~ The Berkshires & Surrounding Area ~

 

Berkshire Chamber of Commerce - The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization of the business community. We are a private, non-profit, self-supporting corporation funded by member investments. The Berkshire Chamber unites more than one thousand businesses, professional firms and organizations.

 

Berkshire Visitors Bureau - As the official, non-profit destination marketing organization for the Berkshires, the Berkshire Visitors Bureau promotes the region to attract visitation. We also provide visitors with highly valued information resources to help them plan their time in the region.

 

Chapin Library of Rare Books - The Chapin Library offers the students and faculty of Williams College, together with the wider community of scholars, exciting opportunities for learning and research. The Chapin Library documents civilization, in the broadest sense of that word – people, places, events, and ideas – through rare books, manuscripts, and other primary source materials, in all subjects and periods of history, in support of the liberal arts education provided by Williams College.

 

Jiminy Peak Ski Resort - Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England, summer home to Mountain Adventure Park and the only mountain resort in North America to generate its own energy using alternative wind power.

 

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens - The Lepidoptera source in Western Massachusetts, featuring an 8,000-square foot indoor conservatory home to nearly 4,000 exotic and domestic butterflies in a tropical environment, Magic Wings focuses on butterfly-related education, recreation, entertainment and gardening needs.

 

Mohawk Trail - The Mohawk Trail is the first scenic road in New England. It officially opened on October 22, 1914. With 63 miles of unsurpassed splendor and 50,000 acres of state parks and forests, it's an excellent vacation choice for fun and adventure for all ages during any season.

 

Mt. Greylock State Reservation - At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts. Rising above the surrounding Berkshire landscape, dramatic views of 60-90 miles distant may be seen. It became Massachusetts' first wilderness state park, acquired by the Commonwealth in 1898, to preserve its natural environment for public enjoyment. Wild and rugged yet intimate and accessible, Mount Greylock rewards the visitor exploring this special place of scenic and natural beauty.

 

Taconic Golf Club - Welcome to Taconic Golf Club, located in the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Taconic provides golfers with a magical combination of spectacular scenery, a classically challenging course, and superb playing conditions.

 

Waubeeka Golf Links - 18 Hole Public Course and quite possibly the most challenging, beautiful and memorable 6,000+ yards you'll ever encounter.

 

Williams College - Williams College is a private liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Established in 1793, there are three academic curricular divisions (humanities, sciences and social sciences), 24 departments, 33 majors, and two master's degree programs in art history and development economics.

 

Williamstown Chamber of Commerce - The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization made up of member businesses, agencies, and institutions whose joint agenda is the furtherance of Williamstown, Massachusetts as a place to live, work, and play.

 

Yankee Candle - Far more than just a candle store, our South Deerfield, MA location is a special place where magic comes to life. From watching animated, singing characters to celebrating Christmas year 'round, an unusual place where your whole family can experience an enchanting mix of shopping and entertainment.

 

Cultural Links

 

'62 Center for Theatre and Dance at Williams College - The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance at Williams College supports theater and dance students in their pursuit of artistic excellence and serves as a world class venue for the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

 

Bennington Battle Monument - Built in the late 1880's, this monument is a dedication to the famous Battle of Bennington that took place during the Revolutionary war in 1777. It was at this location the American colonists maintained a store of weapons and food, which British General Burgoyne knew was critical to capture in order to restock his own troops.

 

Bennington Museum - The Bennington Museum was founded as the Bennington Historical Association in 1852 to celebrate Bennington's Colonial past and, more specifically, to commemorate the historic Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington in 1777. Over time the museum acquired paintings and sculpture by Vermont artists, children's toys, maps, books, and military artifacts.

 

Berkshire Botanical Garden - Our public display gardens are open May through mid-October. Both functional and ornamental, they are among the oldest in the US and have been expanded over the years in breadth and variety through a series of bequests and major gifts. Our collections emphasize plants that are indigenous to or thrive in the Berkshires; more than 3,000 species and varieties are represented.

 

Berkshire Theatre Group - Berkshire Theatre Group is the premier performing arts organization in Western Massachusetts. BTG encompasses 5 theaters in 3 towns throughout Berkshire County including the 780 seat Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, the 408 seat Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge and the 122 seat Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

 

MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center - MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) provides professional development training, resources, and support to the artists, art managers, and creative workers of Berkshire County. Through its multiple programs and presentations, BCRC brings the best of performance and art to the Berkshires and showcases the best of the Berkshires to the world.

 

Hancock Shaker Village - Set your watch back a century or two and see the Village come to life through vibrant programs, tours, exhibitions and hands-on activities. This beautifully restored village, set on 1,200 acres of farm, woodland and pasture, is home to the premier collection of Shaker buildings and artifacts.

 

Hopkins Observatory - Hopkins Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts (USA). Constructed in 1838 by Albert Hopkins, the college claims that it is the oldest observatory in America.

 

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival - Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival is the ideal destination for a summer getaway. A National Historic Landmark and National Medal of Arts recipient, Jacob's Pillow is nestled in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. Called "the dance center of the nation" by The New York Times, the Pillow brings together dance, music, art, and culture.

 

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) - Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world's premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. With annual attendance of 120,000, it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art.

 

Norman Rockwell Museum - Founded in 1969 with the help of Norman and Molly Rockwell, Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of Rockwell's work and his contributions to society, popular culture, and social commentary. The Museum, which is accredited by the American Association of Museums, is the most popular year-round cultural attraction in the Berkshires.

 

Shakespeare & Company in Lenox - Shakespeare & Company aspires to create a theatre of unprecedented excellence rooted in the classical ideals of inquiry, balance, and harmony; a company that performs as the Elizabethans did — in love with poetry, physical prowess, and the mysteries of the universe.

 

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute - The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is an art museum and a center for research and higher education, dedicated to advancing and extending the public understanding of art.

 

Tanglewood - Tanglewood, one of the world's most beloved music festivals and the famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts.

 

The Berkshire Museum - Bringing people together for experiences that spark creativity and innovative thinking by making inspiring educational connections among art, history, and natural science.

 

The Mount - The Mount is both an historic site and a center for culture inspired by the passions and achievements of Edith Wharton. Designed and built by Edith Wharton in 1902, the house embodies the principles outlined in her influential book, The Decoration of Houses (1897). The property includes three acres of formal gardens designed by Wharton, who was also an authority on European landscape design, surrounded by extensive woodlands.

 

Williams College Museum of Art - Widely considered one of the finest college art museums in the country, the Williams College Museum of Art is a department of Williams College. The mission of the WCMA is “to advance learning through lively and innovative approaches to art for the students of Williams College and communities beyond the campus.”

 

Williamstown Film Festival - The Williamstown Film Festival was founded in 1998 to fill a cultural gap in a part of Massachusetts known for its world-class museums, theater, music, and dance – the Berkshires. Because film seemed the missing link in an artistically rich region, some two dozen local residents and graduates of Williams College felt strongly that a film festival could bridge the gap.

 

Williamstown Theatre Festival - Nestled in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, the Williamstown Theatre Festival is a celebration of theater that brings together a vast array of artists and offers audiences varied cultural experiences.

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