Black Swan Inn, an Ascend Collection Hotel
435 Laurel Street
Lee, MA 01238
Phone: (413) 243-2700
Fax: (413) 637-0798
Take a child, and yourself, for a hiking experience of a lifetime! Your child is safe on the trails with a gentle Llama, a gentle and woolly companion known for its protective nature towards children. Children as young as two can lead the llamas on walks. The unique personalities of Primera, Magic, Picasso, and The Equalizer emerge on the trails. Watch it, Equalizer likes to smooch his hiking companions on the cheek. Join the fun, and introduce your child to these heart-warming, handsome llamas at Hawkmeadow Guest Farm.
Handmade wreaths and decorations are on display and for sale at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. There are also many seasonal events where plants, herbs, crafts and other gifts available. There is no cost to attend the events; however, there is an admission fee to see the garden. Berkshire Botanical Garden features a gift shop and numerous educational activities throughout the year.
Equestrians of all ages and levels will enjoy horseback riding through a golden autumn quiet in the peaceful valley of Undermountain Farm. The farm, located 1.5 miles from the main Tanglewood entrance and one mile from the town of Lenox, offers a protective indoor riding arena or opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the Berkshires while galloping through wood and glen in guided individual or group rides. Stables of 150 acres of pastures and fields are on this Victorian farm.
Bousquet Ski Area & Family Fun Center is a regional amusement and recreation facility for all seasons. Come to use the water slide, summer camp, go-karts, pool, rock climbing and chairlifts in the summer, while in the winter you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding or snowtubing. You can also have your next banquet, birthday party or event catered.
One of Great Barrington’s most popular ski resorts is Ski Butternut, boasting 22 trails, inclusive of 10 ski lifts, a tubing area, two terrain parks and a ski school. It was opened in 1936. With modest price ranges, it is one of the most affordable family ski areas on East Mountain and accounts for a huge 110-acre (44.5-hectare) space for skiing. There are varied amenities for lodging along with great dining and spas packages. Skiing lessons are also available for people of all ages and skill levels.
Wahconah Falls State Park is a beautiful park located in the Berkshire town of Dalton. Visitors can relax besides some of the lovely waterfalls or go fishing in one of the many ponds. Pets are permitted provided your furry friend is on a leash. The hiking trails are of moderate difficulty amongst the conifer trees.
Set against the scenic backdrop of the Taconic Mountains, the Catamount Ski Area is a popular ski resort on the Massachusetts/New York state border. A family owned and operated ski resort for over 60 years, it is one of the first ski resorts in the entire Northeast. It's also great place to visit in summer or winter, but it's probably more popular during the cold season due to its ample array of winter sports.
The fall landscape that surrounds Ioka Valley Farm is a patchwork of green hills and golden hay, framed by the contrasting Berkshire and Taconic Hills. Its name says it all; Ioka is Indian for "beautiful." Activities and special events are scheduled all year; a big draw are the festivities in the fall that include hayrides on the Giant Pumpkin Wagon, sing-a-longs, pumpkin carving, a spooky Hay Tunnel, a variety of farm-made goodies to snack on and more! Activities are free, but bring cash to satisfy your appetite.
Bring your bicycles, sneakers, or any non-motorized equipment for a run, walk or jog past falling leaves on the five-mile Ashuwillticook Bike Trail. The paved trail is a 10-foot wide, off-road trail on an old rail bed that runs over 11 miles. Entrance to the trail is on Farnums Road, or at the southern entrance to the Berkshire Mall on Route 8, Pittsfield/Lanesborough line. The trail runs through Cheshire, and is open year-round for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skate skiing and adaptive ski programs. Free admission.
A ski area located in Massachusetts, this place has been operated by the Springfield Ski Club since the year 1936. One of the oldest operating ski clubs in North America, it has 23 trails with sevveral chairlifts and even a magic carpet lift. Blandford also provides night skiing facilities. They have several skiing programs and camps, with accommodation options in two lodges on the mountain. For programs and packages, refer to their website.
Located between Adams and Williamstown, Mount Greylock boasts of the highest point in Massachusetts. Popular amongst hikers and bikers, Mount Greylock makes for a great adventure trail. The Bascom Lodge, located at its summit, can accommodate up to 32 guests for overnight stays. The lodge also provides a snack bar and a family-style restaurant.