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Things to Do

The Stockbridge area is blessed with a line-up of cultural attractions that rivals that of many metropolitan areas: internationally renowned summer festivals of music, theatre, and dance; major art museums and galleries, and historic homes and gardens. The spectacular Berkshire countryside that provides a backdrop for the cultural showcase is itself a destination, with numerous trails and back roads for hiking, cycling, bird watching, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Guided tours and local train rides are offered during the summer season.

Barbara Doncaster Studio/Gallery

Come Enjoy My World of Colour! A working studio with lots of paintings and reproductions -watercolours, collage, acrylics. See you soon!

345 State Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
A short drive south of Stockbridge. Route 7 south at intersection of routes 7 & 23 take route 23 east one mile on left turn into driveway to top of hill .
You are at the studio.
(413) 528-2120

doncasterwcolors@aol.com

www.barbaradoncaster.com

 

 

Berkshire Botanical Garden

A 15-acre public garden founded in 1934, the Berkshire Botanical Garden offers 25 different display garden areas showcasing plants that thrive in our cold Berkshire climate. Gardens are open from May 1 until Columbus Day, with year-round educational offerings and special events.

5 West Stockbridge Road
(Intersection of Rtes. 102 & 183)
P.O. Box 826
Stockbridge, MA 01262

(413) 298-3926

info@berkshirebotanical.org

berkshirebotanical.org

 

 

Berkshire Choral Festival

Four Concerts, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Air-Conditioned Venue, Campus of Berkshire School. Tickets $20-$45.

245 North Undermountain Road
Sheffield, MA 01257

(413) 229-8526

bcf@choralfest.org

choralfest.org

 

 

Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, Inc.

P.O. Box 2195
E. End of Housatonic Street
Lenox, MA 01240

(413) 637-2210

berkshirescenicrailroad.org

 

 

Berkshire Theatre Group

Berkshire Theatre Group was created in 2010 by the merger of two of Berkshire County’s oldest cultural organizations, Berkshire Theatre Festival founded in 1928 in Stockbridge and The Colonial Theatre built in 1903 in Pittsfield. BTG oversees the development, production and presentation of theatre, music and the performing arts on multiple stages.

Stockbridge Campus:
Unicorn Theatre
6 East Street, Stockbridge
Pittsfield Campus:
Colonial Theatre
111 South Street Pittsfield
Pittsfield, MA 01201

(413) 997-4444

info@berkshiretheatre.org

berkshiretheatregroup.org

 

 

Berkshire Wine Tasting Tours

Join us and discover unique vineyards. Guided tours, wine tasting and lunch await your palate. Thursdays-Sundays April-November. Savor the experience.

Lenox, MA
(413) 637-1224

tobislimo.com

 

Chesterwood

Chesterwood is the country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), known for the Minute Man in Concord, MA, and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Historic site offers sweeping views, annual contemporary sculpture show, family events and picnic area, hiking trails; groups & weddings welcome.

4 Williamsville Rd
PO Box 827
Stockbridge, MA 01262

(413) 298-3579

chesterwood@savingplaces.com

chesterwood.org

 

 

Clark Art Institute

The Clark combines great art with a setting of profound natural beauty. The collection features European and American paintings, sculpture, works on paper, & decorative arts from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. The collection is rich in French Impressionist and Academic paintings and works by American artists Homer, Inness, and Sargent.

225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267

(413) 458-2303

info@clarkart.edu

clarkart.edu

 

 

 

 

Crab Apple Whitewater

Family owned and operated whitewater rafting and kayaking adventures. Trips run daily on dam controlled Deerfield River. Guided raft trips are half or full day on beginner, intermediate or advanced whitewater. Fun, professional staff ensure safe and memorable trips. Spectacular scenery, comfortable equipment and delicious food part of all trips.

2056 Mohawk Trail
Charlemont, MA 01339

(800) 553-RAFT(7238)
info@crabapplewhitewater.com

crabapplewhitewater.com

 

 

Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort

 

Historic 105-room resort with Gilded-Age Mansion, spa, in/outdoor pool, 18-hole golf course, tennis, x-c skiing, & 3 restaurants. Open to public year-round.
Musical Satire group, Capitol Steps, performs June 30 – September 1, 2017. Shows nightly at 8:00pm (excl. Tues), pre-dinner offered.

55 Lee Road
Lenox, 01240

(413) 637-1364
(800) 272-6935

info@cranwell.com

cranwell.com

 

 

Diana Felber Gallery

Museum quality art you want to live with: painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, jewelry, glass and wood. Look for our new Sculpture garden this Spring.
Come, be inspired, Enjoy!

6 Harris Street
West Stockbridge, MA 01266
(413) 232-7007

diana@dianafelbergallery.com

DianaFelberGallery.com

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio

Hourly guided tours of American Cubists’ home and art collection on 46-acre estate next to Tanglewood. July-October

P.O. Box 2256
92 Hawthorne Street
Lenox, MA 01240

(413) 637-0166

info@frelinghuysen.org

frelinghuysen.org

 

 

Historic New England’s Merwin House

Discover some Stockbridge history at Merwin House. Stop by the Stockbridge Room to see the Library and Museum collection of artifacts that showcase the town’s history. Then explore the Doane family’s summer retreat, “Tranquility.”

14 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262

(617)994-6662
MerwinHouse@HistoricNewEngland.org

HistoricNewEngland.org

 

 

Hoffman Pottery

Elaine’s delightful, sunny work, ranges from serene to exuberant. She has an MBA in ceramics and a wide exhibition background in the US and Canada. Her unique feeling for form and multi-player decoration, create a rhythm all their own

103 Great Barrington Rd/Rte 41
2 miles South of Downtown
West Stockbridge, MA 01266
413-232-4646

elaine@ehoffmanpottery.com 

www.ehoffmanpottery.com

 

 

Hotchkiss Mobiles

A popular Gallery & Art Studio destination in the Berkshires featuring hand made hanging mobiles designed by artist Joel Hotchkiss for interior & exterior settings. A spacious Art Studio is Open Daily to the public. In the Gallery: Hand Crafted Jewelry, American Crafts, Blown Glass, Functional Ceramics, Metal Wall Art & Women’s Designer Clothing.

8 Center Street
West Stockbridge, MA 01266

(413) 232-0200
(413) 329-0111 cell

joel@artmobiles.com

ArtMobiles.com

 

 

Jacob’s Pillow Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance, a National Historic Landmark and recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, is home to America’s longest-running international dance festival. Each year thousands of people from across the U.S. and around the globe visit the “Pillow” to experience the Festival with more than 200 free performances, talks, and events.

358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223

(413) 243-0745 box office
(413) 243-9919

info@jacobspillow.org

jacobspillow.org

 

 

Laurel Hill Association – Trails

The Laurel Hill Association is the nation’s oldest village improvement society, founded in 1853. They maintain three Stockbridge Trails; The Mary Flynn Trail, Laura’s Tower Trail and Ice Glen Trail.

P.O. Box 24
Stockbridge, MA 01262

Download a brochure with trail descriptions and map.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

The Mahaiwe offers an exciting night out in the Berkshires, year-round. The beautiful historic theater offers music, dance, theater, opera, movies, and family programs. Check our online calendar for upcoming events.

14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

(413) 528-0100 box office
(413) 644-9040 main office

leigh@mahaiwe.org

mahaiwe.org

 

 

Naumkeag House and Gardens

Gilded Age mansion offering guided and self-guided tours of the historic house and landscaped grounds. With 44 rooms in the main house and more than 10 acres of gardens designed by Fletcher Steele, Naumkeag offers a delightful way to spend a summer day. The Oak Café at Naumkeag is open 7 days week from 10-5 seasonally, picnics also available.

5 Prospect Hill Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262

(413) 298-8138 (May-Oct)

naumkeag@ttor.org

thetrustees.org

 

 

Norman Rockwell Museum

“A must-see in the Berkshires!” View the largest collection of original Rockwell art, with changing exhibitions of his work and other illustrators. Rockwell’s studio open May-Oct. Free gallery talks. 36 scenic acres. Seasonal Terrace Café. See us on Trip Advisor. Open daily, year-round.

9  Glendale Road, Route 183 (1/4 mi. South on Rte. 183 from the intersection of Rte. 102 & 183)
Stockbridge, MA 01262

(413) 298-4100

questions@nrm.org

www.nrm.org

 

 

Schantz Galleries Contemporary Glass

Schantz Galleries features a museum-like collection of contemporary glass art in the heart of the Berkshires of Massachusetts. With its impressive roster of nationally and internationally recognized artists, visitors will be exposed to awe inspiring masterpieces in every technique and interpretation imaginable.  One of the most well established galleries of this kind, this location features remarkable sculptures and installations by such highly respected artists as Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, Bertil Vallien  and over fifty others.

3 Elm Street
Stockbridge, MA. 01262

(413) 298-3044

gallery@schantzgalleries.com

schantzgalleries.com

 

 

Shakespeare & Company

4 to 6 shows daily Tues.-Sun. May-March. The best Shakespeare & new plays. Picnic on 30 acres. Free family shows. Performing all summer, fall and winter.

70 Kemble Street
Lenox, MA 01240

(413) 637-3353

general@shakespeare.org

shakespeare.org

 

Ski Butternut

Described by SKI Mag. as “A True Family Mountain” & “Family Gem”.  110 ACRES of trails, Large Ski & Snowboard RENTAL facility Mtn. RESTAURANTS,  Full-service SKI & SNOWBOARD SHOP, SKI SCHOOL, 8-Lane TUBING CENTER.  Come to the Berkshires and enjoy BIG-MOUNTAIN skiing close to home at Ski Butternut.  Available for your WEDDING or BANQUET!

380 State Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230

(413)528-2000

info@SkiButternut.com

www.SkiButternut.com

 

 

Stockbridge Golf Club

Members and introduced guests enjoy golf, tennis and dining in a friendly, informal setting.  Guests staying at 1 of several local inns may inquire about enjoying our club during your visit.  Membership open to locals, non-residents and second-home owners.

PO Box 859
6A Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262

(413) 298-3439

office@stockbridgegc.com

StockbridgeGC.com

Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives

The mission of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is to be a vibrant center of community life in Stockbridge. The Library serves the needs of the residents of Stockbridge and the surrounding communities by promoting lifelong learning, strengthening community, and preserving the historical record of the town.

46 Main Street
P.O. Box 119
Stockbridge, MA 01262

(413) 298-5501

info@stockbridgelibrary.org

stockbridgelibrary.org

Photo credit: Todd Norwood

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas

The town of Stockbridge, made famous by Norman Rockwell’s painting of the village during the holidays, becomes a magical New England setting decorated with holiday wreaths and festive lights.

Sponsored by the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce, the holiday celebration offers a full range of activities, with highlights including holiday readings, house tours, caroling, and a holiday concert.

Capping off the weekend is a recreation on Sunday of the scene depicted in Main Street at Christmas, complete with vintage automobiles parked in the spots occupied in the painting. The day’s activities include horse drawn rides, a visit from Santa, Roger the Jester, lunch at the Christmas Food Booth and much more.

The festivities celebrate Rockwell’s popular depiction of what for many is the quintessential small New England Town, with all the longing for a simpler time that it represents. Rockwell began painting the popular image in 1956, but did not complete it until December 1967.

The image and character of Stockbridge has changed little over the years, thanks to the great care and affection of its residents, and it is that special ambience which draws so many.

*Photo Credit: Reproduced by permission of the Estate of Norman Rockwell. Copyright 1967, The Estate of Norman Rockwell.

 

Click here for more information

 

Summer Arts and Crafts Show

The Stockbridge Summer Arts and Crafts Show, held in August on Main Street Stockbridge. We are thrilled and excited to return at the ideal and highly visible Main  Street location on the grounds of Bidwell Park, 50 Main Street, Stockbridge. Stockbridge, blessed with  internationally renowned summer festivals of music, theater and dance, major art museums and historic homes brings hundreds of thousands of art and craft lovers to visit the most famous Main Street in America, as painted by Norman Rockwell. 85 jury-selected artists and crafters will display their work ranging from paintings to ceramics,  firberware to glass blowing.

This annual event is organized by the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.

  • Hours are Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
  • Admission to the Arts & Crafts Show is FREE. Light refreshments will be offered during show hours at the Chamber Café sponsored by The Red Lion Inn.

For more information, click here.

Tanglewood

AS THE SUMMER HOME OF THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, TANGLEWOOD IS HAILED AS AMERICA’S PREMIER SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL AND OFFERS AN ARRAY OF SYMPHONIC AND POPULAR MUSIC WITH INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED GUEST ARTISTS. THE 2016 SEASON RUNS JUNE 19-SEPTEMBER 1.

West Street, Route 183
Between Lenox & Stockbridge, MA

(888) 266-1200 box office

tanglewood.org

 

 

The Bidwell House Museum

The Bidwell House Museum re-creates the history of family life in the Berkshires in the frontier setting of the 1750’s. Colonial life comes alive in an authentic all restored salt box surrounded by 18th & 19th century furnishing. 192 acres. Summer program. Trail walks. Heirloom vegetable garden. Picnic tables

PO Box 537
100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245

(413) 528-6888

bidwellhouse@gmail.com

bidwellhousemuseum.org

 

 

The Mission House

Journey back in time at this Colonial-era house and museum, a National Historic Landmark that tells the story of the Stockbridge Mohicans and missionary John Sergeant. Learn what happened here where Stockbridge began. Trace the many trails of the Mohicans to their present day home. Indian Museum open daily spring-fall 10am-4pm. Guided house tours at 10am & 11am daily in summer (except T & W) and on fall weekends and holidays. NEW in 2011 – additional summer weekend tours at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm.

19 Main Street, one block west of the intersection of Rts. 7 & 102
Stockbridge, MA 01262

(413) 298-3239 ext 3000

westregion@ttor.org

thetrustees.org

 

 

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home

Open daily, 10 am-5 pm through October 31. Guided tours of the house and gardens available weekends and Memorial Day thorough May and daily starting June 1. Visitors are also welcome to take self-guided tours through the house and gardens. The Mount hosts many special events open to the public. Visit EdithWharton.org for additional information and daily schedule.

Route 7 at Plunkett Street
Lenox, MA 01240

(413) 551-5111

info@edithwharton.org

edithwharton.org

 

 

Turn Park Art Space

Turn Park Art Space combines a sculpture park, exhibition venues, and an amphitheatre for outdoor performances. A place for exploration and play for both children and adults, the park showcases contemporary architecture and sculpture at the foot of the Berkshire mountains.

2 Moscow Road
West Stockbridge, MA 01266

(413) 232-0275

info@turnpark.com

TurnPark.com

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

Open year round. Daily guided tours. Elegant, artisan crafted Jacobean-Revival mansion built in 1893 by George and Sarah Morgan, JP Morgan’s sister. Features hand carved oak, beautiful plaster ceilings, expansive lawn, and 90 foot grand veranda. “Cider House Rules” film set. Visit our website gildedage.org for hours, programs and events.

104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240

(413) 637-3206

info@gildedage.org

gildedage.org