage is the gem of Lenox, MA.

  • Williams College Museum of Art - One of the finest college art museums in the country, the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) houses 12,000 works that span the history of art Williamstown, MA

  • Williamstown Film Festival - Honoring past achievements in cinema and showcasing America's premier new independent films.

  • Williamstown Theatre Festival - A summer long celebration of theater which brings together a vast and impressive array of artists in Williamstown, MA

Business & Employment Resources

  • 1Berkshire: A collaboration of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, Berkshire Economic Development Company, Berkshrie Creative.

  • BerkshireJobs.com - Interested in learning more about the Berkshires? Want to find a job in the area, or find out what it would take to relocate here? Featuring job listings, employer profiles, and information for each city/town, this site has it all!

  • Berkshire Town Government & Official Town Websites Everything you ever wanted to know about the individual towns in Berkshire County.  Many different resources are complied here for each town in the Commonwealth of Mass. You can find public school and community profiles, summaries of municipal finances, state legislators, regional offices for a variety of state agencies, and more. Also included are links to official city/town and public school websites, and other community sites that provide substantial civic information.

  • Berkshire Chamber of Commerce - Find information about Berkshire businesses and a helpful search to locate the goods and services you need.

  • Berkshire County Regional Employment Board : The mission of the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Inc. (BCREB) is to provide leadership for workforce development in Berkshire County by facilitating the development of and access to education, training and employment opportunities designed to meet the needs of the regions employers and diverse workforce.

  • Berkshire Regional Planning Commission -  The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is the official area-wide planning agency in the Berkshire region, with comprehensive planning responsibilities which include assisting community and regional land use, transportation, economic development and environmental planning.

  • Lee Chamber of Commerce - Remember old-fashioned Main Street with a barber shop, hardware stores, a five-and-dime and friendly Mom and Pop shops? Well, it still exists. Main Street in Downtown Lee is a real downtown, alive and well and just waiting for you to visit.

  • Lenox Chamber of Commerce - The Chamber of Commerce represents approximately 180 businesses and non-profit organizations in Lenox, Massachusetts. The Website provides information about Chamber members and area attractions.

  • Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce - The Southern Berkshires' official travel and tourism website. A comprehensive resource featuring information on Southern Berkshire destinations, events, lodging, trip planning information, links, photos, and much more. Maintained by the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.

  • Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce - The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce. Representing over 100 members in the heart of the Berkshires in a picturesque village made famous by Norman Rockwell.

  • Williamstown Chamber of Commerce - Williamstown itself is a hub of unique cultural experiences. It is the home of Williams College, the renowned Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the nationally acclaimed Williamstown Theatre Festival. Seasonal recreational offerings also abound!

Sun & Snow Recreational Activities

  • Appalachian Trail in the Berkshires - Nearly ninety miles of the Appalachian Trail wind through Berkshire County. Hike for a day or take advantage of the numerous overnight shelters for long trips. Explore the natural world of mountains, streams, lakes and forests in the hills of western Massachusetts.

  • Berkshire Botanical Garden - 15 acres of intimate landscapes and display gardens. Educational programs, events, gift shop. Stockbridge, MA

  • Berkshire Fishing Club - Private club located on a 125-acre lake in a pristine, 850-acre natural environment untouched by development. 

  • BCC's Summer Programs & Camps - Take a course or enjoy camps held each summer at the Pittsfield or Great Barrington Berkshire Community College Campus.

  • Bousquet's - 21 winter ski trails. 98% snowmaking. Day & night family oriented ski school. Rental skis/snowboards. Play Bousquet water slides & other activities.

  • Brodie Mountain Resort - Centrally located on Rte. 7, Brodie offers the highest ski mt. in Mass. X-C skiing, dining, nursery, on-slope accommodations, skiing day & night.

  • Catamount Ski Area - Catamount has 6 lifts, 26 big mountain trails, many long or wide that provides the most enjoyable skiing & riding as well as short lift lines.

  • Crab Apple Whitewater - New England's largest rafting outfitter since 1983. Family owned and operated. Full and half-day trips range from mild to wild.

  • Cranwell Resort & Golf Club - 18-hole championship Par 70 course on 380 acres. World class instruction at this Lenox club.

  • Discover Pittsfield: A website with all local activities and summary of events and places to go

  • Holiday Brook Farm - Experience a working farm. Educational tours. Hiking trails, sugar house, stables, bike races, animals. 

  • The Josh Billings Run-a-ground - Team Triathlon!  Get ready, get set, GO...Bike for 27 miles, Canoe for 5 Miles and finish with a 6 mile Run. Held annually in September

  • Jiminy Peak - Berkshires' only 4-season resort/conference center. Skiing, tennis program, alpine slide, mini-golf, trout pond. Exquisite lodging and dining.

  • Mohawk Trail Association - Visit the Mohawk Trail in western MA for hiking, biking, outdoor recreation, rafting, beautiful scenery, fall foliage at its best and great shopping, lodging and dining.

  • Mountain Llama Hikes at Hawk Meadow Farms: Hike with fun and friendly llamas. Farm visits for families. Day, half-day, hourly & sunset hikes. Beautiful farm views and sunsets. Lee MA

  • Otis Ridge Ski Area & Ski Camp Family atmosphere, full range of terrain. 

  • Pine Ridge Cross Country Ski Area - 7 mi west of Berlin NY. 38 km wooded private forest with views: 33 km groomed, 4 km lighted night. Lodge, all services, lessons, rentals, retail.

  • Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary - Seven miles of trails. 1500 acres of natural beauty. Nature programs, including naturalist guided canoe trips offered. 

  • Sculling Association - Instruction for single rowing shells. Rentals. Pittsfield

  • Ski Butternut - Truly a family mountain. We offer terrain for everyone. Known for its beauty, ambiance and dependable snow. 

  • Undermountain Farm - Lovely farm near Tanglewood in Lenox. Licensed instruction hunt seat & dressage.

  • Zoar Outdoor - New England's whitewater rafting leader. We also offer canoe & kayak clinics.

  • Berkshire Functional Fitness, Functional fitness is preparing your body, through exercise, to be able to perform daily activities at your best, without pain, injury or discomfort. Daily activities such as walking, bending, lifting, climbing stairs, participating in sports, etc.

  • Berkshire Pure Movement: Berkshire Pure Movement was created by Rachael Plaine as a way to integrate her passion for dance, movement, and yoga through teaching yoga and Zumba classes throughout the Berkshires and offering event dancers and choreography for private parties, corporate events and fundraisers.

  • Berkshire Massage Therapy If you are looking for total relaxation to include: Swedish, Reiki, CranioSacral, Hot Stone, Prenatal/Postnatal, Scalp Treatment or Hand/Foot Scrub/Massage/Paraffin Dip or a more therapeutic approach to include: Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Sports or Chair Massage.

  • Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Their mission is a sense of community and common purpose throughout the region, and to enhance the recreational, educational, cultural, health and social well-being of the residents of the Southern Berkshires. Be a part of something special.

  • BerkshireWest Athletic Club Tennis, Swimming, fitness and gym services, spa, personal training and summer camp activities. Offers brief access for visitors or full membership for residents.

  • Canyon Ranch In The Berkshires - Chosen #1 spa by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler. Comprehensive health resort. Spa facilities. The vacation you take home with you. Lenox

  • Connecting Point Wellness: Providing acupuncture, massage, oriental medicine, or acutonic services.

  • Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club - New State of the art facilities at beautiful Cranwell Resort for day spa treatments or package services to suit every need. A resort bathed in the timeless beauty of the Berkshires and serenaded each season with the classical musical strains from Tanglewood.

  • Energy Rising, Energy Rising provides deep tissue, therapeutic and wellness massage for clients in the Berkshires. Now offering on-location massage in Lee, Lenox, Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Dalton, Williamstown and on-site services include massage, pedicure/manicure, waxing, bridal hair consult, cut & style, facials and make-up.

  • The Healing Place - Therapist owned day spa. Massage, facials, yoga, reflexology, body treatments, on-table steambath, meditation aromatherapy, reiki, spa combos. Lenox

  • Kripalu Center - Largest yoga-based program & retreat center in U.S. Daily yoga & meditation classes, vegetarian. cuisine, private beach, and more.

  • Lee Bodywork Associates, Sylvie Potashner offers Craniosacral Therapy, and Karen Rutschmann offers Neuromuscular Therapy. Karen can be reached at 413-770-7351 and Sylvie at 413-717-1976.

  • Lenox Fitness Center & Spa: Gym access as well as massage, facial, manicure and pedicure services.

  • Mahaiwe Chiropractic, Theu utilize traditional chiropractic techniques, as well as acupressure, nutritional, homeopathic and herbal support, dietary and lifestyle consultation, bio-identical hormones, cold laser technology and Applied Kinesiology as aids in restoring health.

  • MassageWorks, with Liz Oakes. MASSAGEWORKS' goal is to provide excellent, effective, and affordable therapeutic massage to everyone living, working, or visiting Berkshire County Massachusetts. Centrally located in Pittsfield, the office is accessible to all with plenty of free parking

  • The Nutrition Center: The Mission of The Nutrition Center is to inspire a healthy relationship with food through counseling, nutrition, and culinary education in order to facilitate a consciousness about the connection between food and health.

  • Plaine's: For over 35 years Plaine's Bike Ski Snowboard has been serving the needs of Berkshire County cyclist and snow sports enthusiasts. Located in Pittsfield MA the hub of Berkshire County, they offer sales and rentals of sports equiptment.

  • Yoga Great Barrington Hatha Yoga at Yoga Great Barrington includes the study and practice of asana (posture) and pranayama (breathing techniques) Other practices may also be offered, such as, bandhas (internal locks), nada (internal sound) and meditation techniques.

Berkshire Home and Family Life

  • iBerkshires.com - The online guide to Berkshire County living. Filled with information about local events, sports, arts, culture, movie times and reviews, community and business news, and much more!

  • Berkshire Lodgings -  Enjoy a selection of established professional and inspected country inns and bed and breakfasts in Berkshire County.

  • Berkshire Visitors Bureau - All the resources of our region at your finger tips.  This site details what we have to offer here in the county.

Berkshire Camps for Kids

  • Bard College at Simon's Rock Academic Enrichment Camp for Teens: Week-long day classes in the sciences, arts, media studies and social sciences for motivated young people, taught by experienced college faculty with a passion for making learning fun.

  • Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA Camps/Outdoor Center - Summer camps, international programs and Outdoor Education Center focused on character building and leadership development.

  • Belvoir Terrace - A Fine & Performing Arts Camp - Specialties: art, dance, music, theater, individual sports. Supervised estate living. Prof. staff.

  • Camp Emerson - Coed experience with fun & nurturing. Land & water sports, theatre, arts & more. Heated pool, 4/8 wks, mature staff, acc: American Camping Assn.

  • Camp Greylock - Exceptional sports camp for boys. Strong tradition of sportsmanship with professional instruction on a beautiful waterfront campus. 

  • Camp Lenox for Boys & Girls - Top sports camp with emphasis on camp spirit & individual attention, Lee, MA

  • Camp Mah-Kee-Nac - High quality instruction and state-of-the-art facilities. All land sports, extensive waterfront program, heated pool and many specialties in Lenox.

  • Camp Romaca for Girls - Develop full potential, tennis, aquatics, sailing, skiing, land sports, cultural trips, riding. Qualified mature staff. Brother Camp Greylock for Boys located in Hinsdale, MA 

  • Camp Winadu - Professionally run instructional program combined with a warm sensitive atmosphere, located in Pittsfield.

  • UAHC Crane Lake Camp - Reformed Jewish sleep-away camp with athletic and nature programs on private lake, located in West Stockbridge.

  • YMCA Camp Hi-Rock - Resident & day camps, teen adventure trips, leadership training & conference facilities based in Mt. Washington, MA


  • Berkshires 24/7: Great one-stop nightlife calendar, the most comprehensive in the area. Also, if you're looking for things to do in Berkshire County, (whether vacationing, visiting for the day, or are fortunate enough to reside here), there is an up to date listing of things to do for families as well..

  • Seth Rogovoy - Seth Rogovoy has been observing the local, regional, national and international pop culture scene, as that Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper’s popular music critic and columnist. In addition to music, Seth also directs his acute critical eye toward the arts, books, politics, movies, food, the media, and cultural trends for the Eagle and other publications. Great listing of concerts, performances and more on this website.

  • iBerkshires.com - See this website for a complete listing of all of the performances, bands, and nightlife schedules in Berkshire County and surrounding areas.

  • Iron Horse, 20 Center St., Northampton (413) 586-8686 The Iron Horse Entertainment Group (IHEG) presents live music and performing arts events in Northampton, Massachusetts at The Iron Horse Music Hall, The Calvin Theatre and Performing Arts Center, Pearl Street Nightclub, and an outdoor summer series at The Pines Theater. Iron Horse Presents produces a regular schedule of concerts at other venues throughout New England.

Our Caring Community

  • American Red Cross Of Berkshire County: Blood Services; Disaster and Emergency Services; Health and Safety programs including CPR/Medical Training, Nurse Assistant Training Program; Services to Armed Forces; Youth Programs; International services.

  • Berkshire Community Action Council Fuel & emergency assistance; Free Tax preparation; Budgeting and financial workshops; school supplies; Christmas holiday gift assistance; transportation via Pittsfield office for fee.

  • Berkshire Grown - Support for our local farms by taking advantage of our areas locally raised and produced food, flowers and plants, through farmer's markets and the long list of businesses who participate. Community membership organization dedicated to supporting local food and farms. Members have pledged to support local farms and the stunning land they preserve by buying locally-grown and locally-produced food and flowers.

  • Berkshire Environmental Action Team: A non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to protect the environment in the Berkshires and beyond.

  • Berkshire Humane Society : In addition to adoptions, their services include dog training classes, educational programs in local schools, a childrens summer camp, low-cost spay/neuter assistance, health clinics and a pet food bank.

  • Berkshire Immigrant Center : Support, advocacy, information and referral for immigrants, especially in helping to assist in navigating the complex U.S. immigration system. Berkshire Non-Profits Volunteer and Information Center.  The Berkshire's Non-profit network, designed to fit your skills and interests into a wonderful and fulfilling volunteer role in the Berkshire Community.

  • Berkshire Red Cross Disaster Services, Homeless and family services. Armed forces emergency services. Health & safety services. HIV/AIDS support services. Blood services. Medical transportation servcies. Client and family services. Our berkshire bounty food distribution services. Appalachian Trail in the Berkshires - Nearly ninety miles of the Appalachian Trail wind through Berkshire County. Find our about becoming a trail maintainer, corridor monitor or considerate hiker.

  • Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity - CBHFH is an all-volunteer organization partnering with families in need to build or rehabilitate simple, decent houses for homeownership. People of all faiths are invited to join and bring their faith to action. CBHFH strives to work with families and communities, recognizing with respect their dignity, diverse needs, and contributions.

  • Northern Berkshire Community Coalition - The focus of Northern Berkshire Neighbors (NBN) is community organizing for strong neighborhoods and developing resident leadership within those neighborhoods. NBN works as a catalyst for neighborhood activities and problem solving and serves as an entry point for area services to work with local neighborhoods.

  • American Cancer Society Relay For Life - Relay For Life is signature fund raising event of the ACS. The Berkshire County Relay For Lifeis held at Onota lake each june and teams solicit sponsors and financial support and take to the high school track for a 24 hour adventure in community spirit, camaraderie and support for cancer survivors while supporting the research and programs funded by ACS

  • Junior Achievement - JA of Western Massachusetts serves over 12,000 students in the four counties of Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin. Junior Achievement educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise, business and economics to improve the quality of their lives

  • Elizabeth Freeman Center - Elizabeth Freeman Center is a non-profit, county-wide agency that provides counseling, advocacy, emotional, educational, vocational, and economic services, and fosters social change. We oppose violence, harassment, and discrimination, and we promote the physical and emotional safety of all people. We strive to provide a haven and a communication network for all people, regardless of gender, age, race, color, class, religion, or sexual orientation.

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