Travel Guide to The Berkshires: Where to Stay and What to Do in the Berkshire Region of Massachusetts


For nearly two centuries, the Berkshires has been a prized destination for Northerners looking to get away from it all. Just about two hours from Boston and three from New York City, the area is an easy weekend getaway with a little something for everyone, whether you prefer world-renowned performances, outdoor adventures, a rejuvenating retreat, or a slice of history. Sure, New England is known for its fall foliage (and autumn is a popular time), but the region’s rolling hills, gorgeous light, quaint towns, and vibrant arts community make it a choice vacation spot in all seasons. Here, where to stay and dine and what to do if you find yourself for a few days in the Berkshires.

Where to Stay

Inns and B&Bs abound, but if you’re looking for an experience, book a room at Miraval Berkshires—an indulgence you won’t regret. Opened in July 2020, the latest addition to the Miraval brand (you’re probably familiar with their original location in Arizona) sits on nearly 400 gorgeous acres, perfect for nature walks, equine therapy, golf, or just enjoying the gorgeous scenery. It’s a wellness resort, yes, but without the austerity of so many other properties in the category. Miraval is more about mindfulness and balance than weight loss and sacrifice. There are no calorie limits or mandatory fitness classes, and alcohol is served. Where they are restrictive: making sure you’re being present; cell phones and laptops are only allowed in certain locations. At first this might seem irksome (you’re going to want to post all about your trip), but soon you’ll find it makes for a much nicer vacation—one that’s more relaxing and enlightening—if you’re living in the moment. 


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