The Berkshires’ beauty has provided solace and inspiration for many talented creatives through the years. While your group is in Stockbridge, be sure to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, which houses an impressive collection of illustrations from the iconic American artist in the very home and studio in which he once worked. Be awed by the works of modern artists at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams.
Have any bookworms in your group? They’ll surely appreciate The Mount, author Edith Wharton’s home, where white walls stand out against the property’s 50 acres of lush woodlands. The estate offers several different tours, including the “House Tour,” “Garden Tour,” “Ghost Tour,” and “Book Club,” so your group can choose whichever best suits their interests. To make your visit extra special, arrange for a light lunch to be served on the terrace of this lovely home.
Drive to Lenox to visit the Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), to enjoy a classical performance or a groundbreaking piece of new work. The Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers offers free, onehour walking tours of the Tanglewood campus that include access to rehearsal and performance spaces and background on the BSO and its fellowship program that provides training and mentorship for the next generation of celebrated musicians.
Intrigued by Gilded Age glamor? Built in 1884, Naumkeag was once the 44-room family summer retreat for Joseph Choate, a New York attorney and U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, and his wife, Caroline.
Main Image: View from Hairpin Turn Route 2 on the Mohawk Trail, The Berkshires, Massachusetts, Credit: Adobe/Craig Zerbe