Honeymoon Hotspot: The Berkshires of Western MA

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With a fall wedding comes a fall honeymoon, and the Berkshires of western Massachusetts is the gorgeous, romantic destination of your dreams. Immersed in the mountains, you’ll be surrounded by stunning fall foliage, quaint towns, and endless activities.

Stay at the Blantyre, an exquisite five star hotel, restaurant, and spa. Rated world’s top 100 hotels by Travel and Leisure it boasts an amazing dining menu, 18 hole golf course, tennis, spa services, and unlimited hiking on all 110 acres. If you gravitate towards bed and breakfasts, The Rockwood Inn is a wonderful option; it has modern charm with Victorian elegance. Equipped with a spa, garden, and parlor fireplace The Rockwood Inn is a charming getaway. If you ever dreamed about living in a Gilded Age mansion stay at the Seven Hills Inn. The 127 acre property of lawns and gardens is the perfect backdrop for a romantic picnic and some honeymoon portraits. Take a stroll next door to The Mount, novelist Edith Wharton’s estate for even more beautiful landscape. All of these amazing establishments are located in Lenox, MA, and a quick walk to the town village and Tanglewood music venue.

The Berkshires is home to many museums and historic sites. In Stockbridge, MA you will find the Berkshire Botanical Garden and the Norman Rockwell Museum. The 15 acre garden contains over 3,000 botanical species and varieties, and the museum is home to Rockwell’s original paintings and studio. The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA holds a captivating collection of American and European art and serves as a research institution! Love literature? Check out Arrowhead, the historic house where Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick in Pittsfield, MA.

image source: berkshire botanical gardens

image source: berkshire botanical gardens

image courtesy of berkshire historical society

image courtesy of berkshire historical society

Take in the breathtaking nature with a hike along the Great Barrington Riverwalk or parts of the Appalachian Trail. Enjoy the lakes and rivers with a scenic canoe or kayak tour. Whether you love nature or not, apple picking is the one activity you must take part in. It’s a New England staple and always fun! Check out Bartlett’s Orchard in Pittsfield, MA or Windy Hill Farm in Great Barrington, MA.

The Berkshires is overflowing with spectacular restaurants. The Allium Restaurant and Bar in Great Barrington, MA specializes in farm to table American dishes, and Mazzeo’s Ristorante in Pittsfield, MA serves fine authentic Italian cuisine--perfect for a romantic dinner! 51 Park Restaurant and Tavern in Lee, MA puts a fresh spin on tavern food (great for lunch!), and Eat on North at the the Hotel on North restaurant in Pittsfield, MA is run by a former White House chef!

If you enjoy breweries, check out Big Elm Brewing, a microbrewery in Sheffield, MA, or taste craft pizza at Bright Ideas Brewing in North Adams, MA. In the mood for wine? Visit Balderdash Cellars in Pittsfield, MA. It is a boutique winery that showcases live music!