The Berkshires are a range of hills in Northwestern Massachusetts. Holidaymakers head for vacation rentals in the Berkshires to admire some lovely natural landscapes and take part if a host of outdoor activities, from walking to mountain biking and horseback riding. The region is also a key centre for the arts, with various important institutions located here.
The region around Berkshires vacation accommodation is first and foremost a destination for outdoor activities. The world-famous Appalachian Trail runs through here, and there is also a huge network of other trails to explore taking walkers through expanses rich in natural beauty. A highlight is Mount Washington, a pretty town with easy access to the eponymous State Park. Nearby Bash Bish Falls, the highest waterfall in the state is found in this area.
In summer around Berkshire accommodation you could make the most of the region’s rivers, going on a fishing or rafting trip. On land you could head for one of the area’s many excellent golf courses. Great choices would be Berkshire Hills Country Club, Pontoosuc Lake, Wahconah, Bas Ridge, Skyline, Waubeeka, Taconic and Donnybrook.
Meanwhile in the winter, Berkshire vacation rentals are found in a good winter sport destination. Perhaps the most popular activity at this time of year is cross-country skiing, thanks to the numerous national parks, but there are also a number of resorts here, including Catamount, Bousquet and Jiminy Peak, which is the largest resort for ski and snowboard in the whole of New England.
The City of Albany, in Upstate New York, is no more than an hour by car from Berkshires self-catering accommodation. It’s the capital of the state. And features New York’s Capitol with its elaborate architecture, as well as the Empire State Plaza, which is a venue for live music in the summer months. The New York State Museum is the largest of its kind in the country, and details the history of the state.
On holiday at Berkshires vacation rentals you’ll be able to expect cold weather in winter, with temperatures slipping below freezing between November and March. There’s also quite a lot of snowfall on higher ground at this time of year. In summer there are warm conditions, from June to September.
If you head for Berkshires self-catering vacation accommodation from the UK, the most convenient way to get here would be to fly to Boston Logan International (BOS) from London Heathrow (LHR) with Delta, Virgin or British Airways, and then make the two hour drive across to Berkshire County.