If you want to vacation this summer in the mountains and enjoy the outdoors, the Berkshires in Massachusetts is a good place to go. It’s less than three hours from New York City and offers lots to do for both outdoorsy and artsy types.
The region stretches across more than 30 towns and villages including popular towns like Great Barrington, where you can hike at Monument Mountain or swim at Lake Mansfield; Stockbridge, home to Norman Rockwell Museum; and Lenox, where you’ll find Miraval Resort & Spa and for live theater there’s Shakespeare & Company.
The Berkshires are also known for cultural destinations like Tanglewood, an outdoor music venue that’s the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, which hosts in-person and virtual screenings and events; and art museums like MASS MoCA and Berkshire Art Museum. And, of course, there’s plenty of things to do outdoors at places like Lenox Town Beach, Jiminy Peak Mountain Adventure Park, and the region’s many waterfalls, lakes, and mountains.
Find Your Next Home
So, if you’re looking for a last-minute vacation spot, check out these five rentals in the Berkshires that still have availability this summer.
This one bedroom, one bath is available throughout the summer for $377 a night. This rustic barn-turned-cottage has skylights, ceiling fans, central heating, window AC units, a large yard, fire pit, and charcoal grill. Lake Mansfield and Catamount Mountain Resort are nearby. It sleeps up to four and pets are not allowed.
This three bedroom, two bath is available throughout the summer for $464 a night. It has a wood-burning fireplace, central heat and air conditioning, a washer and dryer, covered front porch with lounge furniture, patio, gas grill, and one-car garage. It sleeps six and pets are not allowed. Jiminy Peak and Ramblewild Adventure Park are nearby.
This three bedroom, two bath is available throughout August for $495 a night. The house has a fireplace, screened-in porch, ceiling fans, a one-acre yard with outdoor recreation like badminton, and a dock with two kayaks and a canoe. It sleeps up to eight and pets are not allowed. Tanglewood Music Center and Lee Prime Outlets are nearby.
This two bedroom, one bath is available throughout the summer for $523 a night. The cabin has a wood-burning stove, oversized windows, a furnished deck, fire pit, and parking space for five cars. It sleeps five and pets are allowed with a $75 fee. Ski Butternut and Umpachene Falls are nearby.
This four bedroom, three bath is available throughout the summer for $749 a night. It has floor-to-ceiling windows, a wood-burning stove, washer and dryer, screened-in porch, tennis court, basketball court, balcony, and parking for six cars. It sleeps up to 12 people and pets are allowed for a fee. Clam River and Otis State Forest are nearby.
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