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Five Fall Favorites

As the green leaves of summer turn magenta and gold, harvest time in the Berkshires brings a celebratory, yet tranquil air to the region’s stunning vistas, fascinating history and renowned arts. Fall is the time to explore those out-of-the-way, unspoiled small towns, drink fresh-pressed apple cider and join in the autumn festivities. The cooler weather also invites outdoor adventures such as hiking and biking. To help you make the most of your vacation, we’ve compiled a list of five favorite fall activities. Choose one or mix and match for a truly memorable Berkshires experience.

1. Go antiquing. Put your hunting and gathering instincts to the test! You’ll find hundreds of antiques shops along both Route 7, known as the "Antique Highway," and Route 20. Local dealers offer everything from 17th century English furniture to Asian sculpture

to estate jewelry.

2. Take a hike. Join in a Berkshires tradition by participating in the 40th Annual Mount Greylock Ramble. Every Columbus Day, hundreds of hikers ascend to the top of Mount Greylock, the state’s highest peak, along the Cheshire Harbor Trail. The moderate hike is fun for all ages. This year’s event will take place on October 13. Contact the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce for more information at 413-663-3735.

3. Follow the Mohawk Trail. This "Highway of History" began as a small Native American footpath nearly three hundred years ago. Today, the Mohawk Trail stretches along the Massachusetts/New York state line with more than 100 attractions along the way, offering excitement for the entire family. See the unique, beautiful Bridge of Flowers stretching across the Deerfield River; explore ancient glacial potholes at Salmon Falls; marvel at New England’s only Natural Bridge; buy homemade wares at craft villages; watch a Native American Pow Wow; and much more. For more information on the Trail, call 413-743-8127.

4. Shop ‘til you drop. Bring home a one-of-a-kind decoration or objet d’art from one of the many unique galleries and boutiques throughout the Berkshires. Area artists experiment with a variety of unique media, and the galleries range from the artist-owned, single-focus gallery to large houses with international reputations that exhibit world-renowned masters of their craft. Art aficionados can also check out the gift shops at MASS MoCA, Hancock Shaker Village, Norman Rockwell Museum and the Berkshire Museum. Pick up seasonal gifts at the Holiday Marketplace or get an original work of art at the Berkshire Art Festival.

5. Bike the Berkshires. For those who prefer two wheels to four, journey through the Berkshire Hills along the Great Barrington Short Loop. This 11.1-mile ride begins just north of Great Barrington on Route 7 and goes uphill to Monument Mountain. It then loops back down Monument Valley Road to Route 23, past the Butternut Basin ski area and back into Great Barrington. Happy trails!