Ideal Berkshires Weekend

Michael Piazza

Even the most fervent culture hound can't live on art alone.


Bartholomew's CobbleThis wildlife sanctuary has 329 acres of ferns, meadows, and rocky knolls, plus incredible views over the Housatonic River. From Great Barrington, go eight miles south on 7A. $5 entrance fee.

Kennedy ParkA mile east of Lenox on Route 7A, the park has more than 30 hiking trails taking in views of the Catskills. Park at the Church on the Hill.

Mount Greylock State ReservationAt 3,491 feet, the summit here is the highest point in the state and looks out over the Green Mountains, the Catskills, and the Adirondacks. From MASS MoCA, go west on Route 2, turn left onto Notch Road, and follow the signs.

Olivia's OverlookFor one of the area's unofficial best views, take Route 183 south from Lenox toward Stockbridge and make a right onto Richmond-Lenox Road. About a mile and a half up, pull over on the left at the sign for Olivia's. Below, you'll see Stockbridge Bowl, a lake surrounded by a patchwork of colorful trees.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife SanctuaryOn the seven miles of trails along the southern slope of Lenox Mountain, you'll pass sugar maples and oaks, ponds, fields of wildflowers, and, chances are, a few beavers. From Kennedy Park, follow 7A East to 7 North, turn left on West Dugway Road, and drive 1.6 miles. $4 entrance fee.

Pine Cobble TrailJust off North Hoosac Road in Williamstown, on Pine Cobble Road, the 2.1-mile hike takes in views of the hills of northern Berkshire County.


The gingerbread pancakes and sweet-potato hash make breakfast at the 32-room Village Innone of the tastiest in town. 16 Church St., Lenox, 800/253-0917,, from $122.


Virtually everything at Alliumis made with ingredients from area farms, from the quince paste on the cheese plate to the Berkshire-pork chorizo dish. 42-44 Railroad St., Great Barrington, 413/528-2118,, entrées from $13.

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