12 09, 2016

Outside the Music Early fall is a fine time for excursions in the Berkshires.

2016-09-12T14:01:08+00:00 September 12th, 2016|Categories: Press|

When it’s summer in the Berkshires, all eyes (and ears) are on Tanglewood. Come September, after the final note has been played and the seasonal crowds disperse, it’s time to explore some of the area’s equally appealing cultural and culinary attractions.

Stockbridge may be best known for the Norman Rockwell Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of original Rockwell art, and as the longtime home of the artist. Born in New York, Rockwell moved to Stockbridge in 1953 so his wife could receive psychiatric care at the Austen Riggs Center; he set up his studio nearby and lived in town for the last 25 years of his life. That studio now sits on the grounds of the museum, where current exhibits include a dive into the midcentury divide between abstract and realist art and a look at Rockwell’s more than 300 covers for The Saturday Evening Post. It’s well worth a visit, but art lovers shouldn’t neglect the Schantz Galleries, a smaller Stockbridge gem featuring glass works by more than 50 contemporary artists, including Dale Chihuly. Elegant, exuberant and brilliantly colorful, these museum-quality showstoppers are beautifully presented in the multi-level gallery, and well-heeled patrons of the arts can even commission installations for their private, corporate or public collections. Read more

12 09, 2016

13 Small Towns In Massachusetts That Offer Nothing But Peace And Quiet

2016-09-12T13:54:27+00:00 September 12th, 2016|Categories: Press|

“Peace and quiet” means different things to different people. To some, it may be the sound of birds chirping in the morning, or owls hooting at night. To others, it might mean a charming harbor, or plenty of greenery and space to roam. Some might even find they are most at peace in a lively but friendly neighborhood. These communities across Massachusetts each offer a little something different in the way of tranquility, but they’re all places where peace and quiet are the rule rather than the exception.  Read more

10 06, 2016

Dolly Parton will open Tanglewood this summer kicking off the season on June 17!

2016-06-10T12:51:45+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Categories: Press|

Dolly Parton will open Tanglewood (in Stockbridge, MA)  this summer, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Friday. She’ll kick off the season June 17. Other names on the Tanglewood lineup for 2016 include Bob Dylan andMavis Staples, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jackson Browne, and Brian Wilson. The season will close Sept. 3 withKeith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra.


10 06, 2016

Head to the Berkshires for culture-packed summer

2016-06-10T12:40:13+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Categories: Press|

Nearby, in the postcard-pretty town of Stockbridge — birthplace of Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” — the Norman Rockwell Museum is marking its centenary of the artist’s first Saturday Evening Post cover. From 1916’s “Boy with Baby Carriage” comes “Build a Better Baby Carriage,” a kicky show of contemporary sculpture on its lush grounds. Then duck inside “the room where it happened”: Rockwell’s own, perfectly preserved studio.

See why the NY Post tells you to head to the Berkshires.

10 06, 2016

Hike in the footsteps of literary giants like Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne

2016-06-10T12:35:55+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Categories: Press, Uncategorized|

Hike in the footsteps of literary giants like Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne, who spent time on the summit of Monument Mountain’s 1,642-foot Squaw Peak outside Great Barringtonin the Berkshires. From the top of cliffs, gaze upon a glorious landscape, including Mount Greylock and New York’s Catskills. Using the Hickey, Squaw Peak and Indian Monument trails from the Route 7 trailhead, hikers can navigate a nearly 3-mile loop along a former carriage road, by a jumbled boulder field and under cliffs. There are some abrupt pitches, but those Housatonic River Valley vistas are worth it. (thetrustees.org)

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14 12, 2015

‘Tis the season: Small towns go all out for Christmas

2015-12-14T09:49:22+00:00 December 14th, 2015|Categories: Press|


USA Today Travel

To shop at the world’s largest Christmas store, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, which takes up two entire football fields, you’ll have to travel to Frankenmuth. Another town with Bavarian roots, Frankenmuth also has a street called Christmas Lane decorated with hundreds of lighted displays, and businesses here go all out when it comes to holiday cheer – you’ll find the streets lined with lighted trees and garlands and other illuminated creatures. Make sure to pay a visit to the Bavarian Inn Lodge where the lobby Christmas tree is hung upside down from the ceiling. This is a very old European tradition that is not often recreated.

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