Award for Regional Theatre, the Williamstown Festival is a model for summer
stock nationwide and draws Broadway
and Hollywood talent. Roger Rees (of
Cheers and Nicholas Nickleby fame) took
over as artistic director in 2005. Other
alumni include Gwyneth Paltrow, Ethan
Hawke and Bebe Neuwirth.
Another reason visitors love the Berkshires so much is that it offers plenty of
opportunities to stretch your legs. Thousands of pristine acres remain from the
days when Carnegies and Westinghouses considered this region their “inland
Newport.” John Drummond Kennedy
Park, right in the middle of Lenox,
boasts 12 miles of wooded trails where
you can see local residents out romping
with their dogs.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival
attracts a range of talented actors,
from Gwyneth Paltrow to Ethan Hawke.
The rugged Appalachian Trail also
winds through the Berkshires on its 2,175-
mile route along the East Coast. In May
and June, your trail companions may
include through-hikers with Georgia on
their minds; by September, you’ll cross
paths with northbound travelers hustling
to make it to Maine before the first frost.
One of our favorite sections of the
Appalachian Trail is in Beartown State
Forest, near Stockbridge, which has
restrooms and a convenient parking lot.
Benedict Pond, which intersects the Appalachian Trail near the park’s main entrance, is a refreshing spot for a swim after
a long, hot day of hiking.
With so many diversions—indoors and
out—it’s easy to see why tens of thousands
of city-weary travelers are drawn to the
Berkshires every summer. Perhaps it’s
time you join the tradition.
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