Imagine snow angels and stone-fenced gardens, fireflies, firesides and sunsets framed by rolling mountains, and you've only just begun to envision a romantic holiday in the Berkshires. Our picturesque villages are replete with cozy bed and breakfasts and charming inns, where you can begin your days with a country breakfast, share afternoon tea on a sunny porch, and spend evenings sipping brandy in front of a roaring fire before slipping into a Jacuzzi. Winter or spring, you'll be sure to rediscover each other while discovering the romance and beauty of the Berkshires.
Home is Where the Hearth is:
Lovers flock to the gracious Old Inn On The Green & Gedney Farm (Route 57, New Marlborough; 413-229-3131). Surrounded by sprawling meadows, the inn offers authentically restored guest rooms and fine dining in intimate candlelit dining rooms with fireplaces. Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club (Route 20, Lenox; 413-637-1364) treats couples to champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries, a candlelight dinner and spa privileges, among other amenities included in their Romance Package.
Find hidden treasures together and take home a bit of old world charm. Jenifer House Commons Historic Marketplace (Route 7, Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington; 413-528-1500) is a wonderful place to start antiquing. Create something special for your special someone at The Berkshire Center for Contemporary Glass (6 Harris St., West Stockbridge; 413-232-4666) or the Fellerman & Raabe Glassworks (534 S. Main St., Sheffield; 413-229-8533), where you can blow your own glass ornaments, art or jewelry.
Art and Soul:
Art lovers will find much to quicken the pulse at our world-famous museums. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (225 South St., Williamstown; 413-458-2303) presents 19th century and Old Masters paintings. Situated on 1,200 scenic acres, Hancock Shaker Village (Route 20, Pittsfield; 413-443-0188) is an outdoor history museum of Shaker life. The Berkshire Museum (39 South St., Pittsfield; 413-443-7171) combines art, history and natural science with interactive exhibits.
The Sound of Music:
The Berkshire Hills are alive year 'round with Baroque music concerts by The Berkshire Bach Society (413-528-9277) as well as performing arts at MASS MoCA (87 Marshall St., North Adams; 413-662-2111). Spring forward with music, dance, film and "all that jazz" at the annual Williamstown Jazz Festival, April 20-28 (413-597-2736). Concert locations vary; see our calendar for details.
Wining and Dining:
The picturesque Land of Nod Vineyard and Winery (99 Lower Rd., East Canaan, CT; 860-824-5225) is a lovely setting from which to indulge in some fruit of the vine, as are the many romantic dining venues here. Apple Tree Inn (10 Richmond Mountain Rd., Lenox; 413-637-1477) affords panoramic views from its circular dining room; The Red Lion Inn (Main Street, Stockbridge; 413-298-5545) serves fine food in elegant, antique-filled dining rooms. The intimate Warfield House Inn (200 Warfield Rd., Charlemont; 413-339-6600) features international cuisine and the Seven Hills Country Inn (40 Plunkett St., Lenox; 413-637-0060) presents wonderfully gourmet, candlelit dinners and other romantic luxuries.
A Breath of Fresh Air:
Our snowy winters are perfect for skiing, snowmobiling and snowboarding, but to be close to nature and each other, Worthington Ballooning (Buffington Hill Road, Worthington; 413-238-5514) recommends a champagne hot air balloon flight, a romantic way to "pop" the question. Animal lovers will find hiking with llamas a warm and woolly experience; contact Berkshire Mountain Llama Hikes (322 Lander Rd., Lee; 413-243-2224). Berkshire Horseback Adventures (Route 7A, Lenox; 413-637-9090) offers horseback riding in spring, also a lovely time of year for canoeing with Berkshire Canoes (Lenox; 413-442-2789), kayaking and white water rafting with Wilderness Plus/Moxie Outdoor Adventures (The Forks; 800-866-6943 or Crab Apple Whitewater (Route 2, Charlemont; 800-553-7238).