Living in Berkshire County has it's ups and downs and sometimes you really just have to stop, look around and remember what a amazing and beautiful place we call home! If you have never been to the Berkshires or have dreamed of one day moving to the area let me tell you my personal favorite 5 things to do and see and eat!
1. Mount Greylock Summit
Although there are many State Forest's in this area, Mt. Greylock is one of the best places to truly see what this place has to offer for views. Not only is it full of history, it is the highest mountain top in Massachusetts at 3,492 feet up! Filled with trails you can hike year round, snow mobile and cross country ski in the winter and the famous Thunderbolt trail you can ski/snowboard down after a nice little hike! Open from spring to the end of fall a road twists around the mountain all the way to the top where a newly renovated tower sits. Walk up the tower and you can see everything!
2. Mass Moca
The largest contemporary visual art and performing arts center in the US. This building is just as cool as the art inside! Once or twice a year they allow locals in for free with proof of address, so if you are a local make sure to check the website and don't miss out if you haven't been! Not only is the art funky and awesome, they also have been putting on some really great concerts.
3. The Old Forge Restaurant
Locals fill this place almost every night and for good reason! Forge wings are probably the most common thing people who leave town come back and 'have' to go have. They have an awesome beer selection on draft and in bottles! Deck seating in the summer, and an awesome fireplace downstairs that makes in feel very homely in the winter, it's a great place to meet with friends or family to have good eats and drinks!
4. Bash Bish Falls
Bash Bish is one of the best spots for some hiking and waterfall seeking. As with Greylock mountain it is full with history. The gorges here are beautiful and on a hot summer day it is a packed with people soaking in the water. Just be cautious of climbing on the rocks! It can be very dangerous.
5. Glendale Falls
Glendale falls is a beautiful spot. Unlike Greylock, you will not find a visitor center, just a few parking spots on the side of the road and a hiking trail. It's not a long or hard hike to the falls and they are unlike many waterfalls I have seen. In the winter or summer, dry or rushing with water, it is a very cool spot to go for a hike, walk the dog or maybe bring a packed lunch and hang out for a little while and listen to the rushing water.