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I am abandoning it all—the work, the dog, and the heavy air of city life and heading for the Berkshires. This land of dance and drama, art and architecture, is like nowhere else in the United States. Bucolic hills give way to villages dotted with boutiques and cafés, and sequestered amid the lush fields and restored mansions I am about to discover a gay culture that manages to seamlessly blend into the fabric of everyday life.

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or this New Yorker, getting to the Berkshires is a vacation in and of itself. It’s just Edith (the name I have given to my GPS, christened after turn-of-the-century novelist and local resident Edith Wharton), me, and the highway. First settled by the English after the French and Indian War in the mid-18th century, the Berkshires later blossomed as a respite for the elite during the Gilded Age. Summer cottages like Ventfort Hall (if you consider 28 rooms and 17 fireplaces a cottage) and The Mount were constructed as summer homes. It was an era of lavish recluse, but also of industrial turmoil—one that has echoed through the decades. Meanwhile, the arts established a regional identity that keeps second homeowners and tourists coming back regardless of the political or economic climate. Edith calls it Route 20, but she really means Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway, the winding rural road that leads to the nation’s premier dance festival and my first stop, Jacob’s Pillow. A visit to “The Pillow,” as it’s commonly referred, offers performances from an international array of companies in a breathtaking natural setting. Director of Preservation, Norton Owen says, “From the 1930s until today, the Pillow has been reaching out to individuals. Shawn would talk about his dance, then move into the realm of a lecture or demonstration without the formality—there was a spirit of welcoming people in and we want to keep this alive. It’s the secret to what people respond to.”

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Owen is referring to Ted Shawn, founder of Jacob’s Pillow. Shawn established the dancers’ retreat center in 1930 with his wife and dance partner Ruth St. Denis. It was a tumultuous relationship, and the couple separated shortly thereafter. Shawn then established Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers, with early performances that exhibited a deliberate hyper-masculinity through movement. “Shawn came here and started discovering his identity as a gay man—but it’s more complicated than that,” reflects Owen. “He was grappling with and shifting the public’s perception of the male dancer. He was showing on a very basic level that you could be a male dancer and not be effeminate,” he adds. I wander the grounds with Owen for hours, absorbing the creative energy that buzzes throughout the historic buildings and pouring over video archives and other materials that encapsulate more than 80 years of international dance history. I also think of John Cameron Mitchell’s award-wining film Hedwig and the Angry Inch and performance artist Taylor Mac who have capitalized on the freedom to push gender boundaries. But it was Shawn, in his own way, who set in motion an environment for performers of all types, ethnicities, and sexual orientations to freely express themselves. “The history is embedded in the whole experience here. It is integral to experiencing Jacob’s Pillow,” says Owen. Jacob’s Pillow is but one of many performance venues that have a stronghold in the region. Tanglewood Music Center is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and it recently celebrated its 75th anniversary in the Berkshires. If you can’t wait until next season, you can stream this past summer’s performances at the Boston Symphony Orchestra Media Center online. For plays and musicals, head in any direction and stumble across Broadway-caliber talent for half the price of a show in New York City. Performers love to spend their summers in the countryside, and you can often get up close and (platonically) personal with postshow discussions and symposiums with the artists. Barrington Stage Company presents a varied season of classics and new works including the Musical Theatre Lab overseen by Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist William Finn. If iambic pentameter is more your style, Shakespeare & Company delivers it impeccably along with a roster of cult favorites including this season’s holiday production of The Santaland Diaries (Nov. 30–Dec. 30) by gay humorist David Sedaris. Forget Central Park, Hollywood’s elite can often be found onstage at Williamstown Theatre Festival, where this past season featured Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, and Susie Essman, among others. nce my inner Baryshnikov is satiated, I head to Lenox and settle into the gloriously restored Kemble Inn. The estate has been undergoing a massive restoration since Scott Shortt purchased it in the summer of 2010. It took months for Shortt to secure the deal, and once finished, he found himself with eight days to complete a temporary design-on-a-dime makeover before welcoming a sold-out Fourth of July weekend crowd. His only clue as to the solvency of the dilapidated 12,000-foot property was two garbage bags full of reservation cards passed along from the previous owner. With a striking combination of gay sensibility and sheer tenacity, Shortt temporarily closed it in the spring of 2011 to do a proper Gilded Age makeover ($1.25 million to

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We opened during the time of the national referendum against gay marriage and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and Massachusetts has made it really clear from the onset that the state is committed to LGBT progress and the future.
date) but is quick to say, “I didn’t want to recreate 1886, but instead pay tribute to the era, which for me meant representing the best of what life has to offer.” He’s done it in spades: soaring ceilings, fresh flowers around every corner, Art Deco accents, and a substantial homage to Ralph Lauren including an RL-inspired breakfast room as well as linens and fine china from the iconic designer’s collection. Later that evening, I join Shortt in the dining room for a fivecourse dinner. Chef Jonathan Pratt appears from the kitchen wearing a crisply pressed chef ’s coat and cravat—it’s midseason, we’re the only ones in the dining room, and I’m keenly aware that I’m about to embark on a culinary ménage à trois. From the seared sea scallop atop a toothsome wild mushroom risotto to a French-trimmed lamb chop accompanied by eggplant provençal and potato galette, it’s clear that Pratt’s training (top honors from the Culinary Institute of America) and time in the kitchen under Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten have paid off. An intelligently curated wine list (mostly European with a nod to California) rounds out the experience. We’re a few glasses in when Shortt confesses to me with a glimmer in his eye, “It’s surprising to me that the Berkshires—given what’s here—isn’t a bit gayer.” I know what he means. An online search reveals limited resources and references, yet everyone I’ve spoken to prior to my departure speaks of how gay-friendly the region is. Lee Scott Laugenour (who at press time is a Green Party candidate for Massachusetts State Representative) says, “We were the first state in the country to introduce marriage equality. Our inns and venues are all very welcoming and encourage people to choose the Berkshires for their wedding destination. We put marriage equality on the political map in this country.” But Laugenour also acknowledges the region’s challenges in attracting a younger demographic—an issue that transcends gender roles or sexual orientation. “[The challenge is] keeping young people here—gay or otherwise. The prospect for good jobs is not particularly good and we have population loss. For the political and civic leaders of our community, it’s a huge challenge as well as for the gay community.”

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here are a handful of gay business owners who are making an impact one keratin treatment, drag night, or club sandwich at a time. Troy Mechek moved to the area with his husband to raise their son and quickly established Rumpy’s Tavern as an LGBTfriendly hangout. A noise complaint snafu with a neighbor earlier this year landed Mechek in front of the community board having to defend his entertainment license, but the resounding support (he packed the hearing room with dozens of patrons) proved that Rumpy’s is here to stay, and the allegations were dropped. “Let’s never do that again. It shaved ten years off my life,” jokes Mecheck, “but it certainly strengthened our community. I think people are now a lot more comfortable coming in than ever before.” With themed nights ranging from karaoke and trivia to live performance, there is always something unexpected to discover. Celebrating their namesake anniversary, Maurice Peterson and his partner Mark Johnson opened SEVEN salon.spa seven years ago, turning what was once a funeral home (Norman Rockwell was embalmed there) into a popular destination for quality hair care, skin care, and bodywork in the Berkshires. It has been important for the couple, who married at nearby Stonover Farm, to become an integral part of the community by supporting a wide range of charities including the Berskshire Stonewall Community Coalition. After a quick walk-through of the bustling salon, which features original works by Pulitzer–nominated artist and activist Matuschka, I settle in for a men’s facial. My esthetician Nicole whips out an array of products by Environ and Comfort Zone and goes to work. Eighty minutes of scrubbing, buffing, smoothing, and exfoliating later, I emerge with a healthy glow and am ready for lunch. he Berkshires is home to the country’s first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and, whether you’re picking up a quick sandwich or looking for a more elegant dining experience, every town has something unique to offer. New on the block, but with a 225-year-old history, is the Monterey General Store. Reopened by Scott Cole, it features farm-fresh ingredients, imported cheeses, and staple items for the locals. Cole’s simple, honest food is a welcomed arrival to the town of 961 residents and another example of the region’s gay entrepreneurial spirit. Later that evening, I head to Brava for tapas and wine, thrilled to have found an establishment bustling with customers past 9 P.M. The Berkshires can be sleepy at night unless you’re visiting during the high season months of July and August, but LGBT-friendly business owners like Brava’s Whitney Asher (as well as Mission Bar + Tapas owner Jim Benson in Pittsfield) understands the need to cater to a younger clientele. I munch on pimientos (fried shishito peppers), beer-battered cod with remoulade, and smoky garbanzo beans. The bold flavors hold up to Asher’s wine recommendations, that range from a funky Chianti from Rufina to a food-friendly Sangiovese from San Gennaro. With a rotating roster of more than 40 wines by the glass, Asher comes alive as customers inquire about the perfect food and wine pairings. The following day, I depart on a Sterling Clark–style mission to discover the Berkshires art scene. Clark, along with his wife Francine, was a passionate collector of 18th- and 19th-century French art. Today, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute includes more than 9,000 works including painting, sculpture, prints and drawings, photographs, and decorative arts. The campus is undergoing a massive expansion project that will includes a new visitor, exhibition, and conference center and a 1.5-acre reflecting pool

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With a mantle full of accolades for his accomplishments in musical theatre, including two Tony Awards for Falsettos (Best Book [with James Lapine] and Best Original Score), why has William Finn returned to the Berkshires and set up shop at Barrington Stage Company after graduating from Williams College more than 40 years ago? “It started when Barrington was doing a production of Falsettos and the director called with an idea on how to redirect the song ‘March of the Falsettos,’” says Finn, “She wanted me to rewrite some lyrics and promised me a car for the summer, and I said sure!” Finn eventually established The Musical Theatre Lab as an incubator for the complex development process of such works and speaks bluntly of the rigorous honesty required to produce a good musical. “We’re nurturing but not gentle or coddling,” he says. “Falsettos was all made up. It astounds people, but a lot of that credit belongs to James Lapine. A New Brain was totally real. [I tell students] it either better be autobiographical or sound autobiographical.” And as far as gay life in the Berkshires? Finn says, “I’ve been up here five or six years now I find the gay community immensely comfortable. There is a small but determined gay community. Pittsfield has great possibilities, and it’s an ideal town for development and still very affordable.” Spoiler Alert: For musical theatre groupies, Finn says to keep your eye out for Southern Comfort by Dan Collins (book and lyrics) and Julianne Wick Davis (music), which explores transgender issues and families of choice set in the back hills of Georgia. —Matthew Wexler

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that will contribute to a water management system and LEED-NC silver certification. The Clark is still welcoming visitors during this construction phase and has created a dynamic installation for the DIY curator. “Clark Remix” is a salon-style exhibit of 400 of the museum’s signature works, configured in a compact multi-period mélange. “It is a very personal experience for the viewer, replicating the feel of a Parisian apartment and presenting it on a domestic scale,” says Director of Communications, Victoria Saltzman. “uCurate” and “uExplore” bring the exhibition into the twenty-first century with the integration of computer kiosks and iPads to further explore the works and create one’s own virtual customized exhibit. More fun that a box of 120-count Crayola crayons, I spend an hour at the touchscreen TV and am confident I’ve learned as much as an M.F.A. in art history could provide. he next day, I head north for a completely different art experience, one that draws inspiration from the industrial age. MASS MoCA encompasses 13 acres of factory buildings dating back to the 19th century. Originally Arnold Print Works (1860-1942) then the Sprague Electric Company (1942-1985), business and political leaders spent the next 13 years campaigning, fundraising, and conducting feasibility studies to turn the property into, according to the museum, “a center that would both present and catalyze the creation of works that chart new creative territory.” Two major exhibits currently on display include “Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective” and “Oh, Canada.” The LeWitt installation includes 105 wall drawings that range from carefully measured black-and-white pencil sequences to brilliantly colored acrylic shapes. As he battled cancer toward the end of his career, his late work returned to black and white scribble drawings. Jock Reynolds, Artist and Museum Director at Yale University, says LeWitt’s final drawings “...comprise a visual crescendo to one of the greatest bodies of contemporary art created in our time.” “Oh, Canada” (on display through April 1, 2013) represents the largest collection of contemporary Canadian art ever shown outside of Canada.

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Curator Denise Markonish spent three years traversing the second-largest country in the world and has assembled a diverse collection of more than 60 artists, including LGBT representation. Kent Monkman explores the themes of Aboriginal culture and gender and sexuality throughout his work, while filmmaker, artist, and activist Noam Gonick is also pushing boundaries with his performance piece and film installation in collaboration with Luis Jacob. Gonick says: “I think what Luis Jacob and I have done with ‘Wildflowers of Manitoba”—bringing those types of hippie queer communal ideals into the sacred space of the museum—has value and, given the right viewing conditions, I’d hope it can transform viewers, or at least stir up something hitherto unknown inside.” After visiting MASS MoCA, I arrive at The Topia Inn, an artistinspired bed and breakfast owned and operated by Nana Simopoulus and Caryn Heilman. The couple has outfitted the property with an eco-friendly international aesthetic with each room designed by a different artist. I settle into the Aloha room, equipped with an organic floating bed, chromatherapy spa tub, and eco-timber Australian Chestnut flooring. Sitting with the ladies the following morning over fair trade coffee and organic granola garnished with elderberries from their yard, they are quick to point out the importance of LGBT support on a state level. “The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism is very committed to cultivating gay travel,” says Simopoulus, “They’ve made it a big point to be focused and inclusive. We opened during the time of the national referendum against gay marriage and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and Massachusetts has made it really clear from the onset that the state is committed to LGBT progress and the future.” As part of the Topia Inn’s environmentally friendly initiatives, I’m set up with a bike (gel seat included) to explore the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, an 11-mile railroad corridor that has been converted into a paved universally accessible path. My ambition exceeds my fitness level, and I make a U-turn after about three miles of unobstructed foliage and mountains views. The Berkshires offers a wealth of other

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outdoors experiences at any time of year. Adventure seekers can head to Jiminy Peak for aerial courses, zip rides, mountain Segway tours, and family-friendly skiing. Hilltop Orchards boasts hiking and crosscountry ski trails designed by Olympian John Morton along with fall apple picking and free hay rides. If calorie burning is your idea of a good time, hike to the top of Mount Greylock, Massachusetts’ highest point at 3,491 feet. Along the way, you can enjoy a rustic meal at Bascom Lodge or even spend the night. choose to spend my last evening indulging in dinner at Mezze Bistro + Bar, the crown jewel of the Berkshires farm-to-table scene. Co-founder and proprietor Nancy Thomas has been committed to the local food movement since opening the restaurant in 1996. My bartender, Kael (whose very name, although vegetally misspelled, seems inspired by the surroundings), offers me a Clark Remix cocktail, and I pour over Chef Joji Sumi’s menu. I begin with adoborubbed halibut ribs served with a poblano-avocado puree. While I appreciate the nose-to-tail concept carrying over to the sea, I’m confident that my ribs would be better utilized in a fish stock. The concept is daring though and Sumi’s team executes the dish with great precision. I stay true to theme for my main course, ordering an offal and foraged mushroom ragu. The beef shank is tossed with braised leeks and house-made ricotta cavatelli. Just like mom used to make, not really, but it has that inexplicable comfort food appeal. Bjorn Somlo, chef/owner of Nudel sits several bar stools down from me. I take it as a sign more impactful than a four-star review that this is where such a high caliber chef chooses to eat on his night off.

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In an effort to hold on to the serenity that has swept over me since my arrival, I make one last stop at Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club for a signature Grand Mosaic body envelopment. The epic treatment begins with a full body exfoliation. At one point I am convinced that my massage therapist Kacie has removed a brick from the historic mansion and is feverishly pummeling me with its rough exterior. Next, I am wrapped in a fleece cocoon and lowered into a dry floatation system, increasing the absorption of essential oils by 300 percent. The final stage of my Berkshires rehab session is a therapeutic deep-tissue massage. I have found that bodywork in a resort environment can often feel limp, but Cranwell, celebrating ten years of service, has earned its accolades by providing exceptionally trained and intuitive professionals, and Kacie is no exception. The historic property also offers a variety of lodging options, from classic to contemporary, and with enclosed walkways connecting several buildings; you can enjoy a full day of spa treatments and lounging on the coldest of winter days without ever stepping outside. Dripping with melted Berkshire Berry ice cream from SoCo Creamery, I program Edith to guide me out of the idyllic woods and back to New York City. About five miles into my journey I see a sign for the Taconic State Parkway—a scenic route suggested by nearly everyone I’ve spoken to. Edith and I have our first fight as I ignore her blaring at me to go left, merge right, and so on. I pull the plug and roll down the windows, taking in a last deep breath of fresh air as I follow the path of my own intuition, as so many artists and entrepreneurs have done here before me. I’ll be back though, Berkshires—this is something I could get used to.

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PLAN YOUR TRIP
www.berkshires.org is your online quintessential planning guide for any time of year. Viewers can search for lodging, food, culture, outdoor activities, and events as well as search by town and create a printable “Wish List.” www.massvacation.com is a general resource for exploring the Berkshires and beyond. Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition, info@berkshirestonewall.org. Tel: 413-822-7268. Founded in the mid 1990s by a group of local activists, BSCC now supports LGBT-friendly community events ranging from social activities to HIV/AIDS support, health care, legal issues, adoption, and youth programming. www.berkshirestonewall.org LGBT Mass Vacations provides LGBT-specific resources to help plan your vacation or even your gay wedding, including a step-by-step guide. www.lgbtmassvacation.com Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club, 55 Lee Road, Lenox. Tel: 800-272-6945. With stunning views any time of year, the resort offers a range of 114 rooms, suites, cottages, and townhouses along with a 35,000-square-foot spa and 18-hole historic golf course. Rooms from $279. www.cranwell.com The Kemble Inn, 2 Kemble Street, Lenox. Tel: 800353-4113. Gay owned and operated, the Gilded Age gets a makeover with Ralph Lauren furnishings and art deco touches. Be sure to book a room or suite with a mountain view. Rooms from $195. www.kembleinn.com Maple Glenn, Main Street Stockbridge at the corner of U.S. Rt 7 and Mass. Rt 102, Stockbridge. Tel: 413-298-5545. This latest property to be renovated by the owners of the historic Red Lion Inn features a blend of contemporary and vintage aesthetics with the traditional comforts of a New England home. Rooms from $270. www.redlioninn.com The Porches Inn, 231 River Street, North Adams. Tel: 413-664-0400. Inspired by the town’s artistic revitalization and MASS MoCA, the 47-room collection of Victorian row houses offer a retro-edgy, industrial granny-chic ambiance. Rooms from $130. www.porches.com Stonover Farm B&B, 169 Undermountain Road, Lenox. Tel: 413-637-9100. Plan your wedding in the magnificently rustic hay barn then sneak off to a private on-site School House Suite for your own roll in the hay. Suites from $325. School House from $395. www.stonoverfarm.com Topia Inn, 10 Pleasant Street, Adams, Tel: 888- 8686742. Leave your shoes and toiletries behind for a stay at this gay-owned eco-inn featuring artistdesigned rooms, rain showers, chromatherapy tubs, and complimentary organic bath products. Rooms from $210. www.topiainn.com Bascom Lodge, at the top of Mount Greylock. Tel: 413-743-1591. A casual prix fixe menu offered at one seating per night is worth the picturesque views (open June – October). www.bascomlodge.net

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Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox. Tel: 413-637-3353. Celebrating 35 years of classics and new works, the multifaceted company relies on a team of more than 150 artists and operates year round. www.shakespeare.org The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street, Williamstown. Tel: 425-458-0588. Still open during its expansion phase, the Clark’s collection includes exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, Stone Hill Center for special exhibitions and conservation, and numerous walking paths. www.clarkart.edu Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox. Tel: 413637-5180. Experience the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. www.tanglewood.org Williamstown Theatre Festival. Tel: 413-3973400. Top talent and young artists converge to present reinterpreted classics, new plays, and musicals. www.wtfestival.org

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Brava, 27 Housatonic Street, Lenox. Tel: 413-6379171 Late-night tapas and wine bar featuring more than 40 wines by the glass. www.bravalenox.com Mezze Bistro + Bar, 777 Cold Spring Road (Route 7), Williamstown. Tel: 413-458-0123. Quintessential farm-to-table cuisine that exemplifies a mastery of culinary technique with some surprising international flavors. www.mezzerestaurant.com Monterey General Store, 448 Main Road, Monterey. Tel: 413-528-5900. Planning a picnic? Stop here for a fine selection of prepared and gourmet items. Nudel, 37 Church Street, Lenox. Tel: 413-551-7183. Dubbed a “creative American pasta bar,” Chef Bjorn Somlo uncompromisingly cooks what he feels like while showcasing local farmers, purveyors, and food artisans. www.nudelrestaurant.com The Restaurant at the Kemble Inn, 2 Kemble Street, Lenox. Tel: 800-353-4113. Intimate dining or a catered affair, Chef Jonathan Pratt merges classic technique with seasonal ingredients. www.kembleinn.com/dining Rumpy’s Tavern at the Village Inn, 16 Church Street, Lenox: Tel: 413-637-0020. A lively spot for locals and tourists alike, stop by Rumpy’s for themed nights including trivia, bingo, karaoke and live music. www.villageinn-lenox.com/tavern.htm SoCo Creamery, 5 Railroad Street, Great Barrington. Tel: 413-528-9420. This micro-creamery produces small batch ice creams and gelati like Berkshire Berry, Lavender Honey; and Dirty Chocolate. www.sococreamery.com

GILDED INDULGENCE

The Mount, 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox. Tel: 413-5515111. Only five percent of National Historic Landmarks are dedicated to women, and Edith Wharton’s The Mount is one of them, featuring classical revival architecture and formal gardens. www.edithwharton.org Ventfort Hall, 104 Walker Street, Lenox. Tel: 413-6373206. Visit the Jacobean Revival-style mansion, including Les Petites Dames de Mode, an exhibit 59 miniature models showcasing women’s fashion from 1855 to 1914. www.gildedage.org

OUTDOORS

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, Tel: 413-442-8928. An 11mile paved trail that connects Lanesborough to Adams, passing wetlands, mountain ranges, and rivers along the way. www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/asrt.htm Hilltop Orchards, Route 295 / 508 Canaan Road, Richmond. Tel: 800-833-6274. Hiking and crosscountry skiing trails weave throughout the 200-acre property, where you can also pick apples, taste local wines, and purchase farm-fresh baked goods. www.hilltoporchards.com Jiminy Peak, 37 Corey Road, Hancock. Tel: 413-7385500. Enjoy an array of outdoor adventures any time of year, including skiing, mountain biking, aerial activities, and more. www.jiminypeak.com Mount Greylock, Visitor Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough. Tel: 413-499-4262. Wild and rugged yet intimate and accessible, Mount Greylock rewards the visitor exploring this special place of scenic and natural beauty. www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/mtGreylock

CULTURE

Barrington Stage Company, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield. Tel: 413-236-8888. Since its inception in 1995, BSC has produced 15 world premieres along with Broadway favorites. www.barringtonstageco.org Jacob’s Pillow, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. Tel: 413-243-9919. An internationally renowned center for dance performance and education. www.jacobspillow.org MASS MoCA, 87 Marshall Street, North Adams. Tel: 413-662-2111. This turn-of-the-century factory has become an epicenter for modern art, film, and live performance. www.MASSMoCA.org

SPAS

Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club, 55 Lee Road, Lenox. Tel: 800-272-6945. Celebrating ten years, the 35,000-square-foot spa and fitness facility offers more than 50 services, including day passes. www.cranwell.com/spa-fitness Seven Spa & Salon, 7 South Street, Stockbridge. Tel: 413-298-0117. The premier destination for quality hair care, skin care, and bodywork in the Berkshires. In addition to exceptional hair and spa services, you can also experience sensory re-pattering or intuitive counseling/tarot reading. www.sevensalonspa.com

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