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"Culture in the Country," a popular slogan for Berkshire County, applies to this entire area, one of the nation's most active and inviting focal points for lovers of the arts. Seasoned travel writers Christina Tree and William Davis provide everything you need to know about visiting the region's summer performing arts festivals such as the Tanglewood Music and Williamstown Theatre Festivals, and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Discover what to look for at the exceptional art museums at Smith, Mt. Holyoke and Williams Colleges, as well as at such
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Overview

"Culture in the Country," a popular slogan for Berkshire County, applies to this entire area, one of the nation's most active and inviting focal points for lovers of the arts. Seasoned travel writers Christina Tree and William Davis provide everything you need to know about visiting the region's summer performing arts festivals such as the Tanglewood Music and Williamstown Theatre Festivals, and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Discover what to look for at the exceptional art museums at Smith, Mt. Holyoke and Williams Colleges, as well as at such attractions as Springfield's Naismith's Memorial Basketball of Fame and the region's annual fall foliage festivals. This hilly, least-populated part of Massachusetts possesses the lion's share of the commonwealth's state parks and forests as well as many stunning properties maintained by the Trustees of Reservations and other conservation groups. Laced with rivers, the region is well known to anglers and offers skiing and white-water rafting as well as some of the best bicycling in the Northeast. This edition provides detailed descriptions are given of individual towns, from Lenox and Deerfield to Northampton and Amherst; personal recommendations for inns and B&Bs, including numerous pet- and family-friendly establishments; dining suggestions from classic diners to four-star restaurants; plus recommendations on crafts studios, antiques shops, and more. Packed with tips and intriguing commentary, this indispensable guide is for travelers who want to step beyond the tourist trail and into the heart of New England.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780881505900
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/19/2004
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 12
What's Where in Western Massachusetts 16
The Berkshire Hills 39
Berkshire County 41
South Berkshire 43
Central and North Berkshire 110
Along The Mohawk Trail 159
The Berkshire Hilltowns 171
West County 174
The Hidden Hills 201
The Pioneer Valley 221
Springfield Area 227
Upper Pioneer Valley 243
Five-College Area 245
Deerfield/Greenfield Area 293
Index 322
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