|Last Call Activities Before the Fall Season Ends|
|By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff |
06:02PM / Friday, November 04, 2022
The bone-chilling winter is looming over a lot of shoulders. The shovels, heavy coats, mittens, scarfs, and hats are being dusted off in preparation for the dark winter season. What better way to send off the season by doing these last-call activities before it is too late. Especially as this unusual mild autumn weather is expected to continue for another week.
Berkshire County has a wide range of activities that people can do to stay active in every season. In the fall taking a hike on the many hiking trails is an absolute must. There are so many places in the area with hiking trails that lead to magnificent views.
When winter comes, hiking becomes better in theory rather than practice. Your feet get cold and the sharp wind takes your breath away even more than the physical exertion. In the fall, hiking is a breeze. The cool air balances your temperature, the fallen leaves crunch beneath your feet, and the earthy scent of autumn fills the air.
Don't know where to hike" Here are some recommendations:
Olivia's Overlook — located in West Stockbridge in the center of the 734-acre Yokun Ridge South reserve. Although the view is beautiful immediately when pulling in, it has trails that also lead to outstanding views to overlook the mountains.
Mount Greylock — Although the roads up to Mount Greylock are closed, the trails up to the monument are open all season. Take a 2.4-mile hike up the Thunderbolt Trail, which is the steepest and shortest route to the highest point in Massachusetts. Parking lots available on Thiel and Gould roads in Adams.
If you're interested in something less strenuous, take a nice calming walk to take in the final bit of sun Mother Nature will gift us before days shorten.
Not sure where to go? Here are some recommendations:
Ashuwillticook Rail Trail — This paved bike path runs through Pittsfield, Lanesborough, Cheshire and Adams with magnificent views along more than a dozen miles. The path is perfect for running, biking, walking, longboarding, and wildlife watching. Parking lots and restrooms are available at selected locations along the way.
Glen Meadow Loop —This stoned path is one of the popular paths for people looking for a quiet and easy walk. The walk through the Greylock Glen in Adams on average only takes a little over a half hour to complete and is great for wildlife watching. There are also beautiful views of Mount Greylock along the path.
After a long day of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever activity your heart desires, take some time to refuel at one of the many outdoor dining establishments in the Berkshires.
When winter comes, restaurants close their patios and pack up the chairs and tables until the return of the warmer season. Take some time to enjoy the sun while it still shines and look out at some amazing views or just enjoy the experience of being outdoors.
Don’t know where to go to eat. Here are some recommendations:
Golden Eagle Restaurant
— Enjoy steak or some classic American entrees while gazing out at a magnificent view. This restaurant is located on the historic Hairpin Turn on Route 2 and has balcony seating that overlooks the view of Clarksburg and North Adams. More information here
Trail House Kitchen & Bar
— Cozy up around a gas fire pit and enjoy some farm-to-table American cuisine. Also located along the Mohawk Trail on Route 2 near the Williamstown and North Adams line, this restaurant has a deck and two outside gas fireplaces, and a view of the mountains. More information here
Take a walk down one of the many diverse main streets in the Berkshires that feature small local businesses, retail stores, theaters, and more. Soon snow will fill the streets and walking the sidewalks while window shopping won't be as entertaining.
Not sure of where to shop. Here are some recommendations:
Downtown Great Barrington — Take a walk down the historic streets of Great Barrington, such as Railroad Street, that feature restaurants, bars, shops, galleries in rustic brick buildings.
Downtown North Adams — Walking the streets of downtown North Adams offers a variety of shopping experiences and other activities. Peruse through diverse stores including antique shops, and game, plant and clothing stores. If you are not in the mood to shop, stop at one of the many galleries or museums.
Downtown Pittsfield — Downtown Pittsfield offers a variety of shopping opportunities including candle stores, tourist stations, antique shops, a metaphysical retailer, clothing, and more. After shopping experience some of the area's cultural venues including the Berkshire Museum, Barrington Stage, Colonial Theatre, or the Berkshire Athenaeum, the largest public library in the county.
Lee Premium Outlets — For shoppers more interested in larger retail options, visit the Lee Premium Outlets, located at 17 Premium Outlets Blvd., to shop in many name brand stores including Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Coach, and many more.