The Berkshires are splendid in any season, but Autumn is an especially nice time of the year to be here. When the air crisps up, and the leaves start their annual riot of color, it feels as though you are living amidst a story book setting. The Berkshires epitomize what you think of, when you picture New England in the fall. There is gorgeous foliage, apple picking, pumpkins everywhere you go, and fall festivals that fill the calendars. Like a peek inside of a Norman Rockwell painting, the Berkshires offer up a perfect autumnal experience. Wherever you go in the county, you will be welcomed by beautiful colors on the trees, but some places are especially nice for leaf ‘peeping’. Of course, Mt. Greylock rates as one of the top choices, with its fantastic hiking trails, amazing overlooks, and Bascom Lodge and the war tower at the top. But, there is also lesser visited scenic places, like Bullard Woods, in Stockbridge. With its easy going trails, it crosses woodland and fields, as you make your way to the edge of Stockbridge Bowl, which affords lake views of the foliage. Another nice place for seeking out the best foliage is West Stockbridge. Because it is surrounded by hills and mountains, it is surrounded with glorious foliage. With plenty of great restaurants and cafes, you can have a picture perfect lunch, admiring the views. There are also plenty of things to do to feel festive at this time of year. You can pick apples at places like Bartlett’s Apple Orchard(I think they have the best cider donuts in the area, hint, hint 🙂 ), Lakeview Orchards, or make a day of it, and head over to Hilltop Orchards and Furnace Brook Winery, and sample some wines after you pick apples. Buying pumpkins is always fun to do, too. Picking out the perfect pumpkin with the kids, and taking it home to carve is always a highlight of the fall season. We usually head to Whitney’s Farm Market. They make it super fun for the kids on weekends, with bounce houses and slides, a petting zoo, and fun playground equipment … and TONS of pumpkins! My kids also love French fries from their food stand.
Then there are all of the festivals that happen at this time of year. From the Apple Squeeze in Lenox, which happens this weekend, to the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Harvest Festival, which takes place on October 11 – 12 this year. Further north, in North Adams, you’ll find the Fall Foliage Festival. These are all fun events for the whole family, with great food, too! But, no matter what you do or where you go in the county, as long as you are outdoors, you are almost guaranteed to have a great fall foliage time!
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